Brenda Wahler is an attorney and mediator in Helena, Montana with a solo practice focused on but not limited to family law throughout the lifespan. She is also a lifelong horsewoman. An experienced and engaging public speaker, Wahler presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on family law, child abuse and neglect issues, and equine/animal law. Wahler also brings her lifelong experience with horses to a wide range of Equine Consulting services.
Wahler is currently the chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Montana, a member of the State Bar’s Family Law Section, and is a past president of the First Judicial District Bar Association.
Her legal specialization areas include mediation, dissolution of marriage, parenting plans, children’s representation, animal law, administrative law, and professional licensing. Wahler also has an extensive background with dependent/neglect law and legal issues related to child abuse and neglect.
Wahler’s family law practice emphasizes consideration of the interests and needs of families across their lifespan, including the issues involving parents and children, marriage and divorce, and aging. Her services include representation of non-traditional families, non-married parents, and cases where pets or other animals are involved.
Wahler combines her lifelong experience with horses and her legal background in equine and other animal law. For many people, animals are not simply property, but sentient beings viewed as part of their family. This can create substantial emotion in a legal case, particularly if animals are at issue in division of a marital estate, as children’s property, or if people want their pets considered when planning for healthcare or end-of-life issues. Her animal law practice is broad-based, including pet trusts, sale and lease contracts, property issues, estate planning, and safety. She does not handle tort claims, but will consult on liability issues and legal disputes involving animals.
Wahler has been an attorney since 2002 and is admitted to the State Bar of Montana and Federal Court for the District of Montana. She attended the University of Montana School of Law (now the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana) and completed mediation training through the Center for Collaborative Solutions in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to entering private practice, Wahler was an attorney for the state of Montana, first with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry and then with the Child and Family Services Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. She earned her law degree following a career as a high school social studies teacher, served as state director of the Montana YMCA Youth and Government Program, and taught youth within the juvenile corrections system.
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