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BEBT hires Katie Guffin and Ryan Heuwinkel as Associate Attorneys


Bohyer, Erickson, Beaudette & Tranel, P.C. announces the hiring of  Katie Guffin and Ryan Heuwinkel, as associate attorneys. Katie joined the firm on March 18, 2013. Ryan Heuwinkel joins the firm on November 1, 2013.
Their areas of practice include:  insurance defense, personal injury, and insurance coverage. 

Katie Guffin earned her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 2011, along with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law.  As a law student, Katie was an editor for the Public Land and Resources Law Review, member of the Negotiation Competition Team, president of the Environmental Law Group, class representative for the Student Bar Association, and teaching assistant and mentor to incoming students.  Katie interned at Christensen, Moore, Cockrell, Cummings & Axelberg, P.C.; the Montana Attorney General’s Office; and the United States Attorney’s Office.  She was awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers 2010 Student Advocacy Award. 

After graduation, Katie clerked for the Honorable Patricia O’Brien Cotter of the Montana Supreme Court in Helena.  Following her clerkship, Katie returned to Missoula and worked for Montana Trout Unlimited. She is admitted to practice in Montana State and Federal Courts and is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the Western Montana Bar Association, the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association, and the Council on Litigation Management.    

Ryan Heuwinkel earned his law degree from the University of Montana in 2005.  During law school, he worked at the Missoula City Attorney’s Office, was on the National Moot Court team, and was a clinical law clerk to U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy. In 2005, Ryan moved to Billings to begin what was supposed to be a two year clerkship with U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, but he soon took career status and two years became eight. Upon Judge Cebull’s retirement in 2013, Ryan spent his last months with the court as a law clerk at large to the six district and magistrate judges that assumed Judge Cebull’s caseload.
Ryan is a member of the State Bar of Montana and is admitted to practice in all Montana State and Federal Courts.