Born and raised in the working town of Anaconda, Montana, Santana attended the University of Montana and earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science. She studied abroad in Italy, moved to Los Angeles, volunteered at Northridge earthquake sites and worked for the social security administration before attending the University of Montana School of Law. During law school, Santana worked for various law offices, volunteered and focused on effective communication through her mediation clinical. Santana has mediated tribal issues, property damage and injury disputes.
Santana brings to the table a strong Montana work ethic and common sense while maintaining result orientated relationships with insurance carriers and opposing counsel. She is a strong believer in giving back and donates considerable time, contributions and energy to community fundraisers. Santana also contributes pro bono work to adopting families.
The bulk of Santana’s caseload involves successfully representing injured clients and families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of others. While the majority of Santana’s practice involves handling insurance disputes, car accident cases, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims, she has been a strong leader and proponent of protecting Montana citizens. As a proponent of consumer rights, she has successfully handled class action litigation against insurance companies and successfully challenged credit card mandatory arbitration clauses before the Montana Supreme Court. While representing clients in employment discrimination cases, she successfully petitioned the E.E.O.C. to bring action on behalf of a wrongfully discharged employee after the E.E.O.C. had been absent from Montana cases for considerable time.
Santana is admitted to practice in Montana Administrative matters, Montana City Courts, Montana Justice Courts, Montana District Courts, Montana Federal District Courts and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Santana has three adopted children. When she is not in court or at the office, she spends the bulk of her free time with her daughter, volunteering, running, traveling, visiting her son at college and attending her daughter’s basketball games.
After attending middle school and high school in Great Falls, Laurie obtained her History and Law degrees at the University of Arizona. While in law school, Laurie interned and volunteered in many public interest law offices, and at graduation she received the school’s first annual public service award. Following graduation, she worked as a criminal advocate for the Tohono O’odham Nation and civil clerk for the city of Tucson. After a few years she left the practice of law to work from home managing her husband’s tree service and landscaping business while raising three children. As time allowed, she took on more responsibility and roles in the business, including laborer and crew manager. Her family bought a house in Kalispell in 1999 and spent summers there until they permanently relocated to the Flathead in 2005. They continue to enjoy the many outdoor activities available in the area, including camping, hiking, boating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, playing and refereeing soccer, and they all train in martial arts. In her free time, Laurie has served as an officer on the boards of several nonprofits and has organized many fundraising events for her kids’ elementary school. Always eager for a challenge, Laurie is excited to combine her legal education with her experience in small business management, her commitment to family and community, and her appreciation for the merits of hard work.
Christina was born in Choteau, Montana and raised in Kalispell. She attended the University of Montana earning a B.A. in Anthropology completing options in both Forensic and Cultural / Ethnographic areas. She graduated through the Davidson Honors program and earned the Mortor Board Honors award in 2006. Christina has three young daughters spending as much time as possible outdoors hiking and exploring together. Born into a musical family she has studied piano and composition at the University of Montana and specialized academies. Christina involves her daughters when volunteering time to several community assistance programs in the valley and advocates for childhood education and development.