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.
Leslie, our manager, has worked for our firm for several years. Leslie, like her parents and grandparents, was born and raised in Kalispell, where she graduated high school and earned her degree in Business Administration from Flathead Valley Community College. When not managing many of the office affairs and bringing smiles to the faces of our clients and those of us in the office, Leslie spends the majority of her time with her three daughters who are active in basketball, volleyball, swimming and cheerleading. In her down time, Leslie has a long history of giving back to our community by volunteering and sitting on various boards throughout the Flathead Valley.
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.