About the Department

The County Attorney is the chief legal officer for Stillwater County.  The County Attorney is an elected position and serves a 4-year term.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Can the County Attorney advise me of my rights, legal options, interpret statute for me, or assist me, as a private citizen or entity of the County?

Answer: No, the County Attorney’s duties are outlined and limited by the Montana Statutes, and she cannot advise private parties.

Question:  Can the County Attorney advise how to practice law or proper procedure for filing lawsuits or what legal avenues are available to me?

Answer: No, the County Attorney cannot advise private parties in any legal capacity whatsoever.  It is a commonly preconceived myth that the “County Attorney” is the attorney for all citizens of the county.  This is not the case.  The County Attorney is the attorney for Stillwater County, as a whole, representing the interests of the County, but cannot represent the individuals within the County.  To do so would put the County Attorney in situations of conflict, and is not allowed by law.

Question:  Where can I go then, as a private citizen, for legal help, guidance, or advice?

Answer: You may inquire upon a private attorney.  Many will give a free initial consultation.  Another option is to contact www.mtlsa.org (Montana Legal Services Association), 800-666-6899.  Additionally, the County Attorney cannot recommend an attorney for you.

Question:  What do I do if I get a “No Proof of Insurance” ticket if I have insurance?

AnswerClick HERE to view the information sheet for a violation of “No Proof Of Insurance. (PDF)”

Contact

Address
PO Box 179
544 North Diamond Street
Columbus, MT 59019

Staff

Nancy Rohde County Attorney

Term Expires December 31, 2022

Ryan Addis Deputy County Attorney


Lari Shank Legal Assistant / Advocate for Victims of Felony & Child Related Crimes


Amy Mekelburg Legal Assistant