is a dedicated advocate whose goal in every case is to ease her clients’ minds while working tirelessly to protect their interests. She is passionate about her clients and working to achieve successful outcomes for their legal issues. In her decade of litigation experience, Emily has represented Fortune 500 corporate clients, small businesses, cities and towns, nonprofits, and individuals. Emily is well-versed in all areas of case management and has achieved winning results for her clients through dispositive motions, at trial, and at the appellate level. Her trial experience ranges from arbitration hearings in employment matters to federal product liability jury trials and includes serving as lead trial counsel. Emily has also successfully served as appellate counsel before the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Emily is active in national and local legal communities. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, The CLM, the Order of Barristers, the State Bar of Montana, and the State Bar of Arizona. Emily was selected to serve on Montana’s Judicial Redistricting Commission by the State Bar of Montana, and also served on the State Bar’s Judicial Relations Committee. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Yellowstone Area Bar Association. Emily was selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and has received Martindale’s AV rating by her peers for the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standing. She is licensed in Montana state and federal courts, Arizona superior courts, and the Ninth Circuit.
In addition to her law practice, Emily volunteers her time for non-profit organizations. In 2016, Emily joined the Board of Litigation of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a public interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system that defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law. She is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Billings Head Start, Inc., which provides comprehensive services for young children and their families to achieve school readiness and lifelong success. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Billings, Inc., whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and life.
As a fourth-generation Montanan and a third-generation attorney, Emily is delighted and humbled to carry on the legal tradition begun by her grandfather, Willis, and her father, Blair. When not defending her clients, Emily loves fishing on the Yellowstone River. Her other interests include running, backpacking, traveling, crocheting, and spending time with her family and rescue dog.
achieves creative and effective outcomes to legal issues, providing value to clients through excellent and efficient legal work. Her broad range of experience complements her innate instinct and enables her to produce innovative solutions to difficult problems. Talia’s practice is diverse and includes civil litigation, insurance defense, tort defense, and property disputes. Many of Talia’s cases have been dismissed at the summary judgment stage through her persuasive legal writing and argument. Combined with her courtroom and trial experience, Talia’s briefing and research skills make her a dynamic advocate.
Talia is licensed to practice in Montana state and federal courts and state courts in Colorado, North Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. Talia is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, The CLM, the State Bar of Montana, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Yellowstone Area Bar Association. She is also a member of the Montana Guardianship Legal Assistance Program through Montana Legal Services, and is committed to providing pro bono services to income-eligible clients.
Talia attended the University of Washington School of Law where she was the Chief Online Editor of the Washington Journal of Technology, Law and Arts and was a member of the Technology Law and Policy Clinic. During law school, she competed in the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.
In her free time, Talia can be found outside enjoying the beautiful Montana scenery with her family via boat, foot, float, or wheels.
Willis joined the highway patrol in 1942. In that same year, he joined the Army Air Corps in order to serve his country during World War II. After the war, Willis attended law school at the University of Montana. Upon graduation, Willis worked for the Montana Attorney General’s office. Willis and his family subsequently moved to Billings, where he opened a private law practice. During his legal career, he served as a Billings City Attorney, Billings City Judge, President of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association and Chairman of the Montana Fish and Game Commission. However, the highlight of his legal career was the time that he and Blair were partners together in the Jones Law Firm.
Willis was an avid outdoorsman; he loved hunting, fishing, and golfing. His colleagues remember his indomitable strength and dazzling sense of humor. He was a respected leader, an impeccable role model, and a man of great faith and integrity.