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Brett D. Schandelson

Brett D. Schandelson

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights

About Me

Brett is originally from Great Falls
where he graduated from C.M.R. High School. He then attended Montana
State University in Bozeman, where he earned a B.A. with high honors, an
honors degree with highest distinction, and was recognized for his
academic success with several awards. Most notable among the various
academic distinctions earned by Brett were the Jim Goetz Award for the
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Political Science, and the Dean’s Award
for Academic Excellence as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the
Humanities and Social Sciences.
While obtaining his
undergraduate degree Brett was also a Washington, D.C. legislative
intern for U.S. Senator Max Baucus, the president of the MSU College
Democrats, and the Student Coordinator for the MSU AdvoCats. For his
extracurricular and community involvement, Brett was awarded the Max
Worthington Award for Service to Montana State University.
deciding that he wanted to stay in Montana, Brett attended the
University of Montana School of Law, where he earned a J.D. with honors.
Among the scholarships and awards he received during law school, the
one he is most proud of is the award for best written appellate brief.
In addition to graduating in the top of his class, he was also heavily
involved with the ACLU, even serving on the ACLU of Montana Board of
Directors for a year. During law school he interned with a plaintiff’s
firm for a year, a criminal defense attorney for a year, and worked as a
Public Defender for a year, as part of his clinical education.
joined Tipp & Buley upon his graduation from law school. Brett has
continued his interest in criminal and constitutional law with his work
at the firm by concentrating his practice in the area of Criminal
Defense and Civil Rights Litigation. The majority of his criminal caseload is
devoted to defending those accused of Driving Under the Influence
Brett is the Montana State Delegate for the National
College for DUI Defense (NCDD), attending the Summer Session at Harvard
Law School in 2009. Brett has been taught Standardized Field Sobriety
Testing (SFST) and certified pursuant to the National Highway
Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) protocol for SFSTs. Brett
is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
(NACDL) and the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
(MtACDL). Brett regularly attends the NCDD/NACDL joint DUI Seminar each
On most working days Brett can be found working with his
black lab, Marx, in his office.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    7 years, 100 cases
  2. Civil Rights: 25%
    7 years, 15 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    8 years, 100 cases



Free Consultation (90 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Alison Patricia Garab

    Brett is the consummate professional. He cares deeply for his clients, is an outstanding trial attorney, and he gets results.


    Alison Garab Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. A true champion of those that find themselves under the oppressive boot of the government. Anyone charged with an offense against local ordinance, Montana state law and/or federal law will find a trusted, hard-working advocate in Brett Schandelson. Mr. Schandelson will tirelessly endeavour to right the wrongs perpetrated against you by holding the government to their burden and protecting all of your rights under the U.S. and Montana Constitutions.


    Benjamin Kolter Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2200 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT, 59801




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Appealate BriefUniversity of Montana School of Law2008
Goetz Award for Outstanding Undergraduate AchievementMontana State University2005
Dean's Award for Academic ExcellenceMontana State University2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderTipp & Buley2015 - Present
Adjunct InstructorUniversity of Montana College of Technology2011 - 2012
AssociateTipp & Buley2008 - 2014
Legal InternJasper Smith Olson, PC2007 - 2008
Legal InternOffice Of The State Public Defender2007 - 2008
Legal InternPaoli, Latino, Kutzman and Jasper2006 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseState Delegate - Montana (2009 - 2012)2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2008 - Present
Montana Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2008 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionState Board Member - 2007/20082005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. I.H.Non-DUI Disposition
State v. A.W.Dismissal
State v. S.H.Not Guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
LinkedIn Blog PostDefenses to Drug Possession in Montana2015
LinkedIn Blog PostIs One Crime Lab Enough for Montana?2015
LinkedIn Blog PostHow Will Marijuana Charges Affect Your Life in Montana?2015
LinkedIn Blog PostWhat are Your Rights as an Employee?2015


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Montana School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Montana State University, BozemanHighest DistinctionHonor's Degree2005
Montana State University, BozemanPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
DUI Training for Tribal Defender's OfficeDUI Defense in Montana2010