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Briana E. Kottke

Criminal defense Attorney at Missoula, MT

4.9   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MT
    Acquired 2011
    Status
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About Briana

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Briana is dedicated to ensuring the rights of the accused are respected and the actions of the government comply with the state and federal constitutions.  She is a fierce advocate of each and everyone of her clients. Briana takes pride in how she treats her clients and realizes everyone has a story to tell -- and Briana listens. If you need a criminal defense attorney, she is the one you should call.

Briana graduated from college in 2006 with high honors, earning degrees in paralegal studies with a minor in business administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in history. She was Secretary of the Board of Directors for CASA-CAN of Great Falls, a nonprofit organization that provides guardian ad litem services to abused and neglected children in court proceedings.
 
After graduation, Briana worked as a paralegal at an insurance defense firm in Great Falls and then as a paralegal at the Office of the State Public Defender in Great Falls.
 
In August of 2008, Briana began law school at the University of Montana School of Law. While attending law school, Briana was a staff member and then an editor on the MONTANA LAW REVIEW. While on the Law Review, Briana, as Symposium Editor, orchestrated a two-day Symposium on the Montana Constitution, which was heralded as one of the best Symposia that the Law Review has held to date. She was a member of the UM Trial Team during her second year and a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic during her third year. Additionally, she was Professor Cynthia Ford’s research assistant in the areas of Evidence and Civil Procedure.
 
Between Briana’s first and second years of law school, she was again selected to work for the United States Senate Committee on Finance, but this time as a law clerk. Between Briana’s second and third years of law school, she worked at the Federal Defenders of Montana where her passion for criminal defense was reaffirmed. After graduating with honors from UM Law in May of 2011, Briana moved to Helena to clerk for Justice Jim Rice of the Montana Supreme Court.

After clerking for Justice Rice for a year, Briana was hired at Smith & Stephens P.C. in Missoula as part of its elite criminal defense team. Under the tutelage of John E. Smith and Colin M. Stephens, Briana gained invaluable knowledge in providing excellent and effective criminal defense.

Briana and Katy joined forces in June of 2015 to provide high caliber criminal defense and other services. Briana lives with her husband Corby and their pup in Missoula and loves enjoying the fun life and culture Missoula provides.

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Katy Stack and Briana E. Kottke
Owners, Stack & Kottke, PLLC
Stack & Kottke, PLLC
234 E. Pine St.
Missoula, MT 59802
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Location

Stack & Kottke, PLLC
234 E Pine St
Missoula, MT, 59802-4513

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2019
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Briana Kottke
I start off again with saying Thank You for your Help! In my first appearance in court i was represented by Briana and my case was dismissed. Anytime i had any questions or concerns Briana was prompt every time. She loves her job and shows it with her Efforts. She’s straight forward, responsive, insightful, and knows what she’s doing. To anyone in need of a great lawyer with an effecient hard working team behind her Briana Kottke is highly recommend.
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Posted by Douglas | February 19, 2019
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Stalwart Defender
I was facing what seemed like an impossible situation with no light at the end of the tunnel. The best decision I ever made was to call Briana. My path through the courts has been difficult, but Briana has been there every step of the way, making that horrible situation bearable. Thanks to her tireless efforts I received the best possible outcome that I could have hoped for. If you are facing criminal charges call Briana; she is simply amazing.
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Posted by Adam | April 28, 2017
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Feisty intelligence with heart
Never thought I would ever be facing prison. One false accusation and I was. Life is not always fair and the state of Montana sure the Hell isn't. Briana and her associate went to the mat for me. They came through from beginning to end even with a last minute desperate curve ball lobbed from the other side. Briana burned the midnight oil to thwart their illegal puffery the next morning and we won my freedom. I will always feel a great deal of gratitude for her and Katie. I owe them my peaceful existence after this horrible attempt to ruin my life. Would recommend them both to anyone facing a wall of uncertainty and darkness.
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Posted by Alahna | February 11, 2016
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Took care of my stressful situation easy!
I had go an MIP a couple years ago in MT and had since moved out of state. Briana Kottke's helped me through the whole process of getting it dismissed and provided me with any extra info I needed all through phone or email correspondence. Couldn't of had a better lawyer!
Posted by Kristen | February 5, 2016
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Compassion with Grit!
Briana is all you want in an attorney. She's knowledgeable, confident, witty, and driven. You can count on being honestly informed throughout the process. Briana is compassionate and patient with all the concerns and questions that arise - she's very cognizant of the fact that your issues are encompassing your life at that point in time. She'll jump in head-first and it is easy to think that you are her only client. Briana is extremely responsive....our first call to her was at 6:00 pm, she answered the office phone and got right with it! My experience with Briana is in a parenting case, and it is encouraging to have the fire of a lively 'Criminal Defense' attorney on our side. We couldn't be more thankful to have been connected with Briana Kottke.
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Posted by Mark | October 7, 2015
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Attorneys in Montana
Over the years I have had the necessity to retain attorneys in terms of various issues in my life. Overall I can't say that the experiences would fall under the excellent category. I was referred to Briana through another lawyer in Missoula, met with her and saw an individual who not only engages in lawyering, but seems to have a heart and feel for the practice. She has an excellent grasp of laws and how to apply them as well as a sense of compassion for her clients. That combination proves to be a valuable resource for one in need of representation. Briana comes from a family of lawyers as well as numerous military members. being a veteran myself I appreciated that understanding and compassion that she provided to me throughout the case. I would have no hesitation in recommending and referring Briana.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2015
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Briana Kottke
Briana represented me in a DUI case. I refused the breathalizer test. Briana had a good rapport with the court and the judge. She gave me prudent advice and was successful in my case. I did not get a DUI. I was extremely pleased with her professional and caring manner in handling this difficult situation. I would not hesitate to seek her counsel for any future legal needs I may have.
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Posted by Kim | September 7, 2015
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Briana will fight for you
Briana fought hard for me and was by my side though out my first and hopefully only contact with the courts. Not only did she care about the law and the constitution, she really genuinely cared about me. If you want someone who takes time to explain things to you and walks through the system with you, Briana is the lawyer for you.
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Posted by Zak | September 6, 2015
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Amazing attorney!
Briana was very helpful to me through my entire Judicial Process. I would hire Briana again in a heartbeat, refer her to my friends and had an overall wonderful experience working with her.
Posted by out of state Client from Wa. | September 5, 2015
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excellent Attorney!
While Hiring Brianna Kottke when she was working in another local very established law firm , I was happy with her diligent work and followed her to her own firm while my case was on going, Now called Stack&kottke , until my case had finished! Brianna will do the work, connect the dots and find the truth for you and get you the best outcome possible. Your freedom is worth more than hiring the first yellow pages "criminal law specialist" don't waste your money on the yellow pages. I was lucky and hired Briana at the very last moment after searching and searching and fired my yellow pages "Criminal law specialist" As an out of state client myself, accidentally caught in a legal quagmire, you need someone like Brianna to handle the ins and outs of the Missoula justice system. She is not the lowest priced but IS the highest quality! What is your freedom worth? I expect Stack&Kottke to be the top notch "go to place" in the near future as this young firm has two fine young but knowledgable and experienced attorney's that know Missoula justice system well. Top of the list in my opinion! Brianna delivers and is professional and keeps you in the loop all the way!
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Posted by Jill Kamber-Knox | September 4, 2015
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Amazing Attorney in Montana!
Briana has been nothing short of amazing! She has kept my son and I in the loop from the moment we agreed to work together and she said she would represent us. You can tell that she loves what she does and absolutely put her heart into her work. We cannot begin to thank her enough! Thank you for taking such good care of my boy !
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Posted by mark | September 5, 2015
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job accomplished
The bottom line is that Briana accomplished the goal we set out to accomplish. She was competent, responsive, and friendly. This being my first time hiring a lawyer, I didn't realize that every email would cost me money, and I might have been more efficient in my communications had I realized that. My comments about larger questions and society could have been pruned or deferred to a more appropriate social setting. Nevertheless, the communications were helpful and reassuring to someone unused to navigating the legal system.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Member
  • Stack & Kottke, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate - Criminal Defense
  • Smith & Stephens, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Judicial Law Clerk for Justice Jim Rice
  • Montana Supreme Court
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Defenders of Montana
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Criminal Defense Clinic
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Paralegal
  • Office of the State Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Paralegal
  • Smith, Walsh, Clarke & Gregoire
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Motnana School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (with honors)
  • 2011
  • University of Great Falls
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (high honors)
  • 2006
  • University of Great Falls
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (high honors)
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. C.H.
  • Four felony counts of criminal endangerment and one count of third offense DUI reduced a three year deferred imposition of sentence on one count of criminal endangerment.
  • U.S. v. VanPelt
  • Sentenced well below the mandatory minimum
  • City v. Z.K.
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Montana State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Federal District Court for the District of Montana
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Montana State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • HSWM Legislative and Advocacy Committee Board of Directors
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Child Advocacy - Excellence for the Future Award
  • CALI
  • 2011
  • Graduated with Honors
  • University of Montana School of Law
  • 2011

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Law class
  • Lawyer Wellbeing
  • 2015
  • Law class
  • Lawyer Wellbeing
  • 2014
  • Legal Panel
  • Access to Justice
  • 2013
  • Legal Panel
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Briana is a fantastic lawyer and one of the best criminal defense attorneys out there. She puts clients first and is passionate about defending their rights to the fullest extent of the law."
Criminal defense
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Missoula Criminal defense Lawyer Briana E. Kottke
Briana E. Kottke
Criminal defense Attorney
Missoula, MT
Licensed for 12 years
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