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Sherine Diane Blackford

Family Attorney at Missoula, MT

5.0   1 review

also known as Sherine Diane Fernando

  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MT
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Sherine

Learn Sherine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Handled hundreds to dissolution of marriage and parenting actions throughout Montana. Specializes in cases involving domestic violence and abuse along with complex parenting and property division issues.

    12 years

  2. Litigation
    Handled several business litigation suits, including contract disputes. This includes taking cases to trial and obtaining favorable jury verdicts in excess of $500,000. Also deals with landlord tenant disputes.

    12 years

  3. Contracts and agreements

    12 years

  4. Licensing

Sherine, a Montana native, graduated from the University of Montana School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Montana, Gallatin County Bar Association, Montana Trial Lawyers Association. Her practice emphasizes civil litigation in a wide variety of practice areas at both the trial and appellate levels. As a practicing litigator, Sherine has handled complex matters, taken several cases to trial and has achieved excellent results in the courtroom. Sherine's practice focuses on litigation, personal injury, business law, real estate transactions, and liquor licensing.

In addition to her practice, Sherine is a Trustee for the State Bar of Montana (2021-current), former President of the Gallatin County Bar Association (2022-2023), and former Chairperson for the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Montana (2015 to 2017). In 2016, she was named a Top 10 under 40 Family Law Attorney by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. She also served as the Vice Chair and member of the Board of Directors for Haven, a local non-profit domestic violence shelter (2014-2020).



Cotner Ryan Law PLLC
321 W. Broadway Street, Fifth Floor
Missoula, MT, 59802

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Posted by Chris | February 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and intelligent
Sherine was a strong ally. She did well to listen to understand my goals and situation, and trusted me when I needed her to. She used the time working with me, and the money I paid her for it, wisely. My particular situation was unique, with legal details and relevant information she was able to learn along the way. Sherine is a professional and intelligent lawyer and I would recommend her to anyone.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Blackford Carls P.C.
  • 2019 - 2023
  • Partner
  • Dodd Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Kasting, Kauffman & Mersen, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2014
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  • University of Montana School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012


  • Montana Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2022 - Present
  • Gallatin County Bar Assocation
  • Trustee
  • 2019 - Present
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Family Law Section Montana State Bard
  • Chairperson - President
  • 2015 - 2017
  • New Lawyers Section Montana State Bar
  • Trustee
  • 2014 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Sherine
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sherine is a competent and excellent attorney. She truly cares about each case she takes on and always advocates for her clients' best interests. I strongly endorse Sherine."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sherine is an excellent attorney and highly recommended."

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Sherine Diane Blackford
Family Attorney
Missoula, MT
Licensed for 11 years