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Mary-Elizabeth Marguerite Sampsel

Family Attorney at Kalispell, MT

4.6   29 reviews

also known as Marybeth Sampsel

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MT
    Acquired 2008
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Mary-Elizabeth Marguerite Sampsel
24 First Avenue East
Kalispell, MT, 59901


4.6 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Posted by Sarah | July 8, 2023
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She Heard Me and Helped
I cannot thank Marybeth enough for her outstanding support and advocacy during my child custody case. She is an amazing attorney who is dedicated to helping children and families navigate through the complex family law system. When I left my husband after years of abuse it felt like no one believed what I had gone through and was still experiencing. Then I met Marybeth. Not only did she take the time to hear me, she made sure everyone else knew what he did to me. She fought tirelessly to protect me and my child, and make sure that our voices were heard in court. Marybeth is a compassionate and caring lawyer who understands the emotional toll that family law cases can take on children. She was always available to answer my questions and provided me with the guidance and support that I needed. I highly recommend Marybeth to anyone who is seeking a family law attorney who will listen to victims and put their child's needs first. She is an excellent lawyer who truly cares about the mothers and children she represents. If you want someone who will fight for you, Marybeth is the one to call.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2023
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Incredibly Talented Attorney
I sought out Marybeth because I needed an experienced family law attorney that specialized in appeals, and from the start she never ceased to amaze me with her knowledge and character. She took on my case even though it felt seemingly impossible and incredibly complicated, and was able to turn around a situation that I genuinely never thought would get sorted out in a way that was fair to the kids and myself. For that I will be eternally grateful. She fiercely advocated for my kids and I. She empathized with me and listened patiently to all of my concerns, yet she still kept everything professional and matter-of-fact. Instead of an appeal like I'd originally wanted, she thought of options that I didn't even know existed with better possible outcomes. She continuously came up with brilliant ideas that ultimately led to where we are today. Marybeth is incredibly talented at what she does, and it's clear that she's very respected by others in her field. Watching her at work during a hearing was truly mesmerizing -- she is on top of her game at all times. She considers all options and is an expert at playing devil's advocate, so there were very few surprises along the way. I could go on forever but I'll leave it at this -- Marybeth is a top-of-the-line attorney and anyone would be lucky to have her on their side.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2019
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Didn’t want to need a lawyer but glad I found one like her
I am just coming off of a horrible divorce which has been a fight for months and months. I was very lucky to have been referred by a friend to Marybeth. She got into my case part of the way through things and was able to catch up quickly. She explained things my other lawyer never did and it helped me really understand why things were taking so long. I just had no idea that a divorce can take over a year or even two when it is contested. I worked with Marybeth to get information exchanged with the other lawyer and then we started to have settlement discussions. I was finally able to be officially divorced within just a few weeks of involving her. I would recommend her to anyone who feels they are not getting the representation they deserve from another lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2019
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Helpful Consultation
I visited Ms Sampsel about my custody case. I cant afford a lawyer to help me in court but was able to pay for some meetings and advice. She helped me find the forms that i needed to fill out to get things going. I met with her before my hearing and she helped me understand what would happen at the hearing and the kinds of things i would need to know and say to the judge. we made copies of the papers that I wanted the judge to see and she helped me understand how to give them to the judge when I had my hearing. It would have been really great to be able to pay for a lawyer to be with me but this was the next best thing for me. the judge treated me with kindness and was very happy that i was organized. I would not have been so organized if Mary hadnt helped me get ready.
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Posted by DJ | January 14, 2019
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Appeal expert
I hired Mary Beth for my divorce appeal earlier this year. She clearly had so much knowledge of the process and gave me all the information I needed about the how long things would take and what they would cost. I have been very happy with the work. We were able to reach a good result.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2018
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Out of area help
I live in Canada and hired Marybeth to help me with some complex custody issues. I was lucky to find someone familiar with the issues and with the technology to be able to assist me from a long distance. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by James | June 6, 2017
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I am so lucky I found Mary to help me. I work out of the country and my schedule is all over the place. She accommodated my schedule and was able to make everything work out. I felt so relieved to have her help.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2017
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Helpful and Affordable
I had a great experience with Mary Beth. She helped me with my divorce, answered all of my questions and was able to give me a very good idea of what the cost would be. i couldn't be happier.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
100% satisfied
My experience with Mary Elizabeth was awesome. She answered my initial message within a couple of hours and arranged a phone call within a couple of days. I will definitely use her.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2015
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out of state complicated custody case
Mary Beth has been very proactive in getting things done, has kept us informed of what is going on. She is very warm and caring to speak with and genuinely cares about the children and their well being. She has gotten better results then the state we reside in did for the past three years.
Posted by Colin | December 12, 2013
Very sharp
I hired Mary to help me with a fairly complex divorce/real estate issue. She went thru a huge stack of paperwork and other information I provided her. She is very thorough. She asked me numerous questions to make sure she fully understood my case. She filed all necessary paperwork with the courts properly and on time. She spent a lot of time studying case law and past rulings in regard to my specific situation. In court she was professional. She did an excellent job of questioning myself and the plaintiff. She was aggressive when it was necessary. Unfortunately I was not successful in this particular matter, but I do not believe that had anything to do with the quality of my representation. If I ever needed help with a legal issue in the future I would call Mary.
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Posted by Leslie | March 3, 2013
Great work in my divorce
I just finished my divorce case and had a great experience with Marybeth. She always kept me updated and informed. She also helped me figured out ways to keep my costs down.
Posted by Ted | December 19, 2012
World Class
Marybeth is just fantastic. I just finished up my divorce and she was such a huge help. She really made sure I understood how things were going to work and how long it would take. I also felt she was very reasonable in her billing. It wasn't cheap, but she didn't gouge me!
Posted by James | December 11, 2012
Satisfied Customer
I had a great experience with Marybeth and would use her again for any of my legal needs.
Posted by Lisa | December 5, 2012
I had a terrible, awful, truly horrible divorce. Marybeth was so helpful to me during that time. I am truly grateful.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2012
Marybeth is awesome! She's smart, fast and efficient. I knew from the start what things would cost, how long they'd take and what needed to be done.
Posted by Anne | December 2, 2012
positive experience
I found myself in the middle of a lawsuit that I should not have been involved in. I was terrified that I would lose everything just paying the lawyer bills. Marybeth relieved my stress and concern. She handled all of the lawyer stuff so that I could get back to living life. I had a lot of questions and she made sure to answer those questions and made certain I really understood what was going on. After three years, I am finally done with the case and I could not be more happy with the outcome.
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Posted by Jeff | December 2, 2012
Big fan
I have used Marybeth for not one, but two divorces. It wasn't my plan to be divorced twice in the last few years, but I found myself in some pretty unfortunate circumstances. Marybeth has never judged me or made me feel embarrassed about my situation. Instead, she gave me honest information, hard work and got me through it. She provided more than legal representation and was a shoulder to lean on when I needed it most.
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Posted by Mark | December 1, 2012
Have used her over and over with good luck
Marybeth has been my attorney for several years and my family has used her for a variety of things. We have purchased property, gone through child custody issues, had some minor criminal issues and even did some estate planning. Marybeth has always been able to help us (or to refer us to someone who can). I am fortunate to have an attorney I can call if I just have a quick question or need to know if an issue is more serious than I think it might be. Everyone should have a lawyer on speed dial and I recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2012
Won at the Supreme Court
Marybeth did an appeal for me and got me a great result. It lowered my child support by thousands of dollars. I was impressed by her intelligence and thoughtfulness. She really considered all the options and we talked through the cost. I also found her bills to be very reasonable.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Measure, Sampsel, Sullivan & O'Brien, P.C.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Lonnevik Law Firm
  • 2008 - 2009


  • University of Rutgers School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2008
  • The University of Montana
  • B.A.
  • 2005


  • Montana Bar Association Board of Trustees
  • Trustee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Montana Bar Association CLE Institute
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association of University Women
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Kiwanis
  • 2011 - Present
  • Montana Bar Association Professionalism Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Northwest Montana Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • VIP Woman of the Year
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
  • Northwest Montana Bar Association
  • 2012
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I gladly endorse attorney Sampsel. She has a solid reputation and knows the law, gets praise from her clients and other lawyers as well. If you have a Domestic Relations question, she is your answer. I recommend her to you."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Marybeth is an expert in the field of Family Law and Dissolution and a compassionate advocate for her clients."
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Kalispell Family Lawyer Mary-Elizabeth Marguerite Sampsel
Mary-Elizabeth Marguerite Sampsel
Family Attorney
Kalispell, MT
Licensed for 14 years