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Penni L. Chisholm

Family Attorney at Columbia Falls, MT

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MT
    Acquired 1992
    Status
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About Penni

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Penni has been practicing law in Montana since 1992, specializing in litigation and family law.  She has successfully tried cases across the state, preserving millions of dollars of assets for her clients in divorce cases and recovering millions of dollars for her clients in injury cases.

Penni, her husband and partner Dean Chisholm, and their staff of five are Chisholm & Chisholm, P.C.  The law firm represents individuals and businesses in a variety of legal matters throughout Montana.  The firm offers the highest quality legal services to its clients in the relaxed atmosphere of its Columbia Falls office.  Whether dealing with complex civil litigation or a simple uncontested divorce, the firm gives all clients personal attention and expertise. Clients are assured that their cases will be handled with integrity, compassion, and dedication to a fair result.

Penni and her family were the Flathead Valley's Volunteer Family of the Year.  Penni has served as Chairperson for CASA for Kids and North Valley Hospital.  She is proud of her contributions to these and other nonprofit groups in her community.

 

Location

Chisholm & Chisholm, P.C.
516 First Ave. W.
P.O. Box 2034
Columbia Falls, MT, 59912

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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Words can’t express the amplitude of compassion the Chisholm’s have for clients & community!
After a very good experience working with Dean Chisholm in an employment matter, there was absolutely no hesitation to meet with Penni Chisholm when my wife sought an amicable separation & Divorce. Penni initially supported my intentional fight to keep the love of my life as my wife but, when therapy and time didn’t provide answers Penni recommended a quality mediator to begin the process of separation. She is an amazing soul and gifted, caring Attourney that provides all scenarios and allows her client time and room to process while working diligently behind the scenes to ensure all options remain available. I couldn’t ask for a more human, compassionate & intelligent person to walk me through this process!
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Posted by JJ | May 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
It is hard to find a competent family law specialist in a smaller town. Fortunately, I was able to find her website on google and retain her. Other lawyers in town seemed lazy and didn't want to take on new work. Penni met with me right away and help me file divorce against my wife who was destroying me emotionally. She was compassionate and smart and did great work.
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Posted by Jason | July 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Montana's Best
Mrs. Chisholm has represented me in my divorce since October 2015. I knew after our first meeting that she was extremely competent and experienced in her field. She has taken her time to help me better understand the court procedures and what to expect. In addition to her professionalism, I have found Penny to be very sincere and kind hearted. Having said that, I would not wish to be in her line of fire! In summary, Penny has been everything I could have asked for in a lawyer. Her staff has been great as well. I do not wish divorce upon anyone, but should it occur, call Penny Chisholm!
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Posted by Karen | June 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Penni was an awesome resource for me. My situation involved parenting issues, which she is very knowledgeable in the laws. I feel she provided excellent guidance on when to push forward and when to accept the inevitable. She stayed focused on what was actually filed with the court in the documents we received. When the opposing attorney made accusations unrelated to the filed documents she would limit her response to or not respond at all to those items. Again, she remained focused with her time on the items that needed to be addressed. Phone calls and emails from me were always responded to in a timely manner. Penni's staff was also really great to work with during this process. If any issues arise in the future I will be seeking her assistance again.
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Posted by Client | June 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING!!
Penni is a fantastic attorney and an even better person. I couldn't even begin to tell you how she helped me understand how the process worked and what to except. This was my first time through a divorce and my mind was spinning and emotions were all over the place. Penni assured me everything would be fine and was a piece of mind every time I spoke to her. She is so organized and leaves no rock unturned, is very thorough and no detail is left out. She is very caring and was extremely concerned about my child. Her clerical staff is fantastic as well. She always asks me numerous questions to make sure she understood my issues and case. She filed all the paperwork that needed to be filed, and there was a ton of it, so I never had to worry about doing it myself. Penni was unbelievable in the courtroom. My case was not easy 2 1/2 years plus an appeal to the Montana Supreme Court that last another 1+ years. Penni is amazing and I would highly recommend her attorney services to anyone, I could not have asked for a better attorney.
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Posted by Tyler | June 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have asked for a better Lawyer
I have had to use Penni twice and both times she has done an amazing job. The first time she helped me with my divorce. Now the amazing thing is that I am in the military and I was Stationed in England at the time. Her and her staff worked with me and my crazy schedule and was able to get what I wanted out of the divorce, even though I was thousands of miles away, she was there to represent me. The second time I had to use her was about 4 years later. I came back to her cause I knew she was awesome. This time it was me getting custody of my children from the previous divorce I explained earlier in this review. Again she worked with me from afar and I was able to come back to Montana and go to court with her in the end. the amazing part was, She was able to get all this done in about 2 months of notice, and I mean everything. She was able to write everything up and get it to court while I was back on leave. I have recommended her to other people and they also have been very satisfied. Her and her staff are very professional and super friendly. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer and i'm so glad I picked her out of the phone book. She really is amazing. I hope to never be in a bad situation again where I would need to use her, but if I was or do need her, I know who to call and it isn't the ghost busters.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Client
We hired Penni for a very complicated Family Law case and she is by far the best attorney we have ever dealt with! She is very professional, prompt,meticulous, fast-thinking, ethical, courteous, well-organized, brilliant, formidable & last but not least kind! Our case was not an easy one. (2 1/2 years in legation) I highly recommend Penni's counseling abilities.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Chisholm & Chisholm, P.C.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rebeck & Chisholm
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Associate Attorney
  • Rebeck Law Firm
  • 1992 - 1994

Education

  • University of Montana
  • J.D.
  • 1992
  • University of Montana
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • University of Montana
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Payne, 2021 MT 20N
  • The Montana Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's ruling awarding judgment to Client with attorneys' fees.
  • In Re Marriage of Schmidt, 2020 MT 235N
  • Wife filed a second appeal disputing the trial court's judgments enforcing the Decree of Dissolution. Husband was allowed to collect a property settlement judgment and attorneys' fees from Wife's retirement account under the Unclean Hands doctrine.
  • Lyon v. Mountain Pacific General, 2013 MT 288
  • A business was ordered to pay child and medical support.

Associations

  • Flathead Community Health Center
  • Chairman of the Board
  • 2019 - Present
  • Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Montana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Montana State Bar
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Order of Barristers
  • National Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • North Valley Hospital
  • Chairman of Board
  • 2013 - 2015
  • North Valley Hospital
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2013
  • National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, Flathead Valley
  • Chairman
  • 2005 - 2008
  • National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, Flathead Valley
  • Board Member
  • 2001 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best of the Flathead Attorneys- Hon. Mention
  • The Daily Interlake
  • 2014
  • Best of the Flathead Attorneys- Hon. Mention
  • The Daily Interlake
  • 2013
  • Best of the Flathead Attorneys- Hon. Mention
  • The Daily Interlake
  • 2012
  • Angel Award
  • CASA For Kids
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Daily Interlake
  • Ask A Lawyer
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Quorum National Trustee Conference East
  • Issues in Affiliation
  • 2015
  • QHR National Trustee Conference West
  • Issues in Affiliation
  • 2015

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Family Attorney | Jun 02
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"I have known Penni as long as she has practiced law here. From the beginning I was impressed with her knowledge, skills and professionalism."
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Columbia Falls Family Lawyer Penni L. Chisholm
Penni L. Chisholm
Family Attorney
Columbia Falls, MT
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation