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Brett D. Schandelson

Attorney

5.0   7 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MT
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Case
I refused to blow when pulled over for speeding and was charged with a DUI. A DUI on my record would be detrimental for work so I used Brett as my lawyer. He was able to work with the prosecutor and get my charge reduced to a reckless driving.
Posted by Greg | May 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Got me out of a jam!
Brett was a great help during a difficult situation. His prompt, insightful assistance was invaluable. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance and he will be my first call if I ever find myself needing a lawyer again.
Posted by Alex | January 9, 2013
Excellent
Mr. Schandelson accomplished everything I asked for. He kept me informed and dealt with things in a timely manner. I have, and will continue to recommend him to all of my friends.
Posted by Jeff | October 6, 2012
What a Relief
Brett did a great job and always had my best interest in mind. I expected a lawyer who would try to sugar coat things and tell me what I wanted to hear so I would hire him. Not Brett, he let me know the possibilities, both good and bad, and was straightforward...even before I hired him. He even encouraged me to "shop around" for other lawyers. I think that shows a great deal of confidence and integrity. I have never been in trouble with the law beyond a speeding ticket, so I was not sure what to expect and I was very scared. I was pleasantly surprised by Brett. He was very easily accessible whenever I called, or stopped in to talk. He would take time to talk to me even when I showed up unannounced. His hard work and diligence got me a better result than I expected. It was a very comforting feeling to know that my case was in knowledgable hands. If I am ever in trouble with the law again, (I don't plan on it) I will hire Brett without hesitation. I suggest you do the same if trouble ever finds you.
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Posted by Jeff | October 6, 2012
What a Relief
Brett did a great job and always had my best interest in mind. I expected a lawyer who would try to sugar coat things and tell me what I wanted to hear so I would hire him. Not Brett, he let me know the possibilities, both good and bad, and was straightforward...even before I hired him. He even encouraged me to "shop around" for other lawyers. I think that shows a great deal of confidence and integrity. I have never been in trouble with the law beyond a speeding ticket, so I was not sure what to expect and I was very scared. I was pleasantly surprised by Brett. He was very easily accessible whenever I called, or stopped in to talk. He would take time to talk to me even when I showed up unannounced. His hard work and diligence got me a better result than I expected. It was a very comforting feeling to know that my case was in knowledgable hands. If I am ever in trouble with the law again, (I don't plan on it) I will hire Brett without hesitation. I suggest you do the same if trouble ever finds you.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2010
Schandelson Review
Attorney Brett Schandelson helped me work through a contract dispute, and was a great lawyer to have chosen; he was empathetic and professional through the process. The peace of mind knowing that a responsible and capable attorney is working for you is well worth it – I would recommend Brett to family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2010
DUI Defense
Attorney Schandelson did a wonderful job serving as my legal advocate during a trying time. I really appreciated his thoughtfulness and perspective. Brett is an incredibly skilled legal professional. I would highly recommend his services to friends and family.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Contract and Quality Control Manager
  • Montana Office of the State Public Defender
  • 2018 - Present
  • Secretary of Board of Directors
  • Montana Free Press
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Shareholder
  • Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • University of Montana College of Technology
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Tipp & Buley, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Director
  • ACLU of Montana
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Office Of The State Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Jasper Smith Olson, PC
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Paoli, Latino, Kutzman and Jasper
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • University of Montana School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • Honor's Degree
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. M.M.
  • Dismissal
  • State v. C.C.
  • Non-felony disposition
  • State v. J.H.
  • Dismissal
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • State Delegate - Montana (2009 - 2012)
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008 - Present
  • Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • State Board Member - 2007/2008
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Defender of Justice Award
  • Montana Innocence Project
  • 2014
  • Best Appealate Brief
  • University of Montana School of Law
  • 2008
  • Goetz Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement
  • Montana State University
  • 2005
  • Dean's Award for Academic Excellence
  • Montana State University
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Training for Tribal Defender's Office
  • DUI Defense in Montana
  • 2010
  • Know Your Rights
  • Panel Moderator
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (21)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"You'd be lucky to have him as your attorney. I have seen him be incredibly successful as a trial attorney, appellate attorney and in meeting the expectations of his clients. He is smart, capable, and communicative."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Brett is positively the most intelligent and motivated lawyer that I have hired in my 28 years of practice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is the consummate professional. He cares deeply for his clients, is an outstanding trial attorney, and he gets results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brett skillfully advocates for his Criminal Defense and DUI clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Brett Schandelson is a skilled attorney who always works diligently for his clientele. Brett is a talented negotiator, writer, and is also a force to be reckoned with in a trial setting. I highly recommend Brett to anyone who needs a criminal defense or civil rights attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I sincerely endorse attorney Schandelson! The answers of Mr. Schandelson are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would be looking for in hiring an attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Brett through the NCDD, the organization that provides high-level education to DUI attorneys. He has gained a reputation as one of the best. I would not hesitate to refer a family member or close friend to to Brett. Andrew Mishlove"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Schandelson is the Montana State Delegate for the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). It is within this context that I know him best. What being a state delegate means is that the NCDD has entrusted him with being its spokesperson for the College and by extension every motorist accused a DUI in his state. In order to become a state delegate one must possess the requisite reputation, knowledge, experience and guts to stand up to the Government and truly defend and successfully litigate these most difficult of accusations. It is an appointed position meaning that he has been thoroughly vetted by the NCDD and its Board of Regents. I join the Board of Regents in their confidence in Attorney Schandelson's abilities and capabilities. His dedication to his craft is evidenced by his dedication to training. He has that experience, knowledge, training and guts to help you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Brett at a seminar in Boston. He was one of the best young attorneys I met there. Brett is going to be a credit to the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. If you get arrested for DUI/DWI, your first call should be to Mr. Schandelson."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brett D. Schandelson's work.If you or a loved one have been arrested for a DUI, call Brett immediately!"
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