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Elizabeth Kaleva

Elizabeth A. Kaleva is from Missoula, Montana, where she graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School in 1987. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Boston College in 1991. Bea graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1995 and, after graduation, clerked for a judge for year before joining the Montana School Boards Association as a staff attorney. She rose to the General Counsel position and remained with the MTSBA until 2004, when she returned to Missoula in private practice. Bea serves as counsel for school districts in all areas of employment and school law. Specific practice areas include: contract negotiations, employee misconduct and discipline, student misconduct and discipline, special education and federal programs, and Board of Trustees practice and procedure. She provides litigation defense to school districts and their employees in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies relating to all aspects of school district operations.

Bea is admitted to practice before all Montana courts, the United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Council of School Attorneys, the Montana Council of School attorneys, a former Board member of the National Council of School Attorneys and is the President of the School Law Section of the Montana State Bar. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America since 2014 for the areas of education law and employment law, and was named the Best Employment Law Lawyer for the Missoula area in 2015 and 2019.

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Megan D. Morris

Born and raised in Butte, Montana, Megan Morris graduated from Butte High School in 1997. She graduated from the University of Montana in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After working for the Montana Secretary of State’s Office as well as the Montana Department of Commerce, Megan attended the University of Montana School of Law. Megan received her juris doctor with high honors from the University of Montana in 2005.

In 2005, Megan joined the national law firm of Holland & Hart in its Billings, Montana office. Her practice there primarily focused on employment, commercial, and natural resource litigation. In 2008, Megan returned to Missoula to join Kaleva Law Office where she serves as counsel for school districts in all areas of school law. She regularly advises school districts in the areas of student rights and discipline, special education and federal programs, employment law and employee misconduct, contract preparation and negotiations, procurement, and construction.

Megan is admitted to practice before all Montana courts, the United States District Court for the District of Montana, and the United States Appeal Court for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the Montana State Bar and the Council of School Attorneys. Megan has given numerous presentations in the areas of employment law and school law. Megan has been named a Mountain States Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the area of School and Education in 2014, 2018, and 2019.

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Beth O’Halloran

Beth was raised in Polson, Montana where her dad was a family doctor and her mom worked (tirelessly) raising 8 children. She graduated from Polson High School, received her B.A. from the University of Montana and worked in Helena before attending law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During law school, Beth worked summer legal internships in Washington, DC and New York City in the field of labor law. Beth returned to her Montana roots following law school, working as an insurance and securities regulatory attorney with the State of Montana for five years.

Beth left Helena in order to join Milodragovich, Dale, Steinbrenner, P.C. in Missoula in 1999. She spent the next 14 years with the firm, initially as an associate, later becoming a shareholder in the firm. During this time, Beth developed an active civil litigation practice, with an emphasis in employment and discrimination law, as well as personal injury, contract and insurance coverage litigation. After relocating back to Helena, Beth moved into the exclusive representation of public entities in 2013, when she joined the legal defense team at the Montana Association of Counties, representing counties in a variety of litigation cases. In her 21 + years of practice, Beth has advocated on behalf of her clients in the U.S. Ninth Circuit, federal and state district courts, the Montana Supreme Court, a variety of administrative tribunals, including the Montana Human Rights Commission and Bureau, the Montana State Tax Appeal Board, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, OSHA and the EEOC.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, cooking, and traveling in other communities and cultures.

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Kevin Twidwell

Kevin Twidwell is a litigator at Kaleva Law Office and has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney. He grew up in Butte, Montana, and received his undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Montana before working as a newspaper reporter.

After covering police and legal issues as a journalist, Kevin attended law school, graduating with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 1994. He thenworked as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Charles C. Lovell before joining the litigation department at the Seattle law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine. There, he represented large private and governmental entities in complex litigation. Kevin moved back to Missoula in 2002 to raise his daughters, and has practiced in the state and federal courts there since that time.

Kevin represents school districts in a variety of matters, including Title IX investigations, discrimination claims before the Human Rights Bureau and in the courts, negligence matters, personal injury lawsuits and employment issues. He also has experience in representing businesses and individuals in areas such as product liability, medical malpractice, professional negligence, insurance coverage, and mass tort claims.

He is an avid runner and spends a lot of time with his two canine companions on the trails around Missoula.

 

Elizabeth-Crespo

Elizabeth O. Crespo

Elizabeth O. Crespo grew up in Missoula, Montana. A fifth generation Montanan, Lily received a bachelor’s degree in 2012 with high honors in Communication Studies and a certificate in Geographical Information Systems under the aegis of the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana. Lily then pursued graduate studies in Communication Studies at the University of Montana College of Arts and Sciences where she taught public speaking classes. Lily graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2016. In 2017, Lily successfully petitioned the Montana Supreme Court for accommodations for nursing mothers taking the state bar exam. In 2019, she completed a Level IV due process investigator training through Atixa and is now certified to fully investigate Title IX complaints in the United States.

Lily provides guidance and support on a wide variety of employment and school law issues. She is currently the staff writer for the KLO legal update blog. This blog serves as a resource to Montana school districts and employers trying to keep abreast of an ever-changing body of law.

She serves on the board of the Friends of Two Rivers, working to safeguard the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. Besides career-related skills, Lily has a lifetime love of music, tango, and can bake a mean cherry pie. Lily is admitted to practice before all Montana courts and the United States District Courts in the District of Montana.

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Kaylie Robison

Kaylie Robison grew up in the Missoula area, where she graduated from Florence-Carlton High School in 2009. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Montana in 2015. Following college, she spent several years as a behavior specialist, providing behavioral support for children with severe emotional disturbances in a school-based setting prior to joining Kaleva Law Offices as a legal assistant.

In her free time Kaylie enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, exploring all the fun adventures Montana has to offer.

 

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