Parsons Behle & Latimer (Parsons) a preeminent law firm in the Intermountain West continues its growth in Montana to provide a greater breadth and depth of legal services to Montana clients with the addition of water law attorney Abigail R. Brown. Prior to joining Parsons, Brown was a founding attorney of ARB Law Group in Helena. She brings more than a decade of experience to Parsons’ Environmental and Natural Resources and Water law teams. She has represented a diverse range of water users from small individual family farms to large irrigation districts in water law and real property matters. Brown is located in Parsons’ Helena office.

Brown says, “I am thrilled to join the exceptional cadre of attorneys at Parsons Behle & Latimer in the firm’s Helena, Montana office. By joining Parsons’ Environmental & Natural Resources and Water Law practice groups, I look forward to the opportunity to provide a greater scope of client services to Montana water users across the state.”

In her water law practice, Brown represents water users through all stages of water rights adjudication proceedings in the Montana Water Court, water rights distribution and enforcement conflicts in state district courts and administrative permitting in state agencies. Brown also represents clients in a wide range of transactional matters, including water rights due diligence investigations for clients’ existing water portfolios or for clients who are purchasing water rights or real property with appurtenant water rights.

As a conflict resolution professional, Brown offers mediation, facilitation and conflict coaching services to water users as an alternative to litigation or in connection with potential settlement discussions in existing litigation. She is a conflict resolution facilitator, often partnering with other organizations to facilitate community dialogues and stakeholder meetings to address business, organizational, community and local government conflicts.

“This is an exciting time for Parsons Behle & Latimer in Montana,” says Parsons Montana Managing Shareholder Liz M. Mellem. “Between our Helena and Missoula offices, we have significantly expanded our legal service offering for our Montana clients. Our legal bench now includes some of the most skilled attorneys in the state in the areas of environmental and natural resources, water law and mining; natural resources, real estate and renewable energy taxation; employment and employment litigation; tax; business and commercial litigation; and mediation. We are committed to offering unparalleled legal services to Montana residents and businesses.”