Meet the Judnich Law Office Team

We focus on personal injury representation, DUI Defense as well as private criminal defense representation and family law matters. Our office team brings together specialized skills, experience and knowledge that sets us apart from other firms and obtains results our clients can appreciate. Client confidence and comfort is our goal.

Marty Judnich Esq., President

Marty smallMarty has been helping the injured for over 19 years. From working as a case manager at a famous personal injury law firm in college until after he received his law degree, Marty has excelled at helping the hurting and fighting insurance companies. Marty is a former criminal prosecutor in the Cascade County Attorney’s Office and now uses that experience to defend those accused of crimes. A University of Montana School of Law graduate, Marty focuses his practice on personal injury and criminal defense. Marty is well-known as a premier DUI defense attorney and is well versed in the insurance claims industry and has negotiated significant settlements with nearly every major insurance company. Marty is a very experienced trial attorney and will take cases to jury trial when required. Marty is admitted to the Montana and Washington State Bar as well as the 9th Circuit Court of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Our client testimonials and satisfaction confirm our goals. Marty is an avid about spending times outdoors in Montana. His passions are involving friends and family in hunting, archery, golf and many other outdoor activities when he is not in the office, court or with his clients.

Contact Marty at or (406) 721-3354.

Vinnie Pavlish, Associate Attorney

Vinnie 2Vinnie was born in Montana and has lived throughout Montana his entire life. He attended the University of Montana, for both his undergraduate and law degree.

Vinnie was heavily involved with the ASUM student union and was on staff and an editor at the Montana Law Review and participated in National Moot Court and Environmental Law Moot Court. His clinical program was a clerkship with Federal Magistrate Lynch.

Vinnie clerked for Judge Ray J. Dayton in Anaconda, Montana, for almost two years and since then has been working as an associate attorney in trial work, personal injury, and criminal defense for the Judnich Law Office. Vinnie is a very experienced trial attorney in both civil and criminal matters and works hand in hand with Marty in a team approach to achieve the best client satisfaction and results possible.  Vinnie is admitted to practice in all Montana courts.

Contact Vinnie at or (406) 721-3354.

Lucy Hansen, Associate Attorney

LucyLucy was raised in Butte and Helena, Montana. She graduated from Carroll College and received her law degree from the University of Montana in 2002. While in law school, she excelled as a member of the Trial Team. Lucy was awarded one of two Student Advocates of the Year Award at graduation. She is licensed to practice in State and Federal Courts. Lucy owned a solo family law practice from 2003-2006. From 2006 through 2012 she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Unit.

Lucy focuses her practice on family law and with the Judnich Law Office uses her skills and knowledge to aggressively represent her clients in the most difficult of life’s matters. Lucy also offers legal services of Guardian ad litem or GAL investigations and reports, settlement and mediation services in family law matters as well as legal appeals to the Montana Supreme Court. Lucy has more than fifteen years experience in helping others through some of their most difficult life experiences and her background in child abuse and neglect litigation, trial work and family law is second to none. She brings passion, knowledge, and commitment to each of her cases.
Outside of the office, Lucy enjoys spending time with her young son, and enjoying all that Montana has to offer.

Contact Lucy at or (406) 721-3354.

Nathan Hulling, Associate Attorney

Nathan was born in Illinois and raised in the great state of Tennessee. He attended law school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps in 2009 and served his country as a Marine Corps Judge Advocate until 2017 acquiring the rank of Major. During his Marine Corps career Nathan worked as a defense counsel in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, defending Marines charged with crimes and also as a criminal prosecutor at Camp Pendleton, California. Nathan’s practice focuses on trial work, family law and criminal defense at the Judnich Law Office.

Nathan and his family moved to the Bitterroot Valley to take advantage of Montana’s beautiful scenery and outdoor lifestyle. Nathan is passionate about the outdoors, conservation and spending time with his family.

Contact Nathan at or (406) 721-3354.

Misty Gaubatz, Associate Attorney

Misty has been a Montana resident for more than half of her life and considers Montana her permanent home. She’s lived here longer than anywhere else and she can’t ever imagine leaving!

Misty is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law. Misty previously clerked as an intern for Federal U.S. District Court Senior Judge Donald Molloy as well as the Montana Attorney General’s Office. Prior to graduating law school Misty worked for over a decade as an experienced paralegal for Montana law firms. Misty now utilizes that vast experience representing individuals at the Judnich Law Office.

Misty’s practice at the Judnich Law Office focuses on family law and criminal defense.

Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Contact Misty at or (406) 721-3354.

Brandi Wetherelt, Paralegal

Brandi focuses her efforts specifically for the family law division of the Judnich Law Office. Brandi’s lengthy legal experience in family law makes the perfect 1-2 punch with Lucy and Nathan to achieve our client’s goals.  She was born and raised in Eastern Montana and later relocated to Polson, Montana.  Brandi graduated from the University of Montana and majored in International Business and Business Management and Minored in Marketing. Brandi became a Paralegal through the State Bar of Montana and has over a decade of legal experience.  In her free time, Brandi enjoys rafting, fly fishing, camping, hiking and spending time with her family in the great outdoors of Montana.

Contact Brandi at or (406) 721-3354.

Kerry Donk, Legal Assistant

Though born in Billings, Kerry is a recent transplant from Seattle where for nearly twenty-five years she worked in the Electric Utility Industry. Part of her responsibility was to review the contractual Terms and Conditions on the projects in which she was involved. It was this interest in the law and it’s application that lead Kerry to Judnich Law Office.

We’re on Your Side.

attorneys from Judnich Law posing in their Missoula office

We are Missoula-based attorneys focusing on Criminal Defense with a history of winning cases.
Client comfort and confidence is our goal.

Clients Trust Judnich Law

“I came into Judnich Law Office frustrated after settling my claim before I knew I was badly hurt.
Marty was able to reopen my claim and get me the settlement I deserved.
I was very lucky to discover the Judnich Law Office, and hope everyone else does.”

— Jennifer B.

“Marty took my case when I thought no one else would and got me the best possible outcome.
He did what I thought was the impossible and kept me out of jail.”

— Eddie Jones

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It starts with a consultation. We want to learn everything about your situation so we can chart a course seeking the most desirable outcome for you.

Call Us for Your Free, No Obligation Phone Consultation today.

Call (406) 721-3354