JAMES W. THOMPSON
James W. Thompson, Billings attorney, is an acknowledged legal authority on the subject of wills, trusts, and estates. He is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is well-known as a speaker and seminar leader in the field of estate planning and asset protection. Mr. Thompson is known for his ability to condense complex legal principles and problems to meet each client’s situation.
Mr. Thompson graduated from the University of Montana School of Business in accounting, and earned a C.P.A. certificate. He then received a Juris Doctor (law) degree from the University of Montana Law School. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice law in the State of Montana, in both State and Federal Court, as well as the United States Tax Court. He has been in the private practice of law in Billings since 1962. He served a term as Billings City Attorney and served on the State Bar of Montana’s committee on Estates and Trusts.
Mr. Thompson has been active all his professional life in community affairs and has served on many boards and commissions, in both the public sector and the private. He lives in Billings with his wife, Linda, and has three grown children.
SAM S. PAINTER
Sam S. Painter graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. After working in his field of study, he attended the University of Montana’s School of Law and obtained a Juris Doctor (law) degree in 1993.
Mr. Painter worked as a criminal prosecutor for two years before joining a private law firm in Great Falls, MT. In 1996, Mr. Painter relocated to Billings, MT and founded Elk River Law Office, P.L.L.P. where he developed a broad based general litigation practice for eighteen years. Mr. Painter serves as City Attorney for the Cities of Laurel and Red Lodge, MT.
In 2015 Mr. Painter and Mr. Thompson joined forces and established Thompson Painter Law, P.C. for the purpose of expanding Mr. Thompson’s highly successful and respected estate planning law practice. At Thompson Painter Law, Mr. Painter will provide legal advice on the subject of wills, trusts, and estates.
In addition to the practice of law, Mr. Painter taught Federal Indian Law at Montana State University Billings for two semesters and currently serves as a Board Member for the Native American Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation established for the purpose of assisting and mentoring minorities in business development in impoverished areas in Montana and Wyoming. Mr. Painter resides in Billings with his wife Sheree and three children.
Tina Figarelle is Thompson Painter Law P.C.’s office manger and trust paralegal.
Tina was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. She attended Montana State University GF, where she earned a degree in Legal Studies. She has worked as a legal assistant in Great Falls and Billings since 1990.
Tina joined the firm in 2007 and works on the creation and funding of Living Trusts. She has a son who is currently a student at MSU Bozeman.
Courtney B. Darnell graduated from the University of Tennessee with a concentration in Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. She received her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA in 2011.
Ms. Darnell has worked in Guardianship and Probate matters in Naples, FL and has since relocated to Billings, MT where she has joined the team of Thompson Painter Law P.C. to concentrate in the area of Probate matters.
In addition to handling Probate matters, Ms. Darnell is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Yellowstone County where she assists with children’s dependency and neglect cases.
Jami Westermeyer has an extensive legal background and has worked within the legal field since 1991. Jami attended Great Falls Vocational Technical Center where she earned her Legal Secretary certification.
She worked in Great Falls as a legal assistant from 1991-2004. She moved to Billings in 2004 and continued her career as a legal assistant and office manager for the State Public Defender’s Office. From 2008 – 2013 Ms. Westermeyer worked as a legal assistant for Federal Defenders of Montana. She also acquired three years of experience working within the insurance industry.
Jami has joined Thompson Painter Law, P.C. as a legal assistant and assists in Trust creation and administration.
Linda Thompson was born and raised in California. She worked in the financial services industry in San Francisco, including 10 years with the investment banking firm, Montgomery Securities, where she served as Treasurer.
Linda works as a legal assistant for Thompson Painter Law Firm.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about Thompson Painter Law P.C., call our office. 406-294-4230 or 1-800-814-1248, M – Th 8-5 and Friday 8-3 (closed over the noon hour).
If you are wondering if you need estate planning or a trust, ask for our free initial telephone interview. One of our staff members will ask you some no-obligation questions to determine if our estate planning services can help you and your family.
Or send us an email with your telephone number and estate planning concern. Our staff will contact you during our business hours.