Mary grew up in Harlowton, Montana. She is an honors graduate of the UM Journalism School, where she trained under masters of the craft like Professors Nathaniel Blumberg, Charlie Hood and Bob McGiffert. She sharpened her skills in law school as a writer and editor for the Boston College Law Review. After her 1981 graduation from BC, magna cum laude, Mary clerked in federal district court in Rhode Island, where she drafted opinions and jury instructions and received a thorough grounding in federal law and practice from Chief Judge Francis J. Boyle.
Moving on to a Boston law firm, Mary practiced bankruptcy law and received mentoring and training from some of the most highly respected attorneys in the field. Throughout her years of practice in Boston, bankruptcy judges and their law clerks regularly commented on the quality of her legal writing. Mary’s bankruptcy peers honored her by recommending her for an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Before returning to Montana in 2004, Mary spent 11 years in the Boston office of the premier international law firm Bingham McCutchen, where she was privileged to practice among some of the best lawyers in the country. Mary’s experience also includes three years with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, where she handled cases under the Consumer Protection Act, with an emphasis on housing matters.
A Montanan at heart, Mary understands that credentials can take you only so far. She brings to her work maturity and judgment based on a life of rich experiences, as a mother, friend and traveler.