Meet Our Staff

Kelsey Thelen

Kelsey joined our firm in June 2012 as an assistant in the Bankruptcy Department. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English from MSU-Bozeman in 2010 and her Paralegal Certificate from MSU-Billings in 2012. In 2018, Kelsey became our firm’s Office Manager.

Sue Furstenberg

Sue joined our firm October, 2005 as a Receptionist and assistant to everyone in the firm. Sue has over 30 years of office and customer service experience.

Amy Bender

Amy began in the legal field in 2013, after graduating from Dickinson State University with a degree in Office Administration.  She has over two years experience in the legal field, including criminal law.  She has over 10 years of customer service experience.  Amy joined our firm in October of 2019 as the legal assistant to Andy Patten and Molly Considine.  

April Boucher

April joined our firm in September, 1995 as a Paralegal for James A. Patten in the bankruptcy department. She has over 18 years in bankruptcy as well as commercial litigation, collections, and real estate law. April earned an Associates Degree from North Dakota College of Science and received her Paralegal Certificate from the Interstate Business College in Fargo, North Dakota. She is currently a member of the Montana Association of Legal Assistants.

Leanne Beatty

Leanne has over 30 years of legal experience. Leanne obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1997 and began working at the firm in February, 2003, with Bruce Bekkedahl in the estate planning department. In 2009, she transferred to the bankruptcy department and works as a Paralegal to James A. Patten. Leanne has been a member of the Montana Association of Legal Assistants*Paralegals since 2012.

Diane Kephart

Diane is a Paralegal and began with us in 1999 after majoring in accounting and graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from MSU-Bozeman in 1976. Diane works with Bruce Bekkedahl in the areas of estate and trust administration, fiduciary accounting, preparation of estate, gift and fiduciary income tax returns. Prior to working for PPBG, Diane had over twenty years' experience with public, private and governmental accounting entities.

Leonor Oliveira

Leonor attended Law School of the Catholic University of Pernambuco in Brazil, and became a Member of The Brazilian Bar Association in September, 1999. In May, 2004, she completed her LL.M. (Masters of Law for International Lawyers) at Temple University, Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leonor joined us in November, 2012, and works as a Probate Assistant with Bruce Bekkedahl and his staff.

Danielle Jordan

Danielle joined our firm in June of 2019 as a paralegal to Scott Green in the departments of collections, civil litigation, general business, corporate and tax court.  Prior to working for PPBG, Danielle had over 14 years of experience in the areas of estate planning, business planning, real estate transactions, and probate/trust administration.  She is currently a member of the Montana Association of Legal Assistants (MALA).  

Phyllis Dahl

Phyllis assists Michael F. McGuinness in civil litigation, employment law, collections, water rights, and real estate matters. In 1979, she began working for attorneys in a general practice firm as a legal assistant and bookkeeper, and joined our firm in 2004. She was also employed as branch office assistant with an investment firm for three years. Phyllis obtained her Certificate of Paralegal Studies in 2005 from MSU-Billings. She is a member of Montana Association of Legal Assistants (MALA) and has served on their membership committee.

Tiffany Bell

Tiffany began working in the legal field in 2007, when she volunteered at Montana Legal Services, while going to MSU-Billings to obtain her Paralegal Certificate. Tiffany as well has her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Montana and is a member of the Montana Association of Legal Assistants. She joined our firm in November, 2007 as a Paralegal and works for Daniel Snedigar and Molly Considine in the departments of probate, real estate, estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, adoptions, and litigation.

Janell Villa

Janell began working in the legal field in 1999, after obtaining her Associates degree in Paralegal Studies from National American University in Rapid City, SD.  She has over 20 years of legal and customer service experience.  She joined our firm in April 2019 as a Legal Assistant to Patrick G. N. Beddow and Michael McGuinness.  

Deidra McCombs

Deidra began working in the legal field in 2014, after finishing her Associates in Business and Science at MSU-Great Falls. Deidra joined the firm in 2018 as a legal assistant for Bruce Bekkedahl.  In 2021 she transitioned to the role of paralegal for Patrick Beddow and works in the departments of estate planning, probates and trusts.

Patten, Peterman, Bekkedahl & Green P.L.L.C.

At Patten, Peterman, Bekkedahl & Green P.L.L.C., we have a large team of attorneys who work together to provide solutions for our clients. Our full-service law firm has earned many prestigious distinctions, including:

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Preeminent Rating
  • Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

For more information about our legal services, contact our practice online or call (406) 252-8500 today.

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