About

receptionThe attorneys who have started 406 Law want to fill a niche that is needed in today’s legal world. As everything else has steadily increased in price, so have attorney’s fees. We want to provide a service at a cost that is affordable to middle class Americans like us.

Recently, the Montana Supreme Court approved new rules of practice for lawyers which allow them to provide what is called LIMITED SCOPE REPRESENTATION. Under these rules we can provide brief (short duration) services to clients. This usually takes the form of assisting people who are already, or will be, representing themselves in court.

406 Law will provide brief services to self-represented litigants in the areas of FAMILY LAW, simple WILLS, and normal-sized estate PROBATES, and TERMINATION OF JOINT TENANCIES. These are services that many people will need at some time during their lives. Our intent is to provide legal advice and drafting of pleadings at a moderate rate.

406 Law will also provide direct representation in CONSUMER CASES where, for example, there has been a violation of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. In cases where consumers have been harmed by creditors in violation of the law, attorney’s fees may be obtained from the creditor, rather than from our clients.

Please inquire if you want to know about our practice. We look forward to serving you.

D. Michael Eakin

Eakin is a 1976 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and has practiced in Montana for 39 years. Eakin was with Montana Legal Services Association for 39 years, and has over 50 appeals to the Montana Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Courts and United States Supreme Court. In addition to the State of Montana, Eakin is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Montana, the Crow Tribal Court, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court. Eakin served a term as an appellate judge for the Salish Kootenai Tribal Court and has served as a trial judge pro tem for the Blackfeet Tribal court.

Jeannette Ellen Berry

Berry is a 1976 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law. She was in private practice in Montana for 27 years, practicing in various areas of the law, but always including all aspects of family law. Her practice included trial and appellate work. She is licensed to practice law in all Montana trial courts, the Montana Supreme Court, the federal District Court for the District of Montana, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. For the last 12 years, she worked for Montana Legal Services Association, where she was the managing attorney of the Domestic Violence Unit providing direct civil legal services to clients. She left that position to join with her partners in their new venture.

Laurie Andreen Grygiel

Grygiel is a 1986 graduate of the University of Denver College of Law. She clerked for United State Magistrate Judge Nancy Fiora in Tucson, Arizona, then worked in transportation law focusing on cross-border issues until joining Montana Legal Services Association in 2006. While at Montana Legal Services Association, she worked primarily in the Domestic Violence Unit, as well as the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and the Foreclosure Group. She served as managing attorney of the Billings office. Grygiel is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Montana and Arizona, the Crow Tribal Court and the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court.