An Experienced, Honest, and Proven Law Firm
The law firm of Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC in Missoula, MT, has a storied heritage, and began in 1959. Our founding partner, Ray Tipp, started his practice from a single homemade desk set on a staircase landing of a downtown Missoula office building. Shortly thereafter, he teamed up with Vernon Hoven, and the firm name changed to Tipp & Hoven and was located at 123 West Broadway in downtown Missoula. Vern stayed with the firm until shortly before his death in 1983.
After 55 years of providing legal services, and over 130 years of combined legal experience, we have the knowledge, training and creativity needed to give you the quality representation you deserve.
Over the years several other attorneys have been associated or partnered with the firm. The firm moved to its present location on the South Side of Missoula in 1972. Since that time, Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC has gradually grown to its present size of five full time attorneys, and our legal team has represented more than 7500 clients over the years. Even so, we strive to provide the same level of careful attention to the needs of our clients that we have from the beginning. In 2013 the Firm received the “Outstanding Law Firm” award from the Montana Innocence Project for our work with the wrongly convicted.
Meet Our Attorneys
Ray Tipp is still practicing over 50 years after he was first admitted to the State Bar of Montana. He represents individuals in a variety of legal areas, including Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Contracts, and Family Law.
Bryan Tipp joined the firm in 1994 after selling his law practice in Seattle, Washington. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers an invitation-only professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Bryan has a diverse civil practice as well as an extensive criminal defense practice.
Torrance Coburn has been with Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC since January 2005. Torrance has been recognized as a rising star under 40 years old for his excellence in the field of Personal Injury through the presentation of a Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award from the The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. Torrance has a diverse civil practice and represents clients in areas such as Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Contracts, and Family Law. Torrance also represents small businesses in many capacities.
Brett Schandelson began his career as an intern with Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC while he was still at the University of Montana School of Law, and joined as an associate attorney in 2008 upon his gradation. In January of 2015 Brett became a shareholder with the firm. Brett has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers for his work in Criminal Defense. In October 2014 Brett was recognized with the Defender of Justice Award from the Montana Innocence Project for his pro bono work with the Project. Currently Brett has a busy and diverse criminal and civil rights practice.
Sarah Lockwood is the newest addition to the Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC family. Sarah graduated from the University of Colorado in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, before matriculating at the University of Montana Law School in 2011. Sarah began working with Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC during her final year of Law School. While still in law school, Sarah received the Freedom Fighter Award from the Montana Innocence Project. Sarah works on both civil and criminal matters.
Our Promise to You
When you work with the legal team at Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC you can expect the following:
- Vast experience. After 55 years of providing legal services, and over 130 years of combined legal experience, we have the knowledge, training and creativity needed to give you the quality representation you deserve. We explore every option available to obtain a successful result in your case.
- Effective communication. We understand that you are a real person with an important legal matter, not just a file or a case to be handled. We will keep you well-informed regarding the status of your case and we are available when you have questions or concerns. Providing personalized attention is one of our highest priorities.
- Efficiency. We believe that you deserve quality representation at a reasonable price. With our years of experience, we typically know the most effective and efficient strategy for handling your case. We represent our clients from start to finish with professionalism, zealousness, and above all else, with your goals in mind.
Contact Our Firm
Whether you are facing criminal charges, suffered a personal injury or have an employment law matter, we stand ready to help. Let us walk you through the process step by step and provide you competent advice and quality results. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.
“Torrance represented me in a very complex breach of contract/wrongful termination case ... Extremely knowledgeable and professional. I can't recommend him highly enough.” David - actual client