Thomas  Schoenleben

Bitterroot Law
Bitterroot Law
PO Box 1312, Hamilton, MT 59840 United States

I graduated from the University of Montana School of law in 2012 where I focused on criminal defense. During that time I was an intern with the Office of the State Public Defender and completed a clinical rotation with the Federal Defenders of Montana.  

Upon graduating, I worked for the Public Defender Office in Havre from 2012-2014. In my second year in Havre I became the Deputy Public Defender and managing attorney for a 23,000 sq. mile region. It was my job to ensure that all Montana residents in that region received exceptional legal representation in this rural area. 

I moved to the Hamilton in 2014 and recently left public defense to start my own practice.​

I am a trial attorney with wide experience including DUI trials, deliberate homicide and more. I am a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys and completed National Highway Transportation Safety Authority training to administer standard field sobriety tests. 

This is the same training that law enforcement officers receive at all police academies throughout the nation. This is rare training and I am one of only a few to have this training in Western Montana and perhaps the only one in Ravalli County.​

Here is some of my experience:

Montana Pilots Association treasurer 2018-current

Appointed to the Montana Board of Aeronautics by Gov. Steve Bullock - appointed 2019

Member of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association - 2016-current

Montana State Chair for the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association - appointed 2019

Member of the Experimental Aircraft Association 1993 - current

Certified flight instructor

Member of Montana Trial Lawyers Association

NHTSA (national highway transportation safety administration)

Certified to administer SFST (standard field sobriety tests) — same training required by law enforcement.

Trial experience - everything from driving while suspended to double homicides



Our legal system can be complicated, and you need an experienced attorney to guide you to justice. I have spent my legal career vigorously defending my clients from aggressive prosecution.


Valuable assets required protection when you are buying or selling.


A pilot for nearly all my adult life, I am uniquely prepared to resolve aviation legal issues. I understand what it is like to be in the pilot's seat and can help you navigate through legal turbulence.

As your representative, I will champion your interests and protect you from hidden legal complications.

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