Terryl has a long history of handling accident claims, including motor vehicle collision claims, and other various personal injury cases. She understands the litigation process can be difficult for those that have been severely injured. Please contact her for more information.
Terryl has practiced law in Montana since 1993. While she has practiced for most of her career solo, this changed in the last couple years when Joseph Sherwood joins the law firm as an associate in September of 2016. Her firm focuses primarily on personal injury and civil rights matters and representation of tribal governments.
Terryl provides legal and policy advice to tribal governments and corporations regarding breach of fiduciary duty, contracts, elections, land, gaming, and other matters. She represents clients before federal tribunal, tribal administrative hearings and federal, state, and tribal courts and has had success resulting in favorable settlements to clients.
INDIAN HOUSING AUTHORITIES
Terryl has considerable experience in the area of Indian housing. After Congress amended the laws governing federally-assisted Indian housing programs by enacting the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) in 1996, she has assisted Indian housing entities in taking advantage of the flexibility created by NAHASDA to assume all or some of the housing responsibilities previously performed by the tribe's Indian Housing Authorities.
Her work has included assisting tribes to: develop Indian housing plans; negotiate cooperation agreements with local municipalities on housing-related issues; update tribal housing codes; meet environmental compliance requirements mandated by NAHASDA and applicable regulations; review mortgage and related loan documents associated with the federal loan guarantee programs; and assist tribes in drafting and implementing tribal housing assistance and mortgage loan programs.
Terryl is an experienced litigator who has tried civil and criminal cases. She is licensed to practice in the State of Montana, U.S. District Court for Montana, Ninth and Tenth Circuit, Federal Court of Appeals, and Federal Court of Claims and the Blackfeet, Fort Belknap, Crow, Salish/Kootenai, and Chippewa Cree Tribal Courts. Terryl is a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.
Terryl grew up on the Fort Belknap and Blackfeet Indian Reservations. She is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from he University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, MT. in 1993.
Terryl is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College. She also is board member for the Montana Legal Services Association.
Terryl has also represented several tribal governments and Indian housing authorities.
She is currently the part-time Glacier County Attorney in Glacier County, Montana.
MATT LAW OFFICE ATTORNEYS
Joe Sherwood is an associate attorney at Matt Law Office. He originally joined as an intern in 2015 before becoming an associate after graduating law school. Joe grew up in Helena, Montana and graduated from Capital High School. He attended Montana State University – Bozeman, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in History, with minors in German and Native American Studies.
Joe moved to Cut Bank with his wife Abby in 2009. Before going to law school, he worked for Glacier County EMS and managed the hospital pharmacy as the pharmacy tech at Northern Rockies Medical Center. Joe attended the University of Montana School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 2016 with a certificate in Indian Law. While in law school, he served as vice-president of the Native American Law Student Association and was a member of the Rural Advocacy League. In 2017 Joe began working as a part-time Deputy Glacier County Attorney.
Joe is admitted to the State Bar of Montana, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, the Blackfeet Tribal Bar, and the Fort Belknap Tribal Bar.
In his free time Joe enjoys fishing, hunting, exploring the backroads of Montana, and spending time with his wife and two children.
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