Kim Schulke, President

Kim Schulke has been a shareholder in Linnell, Newhall, Martin & Schulke in Great Falls since 1996. She began her legal practice as a law clerk for the First Judicial District Court in Helena before serving as a staff attorney with the Office of the Securities Commissioner in Helena and then as Deputy Securities Commissioner. Kim worked as a deputy county attorney for Cascade County, serving a year as Chief Deputy.  She joined the firm of Alexander, Baucus & Linnell, P.C., before becoming a shareholder in Linnell, Newhall, Martin & Schulke. She practices workers’ compensation law and personal injury law.

Kim grew up in Helena, graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Finance, and received her J.D. from the University of Montana. Kim is a member of the Cascade County Bar Association, serving as President from 2016-2017.  She is a member of the Cascade County Law Clinic Board of Directors. She is also a member of the State Bar of Montana, the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association of Justice, and the Workplace Injury Litigation Group. Kim has served on several local non-profit boards, including Kairos Youth Services and St. Thomas Child and Family Center.

Kyle Nelson, Vice President

Kyle Nelson is a partner in the Bozeman-based law firm Goetz, Geddes & Gardner P.C. Kyle’s practice largely consists of litigation and trial practice, representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial, business tort, corporate/shareholder disputes, personal injury claims, and property and easement disputes, and a bankruptcy practice focused primarily on recovery of assets for Trustees and protection of creditors’ rights. Kyle grew up in the logging community of Libby, Montana, before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps infantry.

In 2002, after earning an honorable discharge, he returned to his native Montana for school at the University of Montana. While in school, Kyle spent his summers working for the U.S. Forest Service fighting fires and cruising timber. Kyle also attended law school at the University of Montana, serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Public Land & Resources Law Review.

After law school, Kyle started his legal career at a commercial firm in Bozeman, Montana, representing clients in diverse complex litigation, including medical malpractice, toxic tort, natural gas explosions and other environmental litigation.

Kyle is active in the legal community, serving on the Montana Justice Foundation Board, the Montana Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the Gallatin County Bar Association Board.

Robert W. Minto, Treasurer

Robert W. Minto, Jr. has served as President and CEO and Director of ALPS Corporation from 1987 to May 2012 and now serves as Executive Chair and CEO. He also serves as CEO of Attorneys Liability Protection Society, Inc., A Risk Retention Group, as well as President and CEO of Lawyers Reinsurance Company (Vermont).

Mr. Minto received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1969 and his J.D. from the University Of Montana School of Law in 1973. He served as an Associate (1973-1977), a Principal (1978-1991) and Of Counsel (1991-2000) with the law firm of Worden Thane (formerly Worden Thane & Haines) in Missoula, Montana. Mr. Minto has been a member of the State Bar of Montana and the American Bar Association since 1973. He serves on the State Bar of Montana Lawyers Fund for Client Protection; the State Bar of Montana Law Practice Management Committee; and the Montana Justice Foundation Board. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).

Carlo Canty, Secretary

Carlo Canty is a partner at Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven, P.C.’s main office in Helena. Carlo’s practice is focused primarily on defending physicians in medical malpractice lawsuits, defending physicians against patient complaints to Professional Boards and government agencies, and all aspects of litigation. Carlo also specializes in protecting the rights of individuals and organizations in government and grand jury investigations and defending those accused of crimes in state and federal courts.

Carlo coordinates the law firm’s charitable contributions and also serves as an appointed member of the Montana Supreme Court’s Civil Jury Instructions Advisory Commission.

A fourth-generation Montanan, Carlo is originally from Butte. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and both parents, Carlo earned his undergraduate degree with high honors from Carroll College in Helena. He earned his law degree at the University of San Francisco.

Carlo and his wife have three sons. The Cantys enjoy fly-fishing and river trips, hunting, and long-distance trail running.

Margaret Weamer, Past President

Margaret Weamer is a partner in the Bozeman firm Tarlow Stonecipher Weamer & Kelly, PLLC. Maggie has a broad civil and commercial litigation practice emphasizing employment, construction, and real property. She joined the firm in 2007, after serving as a law clerk for the Hon. Justices Morris, Cotter and Warner of the Montana Supreme Court. She has been a partner in the firm since 2013.

Maggie has previously served as the president of the local Gallatin County Bar Association.  She is also an American Bar Association Fellow, a member of the American Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. Maggie received her J.D. from the University of Montana in 2006 where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team and a legal research and writing teaching assistant. Although she believes “free time” is a misnomer, when she’s not zealously representing her clients, she enjoys weightlifting, mountain biking, skiing, and just about everything else Montana’s great outdoors has to offer.