Adrienne Maxwell is a Partner in the firm’s Missoula office. Adrienne joined the firm in 2015 and practices in the areas of employee benefits and trusts and estates. She regularly advises clients with respect to self-funded health insurance plans, multiple employer welfare arrangements, welfare benefit plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, profit sharing plans, and cafeteria plans. She provides plan design and compliance assistance under the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA, and helps employers correct errors using corrective programs with the IRS and the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Adrienne grew up in Somers, Montana. She received her B.A. from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she majored in philosophy, and earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School in New York City in 2010. In 2010 she began her career in the tax group at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City, before returning to Montana in 2012 where she worked for Earthjustice in Bozeman.

Adrienne is a past President of the Western Montana Estate Planning Council and a volunteer debate coach at Frenchtown High School.

Practice Areas

    • Employee Benefits, ERISA & Executive Compensation
    • Affordable Care Act
    • Cafeteria Plan Advice
    • Discrimination Issues for Health Plans
    • Discrimination Issues for Retirement Plans
    • Fiduciary Duty Issues for Health Plans
    • Fiduciary Duty Issues for Retirement Plans
    • Fixing Benefits Plans with the IRS and DOL
    • Health Plan Design and Compliance
    • HIPAA Compliance for Health Plans
    • Keeping a Qualified Retirement Plan Tax-Qualified
    • Healthcare
    • Plans, Managed Care, Employee Benefits, and Executive Compensation
    • Taxation
    • Business Entities
    • Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
    • State and Local Taxes
    • Tax Audits and Controversies
    • Trusts & Estates
    • Estate Planning
    • Fiduciary Obligations and Estate and Trust Litigation
    • Probate, Estate and Trust Administration
    • Retirement Planning
    • Tax Planning

Bar Admission

Montana, 2013
U.S. District Court (D. MT), 2013


2010 – J.D., Columbia University School of Law
2006 – B.A., Bates College, Philosophy

Prior Experience (Employment)

Earthjustice, Bozeman, MT (2012-2015)
Sullivan & Cromwell, New York, NY (2010-2012)

Community Involvement

Homeword, Board Member
Frenchtown High School, volunteer debate coach
Leadership Missoula 36

Professional Affiliations

Western Montana Estate Planning Council, past president
State Bar of Montana BETTR Law Section, Education and Outreach committee member
Western Montana Bar Association, member