Gary Connelley joined the firm in 1996 and devotes the majority of his time to the performance of indigent pro bono service. Gary directs the pro bono program and is responsible for managing and initiating pro bono activities. He guides and promotes firmwide participation in providing free legal representation to low-income individuals, charitable organizations, and matters of public interest.
As senior pro bono counsel, Gary plays an active role in the firm’s pro bono matters, facilitates meaningful pro bono engagement by firm lawyers, and collaborates with other community resources and programs.
Prior to joining the firm, Gary was a managing attorney for Montana Legal Services Association and has extensive experience representing low income clients in family law, housing, public benefits, elder law and immigration in state and federal forums.
- Pro Bono
1983 – J.D. University of Montana School of Law
1979 – Montana State University
Prior Experience (Employment)
Montana Legal Services, 1984 – 1996
Honors & Awards
2004 Montana State Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, Access to Justice Committee
2010 Montana State Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, Access to Justice Committee
2011 Montana State Bar Association Neil Haight Pro Bono Award
2014 Montana Justice Foundation Champion of Justice
2016 Yellowstone Area Bar Association Professionalism Award
Founding Board Member, Billings Chapter for Prevention of Elder Abuse
Founding Board Member, Billings Eagle Mount
Founding Board Member, Yellowstone County Guardianship Council
Presentations & Publications
Gary Connelley is a frequent lecturer on guardianship and pro bono related issues.