Charles B. Cromwell, Partner

Charlie grew up in Missoula, Montana.  After graduating from Hellgate High School, Charlie attended Harvard University.  While in college, Charlie was an ROTC cadet and Division I varsity athlete in both swimming and water polo.  After graduating cum laude in American History, Charlie received his commission in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant.  His 4-year active duty service included a 13-month combat tour in Iraq.  While in the field, Charlie was put in numerous positions that required strong leadership, quick-thinking, and sound judgment.  These positions ranged from leading his armored platoon during combat, to overseeing his base’s perimeter security and quick reaction force, to negotiating multi-million dollar contracts with international firms and Iraqi businessmen on behalf of the U.S. Army.  Upon completion of his active duty service, Charlie transferred into the Army Reserves and returned to his hometown to pursue simultaneous degrees in Law and Public Administration at the University of Montana.

While in law school, Charlie was a regional finalist on the Negotiations Competition Team, drafted and helped enact affordable prescription drug legislation with the Montana legislature, and worked as a legal intern at Boone Karlberg, P.C.

After graduating from law school in 2009, Charlie worked as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Senate where he focused on veteran and defense policy.  His time in D.C. included helping draft and pass legislation mandating face-to-face PTSD and TBI screenings before and after deployments and legislation involving veteran unemployment.  From 2011-2013, he worked as in-house counsel for a startup technology company.  Charlie also began taking cases at Cromwell Law in 2011, and has advised companies as both contract in-house and outside counsel.  Charlie is currently a Major in the Montana Army National Guard JAG Corps and has previously argued before the military’s highest criminal court of appeals as amicus curiae.  Charlie practices in the areas of business law and entity formation, copyright and trademark, estate planning, administrative law, consumer protection, landlord-tenant, and military and veterans’ law.

Charlie is a firm believer in service.  Whether he is helping veterans receive the benefits they are entitled to or helping bootstrapped entrepreneurs start their dream businesses, he continues to bring his passion and dedication to work with him every day.

Charlie is married to Audrey Cromwell, a practicing attorney and the founder of Cromwell Law.  Charlie and Audrey enjoy providing legal services to MSU’s student population through the ASMSU legal services program.  Charlie also serves as a board member on UM Law School’s Clinical Board of Visitors.  In his free time, Charlie enjoys swimming in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and always spending time with Audrey and his son Thomas.

Admitted:  Montana State Bar, U.S. District Courts (District of Montana), Judge Advocate General Corps (Montana Army National Guard)

Member:  University of Montana Law School Clinical Board of Visitors, Montana Bar Association, American Bar Association, Gallatin County Bar Association, American Bar Association Business Law Section (LLCs, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Entities Committee)

Education:  Hellgate High School (Missoula, Montana), high honors, 1998; Harvard University, B.A. in American History (Cambridge, Massachusetts), cum laude, 2002; U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course (Fort Bliss, TX), commandant’s list, 2003; University of Montana (Missoula, Montana), J.D., 2009; University of Montana (Missoula, Montana), M.P.A., high honors, 2009; U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals School Officer Basic Course (Charlottesville, Virginia), commandant’s list, 2012; U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals School Officer Advanced Course (Charlottesville, Virginia), 2014