Audrey Cromwell, Founder & Managing Partner

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Audrey Cromwell grew up in Billings, Montana.  She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, receiving her undergraduate degree in American Studies.  She returned to Montana for law school and graduated from University of Montana Law School in 2009.

In law school, Audrey served as the Montana Law Review’s Editor-in-Chief, managing the editing and production of UM Law School’s prominent state-wide legal journal.   She coordinated the Browning Symposium focused on Montana’s unique issue of rural law and public land, working with State Legislators, Congressional members, lawyers, ranchers, sport fisherman, and the USDA.  In 2007, Audrey worked for Crowley Fleck, PLLP in oil and gas, estates, and general litigation.  From 2008-2009, she prosecuted misdemeanors for the Missoula County Attorney’s Office, and represented low-income clients at Montana Legal Services in family, divorce, parenting, child custody and dependency and neglect cases.  In 2009, she served on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in Washington D.C. where her focus broadened to both state and national level legal policy.

Audrey is known for being passionate, effective, and efficient.  In early 2010, she joined the Public Defender’s Office in Billings, where she represented over 570 clients with traffic tickets, criminal misdemeanors, and felony charges.  She has represented clients in numerous jury and judge trials.  From 2010-2011, she was appointed to serve on the 13th Judicial District Felony Drug Court in Billings where she represented clients charged with felony drug cases.  There, she participated in a unique collaboration program with prosecutors, probation officers, police officers, Judges, and addiction treatment providers to encourage participants to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.  Since 2015, Audrey has served as Substitute Judge Pro Tem in Gallatin County Justice Court.

In 2013, Audrey was trained and certified in Collaborative Law by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Collaborative Law is a complex legal negotiation process that bypasses adversarial litigation to focus on productive, interest-based problem solving in divorce settlements. In 2015, she was part of a groundbreaking team of Montana legal professionals that worked to successfully pass the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. This state legislation is key in protecting the collaborative process, the attorneys, and their clients who choose collaboration over litigation.

Audrey believes that every Montanan deserves affordable advocacy and guidance through the legal system.  In striving for this, she founded Cromwell Law PLLC in 2012.  Through Cromwell Law, Audrey has developed a unique system of affordable legal care by offering Limited Scope Representation and flat rate billing.  Cromwell Law’s practice primarily serves clients in Collaborative Law, Family Law, Business Law and Estate Planning. In 2014, MSU selected Cromwell Law to provide legal services to their students. In 2017 Audrey was named one of Bozeman’s top 20 under 40 for her work in collaborative family law.

Audrey is married to Charlie Cromwell, a practicing JAG attorney and an Iraq war veteran. In her free time, she enjoys being active in the great Montana outdoors and spending time with Charlie and their son.

Admitted: Montana State Bar; U.S. District Courts, District of Montana

Member: Gallatin County Bar Association, Montana Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Montana Collaborative Professionals

Education: Billings West High School, high honors, (Billings, Montana) 2000; Carleton College, B.A. in American Studies, Minor in Spanish, cum laude, (Northfield, Minnesota) 2005; University of Montana, J.D., (Missoula, Montana) 2009

Community Involvement: Substitute Judge Pro Tem, Gallatin County Justice Court, 2015-Present; Founder, Montana Collaborative Professionals, 2015-Present; Executive Director, Community Mediation Center, 2016-2018; Volunteer Mediator, Community Mediation Center, 2014-Present; Member of the Board of Directors of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, 2012-2015; Family Readiness Group Leader for the 6th Legal Operations Detachment of the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command, 2012-2014.

In The News:

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: 20 under 40 List for 2017

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: MSU ResLife Mediation Training with Community Mediation Center

Women’s Law Caucus Blog: Local Lawyers, An Interview

The MSU Exponent: Students Rights