Natalie Walz

Natalie Walz graduated from the University of Montana's Alexander Blewett School of Law in 2022, where she honed her skills and found a dedication to the pursuit of justice. She was awarded the Excellence in Clinical Studies Award upon graduation for her work with the Montana Domestic Violence Clinic, handling cases from intake to judgment. Through this work she learned the value of a holistic approach to legal services. She discovered that restoring a client’s sense of stability requires their attorney to look beyond the letter of the law and listen to a client’s lived experience.

During law school, Natalie juggled multiple community minded internships, eager to absorb as much knowledge as possible. She volunteered with the Montana Innocence Project where she gained a passion for representing the wrongfully accused and standing up to the status quo; she produced research reports on invalid investigation and evidence techniques to bolster claims of innocence; she interned with the International Rescue Committee where she managed multiple citizenship applications in multiple languages; and through the Montana Afghan Asylum Project, she represented a client who served with the United States armed forces through their emergency asylum application, presenting a legally and emotionally compelling argument and representing the client in front of the United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services. Throughout law school and after graduation, Natalie worked with the prestigious Missoula firm Datsopoulos, MacDonald, and Lind, P.C. where she was mentored by some of the best criminal defense attorneys in the state, Milton Datsopoulos and Peter Lacny. During this time, she drafted winning briefs for the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2023, Natalie relocated to Bozeman and worked as a prosecutor for the Gallatin County Attorney’s Office. There, she gained valuable insight into the “other side” of the criminal justice system and became comfortable in the courtroom. Natalie takes pride in building productive relationships with both sides of a criminal case.

Before law school, Natalie enjoyed several years of international backpacking and held seasonal jobs in beautiful places. She worked at a dive shop on Catalina Island, at Big Sky Resort, at the Polebridge Mercantile, as a yoga instructor in Paradise Valley, and as a hiking guide in Sequoia National Park. Some of her travel highlights include traversing the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, swimming with a blue whale in Sri Lanka, practicing a week of silence in India, and drinking a beer at the Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton, in New Zealand. All were considered equally impressive.  Outside of the office, you can find her enjoying the outdoors, skiing Bridger Bowl, painting landscapes, or relaxing in your local hot spring.
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