About Christopher C. Petaja, Attorney & Counselor at Law
Chris understands that when people hire an attorney, they are often experiencing very stressful situations. These people need someone who cares about them. Petaja Law makes sure our clients not only receive high-quality legal services, but also the support and resources they deserve. Chris takes the time to listen to clients concerns and thoroughly explain to them the legal process.
As a public defender, Chris has been providing expert legal assistance in Bozeman for years. He brings hundreds of hours of courtroom experience as well as knowledge of the judges, opposing attorneys, and court staff involved to Petaja Law. Above all, Chris is committed to listening to clients concerns and achieving the best result for them.
Christopher C. Petaja is a third generation Montanan born in Helena, Montana. He grew up in the country near Clancy, Montana, and attended Helena High School. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montana. Upon graduating college, Chris moved to San Francisco where he attended law school at Golden Gate University School of Law. While in law school, Chris interned at the San Francisco Public Defenders Office. While working there, he seconded chaired a half of dozen misdemeanor trials ranging from handgun possession cases to assault on a police officer. Chris also competed in the American Association of Justice mock trial completion in Las Vegas, Nevada, while in school. Graduating in the top 10% of his class in 2008, Chris received several CALI and Witkin scholarly awards while in law school. In summer of 2008, Chris took the Montana bar, passed, and was licensed to practice law. In summer of 2010, Chris successfully passed the California bar and is currently licensed in California as well.
As an Assistant Public Defender for 5 years in Bozeman, Montana, Chris has handled hundreds of cases ranging from minor in possession of alcohol (MIP) to felony aggravated assault cases. He has successfully defended many DUI cases both at the pre-trial level and at trial. In his second year as a public defender, Chris received an award for outstanding achievement in his region from the Office of the State Public Defender. Known for his sense of humor and dedication to his clients, Chris is familiar with the Municipal, Justice, and District courts in Gallatin County. Chris has also practiced in Livingston, Belgrade, Three Forks, and Helena.
Having tried dozens of cases, mostly jury trials, Chris has strong trial skills. Petaja Law brings Chris's experienced, aggressive yet civil, approach to private practice.
Extremely helpful from start to finish
After talking to 3 other attorneys (including one public defender), Chris gave me different advice which I agreed would be the best plan of action. He handled my matter efficiently and helped me beyond our originally agreement with no request for further payment. He really helped me settle my matter. I highly recommend him.
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