By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter

At the beginning of this year, Attorney Shari Gianarelli joined forces with Attorney Jay Reno to become Gianarelli & Reno, PLLC. “It’s good to have another qualified attorney to work with me on cases and assist clients,” said Gianarelli of the change. 

“This new practice is really rewarding,” added Reno, who has been a practicing lawyer in the area since 2010. Now, just six months after they merged their practices, they’re looking to expand again. 

Brooke Perkins, a 2014 graduate of the University of Montana (UofM) School of Law will join their ranks starting Sept. 1. She is the first of what Gianarelli and Reno hope will be many associates as their practice continues to grow, allowing them to serve more clients. 

Cases are not assigned to a specific lawyer but collaborated on to achieve the best assistance possible for each client. They offer legal advice and assistance for criminal defense, personal injury, family law, divorce or separation, estate planning, real estate law, business law, adoptions and guardianship, child support and child custody, and also provide mediation services.

Reno has attended the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), which is a week-long program that uses a “learning-by-doing” teaching style and includes individualized critiques, quality guidance, and instruction. He is a graduate of UofM School of Law and has an extensive background in mediation services.

Gianarelli has been a practicing lawyer for 19 years, 14 of which have been spent in Montana. In that time she has practiced in Federal, State, and Administrative courts. She is a well versed lawyer that graduated in 1994 from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

When not practicing law, both attorneys enjoy the outdoors. Gianarelli likes camping and spending time with her children and dog “Zag”. Reno has a passion for guitar playing and likes to kayak and go snowshoeing.  

The rest of the staff at Gianarelli & Reno, PLLC consists of Rose Johns, Paralegal and Notary; Leah Becker, Legal Assistant; and part-time employee Kaylee Taule, a recent graduate of Conrad High School who will attend UofM-Western in Dillon next year. 

With offices in both Conrad and Whitefish, and clients in places such as Libby, Lewistown, Billings and Chinook, Gianarelli & Reno’s claim that “From the mountains to the prairie, we are here to assist with your legal needs,” certainly rings true.


To reach their Whitefish office call (406) 863-4888, and (406) 278-3200 for their Conrad office. Clients or prospective clients are encouraged to call anytime, day or night, as calls received after office hours will be returned promptly. For more information on Gianarelli & Reno, visit their website at .