Elizabeth W. Erickson

Biography

Elizabeth is passionate about all things related to land, water and natural resources.  Her diverse background working in both the public and private sectors allows her to effectively work with clients to solve complex land use and real estate issues or plan for the future of their property.  Elizabeth’s transactional practice focuses on helping clients with land use, property law, including access and easement issues, real estate transactions and conservation real estate, estate planning, water law, and environmental and natural resources matters.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Elizabeth has called Montana home for over 20 years.  Prior to joining Worden Thane P.C., Elizabeth was the attorney for the City of Missoula’s Open Space Program, where she worked on public and private land transactions and a wide array of land use, real estate and easement issues.  Before working for the City, she worked in private law practice from 2009-2014 in the areas of environmental and natural resources law, civil litigation, estate planning, and disability law.

Elizabeth earned her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 2008, where she served as an Editor of the Public Lands and Resources Law Review.  After law school, she served as law clerk to Justices Nelson (ret.), Leaphart (ret.) and Rice of the Montana Supreme Court.  Elizabeth also completed a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1998 and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 2002.

Prior to attending law school, Elizabeth worked in land and wildlife conservation in the non-profit and university settings, as an outdoor educator and also as a raft guide. Elizabeth has studied and traveled extensively throughout Central and South America, and is fluent in Spanish.

When not helping clients achieve results with their legal matters, Elizabeth can be found exploring Montana’s wild places on foot, bike, raft and skis with her husband and two children.  An avid trail runner, Elizabeth regularly runs ultra distance trail runs and also serves as the board Secretary for Run Wild Missoula.

Credentials

Education

The University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana; J.D. 2008

Editor, Public Land and Resources Law Review

Clinical Intern, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Missoula, Montana

The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana; M.S. Environmental Studies, 2002

The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia; B.A. Spanish and Psychology, 1998

Community Activities

Board Secretary, Run Wild Missoula

Former Board President, Clark Fork School

Former Clinical Supervisor, Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic, Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Bar Admissions

Montana State and U.S. District Courts

Montana Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Montana

Western Montana Bar Association

Fulbright Specialist Roster, United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2018-2021

Honors and Awards

Hope Scholarship, full academic merit scholarship for undergraduate

B. and B. Dawson Scholarship for master’s degree studies

Ron and Nancy Erickson Scholarship for master’s degree studies

Conservation and Research Foundation of Connecticut grant recipient for Master’s thesis research on protected areas management in southern Costa Rica.