Rachel Parkin

Rachel H. Parkin

“Take a proactive approach to clients' legal issues, and strive for creative, positive and lasting solutions.”

Rachel H. Parkin

Rachel H. Parkin

Practice Areas


  • State Bar of Montana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Court


  • University of Montana (J.D., 2013)
  • Kansas State University (M.A., 2009)
  • Kansas State University (B.A., 2005)

Rachel H. Parkin

In her practice, Rachel Parkin emphasizes a commitment to open dialogue and diligent analysis. She believes that advocacy starts with understanding. Not every client defines success in the same way, so early and frank conversations regarding goals are critical to obtaining a favorable outcome. Understanding the legal, factual, and even emotional parameters of the legal issues her clients encounter enables Rachel to effectively drive cases toward satisfactory resolution. Through her background in academia, she has developed the exceptional research, composition, and communication skills necessary to successfully handle complex legal issues through all phases of litigation, and to reconcile legal issues with her clients’ goals.


In a previous life, Rachel worked as an education ambassador at a zoo, as a trail guide on horseback in Rocky Mountain National Park, and as a librarian. Rachel enjoys getting lost — lost with a backpack, her husband, and her dog in Montana’s backcountry; lost in a good book; or lost in her thoughts on a long run. She owns more than 20 different illustrated versions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and has strong feelings about the use of Oxford commas.

Representative Cases

  • Beauchamp v. United States, et al;
    represented plaintiff in wrongful death claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, instrumental in obtaining settlement with state and federal governments.


  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund

Awards & Recognitions

  • In law school, Rachel earned a scholarship for excellence in legal writing and helped teach legal research skills to new law students as part of the Junior Partner Program.

Professional Background

  • While in law school, Rachel assisted in federal criminal prosecutions and appeals as a clinical intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She also spent two years developing civil litigation skills as an intern at Milodragovich, Dale & Steinbrenner, P.C. Prior to entering the legal profession, Rachel taught literature and expository writing courses for the English Department at Kansas State University. During her time at Kansas State, she presented papers at several national conferences and published work in a peer-reviewed literature journal