John M. Van Atta and Patrick G.N. Beddow were recently named partners at Patten, Peterman, Bekkedahl & Green, PLLC.
Van Atta practices primarily in the areas of business, trusts and estates. He has represented clients in federal and state courts, and commercial arbitration. Van Atta graduated with honors from the University of Montana in 2005, and earned his juris doctorate from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2008. He is a member of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association, for which he serves as treasurer; the Montana Bar Association, for which he serves as chair of the Estates, Trusts and Probate Committee of the Business, Estates, Trusts, Tax and Real Estate Section; the North Dakota Bar Association; the Wyoming Bar Association; and the American Bar Association. Van Atta is an adjunct instructor of business law at Montana State University Billings and frequently presents at continuing education seminars. He is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota.
Beddow’s practice concentrates in the areas of real property, mineral law, trust and estate planning and administration, real estate, and business law. He graduated from Carroll College, with distinction, with bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting in 2008, and from the University of Montana School of Law in December 2011. While in law school, he was an editor on the Public Land and Resources Law Review and a Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholar. Beddow served in the Montana Army National Guard from 2005 to 2014. He is a member of the Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, the Montana Association of Professional Landmen, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Billings Rod and Gun Club. He previously served as a trustee of the New Lawyers’ Section for the State Bar of Montana. He has served as a guest lecturer in undergraduate business law courses, an update author to legal treatises, and regularly presents at continuing education seminars.