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Karolina G. Tierney



Specializing in:

  • Criminal Defense

  • DUI/Traffic Defense

  • Drug Criminal Defense

  • Federal Criminal Defense

Karolina G. Tierney

Karolina studied history at Yale University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. She completed her law degree at Emory University School of Law in 2014, where she was the Executive Administrative Editor of the Emory International Law Review, before joining her husband in Bozeman. 


She is admitted to practice in all Montana Courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


Karolina worked for the Office of State Public Defender for five years as an attorney before joining Elizabeth in private practice in fall 2019. Karolina has represented hundreds of clients in a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from trespass, theft, assault, DUIs, drug offenses, and sex offenses to Attempted Deliberate Homicide and Deliberate Homicide. Karolina appears in court regularly and has extensive jury trial experience. In 2016, she received the Excellence in Criminal Advocacy award for the State of Montana Public Defender’s Office for her dedication to her clients. 


She is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the Gallatin County Bar Association, as well as the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Public Defense. She is on the Board of Directors of the Gallatin County Bar Association.

Karolina continues to work as a Conflict/Contract Attorney for the Office of State Public Defender and is a member of the Federal Defenders of Montana CJA Panel. 

Outside of work, Karolina spends time with her husband, Jeff, her two children (who are 6th generation Montanans), and her dog and cat, Ender and Ripley.

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