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, 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, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Karolina was a full-time Public Defender with the Office of State Public Defender for five years before joining Elizabeth in private practice in fall 2019. Karolina represented hundreds of clients in a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from trespass, theft, assault, DUIs, drug offenses, to sex offenses. Karolina appeared in court almost daily 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 Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Karolina continues to work as a Conflict Attorney for the Office of State Public Defender and is a member of the Federal Defenders of Montana CJA Panel, working out of the Great Falls Division.

Outside of work, Karolina spends time with her husband, Jeff, her two children, and her dog and cat, Ender and Ripley.