Camisha Sawtelle is an attorney whose practice focuses on land and water law. She has experience in water rights, easement law, property law, title review, environmental permitting, land use planning, residential and commercial real estate transactions, landlord-tenant disputes, business law and estate planning. She is admitted to practice law in Montana in both state and federal court.
Camisha was raised in the small town of Huntsville, Utah. She received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the Honors College at the University of Oregon in 1998. Camisha then worked as a field biologist for four years before returning to school to pursue a Master’s Degree from the School of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. Following graduate school Camisha took a job with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency where she helped develop and implement a stream assessment protocol for the Tahoe Basin. After a field season in Tahoe, Camisha happily returned to Montana to work for a small environmental consulting firm in Whitefish. After four years of consulting work on rivers and streams of Montana, Camisha enrolled in law school at the University of Montana.
While in law school Camisha served as the Business Editor of the Public Land and Resources Law Review and completed her clinical work at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Upon receiving a law degree Camisha returned to Whitefish to practice law. Camisha has been fortunate to work with great attorneys in the Flathead Valley on diverse legal matters including land use planning, construction law, asbestos litigation, real estate transactions, easement and access issues, business law and estate planning.
The technical skills gained while conducting scientific research led to capabilities well suited for law. In addition to understanding the underlying science behind many legal standards, Camisha possesses experience in implementing environmental regulations. Camisha has a working knowledge of a variety of disciplines, can devise ways to logically work through unexpected circumstances, and inspire others with diverse personalities and life views to work toward common goals.
Camisha is exceedingly capable in finding a path toward problem solving and productivity no matter what obstacle is encountered along the way. She is comfortable working with the unexpected or unforeseen. Camisha credits much of her skill development over the years to having had the opportunity to work with and learn from people from all walks of life.
Camisha feels lucky to call Whitefish, Montana home. She lives with her husband Eric and sons Keller Rye and Ruedi Max.
Education and Training
University of Montana, School of Law - J.D. 2010
University of Montana, College of Conservation and Forestry - M.S. 2004
University of Oregon – B.S. Biology 1998
Whitefish Lake Institute, Board Member
Farm Hands - Nourish the Flathead, Board Member 2013-2019
Flathead Conservation District, Supervisor 2013-2016
Abbie Shelter, Board Member 2013-2015