Attorneys

Robert E. Hendrickson (of counsel)

Robert E. Hendrickson, Hendrickson Law Firm in Billings, MontanaRobert E. Hendrickson, of counsel, obtained his J.D. in 1942 and A.B. in 1940, both from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas. He was admitted to the Kansas bar in 1942, the Montana bar in 1948, the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court in 1957, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in 1960. He was a member of the State Committee of Uniform Probate Code in 1970-1971, and in 1972-1973 served as president of the Yellowstone Valley Estate Planning Council. In 1976, Mr. Hendrickson was president of the Yellowstone County Bar Association and was a member of the Montana State Board of Trustees for the State Bar of Montana, from 1975-1977. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Lt. Col., USAFR, Ret. His practice areas are Real Property Law, Estate Planning Law, and Probate Law.


Mark E. Noennig

Mark E. Nonennig, Hendrickson Law Firm in Billings, MontanaPrincipal, Mark E. Noennig, obtained his J.D. with honors from the University of Montana in 1978. Mark was admitted to the Montana bar and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, in 1978, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in 1991. He received his B.S. degree with distinction in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University in 1970 and was a designs engineer for Chevron Oil Company from 1970 to 1973. Currently, he serves on the panel of commercial arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. Mark served as a member of the Montana House of Representatives from 1999 to 2006, and was Chairman of the House Local Government Committee from 2001 to 2006. His community service includes the Yellowstone County Family Drug Court Steering Committee, the Montana Supreme Court’s Court Assessment Program Advisory Committee (child abuse and neglect), and past board member and president of the Family Tree Center (child abuse prevention). He was appointed by the Governor to the Montana State Banking Board and subsequently to the Montana Board of Investments, where he currently serves as the Governor-appointed chairman. Mark also serves on the City of Billings Board of Adjustments (zoning variances), as chairman for 2016.

Mark’s practice areas include Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Mortgage Law, and Civil Litigation. Sample reported cases are F.D.I.C v. Shoop, 2 F.3d 948 (9th Cir. 1993) (one action rule prevents suit on second note before first lien is foreclosed) and Midfirst Bank, State Sav. Bank v. Ranieri, 257 Mont. 312, 848 P.2d 1046 (1993) (deficiency allowed upon foreclosure of Trust Indenture for rental property – no election of remedies bar when changing to judicial foreclosure). Author of “The De Facto Corporation Doctrine in Montana,” 39 Mont. Law Review 305.


Kevin C. Sweeney (of counsel)

Kevin C. Sweeney, Hendrickson Law Firm in Billings, MontanaKevin C. Sweeney, of counsel, obtained his J.D. from Gonzaga University, cum laude, in 1978, and an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Miami in 1980. He received his B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from Rocky Mountain College in 1971. Kevin was admitted to the Montana bar and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, in 1979, and to the U.S. Tax Court in 1980. Kevin’s practice areas include Commercial Law, Real Estate, Taxation Law, and Probate Law.

 
 
 
 


Kelly J. Varnes

Kelly J. Varnes, Hendrickson Law Firm, Billings, MTPrincipal, Kelly J. Varnes, obtained his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1983, and his B.A. in Political Science from Gonzaga University in 1980. Kelly was admitted to the Montana bar and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, in 1983, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in 1987. He is a member of the panel of Federal Defenders for the State of Montana. In 2012, Kelly was awarded The John Adams Award for extraordinary service as a member of the Montana Criminal Justice Act panel. Kelly’s practice areas include Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Commercial Law, Accident and Personal Injury, and Divorce and Family Law.

 
 


Jo Messex Casey

Jo Messex Casey, Hendrickson Law Firm, Billings, MTAssociate, Jo Messex Casey, received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1989, her Masters from Eastern Washington University in 1981, and B.As., with high honors, in Geography and Urban & Regional Planning from Eastern Washington State College in 1975. Jo was admitted to the Washington bar in 1989, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, in 1990, Montana in 1998, and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, in 2000. Before joining Hendrickson Law Firm, Jo was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington for nine years.

Jo’s practice areas include Divorce, Family Law (including Parenting Plans, Child Support, Adoption, Paternity), Accident and Personal Injury, General Civil Litigation, Water Rights, Liquor and Gaming Licensing and Criminal Defense.


Daniel Ball

Daniel O.C. Bell, Hendrickson Law Firm, Billings, MTPrincipal, Daniel Ball, obtained his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient. Mr. Ball received his B.A. in History, summa cum laude, from the University of Great Falls. He was admitted to the Missouri bar in 2009, and to the Montana bar and U.S. District Court, District of Montana, in 2011.

Daniel had a standout basketball career for the University of Great Falls and Lewis-Clark State College and was a two-time Academic All-American. Prior to joining Hendrickson Law Firm, P.C., Daniel practiced criminal defense in Missouri, where he tried felony cases, including murder and drug possession. His practice areas include Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Property Law. He also currently serves as a Federal Defender on the Criminal Justice Act Panel (CJA) for the District of Montana.


Cody Atkins

smallcolorAssociate, Cody Atkins, received his J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2014, where he excelled in oral advocacy by winning the UND Moot Court Competition during his second and third year of law school. Cody received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Montana in 2010. He was admitted to the Montana Bar and U.S. District Court, District of Montana in 2016.

 

Prior to joining Hendrickson Law Firm, P.C., Cody practiced criminal defense representing hundreds of clients with the Montana Office of Public Defender. His practice areas include Civil Litigation, Family Law, Property Law, and Criminal Defense.