Prior to joining Odegaard Braukmann, Lucas worked for the region’s
largest law firm, Crowley Fleck, PLLP, where he
trained under some of the most highly respected workers’ compensation
defense lawyers in the state. In this position, he defended a number of workers’ compensation
claims against Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC’s attorneys, and saw
firsthand their passion and dedication to their clients.
When Lucas decided to start representing
injured people instead of big insurance companies,
joining Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC was the obvious choice. The Helena branch office of Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC opened in June of 2017.
Lucas was born in the coal mining town of Kemmerer, Wyoming. In 1982, his
parents moved the family to the country and built a house on the Tongue
River, near Dayton, Wyoming. Lucas learned the value of hard work early
on and developed a love of plants while helping out in the family business,
a commercial greenhouse.
Hardworking & Entrepreneurial
In 2003, Lucas graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s
in English and a minor in Creative Writing.
In 2004 he moved to Red Lodge, Montana to help care for his grandfather. As so often seems to happen with people who come to Montana, Lucas stuck
around for a while. He learned a little French cooking while working at
the Pollard Hotel, and a lot about the care and maintenance of spruce
trees while working with a landscaping company. In 2008, Lucas returned
to the Tongue River area, where he started his own lawn and landscaping company.
Achievements In Legal Career
Lucas decided he wanted a career where he could help people, so in 2011
he applied to law school at the University of Wyoming. During law school,
Lucas worked for the University of Wyoming Legal Services Program to help
low-income individuals with civil and family law cases. He was named the
Legal Services Program Outstanding Student Attorney in 2014. Lucas was published in the Wyoming Law Review and served on the Law Review
Editorial Board. He interned for the Wyoming State Board of Equalization
and for the Attorney General of the State of Wyoming. Lucas graduated in 2014,
earning the law school’s highest academic honor, the Order of the Coif.
Lucas is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Montana,
Wyoming, and North Dakota.
Outside the Office
Outside of work, Lucas can often be found working on his 1890s Victorian
house, gardening, painting pictures of birds, or hitting the trails outside
Helena with his fiance, Alyssa, and their two dogs.
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