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Shane D. Colton

Board Member

Shane Colton is a fifth generation Montanan who grew up in a small farm and ranch community in Denton.  Shane obtained his undergraduate degree from Montana State University in 1991.  While maintaining his allegiance to the Montana State University Bobcats, Shane attended law school at the University of Montana and graduated in 1996.  With some minor exceptions, Shane has practiced as a personal injury litigator in Billings and is currently the owner and managing partner of the law firm of Edmiston & Colton.  

An avid and often compulsive outdoorsman as well as a committed conservationist, Shane served over twelve years on Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission.  During this time Shane served under two separate governors and presided as chairman of the Commission for three years.  Of note, Shane first became involved in issues regarding the Big Horn River in 2006 when he as commissioner for Region 5, traveled to Lander, Wyoming with Doug Haake and members of the Region 5’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department.  Attendance at this meeting led to years of advocacy for the Big Horn River, the businesses that rely on it, its anglers, and most importantly, its fish and wildlife.  Along with countless others, including U.S. Senators, Shane helped prevent some of the devastation being facilitated by the Bureau of Reclamation and a handful of special interest groups in Wyoming.  In addition to conservation advocacy, Shane and his wife, Gina, a licensed clinical social worker, have volunteered countless hours as board members for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Yellowstone County, Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley, Tumbleweed and CASA of Yellowstone County, Montana Land Reliance and Montana Conservation Corps.

Over the course of his career as litigation attorney Shane has had numerous successes and accolades.  However, all of those successes and accolades shrink in comparison to the greatest success of being able to bring his English Setter, Ridley, with him to work every day.

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