Belgrade Metropolis Choose Andrew Breuner would be the fourth Gallatin County district court docket decide.
Gov. Greg Gianforte introduced Wednesday morning that Breuner is his choice to fill the brand new, vacant fourth district decide seat within the Eighteenth Judicial District in Gallatin County.
“Andrew Breuner is a proficient legal professional who will make an distinctive decide within the Eighteenth Judicial District,” Gianforte stated in a Wednesday morning information launch asserting the appointment. “He’s dedicated to the honest, constant, and goal software of the legislation, and I’m assured he’ll serve Gallatin County properly by deciphering legal guidelines, not making them from the bench.”
Breuner stated he was knowledgeable he had been chosen for the place by Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras on Tuesday, a day earlier than Gianforte introduced the appointment to the general public.
“I’m enthusiastic about it,” he stated. “I’m additionally unhappy to be leaving Belgrade as a result of I actually love this neighborhood and the folks on the metropolis are my buddies … it’s bittersweet.”
Breuner has served because the municipal decide for Belgrade Metropolis Court docket since 2015.
Previous to that position, he had his personal non-public follow. He was admitted to the California bar in 1993 and spent a couple of decade practising legislation in California and instructing as an adjunct teacher at Santa Clara College, the place he obtained his legislation diploma.
Breuner moved to Montana in 2002. Along with serving as metropolis decide in Belgrade, he has served as a protection legal professional for a DUI Accountability Court docket in Beaverhead County and teaches a pre-law course as an adjunct professor at Montana State College.
Breuner will probably be sworn in to the place on or earlier than Jan. 3, 2022. To maintain the seat, he’ll nonetheless have to run within the basic election within the fall of 2022, which he says he plans to do.
“Judges are within the human dignity enterprise. That’s what I say,” Breuner stated. “To me, the foremost factor is that events, attorneys, employees, the best way that instances are adjudicated, are honoring of human dignity.”
The Federal Election Fee does not have any record of Breuner donating money to Greg Gianforte or another politician since transferring to Montana in 2002.
Breuner visited Montana lengthy earlier than transferring right here along with his father, who’s a passionate fly fisherman. Within the early Eighties his father bought a property south of Huge Sky, and Breuner stated from then on, he was a “common customer” to Montana to ski and benefit from the outdoor.
Gianforte’s office considered three other people for the appointment: Audrey Schultz Cromwell, a managing associate at Cromwell Legislation and substitute decide in Bozeman’s municipal and justice courts; Martin Lambert, the longtime Gallatin County Lawyer who prosecuted Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault in 2017; and Benjamin Refling, an legal professional with the Workplace of the State Public Defender.