Founded by Ariel Overstreet-Adkins in Billings, Montana, Bluebird Law & Public Affairs is a full-service civil litigation and business transactions firm serving individuals, small businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and agricultural clients all across Montana. Practice areas include: Real Estate, Land Use, Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources, Business Transactions and Litigation, Estate Planning/Contested Probates, and Public Affairs.

Ariel Overstreet-Adkins

Ariel Overstreet-Adkins

ATTORNEY

After graduating from law school at the University of Montana, Ariel spent an intensive year clerking for the Honorable Brian Morris, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana in Great Falls, Montana where she assisted the Judge with research, drafting opinions, and preparing for trials, both criminal and civil. Then Ariel was hired by one of Billings largest and best respected law firms, Moulton Bellingham P.C. At Moulton Bellingham, Ariel worked closely with other attorneys on matters including a high-profile complex class action lawsuit and a large ranch sale transaction with over 300 water rights. She also took the lead on representing her own clients in agricultural, water rights, and property disputes. Ariel was able to assist a client in obtaining a nearly $1 million judgment in a dispute over a cattle management contract.

“The incredible experience I gained in my time with Judge Morris and Moulton Bellingham, combined with my prior communications and government affairs work for the Montana Stockgrowers Association, gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to open up my own firm. I am so excited to focus on the areas of law—and the clients—that I care most deeply about.”
Ariel is a product of her deep Montana roots. Ariel was born and raised near Big Timber. She graduated from Reed Point High School and then Princeton University.  Ariel was Communications Director for the Montana Stockgrowers Association.  She lobbied for MSGA and the Montana Cattlewomen during the Montana legislative sessions in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and with Montana’s Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C. During this time, she saw an opportunity to further her education and experience and decided to go to law school.
Lobbying for the Montana Stockgrowers Assocation
During law school, Ariel served on the Public Land and Resource Law Review. She published an article in Montana Law Review examining the potential for an amendment to the State Constitution to guarantee the right to farm and ranch in Montana called “Extraordinary Protections for the Industry That Feeds Us”.
She spent a summer as an intern for Chief Water Judge Russ McElyea at the Montana Water Court.  She worked as a research assistant to Michelle Bryan, professor of water and land use at the law school.  During this time, she also served on the Montana Milk Control Board.  At graduation, Ariel received the award for her “exceptional dedication and diligence” for her work in the Land Use and Natural Recourses Clinic.
Lobbying for the Montana Stockgrowers Assocation
During law school, Ariel served on the Public Land and Resource Law Review. She published an article in Montana Law Review examining the potential for an amendment to the State Constitution to guarantee the right to farm and ranch in Montana called “Extraordinary Protections for the Industry That Feeds Us”.
She spent a summer as an intern for Chief Water Judge Russ McElyea at the Montana Water Court.  She worked as a research assistant to Michelle Bryan, professor of water and land use at the law school.  During this time, she also served on the Montana Milk Control Board.  At graduation, Ariel received the award for her “exceptional dedication and diligence” for her work in the Land Use and Natural Recourses Clinic.
Lobbying for the Montana Stockgrowers Assocation
During law school, Ariel served on the Public Land and Resource Law Review. She published an article in Montana Law Review examining the potential for an amendment to the State Constitution to guarantee the right to farm and ranch in Montana called “Extraordinary Protections for the Industry That Feeds Us”.
She spent a summer as an intern for Chief Water Judge Russ McElyea at the Montana Water Court.  She worked as a research assistant to Michelle Bryan, professor of water and land use at the law school.  During this time, she also served on the Montana Milk Control Board.  At graduation, Ariel received the award for her “exceptional dedication and diligence” for her work in the Land Use and Natural Recourses Clinic.
Ariel is very involved in the community. Ariel graduated from the Leadership Montana program in 2013 and currently sits on its Board of Governors.  She is Vice President of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.  She volunteers to interview local applicants for Princeton University. She is a supporting member of the MSGA, the Montana Cattlewomen, the Montana Farm Bureau and the National Cattlemen’s Association.
Ariel and her husband Zac Adkins enjoy spending time at her family’s small horse ranch near Big Timber and at the family cabin up the Boulder Valley. They have two corgis, Finn and Poe, who love to hike and explore. Ariel enjoys taking photographs of Montana’s beautiful scenery. All of the photos on this website, except the bluebird on the homepage, were taken by Ariel.
Ariel is very involved in the community. Ariel graduated from the Leadership Montana program in 2013 and currently sits on its Board of Governors.  She is Vice President of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.  She volunteers to interview local applicants for Princeton University. She is a supporting member of the MSGA, the Montana Cattlewomen, the Montana Farm Bureau and the National Cattlemen’s Association.
Ariel and her husband Zac Adkins enjoy spending time at her family’s small horse ranch near Big Timber and at the family cabin up the Boulder Valley. They have two corgis, Finn and Poe, who love to hike and explore. Ariel enjoys taking photographs of Montana’s beautiful scenery. All of the photos on this website, except the bluebird on the homepage, were taken by Ariel.
FUN FACT

While attending high school at Reed Point Ariel was named to the First Team All-State basketball team all four years. You can still find her name in the record books for three-pointers in a season and in a game.

Bar Admissions
  • State of Montana District Courts
  • State of Montana Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts, Montana
Education
  • Princeton University, B.A., Anthropology, with Honors
  • University of Montana School of Law, J.D., with Honors
Awards & Honors
  • 2016 Paul Raftery Memorial Graduation Award for “exceptional dedication and diligence in clinical work”
  • 2014 W.D. Farr Scholarship from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation for dedication to improving agriculture, livestock, and water development
Community & Professional Involvement
  • Vice President, Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center
  • Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee Applicant Interview Volunteer
  • Leadership Montana Board of Governors
WHY I CHOSE THE NAME BLUEBIRD LAW & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

“Bluebirds give me a shot of joy when I see them. They make me think of spring, of new beginnings. My Grandma Smitty used to point them out when we drove with her near Ennis and say “There’s a bluebird, that’s good luck!” I wanted to bring a little of that joy and good luck to my work and to my clients.” – Ariel Overstreet-Adkins

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