Rob Farris-Olsen

Rob grew up in Helena's south central neighborhood, only a block away from where he currently lives. Throughout his childhood, and to this day,  he enjoys exploring the public lands on and around Mount Ascension. Upon graduating from Helena High, Rob attended Whitman College and earned a degree in Environmental Studies-Chemistry. Rob was determined to return to Montana after college, so he attended Law School at the University of Montana and received his degree in 2011, with a focus on natural resources law. After a brief stint in Billings he returned to Helena to clerk for the Honorable Justice Mike Wheat, and to be with his now wife, Erin.  Upon completing his clerkship, Rob worked for Montana Legal Services Association; where he assisted Montana's homeowners avoid wrongful foreclosures. He then moved to private practice at Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson, Deola PLLP where he continues to protect homeowners from wrongful foreclosures.

In 2015, Rob was elected to the Helena City Commission. While on the Commission, Rob has focused his energy on funding the City's $100+ million of infrastructure needs, protecting the environment and ensuring equal protection for all of Helena's residents. 

 

 

 

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Successes

 
 

Law

Morrow v. Bank of America - wrote friend of the court brief, and establishing ....

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF: A.W.S. and K.R.S. - established the right to counsel for parents faced with losing their parental rights.The first case to be decided on equal protection grounds in 10 years. For more information go here.

MEA-MFT v. State - represented MEA-MFT, the Montana State AFL-CIO, The Montana Public Employees Association, the Montana Human Rights Network and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, in challenging LR-127, which would have created an open primary where the top two candidates advance.

Lobbied the 2015 Legislature to protect Montana Consumers and reject SB 280 and 281. SB 281 died in committee and the governor vetoed SB 280.

Recipient of the 1st Judicial District's 2014 Pro Bono Award

 
 

 
 
 

Commission

Protected all members of Helena by eliminating an amendment to Helena's non-discrimination ordinance which targeted transgender individuals.

Fundamentally changed Helena's rate structure to ensure that those entities using city services pay their fair share.

Reduced the burden on Helena's residents to pay for infrastructure.

Addressed climate change on the local level by establishing a climate change advisory body and requiring annual city reporting.