Billings TrailNet has been delighted/honored to have the support of AVA Law Group as a new corporate member. This energetic team of lawyers is committed to seeking justice and accountability for their clients who have suffered from negligence-based injuries such as bicycle and car accidents. Their work has also included high-profile cases such as representing Marine veterans who were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeiune and representing victims of abuse by child caring institutions.
“We represent the people against the powerful!” says founder Andrew Van Arsdale (pictured in the center of the back row), who is grateful for the opportunity to right the wrongs that have been committed and to help victims finally begin the process of healing. He went on to say, “We help people all over the Country, but we are so proud to be based in Billings and offer our services to Montanans around the state. We are big enough to take on the fortune 500 companies of the world, but because of our Montana roots, we truly care about each and every person we are trying to help.”
Andrew and his team of lawyers in Billings all grew up in the area. Teague Westrope (pictured seated, in the front row) joined the team in 2020 after practicing criminal law as a public defender, prosecutor, and assistant municipal court judge. And Kasodie West (pictured seated, in the front row center) was also raised in Billings and graduated from Skyview High School before receiving her law school degree from the University of Montana where she has worked in family law and was Yellowstone County’s Guardian ad Litem before joining AVA Law Group.
In addition to her busy career as a powerhouse mass torts and personal injury attorney, Kasodie has become a member of Billings TrailNet’s Tour de Fleur planning committee, and the event is right around the corner
Says Kasodie, “I cannot wait to see everyone out and about at Tour de Fleur. This is a wonderful family event that I am very excited and proud to be a part of. Not to mention, I love a good costume contest!”
Kasodie is a runner and enjoys the trails in the Heights and on the rims. As a youth, Kasodie was a competitive figure skater, and remembers the days she used to ride the Kiwanis Trail to Centennial Ice Arena when she was in middle school. “I had a working mom who couldn’t take me to all the practices so it was great that I could take myself there to an after-school activity that meant so much to me.”
AVA Law Group supports trails because they give children more access to activities, like Kasodie had as a youth, “and they bring the community together as a whole,” Kasodie explains.
We are grateful for the support of AVA Law Group and continue to work toward their vision of a community where neighborhoods are connected by trails everyone can use and enjoy.