Diverse in backgrounds and interests, the four lawyers at Kalkstein & Dye take work seriously, but also take time to enjoy all that the great state of Montana has to offer. We have shared interests with many of our clients. Over the years, many have turned into great friends. To get to know us a little better, please read on.
Gary Kalkstein, the principal partner in Kalkstein, Johnson & Dye, P.C., graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1987. Upon graduation, he clerked for Justice John Sheehy at the Montana Supreme Court. Gary opened his own office in Missoula in 1994. Gary has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil disputes throughout the state of Montana. Gary's practice focuses on representing doctors and other healthcare professionals who have been sued for malpractice. In 2005, Gary received an "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell. Gary and his wife Janet have two adult children, David and Courtney.
Travis Dye is a third-generation Montanan, born in Billings and raised in Missoula and Helena. He graduated from Hellgate High School in Missoula after which he attended Seattle University and the University of Montana. Travis graduated from the University of Montana with high honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology (emphasis in Criminology). In 2001, he graduated with high honors from the University of Montana School of Law. During law school, Travis was a staff member and co-editor-in-chief of the Montana Law Review and served as an intern at the Missoula County Attorney’s Office. Following graduation, he spent two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald W. Molloy, then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Montana. After his clerkship, Travis spent four years at a Missoula firm that specializes in insurance defense work. He joined Kalkstein & Johnson in June 2007. In December 2010, Travis became a partner and the firm name was changed to Kalkstein, Johnson & Dye.
Travis is a member of the Montana Bar Association and the Western Montana Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Montana, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Travis has been selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyer in 2011 (Rising Star), 2012, and 2013. Super Lawyers is not a crime fighting group like the Justice League, but “a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” In 2012, Travis received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale Hubbell, meaning his peers rank him “at the highest level of professional excellence.” Travis is particularly proud of these recognitions because they are based largely on the evaluations of other lawyers and judges.
Outside of The Law, Travis has a wonderful family and enjoys many activities. Travis is married to the lovely and talented Megan Ashton, a Forensic Scientist at the Montana State Crime Lab who definitely has the job people would rather talk about. Travis and Megan have one son, Ciaran, and a vocal cat, Elle. Along with his family (minus the cat), Travis enjoys biking the roads and trails around Missoula; cross-country and downhill skiing anywhere there’s snow; hiking; camping; gardening; cooking; and soccer. He even plays a little ultimate frisbee - or tries to. Travis and Megan look forward to keeping up with Ciaran on the road, on the slopes, and on the pitch.
Disclaimer: Travis doesn’t usually refer to himself in the third-person, but these biographies pretty much require writing like this.
Trivia: People who refer to themselves in the third person are "illeists."
Helia Jazayeri was born in Iran and raised in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in England and Sweden. Upon graduation she served as a ProWorld Service Corps volunteer in Belize where she worked for the sole human rights attorney in the country. Helia graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2010. During law school, she served as the notes editor as well as the symposium editor for the Montana Law Review. She was a legal intern for Senator Max Baucus after her first year of law school in Washington, D.C. and primarily focused on the legal and public health issues associated with asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana. She served as a clinical intern at the Montana American Civil Liberties Union and was also an intern in our office through law school. She became an associate in 2010.
Helia is a member of the Montana Bar Association, the Western Montana Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in all Montana State and Federals Courts and sat on the Board of Directors for the Montana and National American Civil Liberties Unions (2011-2014).
Helia is married to Alex Bittner, an apprentice falconer (with a peregrine named "Mel," (she came with the name)). Having honed their parenting skills on the animal kingdom with the falcon (and who doesn't) and Bailey the dog, Helia and Alex welcomed their son, Kayvon, in 2014. Not surprisingly, he thinks he's a flying dog. When not finishing up The Ark, this tiny family of super-troopers enjoys playing in the outdoors and exploring small towns in Montana.