Christian is ecstatic to come on board at the Land Reliance after working in a small law firm in Helena for the past five years, where he specialized in conservation and nonprofit law and counted MLR among his favorite clients. He grew up as a faculty brat at the University of Montana in Missoula, before heading to New England to attend St. Paul’s School on Montana’s Cook Scholarship. He graduated from Yale University in 2005, writing his senior thesis on George Bird Grinnell and the formation of Glacier National Park. Having had quite enough of being away from Big Sky Country, he returned to Missoula to attend law school, where he focused on tax law and graduated with honors in 2009. After law school, he had the opportunity to work extensively on conservation easement issues in (former MLR board member) “Uncle” Dave Dietrich’s law practice before moving to Helena to serve as a law clerk for then-Supreme Court Justice W. William Leaphart, as well as current Justice Beth Baker. He is the current Chair of the Nonprofit Law Section of the State Bar, and speaks frequently on conservation easement and nonprofit law topics at continuing legal education seminars. Along with his Uncle Dave, he is the co-author of Conservation Easements: Tax and Real Estate Planning for Landowners and Advisors (American Bar Association, 2011). He is married to his law school sweetheart, Michelle, and enjoys hiking to backcountry hot springs in any and all weather conditions, playing disc golf, and pitching in with other local nonprofit organizations.