Dana A. Henkel


About Dana A. Henkel

Dana A. Henkel received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 2012 after graduating magna cum laude from Montana State University-Northern in Havre, Montana in 2009. During her undergraduate studies, where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A., in Liberal Studies, Ms. Henkel played basketball for MSU-Northern and was recognized with Academic All-Conference and Academic All-American Honors.

While in law school, Dana A. Henkel served as a legal intern for the Federal Trade Commission and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In her final year of studies at SMU, she worked as a legal research assistant for the former Dean of the SMU law school, C. Paul Rogers III, where she assisted him in researching complex legal issues, including in the realm of antitrust and business competition law.

Before joining Terrazas Henkel, P.C. in 2015, Ms. Henkel practiced in Great Falls, Montana in the areas of civil litigation, employment litigation, estate and trust litigation, insurance defense, family law, and criminal defense.

Ms. Henkel’s practice areas include Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Employment LitigationEstate and Trust Litigation, and Property Law. She also formerly served as a Federal Defender on the Criminal Justice Act Panel (CJA) for the District of Montana.


Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas

J.D. – 2012

Montana State University-Northern, Havre

B.A. & B.S. magna cum laude – 2009
Honors: Dean’s List
Major: Business Administration and Liberal Arts

Pro Bono Activities

  • Missoula County Self-Help Legal Clinic, 2015 – 2018
  • Great Falls Montana Planning and Zoning Advisory Commission, 2013 – 2015
  • Former Member of the Missoula Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Montana, Board Chair
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate, 2020 – Present

Litigation Percentage

75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Montana State Bar, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 2012

Representative Cases

Fossen v. Fossen, 2013 MT 299, 311 P.3d, 372 Mont. 175 (Montana Supreme Court 2013)
Benjamin v. Benjamin, 2013 MT 293N, 373 Mont. 439, 318 P.3d 171 (Montana Supreme Court 2013)
Volk v. Goeser, 2016 MT 61, 382 Mont. 382, 367 P.3d 378 (Montana Supreme Court 2016)
Estate of Cote, 2019 MT 10, 394 Mont. 68, 433 P.3d 221 (Montana Supreme Court 2019)

Professional Associations and Memberships

DRI, Member, 2012 – Present
Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2012 – 2015
American Bar Association, 2020 – Present

Let Our Team Come Through For You

Terrazas Henkel, P.C., based in Missoula, Montana, serves clients throughout western Montana. Contact us online or by calling 406-541-2550 to discuss your options to retain our high-caliber legal services.