Kelsey Prestesater is an associate at Hathaway & Kunz, where she assists in diverse practice areas including business, commercial and corporate law, and civil litigation. 

Kelsey is driven by a desire to walk clients through complex legal issues in a way that leaves them feeling involved, educated, and empowered to make the best decision for their unique situation. 

Kelsey began her legal career interning at a regional law firm in Washington, specializing in general civil litigation before branching out and accepting a position with the United States Attorney’s Office in Idaho.

Upon passing the Washington bar exam, Kelsey dove back into private practice with the same firm for which she’d previously interned—this time as an attorney. She worked diligently with her clients to craft unique solutions to high-asset marital dissolutions, complex employment issues, and contractual disputes

Most recently, Kelsey was an attorney with the Washington State Health Care Authority, the state’s largest healthcare purchaser, where she managed a full administrative caseload and provided legal advice on federal and statewide compliance and risk management in the creation of innovative programs designed to reform the healthcare market and achieve improved healthcare at a lower cost.

Away from the office, Kelsey enjoys exploring the outdoors and traveling with her husband and daughter. 

Professional Leadership & Community Involvement

  • Led the Western region of the Montana Republican Party’s field program, assisting various political candidates in their journey to public office
  • Sourcing funding and crafting programming for Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge, a nonprofit focused on addiction recovery services
  • Director of Development for The Lifeguard Group, a Montana nonprofit providing direct support services for survivors of human trafficking and school and community based human trafficking prevention programs
  • Member of the editorial board of the Gonzaga Law Review
  • Competing member of Gonzaga’s National Trial Team, earning “Best Oral Argument” award and the Clarke Family Prize in Legal Ethics and Professionalism in the school’s 2021 trial advocacy competition

RELATED EMPLOYMENT

  • Cooney Law Offices, 2022-2023
  • United States’ Attorney’s Office District of Idaho, 2022
  • Washington State Health Care Authority, 2023-2024

EDUCATION

  • University of Montana, B.A. Political Science
  • Gonzaga University School of Law

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Washington, Bar #59853
  • Wyoming admission pending