Kaleva Law Staff Bios
Elizabeth Kaleva

Elizabeth A. Kaleva was raised in Missoula, Montana, where she graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School in 1987. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Boston College in 1991. Bea graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1995 and, after graduation, clerked for First Judicial District Court Judge Thomas Honzel.

In 1996, Bea joined the Montana School Boards Association as a staff attorney. She rose to the General Counsel position and remained with the MTSBA until 2003, when she returned to Missoula in private practice. Bea serves as counsel for school districts in all areas of employment and school law. Specific practice areas include: contract negotiations, employee misconduct and discipline, student misconduct and discipline, special education and federal programs, and Board of Trustees practice and procedure. She provides litigation defense to school districts and their employees in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies relating to all aspects of school district operations.

Bea is admitted to practice before all Montana courts, the United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the American Bar Association, a former Board member of the National Council of School Attorneys and is the former President of the School Law Section of the Montana State Bar. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the areas of education law and employment law, and was named the Best Employment Law Lawyer for the Missoula area in 2015.

Megan Morris

Born and raised in Butte, Montana, Megan D. Morris graduated from Butte High School in 1997. She graduated from the University of Montana in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After working for the Montana Secretary of State’s Office as well as the Montana Department of Commerce, Megan attended the University of Montana School of Law. Megan received her juris doctor with high honors from the University of Montana in 2005.

In 2005, Megan joined the national law firm of Holland & Hart in its Billings, Montana office. Her practice there primarily focused on employment, commercial, and natural resource litigation. In 2008, Megan returned to Missoula to join Kaleva Law Office where she serves as counsel for school districts in all areas of school law. She regularly advises school districts in the areas of employment law, including employee misconduct, student rights and discipline, special education and federal programs, and transactional matters including contract preparation and negotiations. Megan provides litigation defense to school districts and their employees and trustees in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. She also advises non-school clients in the areas of employment law.

Megan is admitted to practice before all Montana courts, the United States District Court for the District of Montana, and the United States Appeal Court for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the Montana State Bar and the Council of School Attorneys. Megan has given numerous presentations in the areas of employment law and school law. In 2014, Megan was named a Mountain States Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the area of School and Education.

Beth was raised in Polson, Montana where her dad was a family doctor and her mom worked (tirelessly) raising 8 children. She graduated from Polson High School, received her B.A. from the University of Montana and worked in Helena before attending law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During law school, Beth worked summer legal internships in Washington, DC and New York City in the field of labor law. Beth returned to her Montana roots following law school, working as an insurance and securities regulatory attorney with the State of Montana for five years.

Beth left Helena in order to join Milodragovich, Dale, Steinbrenner, P.C. in Missoula in 1999. She spent the next 14 years with the firm, initially as an associate, later becoming a shareholder in the firm. During this time, Beth developed an active civil litigation practice, with an emphasis in employment and discrimination law, as well as personal injury, contract and insurance coverage litigation. After relocating back to Helena, Beth moved into the exclusive representation of public entities in 2013, when she joined the legal defense team at the Montana Association of Counties, representing counties in a variety of litigation cases. In her 21 + years of practice, Beth has advocated on behalf of her clients in the U.S. Ninth Circuit, federal and state district courts, the Montana Supreme Court, a variety of administrative tribunals, including the Montana Human Rights Commission and Bureau, the Montana State Tax Appeal Board, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, OSHA and the EEOC.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, cooking, and traveling in other communities and cultures.

Kevin Twidwell, an attorney with more than 22 years of experience, recently joined Kaleva Law Offices as a litigation attorney. Kevin was raised in Butte, Montana, and received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1987.

Prior to attending law school, Kevin worked as a newspaper reporter covering police and court issues. He graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 1994 and worked as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Charles C. Lovell before joining the litigation department at the Seattle law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine.

He returned to Missoula in 2002 where he was a litigator with Garlington Lohn & Robinson for 15 years. Kevin handles a variety of litigation matters, including work for school districts, on a state-wide basis, and is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Montana and Washington. He is also an avid trail runner and friend to his three canine companions.

Elizabeth Kaleva

David Diacon grew up in Big Sandy, Montana, and is a 2014 graduate of the Paralegal Studies program at the Missoula College. He is a member of the Paralegal Section of the State Bar of Montana and the National Association of Legal Assistants. He has been with Kaleva Law Office since 2012.