Tricia Petek is a partner with Parlatore Law Group and practices in Veterans Administration (VA) Claims and assists clients with military and civilian administrative issues. She is an accredited representative with the Department of Veteran Affairs and admitted to practice law in Montana.
Prior to joining Parlatore Law Group, Tricia served on the board of directors for the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN). As the Pro Bono Director for the organization, she was responsible for overseeing the partnership between Justice for Military Families (JMF) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Through this program, JMF volunteers secure pro bono representation for the families of service members with legal issues. Tricia was among the first volunteers for JMF and was honored to help it grow and thrive while on the board of MSJDN.
Due to her work with MSJDN and other community organizations, Tricia was honored to be named the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year for US Army Garrison Stuttgart.
The work of advocating for others extends to her past volunteer work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and her clinical work with the Montana Legal Services Association (MTLSA) during her third year of law school. As a CASA, Tricia represented the best interests of children in dependency and neglect cases, in order to secure safe and appropriate home environments for young children. During her time as a legal intern with MTLSA, Tricia represented clients faced with domestic violence in dissolution, child custody, and child support matters.
Tricia was able to put the skills acquired as a volunteer and intern to use when she practiced family law after graduation from law school. Her varied experiences have afforded her the insight to understand the immediate and long-term needs of clients and hopes this skill will be a benefit to those she represents.
In addition to her work with Parlatore Law Group, Tricia volunteers as a tutor in the Read 2 Learn Program at a local elementary school and continues to volunteer in various capacities with MSJDN. She lives in Wichita Falls, TX with her spouse and two children.
Tricia graduated from the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, where she was awarded the Florence Wold Memorial Award, recognizing her commitment to the legal representation of low-income clients. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Montana and graduated with honors through the Davidson Honors College.