Mindy is PayneWest’s in-house chief counsel. She entered the insurance industry in 1995 as controller for a reciprocal insurance company based out of Missoula, Montana. She joined PayneWest in 1999 as both the controller and legal counsel. In 2002, Mindy assumed full-time responsibilities as the agency’s general counsel.Mindy is a graduate of the University of Montana where she earned her Bachelor of Science in administration with an emphasis in accounting in 1990 and then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 1993. Subsequent to earning those degrees, she earned the insurance designations of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) as well as Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).