From opponent to partner
Family law offers the opportunity to help others
While attending Boise State University, Regan Charlton was the captain of the debate team, an experience that nudged her toward practicing law.
“It was kind of a natural transition. There’s a lot of crossover between debate and the practice of law,” Charlton says. “Some people would say it’s arguing, but I like the term advocacy a little bit more.”
Upon graduating from the University of Idaho College of Law, Charlton moved to Jackson, Wyoming, where she went to work for a general practice firm.
“It was a really great experience for me because I did some criminal law, civil litigation, some family law, just kind of dipped my toe in the water of some pretty diverse areas of practice,” she says.
She moved back to Idaho about a year and a half later, and joined a civil litigation firm where she began working on some family law cases. She says she enjoyed the work, and through some mentorships, she began to develop a niche.
Now a partner at Bevis, Thiry, & Schindele, Charlton says her path to partner has been an unusual one.
“I’d been opposing counsel against Krista Thiry, Jennifer Schindele and Phil Bevis,” she says. “I am humbled by the opportunity to be a partner with such an incredible group of talented attorneys.”
Charlton says she’s proud that she’s gained a reputation as a formidable, yet professional and easy-to-work-with opponent in the family law community, and says the most rewarding thing about her current role is being able to help clients through what is often the most difficult time in their lives.
“I think that’s the thing that drew me to family law: You help people through it, you get them on the other side, and then you can see them be able to take a deep breath at the end of the day and know you were a part of that,” Charlton says.
Like most family law attorneys, Charlton has had her share of big victories in getting her clients favorable outcomes, but she says her greatest professional accomplishment is the positivity she’s able to bring to her clients during emotionally trying times in their lives.
When she’s not working, Charlton says she and her husband try to travel as much as possible, and she tries to get outdoors too.
“I’m an Idaho native, so a big part of my balance in life is getting outside and enjoying the four seasons,” she says. “In the summer, I mountain bike, run and water ski. In the winter, I Nordic ski and downhill ski, and try to just get outside and out of the office.”