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Meet Our Team

We know the outdoor industry.

With over 100 years of cumulative experience in outdoor recreation, the law, and risk management, Recreation Law Group is ready to be your trusted advisor.

Leah Corrigan

Founder + Managing Attorney

Ann McCollum

Staff Attorney

Sarah Carpenter

Risk Management Consultant

Deb Blatt

CFO + HR Manager

Hope Mckenzie

Legal Assistant

Emerald LaFortune

Project Manager + Workplace Communication Consultant

Ben Shortledge

Risk Management Consultant

How Can We Help?

Peace of mind is within reach. Reach out today for a no-cost conversation about how the Recreation Law Group can support your business or organization.

Leah Corrigan, J.D.

Founder & Managing Attorney

Leah Corrigan is the founder and managing attorney at the Recreation Law Group. An experienced litigator, Leah has spent over a decade representing a diverse array of clients in state, federal, and appellate courts, including high stakes matters such as wrongful death cases and litigation involving multi-million-dollar claims.

Leah holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating, based upon the ratings of lawyers and judges familiar with her work. An AV Preeminent rating is a high honor, denoting adherence to the highest level of professional excellence in ethics and legal ability.

Leah’s philosophy is simple: provide responsive, cost-effective, and expert advice and defense to outdoor recreation businesses and organizations. She is passionate about delivering what her clients need to protect their businesses and enjoys maintaining a relationship with her clients as a trusted advisor who believes in letting adventure thrive.

Education + Experience

Before earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law, Leah completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Policy from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She served in the prestigious role of law clerk for both the Montana Supreme Court and United States District Court for the District of Montana.

Leah has tried multiple cases to verdict in state and federal courts and has appeared before the Wyoming Supreme Court and Montana Supreme Court. She has been admitted to the bar in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

All About the Outdoors

Leah worked as a multi-day wilderness guide for over a decade, an experience that allows her to genuinely connect with both recreation business and organization owners and their staff.

She is Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue, and Avalanche Level II trained. She maintains a connection to the outdoors on the trail, whether on horse, mountain bike, or her own two feet. On the water, she enjoys running rivers, learning to fly fish, and is an occasional surfer. The mother of two, she loves spending time in the outdoors with her family.

Ann McCollum J.D., M.Ed.

Staff Attorney

About Ann

With a background as a general practice attorney with a focus on personal injury, recreation law, and criminal defense, Ann brings invaluable experience to her outdoor industry clients. Her work has included contract legal support for firms and solo practitioners in research and writing, motions practice, and pre-trial and trial litigation. Previously, Ann worked with schools, summer camps, and youth development programs providing risk management consulting, policy review and drafting, and expert witness services. She served on the National Standards Commission of the American Camp Association and was an accreditation reviewer for the Association of Experiential Education and independent school associations.

Education + Experience

Ann earned her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law, an M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Virginia, and her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Her legal and consulting services for schools, camps, and other outdoor operators are grounded in 20+ years as an independent school and experiential educator with 100+ weeks leading adolescents and adults in the field. Ann is a graduate of the NOLS Instructors and Alaska Mountaineering Courses and has been trained in wilderness first response.

All About the Outdoors

As a summer camp administrator, backcountry leader, and school experiential education faculty, Ann has guided adolescents in backpacking, hiking, climbing, canoeing, whitewater kayaking and rafting, high and low ropes, and initiative games. She also worked as a trekking guide in the Khumbu region of Nepal and has trekked on foot and bicycle in the remote, high altitude regions of Nepal, India, and Tibet.  As an avid cyclist, Ann enjoys spending time on her bike on roads, gravel, and commuting. Endurance and adventure cycling have taken her incredible places including across Tibet and through the Rockies.

Sarah Carpenter

Risk Management Consultant

About Sarah

Sarah is a true outdoor industry insider. Her experience as a ski patroller, outdoor educator, guide, business owner, and risk management consultant help her serve Recreation Law Group clients looking to better understand how to manage risk within their teams, businesses, and organizations. Sarah’s broad experience gives her a comprehensive and unique view of risk management challenges that businesses face. From managing employment paperwork, permits, and contracts, to preventing and managing critical incidents in the field, to mitigating the risk of employment claims, Sarah brings real-world experience to her risk management role.

Education + Experience

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in French, Sarah joined the outdoor industry and hasn’t left. She worked as a ski patroller at Bridger Bowl and the Yellowstone Club, led outdoor field courses with NOLS, taught avalanche education courses, and served as a skiing guide for Exum Mountain Guides, Yostmark Backcountry Tours, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

For over twelve years, Sara co-owned the American Avalanche Institute, a role supported by her completion of the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses intensive. 

All About the Outdoors

When not introducing others to the outdoors, Sarah enjoys experiencing wild places in the quiet of the winter environment. She loves to backcountry ski, which is why she lives in the Tetons. In the summer, Sarah explores wild places both on her mountain bike and gravel bike.

Deb Blatt

CFO + HR Manager

About Deb

Deb brings an organized, problem solver, and team player approach to her role as chief financial officer and human resources manager of Recreation Law Group. Deb also assists with client matters where her areas of expertise are of benefit to clients.

Education + Experience

Deb has worked in accounting and office management for companies large and small for more than a decade. In addition, she is a business owner alongside her husband and has worked as a licensed massage therapist and a sea kayak and river guide. She is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a degree in Recreation and Park Management, with an Environmental Studies emphasis.

All About the Outdoors

When not managing the business of Recreation Law Group, Deb enjoys rafting, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking. She loves the outdoors and open spaces.

Hope McKenzie

Legal Assistant

About Hope

Hope manages Recreation Law Group’s docket and project work, as well as assisting with various legal and risk management projects. With a wide array of legal experience, Hope excels when problem solving and digging into challenges. Hope ensures that every client’s needs are met in a timely, caring, and professional manner.

Education + Experience

Hope has over twenty years of experience in the legal field, including real estate law, corporate law, estate law, personal injury litigation, medical malpractice litigation, family law, contract law, and recreation law.

All About the Outdoors

In the early nineties, Hope and her husband worked for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Upon leaving Los Angeles, the couple took a wrong turn on their way back to Wisconsin and found themselves at the Snake River overlook North of Jackson as the sun rose. They immediately fell in love with the landscape and have lived in the Tetons ever since.

Emerald LaFortune

Project Manager + Workplace Communication Consultant

About Emerald

Emerald enjoys visioning big projects, setting timelines, and turning goals into actionable to-do lists. As a Project Manager she helps harness the knowledge of the Recreation Law Group team into concise digital offerings, high impact speaking events, and more. She also uses her background in communications and the outdoor recreation industry to train on effective workplace communication systems and approaches.

Education + Experience

Emerald previously led the Redside Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the health and strength of Idaho’s outdoor guiding community. She is also an outdoor writer and explores topics in the river and guiding community for platforms such as Patagonia, The Fly Fish Journal, and NRS. She has an Environmental Studies undergraduate degree and Non-Profit Management Professional Certificate from the University of Montana.

Emerald has over a decade of experience whitewater and flyfish guiding on Idaho’s multi-day rivers and continues to guide Idaho’s Middle Fork Salmon as a part-time guide.

All About the Outdoors

When not working outdoors, Emerald enjoys hunting, angling, skiing, and backpacking with her partner and their adventure-pup (and occasional bird dog).

Ben Shortledge

Risk Management Consultant

About Ben

With over fifteen years of experience as a river guide and river manager, Ben brings invaluable outdoor team management perspective to the Recreation Law Group team. Ben’s affinity for systems, logistics, and pragmatic risk management helps him build effective training and risk management field tools for Recreation Law Group clients. He understands both the challenges of implementing risk management practices and the necessity of having such practices in place, a perspective that allows him to lead clients to the right solutions for their outdoor recreation business or organization.

Education + Experience

Ben attend Penn State for mechanical engineering and University of Montana for Environmental Studies. As he studied, he pursued a passion for rivers that led him to guide in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and the Futalefu in Chile. Following his role as a guide, he managed a large guide team on the Yampa and Gates of Lodore for the OARS Family of Companies.

All About the Outdoors

When not introducing his children to rivers and the outdoors, Ben enjoys running whitewater, skiing, mountain biking, climbing, and learning to surf.