Meet three partners, best friends and brothers, form Scheveck & Salminen Law Firm, located on Billings’ restoring yet rustic Montana Avenue. Placed in Billings’ newly renovated industrial office space, the old Sawyer Stores Building.
There are no spoon-fed, trust fund kids to be found here. Every partner in the firm is self-made and knows a hard day’s work. They stand up for “working folks” in Montana, as Billings is their hometown. Layne and Lyndon Scheveck and Vince Salminen have been inseparable since third grade at Bench Elementary School. Going from scraped knees in grade school to graduating from Skyview High School in 2006, taking different paths to law school, then partnering with each other in creating their own law firm.
In visiting with their paralegal, Leda Korsukewitz for this story, I found the profiles of the four professionals that comprise Scheveck & Salminen Law Firm more interesting than I expected. The Schevecks are identical twins, yet have their own unique personalities. On entering the business office, one finds it hard to make the distinction between Layne and Lyndon. “Once you get to know them, you’ll know which is which,” quips Leda, when asked how she differentiates between the two.
After being introduced to Salminen, I was impressed with his professional dress, his pastel colored shirts and attractive ties, looking very much like an accomplished, polished and determined attorney — someone you’d want at your side in court. I was informed by Leda that Salminen was a Division I wrestler in college and can still perform a backflip. Even seeing the inherent athleticism in Salminen’s physical attributes, I was a bit skeptical. I motioned for him to do a backflip, and sure enough in business shoes and dress shirt, he flipped backwards, tie flying and all, and landed on his feet. I sat in wide eyed disbelief– I’m now a believer. Learning of Salminen’s credentials, I discovered he has the academic skills to excel, graduating Magna Cum Laude from California Western School of Law. His partners and his paralegal complimented Salminen as being more than competent, and a very diligent and dedicated attorney.
Layne Scheveck originally started as an individual attorney in October 2017, after serving with the Office of the Public Defender for nearly four years. He has spirit; he has determination; he has that personal one-on-one care for any client he represents. Winter sports and his motorcycle, a Big Dog K-9, and mixed martial arts (MMA) are but a few of his interests. As a motorcyclist, he has a passion for personal injury law, specializing in helping injured motorcyclists. Principally, as a trial attorney, he is known for his bombastic, fiery arguments before a judge and a jury. Always with a smile and fun to talk with, Layne is one of those guys you just like to be around, to sit and “hang out with.” Layne graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.
Lyndon Scheveck is bold and outspoken. A dedication to his clients and his meticulous approach to law research, make him a stand out in the firm of Scheveck and Salminen. He received his Juris Doctorate from Appalachian School of Law in Virginia. A healthy body and time spent in the gym is evident in his form-fitting shirts, his Classic Physique, his “buffed up look” a physical discipline in which he excels. His hobbies are creative construction, i.e., the fabrication of exquisite desk furniture that is used in the law firm. The natural, yet colorful woods used in their construction are unique to each attorney’s desk. Some of the woods he uses are Mahogany, Zebrawood from West Africa and Peltogyne purpurea, commonly called “purple heart.” Purple Heart is an exotic wood, found primarily on the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica, and as far south as Brazil.
Rustic and again creative, you’ll find an antique Singer sewing machine sitting atop his desk, unsophisticated, yet functional, he converted it into a lamp and a USB port charge for his business electronics. Unique! Sitting directly behind his desk is the engine cowling from a Ford 860 tractor, yes, a tractor, manufactured between 1954 and 1957. Lyndon picked it up in Western Virginia during law school. It sits quietly in his office, complete with the engine crank slot visible, yet functioning as a 50-inch high secretaire with a walnut wood top.
Leda Korsukewitz is the lone paralegal in the office. “A cool and a fun place to work,” states Leda. She met Layne Scheveck when she was working at the Yellowstone County Justice Court. She was impressed with Layne’s approach to the profession of law. After meeting the other two attorneys, and seeing the potential for herself working for them, she was set on becoming part of the firm. When Layne decided to leave the public defender’s office and start his own law firm, it was then that she approached Layne for a position as a paralegal with the law firm, and he hired her.
Her experience as a substitute Justice of the Peace for Sheridan County in Montana, support staff for attorneys and judges and course work from the National Paralegal College, gives Leda the skills needed to assimilate into the law firm with proficiency and mastery. She admits to spoiling the partners with banana bread and cookies. Leda especially enjoys helping their clients, yet giving that legal support to her bosses throughout a five-day work week. Leda remarks, “no one ever starts their day wanting to be involved in legal action, but often we come into their world on the worst day of their lives.” The partners do excellent legal work, and I try to make sure we’re providing the best client service we possibly can.” Scheveck & Salminen is a new law firm, proudly stating their specialty in law for standing up for the working folks, the “little guy, the forgotten man and woman.” The firm’s office is at 2223 Montana Avenue and can be contacted at 406-894-2121.