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350 Ryman Street
Missoula, Montana 59802Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 406-523-2500
Fax: 406-523-2595
E-Mail: info@garlington.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7909, Missoula, MT 59807
Established: 1955

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Bad Faith
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Tort Litigation
  • Opinions
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Business Law
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Real Estate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Labor and Employment
  • Product Liability
  • Transportation
  • Class Actions
  • Copyright and Trademark Law
  • Cyber
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • School Law
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About Us
Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP has years of experience with the insurance industry and direct involvement in some of the more critical insurance cases before the Montana courts. We provide counsel to insurance companies, agencies, and adjusters on a wide range of defense issues.

An integral part of the firm, our Insurance Law Group is hired by insurance companies to handle professional liability claims, including claims involving allegations of medical, realtor and attorney malpractice.

At Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, our attorneys understand that the cost of litigation is of considerable concern to our clients. We are focused on providing cost-effective insurance defense services, which may mean different strategies for different claims. In addition, we offer advanced technologies, including video conferencing, which help minimize expenses and increase convenience for our clients.

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP offers skilled defense for insurance companies, third party administrators and self insured entities. We often act as local counsel for national businesses involved in claims in the state of Montana.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
ACE American Insurance CompanyAllied World Assurance Company
Allstate Insurance CompanyAmerican Hallmark Insurance Company of Texas
Attorneys Liability Protection Society (ALPS)Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
CNA Insurance CompaniesHudson Insurance Company
Kemper Insurance CompanyLiberty Mutual Insurance Company
The Medical Protective CompanyPayneWest Insurance
ProSight Specialty InsuranceState Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
UMIA InsuranceZurich
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Personnel Information
Insurance Law Group Partners
Randall J. Colbert
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Indian Law
  • Bad Faith
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Montana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Additional Biographical Details:
Best Lawyers in America
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Western Montana Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana
  • CPCU Society
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Rocky Mountain College, B.S., 1990
  • The University of Montana, J.D., 2003
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Kathleen L. DeSoto
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • School Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Negligence
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Montana, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers in Business; Mountain States Super Lawyers; Top 50 Women Lawyers in the Mountain States
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Western Montana Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Santa Clara University, B.A., 1989
  • The University of Montana, J.D. (with high honors), 1999
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Elizabeth Lowrance Hausbeck
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Montana, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Education:
  • Montana State University, B.S. (with honors), 2002
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 2007
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Bradley J. Luck
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Bad Faith
  • Negligence
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Claim Related Matters
Admitted
  • Montana, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business; Mountain States Super Lawyers; America's Top 100 Attorneys
Memberships:
  • American and Western Montana Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Defense Research Institute (State Chair, 1993-1994)
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1982-1993; Vice-President, 1989; President, 1990)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.A. (cum laude), 1974
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1977
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Robert C. Lukes
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Copyright and Trademark Law
  • Class Actions
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Montana, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2003
Additional Biographical Details:
Best Lawyers in America
Memberships:
  • Federal and American (Sections: Intellectual Property; Litigation) Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Southern California, B.A., 1984
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D. (with high honors), 1996
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Kathryn S. Mahe
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Labor Law
Admitted
  • Montana, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Montana
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.A. (with high honors), 2003
  • The University of Montana, J.D. (with honors), 2006
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Charles E. McNeil
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance
  • Indian Law
  • Bad Faith
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Montana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America; Mountain States Super Lawyers
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Western Montana Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (A.B.O.T.A.)
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Montana State University, B.S. (cum laude), 1981
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1984
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Robert J. Phillips
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability (Non-Medical) Defense
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Montana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. Federal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
Additional Biographical Details:
America's Top 100 Attorneys; AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Super Lawers
Memberships:
  • American and Western Montana (President 1986-1987) Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana (President, 1994-1995)
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.A., 1975
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 1978
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Jeffrey Roth
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Montana, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Additional Biographical Details:
Mountain States Super Lawyers
Education:
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S., 1991
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 2005
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Robert E. Sheridan
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Negligence
  • Governmental Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Railroad Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Mediation
Admitted
  • Montana, 1967
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell; The Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers in Business; Mountain States Super Lawyers
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Western Montana Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association (Past President)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (2008)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A. (cum laude), 1964
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 1967
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Brian J. Smith
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Law
  • Transportation
  • Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Montana, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell; Best Lawyers in America; Mountain States Super Lawyers
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Carroll College, B.A., 1977
  • The University of Montana, J.D., 1982
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Peter J. Stokstad
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Washington, 1990
  • Montana, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Additional Biographical Details:
Best Lawyers in America
Memberships:
  • American, Washington State, Western Montana and King County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1985
  • Willamette University, J.D., 1989
Language:
  • Norwegian
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Kevin A. Twidwell
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Media Law
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Montana, 1994
  • Washington, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Additional Biographical Details:
Best Lawyers in America
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Washington State Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.A., 1987
  • The University of Montana, J.D. (with honors), 1994
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Insurance Law Group Associates
Jeffrey B. Smith
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Montana, 2009
  • California (Inactive), 2010
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2009
Education:
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A. Political Science, 2004
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 2009
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Isaac M. Kantor
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Montana, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.A. (with honors), 2003
  • The University of Montana, J.D. (with high honors), 2007
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Justin K. Cole
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Montana, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.S. (with high honors), 2009
  • The University of Montana School of Law, J.D. (with high honors), 2012
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Tessa A. Keller
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • Montana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.A. (with high honors), 2008
  • University of Oregon, J.D., 2013
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Emma L. Mediak
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • General Litigation
Admitted
  • Montana, 2013
Education:
  • Stanford University, B.A. (with distinction), 2009
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2012
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Ross Wecker
Missoula, MT
Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Tort Litigation
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 2006
  • Montana
Additional Biographical Details:
Super Lawyers Rising Star for Construction Litigation
Education:
  • Montana State University, B.S.Engineering, 2002
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2006
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