Managing Partner: Randall J. Colbert
Number of partners: 16
Number of other lawyers: 12
Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP, is a full-service law firm helping companies of all sizes. Its attorneys’ experience and sound strategy help its clients to get the optimal results. In addition to helping Montana businesses, GLR frequently acts as local counsel for out-of-state clients. GLR serves clients in a diverse range of industries including: business and tax law, estate planning, health care, labor and employment, real estate, intellectual property, transportation, insurance defense, class action defense, medical malpractice defense, product liability, land use and enviromental and mediation and arbitration.
Main Areas of Practice:
Arbitration & Mediation:
Mediations, primarily in the form of settlement conferences, are an integral part of Montana litigation practice because federal and state district courts require mediation prior to setting a date for the trial. Several attorneys in the firm have developed extensive experience serving as mediators/settlement masters both in litigation and in informal, pre-litigation situations. These confidential proceedings are governed by statute and court rules, they offer an alternate form of dispute resolution and allow for an independent evaluation of a case by experienced counsel.
Business & Tax:
GLR’s business and tax practice group provides a variety of services for a diverse client base that ranges from individuals to start-up ventures to large multi-national corporations operating across the entire spectrum of industries and services. The firm’s representation of business entities includes sole proprietors, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, corporations, and tax-exempt organizations.
Health Care & Medical Malpractice Defense:
The firm has been representing health care providers and entities for decades. The firm advises and represents on health care investigations and risk management, health care regulations and compliance, health care transactions, privileging, credentialing and administration. Including joint ventures, privacy/ HIPAA, Stark and anti-kickback, hospital privileging, credentialing, anti-trust concerns, rural hospital matters, peer review, licensing, due diligence, physician and professional contracting, mergers, business entity formation and organization.
The firm’s medical malpractice team has represented thousands of health care providers, in virtually every medical specialty, before the Montana Medical Legal Panel and in state and federal courts. That’s why the firm fully understands the gravity of a medical malpractice claim and its impact on the career of a health care professional, as well as the future of the provider’s organization. Smart strategy and a strong track record of success are a few reasons why the firm’s medical malpractice defense practice is one of the strongest and busiest in the region. Advising health care providers on all areas of compliance with state and federal laws.
GLR attorneys provide counsel to large and small regional and national insurance companies, agencies, and adjusters on a wide range of insurance issues. The firm specializes in matters related to insurance defense, coverage opinions, the duty to defend and indemnify, underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage issues, advancement of payments, stacking of coverage, Unfair Trade Practices Act claims, bad faith, subrogation, indemnity, contribution, and State Fund and Workers Compensation.
The IP group handles litigation, licensing and registrations primarily for trademark and copyright issues. The firm has also worked as trial counsel on patent cases, working with licensed patent attorneys. The firm frequently serves as primary or local counsel in federal court actions to protect or defend the intellectual property rights of businesses anywhere in the state of Montana.
Labor & Employment:
GLR’s employment practice group is the largest in the firm, and is among the most dynamic employment law contingents in Western Montana. Practice fields cover all labor issues and forums (i.e. transaction, arbitration, mediation, and litigation) including employee contract negotiation and drafting; collective bargaining agreements; employment handbook review and creation; discrimination claims, including claims of sexual harassment, disability, and FMLA; wrongful discharge defense; and ERISA and COBRA claims, among others.
The firm helps its clients avoid litigation, where possible, by providing advice and counsel founded upon a tradition of experience and sound judgment. When litigation cannot, or should not, be avoided, the firm is ready to provide courtroom representation to its clients before all federal, state and administrative forums in Montana. The litigators work with clients to plan and prepare for litigation in advance, in order to protect the client’s long-term needs and interests.
Real Estate, Land Use, Energy & Environmental:
Attorneys in GLR’s real estate, land use, energy and environmental practice area provide a wide range of trans actional, regulatory and litigation services in all aspects of land use, energy environmental, commercial, ranching and residential real estate law. Real estate services range from routine purchase and sale matters to complex negotiations, easement disputes, financings and large-scale development projects. The firm’s land use, energy and environmental services include general counsel on legal requirements for land and energy development and representation before local, state and federal regulatory agencies, boards, councils and commissions.
The GLR transportation law department provides representation to motor carriers, brokers, logistics providers, railroads and all other transportation related entities. The firm is experienced in all issues relating to the transportation business, including licensing, insurance, compliance and other regulatory issues, accident litigation, leasing and contracts, brokerage matters and cargo claims litigation.
Trusts, Estates, & Probate:
GLR’s trusts and estates practice group provides a variety of services for individuals and private industry, handling legal matters involving tax-sensitive estate planning, estate administration, trust administration, and charitable gift planning and providing advice for charitable organizations and related planning and litigation matters.
GLR represents the diverse legal needs of a broad range of large and small Montana businesses, as well as numerous national corporations, health care institutions, insurance companies, and governments.