Crowley Fleck is a Montana-based regional law firm with 10 offices throughout the West. Beyond the Billings headquarters, the firm maintains additional Montana locations in Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula. The firm counts more than 150 lawyers practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense litigation, natural resources, mining, and energy law among other areas. The modern form of the firm took shape through the 2009 merger of Crowley Haughey Hanson Toole & Dietrich and Fleck Mather & Strutz. Practice areas of emphasis include energy and natural resources law, commercial law, and intellectual property. Crowley traces its beginning to 1895, when the firm began by serving the legal needs of family farmers and ranchers and energy pioneers among others.
Robert Griffin, the firm's primary IP lawyer in Billings, is experienced in handling litigation matters involving trademarks, trade secrets, copyright and patent infringement in addition to assisting clients with licensing, non-compete covenants and trademark prosecution.
With upwards of 30 attorneys, Garlington Lohn & Robinson is among the largest and most respected law firms in Montana. Founded more than 130 years ago, the firm continues to operate out of a single office in Billings and handles a range of matters including business and tax law, medical malpractice defense, real estate, transactional work and more.
Robert Lukes is the firm's primary attorney focused on intellectual property. In addition to commercial law, Luke's practice encompasses trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and a variety of IP-related licensing. Outside of his work at Garlington, he teaches trademark and copyright law at the University of Montana and is an active member of INTA.
Established in 1947, Holland & Hart is a full service firm with about 500 lawyers providing a full range of services from 15 offices across the Mountain West and in Washington, DC. The group offers one of the largest IP practices in the Rocky Mountain West, with more than 83 IP attorneys across the firm. The firm has a large transactions team that comprises 25 attorneys. Attorneys service the oil and gas industry, as an increasing number of such companies move into Montana.
Shane Coleman brings a technical background in electrical engineering to patent and trademark prosecution practice. He recently completed a successful patent infringement trial concerning oil well hydraulic fracturing technology. The subject patent was unenforceable due to the patentee's alleged inequitable conduct before the US Patent Office.