Charles E. Hansberry

Charles E. Hansberry

Missoula, Montana
I am a refugee from big law firms (at least for Montana), having practiced for eight years with the regional law firm of Holland & Hart, followed by ten years with Garlington, Lohn & Robinson where I also served on the Executive Committee. I recently came to the conclusion that I actually like being an entrepreneur as much as a lawyer and struck out with a similar-minded group of professionals to create a new law firm dedicated to business owners like ourselves.

During my career, I have always litigated complex commercial, environmental and employment cases, whether in state or federal courts as well as private arbitrations. I actually relish the opportunity to take complex problems, break them down into manageable parts and then convey them in simple to understand terms for a judge, jury or arbitrator. I come from a family of teachers, so the challenge of explaining complicated issues comes naturally to me.

After spending almost two decades working at the "factory", I came to the conclusion that bigger firms and stuffy traditions are not better, particularly when it comes to your business. A motivated and innovative team of professionals can accomplish any challenge put before them and provide better value for you, the client.

When not building this new business, I stay active in the Missoula community, principally through coaching my kids' teams. Currently I coach my daughter's speech and debate team, my son's rugby team and help out where I can with their Tae Kwon Do school. I crave adventure and am constantly looking for the next big trip, whether that means biking cross-country, running hundred mile races or just camping near the lakes in Western Montana.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Banking
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial law
  • Environmental Law
  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Montana


  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • Juris Doctorate - 1997
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Wake Forest University
    • B.A. - 1991
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
    • M.S. summa cum laude - 1997
    • Major: Environmental Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers in Business (Labor & Employment)
  • Best Lawyers in America

Past Employment Positions

  • Holland & Hart, LLP, Associate, 1997 - 2005
  • Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP, Partner/ Executive Comm., 2005 - 2014