Charles E. Hansberry


Location: Missoula, Montana

Phone: 406-203-1730

Email: Email Me

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
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