Ian McIntosh, a fourth generation Montanan, is a Partner in the firm’s Bozeman office. He graduated from the University of Montana School of Law with honors in May 1998 and from the University of Washington in 1993. Ian’s practice primarily focuses on civil litigation defense including products liability, personal injury, and insurance bad faith. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in Montana and Wyoming for clients such as Hess Corporation, Big Sky Resort, and Ford Motor Company.

Ian has an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named one of Montana’s best litigators by Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyer in the Mountain States and a Litigation Star in Benchmark’s Litigation, the Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

Montana, 1998
Supreme Court of Montana, 1998
9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003


1998 – J.D. with Honors, University of Montana
1993 – B.S. in Accounting, University of Washington

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers’ 2014 Product Liability Litigation-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Billings
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Chambers USA – Montana’s Best Litigators
Chambers USA – Leading Lawyers in Litigation: General Commercial
Mountain States Super Lawyers for Personal Injury – Products: Defense
Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Star
Benchmark Litigation – Montana’s Local Litigation Star (2013-2015)

Community Involvement

American Whitewater Volunteer

Professional Affiliations

Gallatin County Bar Association
State Bar of Montana
Member, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
Certified Public Accountant (Inactive)

Reported Decisions / Cases

Ian has tried jury trials to verdict throughout Montana and Wyoming for clients such as Hess Corporation, Big Sky Resort, and Ford Motor Company. Ian has also argued before the Montana Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Denton v. First American Title Ins. Co., 2015 MT 155N – Appeal upholding dismissal of abuse of process claim against title insurer.
Kopeikin v. Moonlight Basin Management, LLC, 2015 WL 518865 – Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of ski resort.
Meadow Brook, LLP v. First American Title Ins. Co., 375 Mont. 509, 329 P.3d 608, 2014 MT 190 – Defended title insurer in title coverage litigation.
Willink v. Boyne USA, Inc., 987 F. Supp. 2d 1082 (D. Mont. 2013) – Obtained defense verdict on behalf of ski resort in ski lift unloading accident.
Harpole v. Powell County Title Co., 371 Mont. 543, 309 P.3d 34, 2013 MT 257 – Appeal decision upholding summary judgment in favor of title insurer.
Harris v. St. Vincent Healthcare, 371 Mont. 133, 305P.3d 852, 2013 MT 207 – Obtained dismissal of class action litigation against hospital, upheld on appeal.
Conway v. Benefis Health System, Inc., 309 Mont. 309, 297 P.3d 1200, 2013 MT 73 – Prepared amicus brief on behalf of all of Montana hospitals to defeat class action litigation against hospital.
Stokes v. Ford Motor Co., 368 Mont. 365, 300 P.3d 648, 2013 MT 29 – Appeal decision upholding unanimous defense jury verdict.
Stokes v. Montana Thirteenth Judicial Dist., 361 Mont. 279, 259 P.3d 754, 2011 MT 182 – Argued before the Montana Supreme Court about the application of Montana’s statute excluding seat belt use in civil litigation.
Caddell v. Helena Elder Housing, Inc., 494 Fed.Appx. 809 (9th Cir. 2012)
Abbey v. Chubb Corp., 274 Fed.Appx. 548 (9th Cir. 2008)
Sherner v. National Loss Control Services Corp., 329 Mont. 247, 124 P.3d 150 (2005)
Blain v. Stillwater Mining Co., 321 Mont. 403, 92 P.3d 4 (2004)
DuBray v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, 307 Mont. 134, 36 P.3d 897 (2004)
Weaver v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 56 F.Supp.2d 1190 (D. Mont. 1999)