E. Lars PhillipsOffice: Bozeman
Lars is an associate in the firm’s Bozeman, MT office.
Lars attended Gonzaga University and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. After graduation, he worked for the Petroleum Brownfields section of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, investigating petroleum releases throughout the State. He attended the University of Montana School of Law and graduated in 2016.
While in law school, Lars served as Editor-in-Chief of the Montana Law Review, and interned for Judge Molloy of the United States District Court, District of Montana. During his second year, he successfully argued before the Montana Supreme Court in Marble v. State, a matter involving the interpretation of Montana’s post-conviction statutes.
After graduation, Lars clerked for Justice Patricia Cotter of the Montana Supreme Court. Following his clerkship, Lars was appointed by Chief Water Judge Russ McElyea to serve as a Water Master on the Montana Water Court.
Lars has enjoyed providing pro bono assistance to the Montana Innocence Project and received the organization’s Champion of Justice Award for his efforts in 2017. He continues to be involved with the Montana Law Review, and currently serves on the Montana Law Review Advisory Board.
- Commercial Litigation
- Tort Litigation
- Water Law
U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2019
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2019
United States Supreme Court, 2020
2016 – J.D., University of Montana
2011 – B.A., Gonzaga University – Philosophy and Political Science
Honors & Awards
Montana State Bar Association’s Frank I. Haswell Writing Award (2020)
Montana Innocence Project (Board of Directors)
Montana Law Review Advisory Board (Board Member)
American Bar Association
State Bar of Montana
Gallatin County Bar Association
Presentations & Publications
Quarantine Authority in Montana, Montana Lawyer (June 2020)
Newly Discovered Evidence of Innocence: Its History and Future Treatment in Montana, 76 Mont. L. Rev. 327 (2015)