Ian McIntosh, a sixth generation Montanan, is a Partner in the Bozeman office. Ian 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 commercial litigation. He has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in Montana and Wyoming for Big Sky Resort, Wells Fargo, and Hess Corporation, among others.

Ian has an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named to the Top 100 Attorneys in the Mountain States, one of Montana’s best litigators by Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year multiple years, 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

    • Business Organizations
    • Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Healthcare
    • Healthcare Litigation
    • Tort Litigation
    • Class Action Defense
    • Common law bad faith
    • Coverage decisions
    • Medical Malpractice Defense
    • Negligence
    • Payment of insurance benefits
    • Personal Injury
    • Product Liability Defense
    • Products Liability
    • Professional negligence, including medical malpractice
    • Unfair Trade Practices Act

Bar Admission

Montana, 1998
U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, 1999
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2004
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota, 2019


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

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys in the Mountain States
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Best Lawyers Product Liability Litigation-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” multiple years
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

Community Involvement

American Whitewater Volunteer

Professional Affiliations

Former Certified Public Accountant
Gallatin County Bar Association
State Bar of Montana
Past President, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys

Reported Decisions / Cases

Ian has tried jury trials to verdict throughout Montana and Wyoming and has argued before the Montana Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cottonwood Enviro. Law Center v. CH SP Acquisitions LLC, 2023 WL 8809323 (D. Mont.) Obtained summary judgment dismissal of Clean Water Act claims alleging overirrigation of golf course.

Anderson v. Boyne USA, Inc., 2023 WL 4235827 (D. Mont.). Representing ski resort owner in ongoing class action litigation regarding condo rentals at Big Sky Resort.

Cottonwood Enviro. Law Center v .Yellowstone Mountain Club LLC, 2022 WL 5150561 (D. Mont.). Obtained dismissal of Clean Water Act claims alleging overirrigation of golf course.

Sides v. Global Travel Alliance, 2023 WL 2971151 (D.Mont.) Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of putative class action claims against student travel organization.

Moe v. GEICO Indemnity Co., 2022 WL 225518 (D. Mont.). Obtained summary judgment on individual and putative class action bad faith claims regarding insurers’ payment of third party medical expenses.

James Lee Construction Inc. v. GEICO, et al., 2022 WL 19353 (D. Mont. ). Obtained dismissal of putative class action regarding insurers’ subrogation practices.

Meyer v. Big Sky Resort, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana (2021). Obtained unanimous jury verdict in favor of Big Sky in multi-million dollar claim for personal injury caused by the inherent risks of skiing.

Deming v. Ciox Health, 475 F.Supp.3d 1160 (D. Mont. 2020), 2020 WL 4364639, Obtained dismissal of five health care systems in putative class action challenging charges for copies of medical records.

Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, 395 Mont. 478, 443 P.3d 407, 2019 MT 115 – Represented automobile manufacturer in personal jurisdiction challenge, which has now been accepted by the United States Supreme Court.

Moore v. Wells Fargo (2018) – Obtained jury verdict far below offer of judgment in admitted liability trial for national bank.

Kopeikin v. Moonlight Basin Management, LLC, 2015 WL 518865 – Obtained summary judgment in favor of ski resort on personal injury claim. Affirmed after oral argument at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017 (unpublished).

Byorth v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co., 385 Mont. 396, 384 P.3d 455 (Mont. 2016) – Obtained reversal of district court’s certification of class action.

Tomahawk v. Hess Corp., Wyoming 2015 – Obtained favorable jury verdict for Hess in Wyoming federal court on claims for breach of contract and bad faith.

Denton v. First American Title Ins. Co., 2015 MT 155N – Successfully upheld summary judgment in favor of title insurer on abuse of process claim.

Willink v. Boyne USA, Inc., 987 F. Supp. 2d 1082 (D. Mont. 2013) – Obtained defense verdict on behalf of Big Sky Resort after jury trial in ski lift unloading accident.

Kovak v. Ford Motor Co., 2014 WL 1320693 – Represented automobile manufacturer in wrongful death claim and challenged jurisdiction when vehicle at issue was not sold in Montana.

Nelson v. Hartford Ins. Co. of the Midwest, 570 Fed.Appx 695 (9th Cir. 2014) – Obtained summary judgment on bad faith claims. Affirmed after oral argument at the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals.

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.

BancInsure, Inc. v. First Interstate Bank – Represented bank in insurance coverage litigation in Montana federal district court.

Harpole v. Powell County Title Co., 371 Mont. 543, 309 P.3d 34, 2013 MT 257 – Successfully upheld order granting summary judgment in favor of title insurer.

Harris v. St. Vincent Healthcare, 371 Mont. 133, 305 P.3d 852, 2013 MT 207 – Obtained dismissal of class action claims 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 Montana hospitals to obtain reversal of class certification by district court.

Stokes v. Ford Motor Co., 368 Mont. 365, 300 P.3d 648, 2013 MT 29 – Obtained unanimous defense jury verdict in favor of automobile manufacturer, upheld on appeal.

Stokes v. Montana Thirteenth Judicial Dist., 361 Mont. 279, 259 P.3d 754, 2011 MT 182 – Argued before the Montana Supreme Court regarding 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) – Obtained summary judgment for insurer on multimillion dollar coverage and bad faith claim. Affirmed after oral argument at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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)