Peter F. Habein is a partner in the firm and a trial attorney in the litigation department. He came to the firm in 1984 after serving as a law clerk to the late Senior United States District Judge William J. Jameson. His practice includes general civil litigation, but he has extensive experience in insurance law, including insurance bad faith litigation, coverage litigation, and agent and broker liability. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association (past president and DRI representative).

Mr. Habein received his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law where he was editor-in-chief of the Montana Law Review. He has contributed to articles published in that journal.

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

Montana, 1983
U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1983
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984


1983 – J.D. with Honors, University of Montana School of Law
1980 – M.A., University of Virginia
1979 – A.B., Dartmouth College, cum laude

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance (2016-Present)
Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” – Litigation – Insurance (2021)
Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” – Insurance Law (2022)
Mountain States Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage (2018-Present)

Community Involvement

Billings Studio Theater, Board of Directors
Yellowstone Soccer Association, Board of Directors

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Montana Ethics Committee (2007 – Present)
University of Montana School of Law, Board of Visitors (2002 – 2008)
Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, Board of Directors (2007 – Present)
Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association, President (2000 – 2001)