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Kathleen L. DeSoto

Kathleen L. DeSoto

Missoula, Montana

Justin focuses his practice on civil defense litigation, representing clients in a broad range of matters and issues, including personal injury defense, insurance matters, employment litigation, and business disputes.  Justin is admitted to practice in all Montana Courts and the United States District Court for the District of Montana.


Justin was raised in Missoula where he attended Sentinel High School and the University of Montana.  He obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law, with honors.  While in law school, Justin was a two-year member of the Trial Team, where he competed at both the regional and national level.  Following law school, Justin clerked for the Honorable Carolyn S. Ostby, United States Magistrate Judge, for a two-year term.  He has since been in private practice with Garlington, Lohn & Robinson. 


Justin and his wife enjoy their spare time hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing in Montana's beautiful outdoors, and spending time with their families.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • School Liability Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Federal Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Montana
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana - 1999
    • Honors: With Highest Honors
    • Honors: Counsel, 1999 Western Regional Champion team
  • University of Montana
    • Major: English Literature
    • Major: Emphasis on Anglo-Irish Authors
  • Santa Clara University
    • Bachelor’s Degree - 1989
    • Major: English Literature
    • Major: Latin

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Litigation
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America: Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar and Insurance Law
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in the Mountain States
  • Best Lawyers' 2017 Missoula Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association Montana Chapter, President
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Western Montana Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United States District Court Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, Billings, Montana, Clerk

areas of practice

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP is dedicated to bringing the finest legal services to its clients. With a reputation second to none in Montana, GLR has the experience and expertise to accomplish the task.

Today the law firm that William J. Stephens launched 130 years ago is the second largest in the four-state area of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Ranked in USA Chambers and Partners 2016 | Kathleen L. DeSoto

contact the firm

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP
350 Ryman Street
Missoula, MT 59802

Phone: 406-523-2500
Fax: 406-523-2595
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