Peter J. Stokstad

Peter J. Stokstad

Missoula, Montana
(406) 523-2500

Peter specializes in the defense of medical malpractice and personal injury claims. He has tried many cases to juries in State and Federal Court and has extensive experience writing and arguing appeals. Peter has taken several hundred clients through the Montana Medical Legal Panel process and through District Court Litigation. Peter also serves as Managing Partner of GLR and Chair of the firm's Health Law department, which has defended approximately 1600 medical malpractice claims.

Peter currently serves as lead counsel for the Montana Medical Association. In 2013 he served on the rules committee for the Montana Medical Legal Panel. Peter has given numerous presentations on risk management issues to health care organizations and has written articles for the medical-legal advice column for the MMA’s publication, The Bulletin.

As a prosecuting attorney in Seattle for six years, Peter prosecuted approximately 50 jury trials along with several hundred non-jury trials. He also has extensive experience writing and arguing appeals before the appellate courts in Washington, including the Washington State Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice law in Montana and Washington, as well as the Federal District Court in Montana.

Peter was born in Trondheim, Norway in 1963. After immigrating to United States as a child, he lived in New York. His family finally settled in Seattle, Washington, where he attended the University of Washington, receiving a degree in History in 1985. He received his law degree from Willamette University in 1989 and worked in the Civil Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Peter joined GLR in 1996.

Peter and his wife Maria, a Missoula native, enjoy outdoor recreation and travel with their three children.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury - Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1990
  • Montana, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1996


  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon - 1989
  • University of Washington - 1985
    • Major: History

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington and Montana State Bars, Member
  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Civil Trial Division, Oregon Department of Justice, 1989
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, 1989 - 1995