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Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

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Brian was born in Gary, Indiana to parents from Butte and Anaconda. After high school, he returned to the home state of his parents, attending Carroll College in Helena, Montana. He received an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice in 1976 and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1977. After two years as a social worker in corrections, he entered the University Of Montana School Of Law. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1982.

After completing Law School, Brian moved to Polson, Montana, and became the Public Defender in Lake County, Montana for two years. Following that, he had a private practice in Polson, Montana until 1987, when he joined the Missoula firm of Milodragovich, Dale and Dye. While there, his practice emphasized general civil and commercial litigation and the representation of transportation interests, primarily Motor Carriers. In 1993, he became General Counsel for Truckers Express, Inc., a nationwide motor carrier with headquarters in Missoula. In October of 2003, he was named President and CEO of Truckers Express, Inc., as well as continuing his duties as General Counsel. He returned to private practice of law in October of 2006 with the firm of Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP. His practice emphasizes the representation of trucking companies in regulatory matters, transactions and general business matters and general civil and commercial litigation.

Brian is a Past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association, a 1000 member international Bar Association of transportation attorneys. He has spoken on topics of transportation law to the TLA, as well as the American Bar Association’s Transportation Megaconference in New Orleans, Louisiana and the American Trucking Association’s General Counsel’s Forum in San Diego, California. He is a certified Mediator and an AAA approved arbitrator in commercial and transportation matters. He is Vice President of the Montana Motor Carriers Association. He is active in the University Of Montana School Of Law adjunct faculty program and a guest lecturer at the University Of Denver Law School’s Transportation Law Program. He has represented trucking companies in regulatory matters before the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as well as civil representation in the State and Federal Courts of Montana.

Honors, Awards and Professional Associations

  • AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, Member
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association’s Transportation Megaconference
  • Western Montana Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Montana, Member
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers, Member


  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • Juris Doctor
  • Carroll College, Helena, Montana
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Philosophy
  • Carroll College, Helena, Montana
    • Associate of Arts
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Arbitration / Mediation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Construction Law
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Defense
  • Banking

Bar Admissions

  • Montana
  • U.S. Federal Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court