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Justin K. Cole

Justin K. Cole

Office: 406-523-2500 | Fax: 406-523-2595
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Justin concentrates his practice in health law, advising hospitals, independent practice groups, and individual practitioners on a number of health law compliance issues, including HIPAA compliance, HIPAA breach analysis and reporting, EMTALA, Medicare and private insurance reimbursement, Stark and Anti-Kickback contracting matters, among other issues.  Justin also works with hospitals and medical staffs regarding Medical Staff Bylaws issues, peer review, credentialing, and other issues affecting the medical staff.

Justin also has a civil litigation practice, focusing on defending both individuals and entities in class action litigation, medical malpractice, insurance coverage and bad faith, personal injury defense, employment litigation, and business disputes. Justin also represents health care providers, including both nurses and physicians, before the State licensing boards. 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, his wife, their son, and their daughter enjoy their spare time hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing in Montana’s beautiful outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Honors, Awards and Professional Associations

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • 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
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Business Management

Practice Areas

  • Health Care Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

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