Ms. Catherine A. Laughner

Ms. Catherine A. Laughner: Attorney with Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven, P.C.


Ms. Laughner is a shareholder in Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven P.C. whose practice concentrates on regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings, white-collar criminal defense and grand jury investigations. Ms. Laughner is known for her defense of corporations, officers and employees and other individuals in matters involving allegations of criminal wrongdoing, noncompliance and fraud. In that regard, she has represented executives in federal prosecutions charging violations of fraud and conspiracy. Specifically, Ms. Laughner has successfully defended clients in healthcare fraud, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Ms. Laughner regularly advises companies and individuals on corporate and regulatory compliance issues and has conducted internal investigations for corporations. Ms. Laughner's practice also includes representing clients in diverse complex litigation, including toxic tort and other environmental litigation. Ms. Laughner has substantial experience in the areas of superfund, environmental permitting and compliance, environmental and natural resources litigation, administrative proceedings, regulatory/ administrative compliance and white-collar criminal defense. Before joining Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry, and Hoven, P.C. in 1990, Ms. Laughner worked in environmental affairs for Chevron and as an analytical chemist for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Ms. Laughner skied for the University of Utah Ski team and received her B.S. in Chemistry there (1979). While working for Chevron in Houston and Oklahoma City, she attended the University of Houston Law Center and received her J. D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law (1989). Ms. Laughner is admitted to practice law in Montana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Environmental Litigation
  • Hazardous Waste Law
  • Endangered Species Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Air Quality
  • Water Pollution
  • Superfund
  • Government Investigations
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Surety Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
406-585-0888  Phone
406-587-0165  Fax
University Attended:
University of Utah, B.S., 1979
Law School Attended:
Oklahoma City University, J.D., 1989
Year of First admission:
1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1990, Montana and U.S. District Court, District of Montana; 2001, U.S. Supreme Court
State Bar of Montana; American Bar Association (Past Vice Chair, Petroleum Marketing Committee Section, Natural Resource, Energy and Environmental Law).
Birth Information:
Wolf Point, Montana, 1956
Reported Cases:
National Wildlife Federation v. Burlington Northern Railroad Company, 23 F.3d 1508 (9th Cir. 1995).

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (10 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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Client Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 (3 reviews)
  • 100% (3 recommendations)
  • Silver Client Champion
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  • Value for Money

  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 04/17/11 in Environmental Law.

    Our company purchased a Meat Packing Facility that that been abandoned for 19 years and had PCB contamination. Ms Laughtner led us thru the process with regulators of completing a cleanup that the previous occupants had started. With her guidance a... Read more

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    Our company purchased a Meat Packing Facility that that been abandoned for 19 years and had PCB contamination. Ms Laughtner led us thru the process with regulators of completing a cleanup that the previous occupants had started. With her guidance and advise we were able to get a clean Phase I Environmental Report that allowed a National bank to lend money for it's rehabilitation. She knew her business and was firm and steadfast in her advice. Read less

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 04/15/11 in Criminal Law.


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