Kathleen L. DeSoto

Kathleen L. DeSoto: Attorney with Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP


Katie was raised in Missoula, Montana, where she graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School in 1985. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, with a minor in Latin, from Santa Clara University in 1989. She attended graduate school at the University of Montana, studying English Literature with an emphasis on Anglo-Irish authors. Katie graduated from the University of Montana School of Law (with highest honors) in 1999. While at law school, she competed at the national level for the ATLA Trial Team and was counsel on the 1999 Western Regional Champion team. After graduation, Katie clerked for United States Chief District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom in Billings, Montana for two years.

Katie entered private practice with the firm in the fall of 2001. Her practices areas include insurance coverage, defense of insurance unfair claims practices act cases, school liability defense, legal malpractice defense, and federal criminal defense. She is admitted to practice before all Montana courts, the United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Western Montana Bar Association. She is listed in Chambers USA, Mountain States Super Lawyers under Civil Litigation-Defense, and is listed in Best Lawyers under Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar and Insurance Law. In 2016 Katie was named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the Mountain States Super Lawyers, and in 2017 was designated by Best Lawyers as the Missoula Lawyer of the Year for Insurance Law.

Katie is currently a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is the immediate past-President of the Federal Bar Association for the District of Montana and Federal Practice Section of the Montana State Bar, a past-President of the Western Montana Bar Association and a past officer with the School Law Section of the Montana State Bar.

Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers in Business. Mountain States Super Lawyers. Phi Delta Phi. Member, ATLA Trial Advocacy Team. Law Clerk to Federal District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, 1999-2001.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Negligence Litigation
  • Products Liability Law
  • School Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Defense
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
406-203-4756  Phone
406-523-2595  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7909, Missoula, MT 59802
University Attended:
Santa Clara University, B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
University of Montana, J.D. with high honors, 1999
Year of First Admission:
1999, Montana and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Federal and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Montana; Western Montana Bar Association; Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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  • 4.0/5.0 (21 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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Missoula, Montana