Robert C. Lukes

Robert C. Lukes: Attorney with Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP AV stamp icon


Bob's practice focuses on trademark law, copyright law, trade secrets, intellectual property licensing, employment law, and commercial litigation. He also has worked extensively on complex and class action litigation.

Bob's outside interests and profession come together in the world of craft brewing. Several years ago Bob resurrected the historic Missoula brand, Highlander Beer and is the owner of the Missoula Brewing Co. with a new brewery set to open in 2015. Bob has assisted many of Montana's breweries with their trademark protection efforts and employment related issues.

Bob is a member of The International Trademark Association (INTA) and is actively involved in international trademark registrations, with agents established throughout the world. He teaches both trademark and copyright law at the University of Montana School of Law, as an adjunct professor. Bob enjoys an "AV" rating in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and has been recognized by America’s Best Lawyers for his achievements and skill in the practice of intellectual property law in Montana.

Bob's written work on legal issues has been published on several occasions. He is the author of "Conflicts of Laws in Montana," and "Defenses Under Montana Products Liability Laws," as published by the Montana Law Review in 1995 and 1997, respectively.

Bob was born in Washington, D.C. in 1960. He undertook his legal studies at the University of Montana School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree with high honors in 1996. His undergraduate studies were in philosophy at the University of Southern California, completing his Bachelor's Degree in 1984.

With a strong desire to give back to his community, Bob is actively involved in providing pro bono services to Big Brothers & Sisters of Missoula, Ravalli and Missoula County Head Start Programs and the Children's Center in Missoula. He works with a number of other non-profit corporations, providing guidance on intellectual property issues and employment matters. Bob is an avid golfer, fly-fisherman and hiker. Bob has two boys and his wife Shannon is a commercial loan officer at First Security Bank in Missoula. Together they founded the Missoula Celtic Festival.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property. Author: "Conflict of Laws in Montana," Montana Law Review, Summer, 1995; "Defenses Under Montana Products Liability Law," Montana Law Review, Winter, 1997. Adjunct Professor, Trademark and Copyright Law, University of Montana School of Law.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Class Actions Defense
  • Intellectual Property

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
406-203-4756  Phone
406-523-2595  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7909, Missoula, MT 59802
University Attended:
University of Southern California, B.A., 1984
Law School Attended:
University of Montana, J.D., with high honors, 1996
Year of First Admission:
1996, Montana; 1996, United States District Court for the District of Montana; 2003, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Federal and American (Member, Sections on: Intellectual Property; Litigation) Bar Associations; State Bar of Montana; 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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Missoula, Montana