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Brian Holland  Partner

Brian Holland is the Partner in the firm's Butte office. His work focuses primarily on large or complex energy and mineral related projects and transactions, such as power plants, pipeline projects, oil & gas transactions, and wind energy projects, with his work involving various aspects, including due diligence, permitting, transaction agreements, condemnation, financing and financing opinions, and generally assisting clients complete projects and close transactions. He joined the firm in 2004 after serving as Senior Counsel with the Montana Power Company Legal Department, where he worked, starting in 1992, on a wide variety of energy-related projects and transactions. Prior to that position, he was in private practice with a litigation firm in Seattle for four years, and before that, he was with the Butte-Silver Bow County Attorney's Office for four years. Brian is a Butte native who graduated from the University of Montana Law School in 1982, with his undergraduate degree in Economics from Carroll College, Helena, in 1978.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1982
  • Washington, 1987


  • 1982 - J.D., University of Montana Law School
  • 1978 - B.A. in Economics, Carroll College

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Brian has been active in numerous community organizations, including serving on the Boards of the following organizations: Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, Project Green of Montana, World Museum of Mining, and the Butte Amateur Hockey Association, plus involvement with several youth sports organizations.

Prior Experience

  • 1992-2003, Montana Power Company Legal Department; Butte, Montana
  • 1988-1992, Lee, Smart, Cook & Patterson, Seattle, Washington
  • 1984-1988, Butte-Silver Bow County Attorney's Office (Chief Deputy: 1987-1988)
  • 1983, Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Jack Shanstrom, District of Montana
  • 1982-1983, Law Clerk to State of Montana District Court Judge Mark Sullivan

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Montana
  • American Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Association

Presentations and Publications

  • 2013 - The Seminar Group: Complex Issues in Montana Wind Power, Permitting and Regulatory Oversight, Helena, MT
  • 2012 - Issues in Condemnation, Private Developer Perspective of the Condemnation Process, Helena, MT
  • 2008 - State Bar of Montana: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas law, Natural Gas Power Plant Development, Great Falls, MT