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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.

Local counsel for pipeline company in multi-billion international/interstate pipeline project, primarily advice and representation on land access matters (including easements, leases and condemnation) and state and local permitting.

Representation of utility in eight figure acquisitions of natural gas operating interests (utility’s first major acquisition of natural gas operating properties to be included in rate base in over 20 years).

Representation of utility in eight figure acquisition of wind energy project (utility’s first acquisition of wind energy project to be owned by utility and included in rate base).

Eminent domain proceedings – for hard rock mining company on nine figure mining project; for electric transmission line company on nine figure project; for pipeline companies on various pipeline projects.

Representation of independent power developer on eight figure natural gas power plant project.

Local counsel for liquidating trustee on decommissioning of natural gas fired power plant.

Local counsel on financing transactions, including due diligence – for power plant, hard rock mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy (wind) transactions.

Local counsel to buyer on nine figure acquisition of oil refinery.

Representation of seller in auction process to divest power generation, oil and gas, independent power, coal mining, and utility businesses owned by seller.

Representation of developer of enhanced oil recovery (EOR)/CO2 project.

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
  • Center for American and International Law

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