Boone Karlberg P.C.
201 West Main Street | Suite 300 Missoula, Montana 59802
(406) 543-6646
Matthew B. Hayhurst

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After graduating first in his class from the University of Montana School of Law, Matt clerked for the Ninth Circuit and then joined the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie. He eventually returned to his native Montana to join Boone Karlberg. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their three sons, Elliott, CJ, and Ben. He also enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing, and mountaineering. He has climbed the highest peaks in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, California, and Washington.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Professional Negligence & Malpractice
  • Insurance
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury - Primarily Defense & Select Plaintiff's Cases

Education and Experience

  • B.A., The University of Montana, with Honors
  • J.D., The University of Montana School of Law, with High Honors
  • Clerkship - Honorable James Browning, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Attorney, Perkins Coie, Seattle, Product Liability Litigation Group
  • Adjunct Professor of Federal Courts, University of Montana School of Law

Awards and Honors

  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member, President-Elect
  • AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Previously selected as one of 10 Montana Lawyers in Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Rising Star in Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Chambers USA
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star
  • Benchmark Litigation Guide, "America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys"
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020 Lawyer of the Year award - Best Lawyers - Product Liability Litigation – Defendants - 2020, 2023, 2024

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Montana Law Review, Advisory Board
  • Montana Law Review, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • YMCA Missoula, Board of Directors, Past President
  • Youth Homes Inc., Board of Directors, Past President