Matthew HayhurstMatthew 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, Charlie and Ben. He also enjoys cycling, fly-fishing, and mountaineering. He has climbed the highest peaks in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, California, and Washington.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability

Education and Experience

  • 1995 - B.A., The University of Montana, with Honors
  • 1998 - 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
  • 1999-2002 - Attorney, Perkins Coie, Seattle, Product Liability Litigation Group
  • 2013-2014 - Adjunct Professor of Federal Courts, University of Montana School of Law

Awards and Honors

  • AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Mountain States Top 100 (1 of 10 Montana lawyers recognized) – Super Lawyers – 2015-2017
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer - 2012-2017
  • Rising Star in Mountain States Super Lawyers - 2008-2009, 2011
  • Chambers and Partners - 2006-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star – 2013-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation Guide - 2007-2012
  • Best Lawyers in America - 2015-2017


  • Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-state Compendium, co-author of Washington Chapter (2000-2002)
  • Parental Notification of Abortion and Minors’ Rights Under the Montana Constitution, 58 Mont. L. Rev. 565 (1997)

Community and Professional Involvement

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