Ms. Catherine A. Laughner
Firm: Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven, P.C.
Address: 801 W. Main, Suite 2A
Bozeman, MT 59715
Membership: State Bar of Montana; American Bar Association (Past Vice Chair, Petroleum Marketing Committee Section, Natural Resource, Energy and Environmental Law).
University: University of Utah, B.S., 1979, Oklahoma City University, J.D., 1989
Admitted: 1990, Montana and U.S. District Court, District of Montana; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2001, U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: Ms. Laughner is a shareholder in Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven P.C. whose practice concentrates on regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings, white-collar criminal defense and grand jury investigations. Ms. Laughner is known for her defense of corporations, officers and employees and other individuals in matters involving allegations of criminal wrongdoing, noncompliance and fraud. In that regard, she has represented executives in federal prosecutions charging violations of fraud and conspiracy. Specifically, Ms. Laughner has successfully defended clients in healthcare fraud, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Ms. Laughner regularly advises companies and individuals on corporate and regulatory compliance issues and has conducted internal investigations for corporations. Ms. Laughner's practice also includes representing clients in diverse complex litigation, including toxic tort and other environmental litigation. Ms. Laughner has substantial experience in the areas of superfund, environmental permitting and compliance, environmental and natural resources litigation, administrative proceedings, regulatory/ administrative compliance and white-collar criminal defense. Before joining Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry, and Hoven, P.C. in 1990, Ms. Laughner worked in environmental affairs for Chevron and as an analytical chemist for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Ms. Laughner skied for the University of Utah Ski team and received her B.S. in Chemistry there (1979). While working for Chevron in Houston and Oklahoma City, she attended the University of Houston Law Center and received her J. D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law (1989). Ms. Laughner is admitted to practice law in Montana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.