Peter Lacny is originally from DuBois, Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice in Montana federal and state courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Peter’s practice focuses on criminal defense and civil litigation.
In his criminal practice Peter has obtained trial acquittals for accused clients in federal and state courts. He has handled appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Montana Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. He has represented hundreds of accused criminal clients in all types of criminal cases.
In addition to his traditional criminal defense practice, Peter has represented numerous professionals—including attorneys, nurses, doctors and law enforcement— facing disciplinary action from their licensing boards. Peter has also successfully represented college students facing expulsion for violating university student conduct codes.
Peter’s civil practice focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury cases, business litigation, and civil forfeiture. His civil practice includes work in state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels.
Peter is a proud member of the District of Montana’s Criminal Justice Act Panel, where he provides federal criminal defense services to indigent defendants. Peter was trained at and tried cases for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office and worked in the law school’s criminal defense clinic. In 2017 he became the president of the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Peter is recognized statewide as an expert in federal and state firearm laws, on which he regularly consults with other attorneys.
President – Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member – Montana Trial Lawyers Association
Member – Federal Bar Association
University of Montana School of Law (J.D. With Honors, 2006);
Montana State University (B.A., History, 2002).
Super Lawyers (Rising Stars) 2013-2017
ACLU’s 2007 Vern Klingman award for work in securing pardons for Montanans convicted under the sedition act.
The Other Evidence Rules: CLE instructor at 2013 State Bar Criminal Law Section conference in Missoula, MT. Lecture focused on state evidence rules.
Contemporary Issues in Civil and Criminal Practice: CLE Instructor at 2012 Fall MTLA conference in Missoula, MT. Lecture focused on intersection between civil and criminal practice.
Out of My Cold Dead Hands: CLE instructor at 2010 Montana Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Seminar in Chico, MT. Lecture focused on federal firearms law.
University of Montana School of Law: Peter has guest lectured at the University of Montana School of Law on a variety of topics related to trial practice and criminal defense.