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John F. Haffey - Missoula, MT

Missoula Personal Injury Lawyer
100 Ryman St.Suite #100Missoula, MT 59806
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John F. HaffeyLawyer Overview

John was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the Smelter City of Anaconda, Montana. When choosing a career path, his interest in science led him to Montana Tech in Butte, Montana, where he graduated with honors in Engineering Science in 1994. While going to school at Tech he also worked as a railway track crewman, an intern at an engineering firm testing magnetohydrodynamics power generation and plasma arc furnaces, and also as a powerline construction inspector.

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John was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the Smelter City of Anaconda, Montana. When choosing a career path, his interest in science led him to Montana Tech in Butte, Montana, where he graduated with honors in Engineering Science in 1994. While going to school at Tech he also worked as a railway track crewman, an intern at an engineering firm testing magnetohydrodynamics power generation and plasma arc furnaces, and also as a powerline construction inspector.

He passed the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam and started graduate work in Petroleum Engineering. However, after taking an environmental law course, he changed his mind and decided to go to law school instead. Prior to heading to law school he obtained a commercial driver's license and drove specialized commercial vehicles in oil fields and drove belly and end-dump trucks for the construction of the Old Works golf course in Anaconda.

John earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law. After graduation, he worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Montana Department of Transportation for three years. There he handled construction, environmental and eminent domain litigation. He also represented the agency in administrative hearings.

John went into private practice with the civil defense/insurance firm of Phillips & Bohyer, and then the Phillips Law Firm, later becoming Phillips Haffey. In these firms he litigated insurance, injury, contract, products liability, trucking and intellectual property matters.

In November of 2015, he co-founded Haffey Vap PLLC, with Mitch Vap. Their desire for smaller firm with a broader scope led them to form Haffey Vap. John is admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in Montana, the 9th Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and as a patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been listed as a SuperLawyer® in civil litigation since 2010. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, the State Bar of Montana, and the Defense Research Institute.

Outside of work, like many in Montana, he enjoys the outdoors - hiking, skiing, biking, snowmobiling, boating and floating. Being born in South Bend, for better or worse, has made him a lifelong Fighting Irish fan. Coming from immigrant Irish stock, he loves Irish history and stays in contact with his Irish cousins all over the globe. He also plays the Great Highland bagpipes and enjoys playing whenever he can with the Celtic Dragon Pipe Band, but especially enjoys volunteering to play in parades and at memorial and veteran ceremonies. Finally, John's greatest passion is spending time with family and friends, especially his wife Jen, and their boys Liam and Finn.

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Practice Areas
Personal InjuryIntellectual Property
Litigation
70%
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
Montana, 1998U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeMontana State Supreme CourtU.S. District Court District of MontanaU.S. Court of Appeals Federal CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
Other Affiliations
State Bar of Montana (Member) Defense Research Institute (Member)
Education
University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana, May, 1998
J.D.
Montana College of Mineral Science & Technology, May, 1994
B.S.
Honors: With Honors
Major: Engineering Science
Past Positions
Montana Department of Transportation, Special Assistant Attorney GeneralPhillips & BohyerPhillips Law Firm
Fraternities and Sororities
Tau Beta Pi
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Included on the 2017 Mountain States list


Past Lists

  • 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Mountain States Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Mountain States Super Lawyers list

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Honors
AV® rated, Martindale HubbellSuper Lawyer® in Civil Litigation, 2010 - 2016
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100 Ryman St.Suite #100Missoula, MT 59806
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406-493-1617 (Office Phone)
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