Rachel Parkin

Rachel H. Parkin


Rachel H. Parkin

Rachel H. Parkin

Practice Areas


  • State Bar of Montana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Court
  • Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court


  • University of Montana (J.D., 2013)
  • Kansas State University (M.A., 2009)
  • Kansas State University (B.A., 2005)

Rachel H. Parkin

In her practice, Rachel Parkin emphasizes a commitment to open dialogue and diligent analysis. She believes that advocacy starts with understanding. Not every client defines success in the same way, so early and frank conversations regarding goals are critical to obtaining a favorable outcome. Understanding the legal, factual, and even emotional parameters of the legal issues her clients encounter enables Rachel to effectively drive cases toward satisfactory resolution. Through her background in academia, she has developed the exceptional research, composition, and communication skills necessary to successfully handle complex legal issues through all phases of litigation, and to reconcile legal issues with her clients’ goals.

Rachel’s practice focuses primarily on insurance defense and coverage analysis. She is well-versed in the nuances of Montana’s unique insurance landscape, and has represented institutional clients in bad faith cases and administrative proceedings before the Insurance Commissioner. Much of her defense work has been in construction litigation, including construction defects, liens, and home inspector professional liability. She also frequently advises clients on employment matters and has successfully defended a variety of employment claims both in district court and before administrative agencies, including OSHA, EEOC, and the Montana Human Rights Bureau. Rachel has had cases before the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has also appeared in several tribal courts in Montana.


Rachel is committed to serving the Missoula community. She facilitates a weekly writers’ critique group for the Missoula Public Library, and serves on the Board of Directors for both A Carousel for Missoula and the Western Montana Bar Association.

In a previous life, Rachel taught classes on children’s literature at a university, worked as an education ambassador at a zoo, served as a trail guide on horseback in Rocky Mountain National Park, and spent time as a librarian. Rachel enjoys getting lost — lost with her dog in Montana’s backcountry; lost in a good book; or lost in her thoughts on a long run. She owns more than 20 different illustrated versions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and has strong feelings about the use of Oxford commas.

Representative Cases

  • Asarco LLC v. Atlantic Richfield Company, 353 F. Supp. 3d 916 (9th Cir. 2018).
    Represented the plaintiff in a civil action for contribution under CERCLA for costs incurred for cleanup at the East Helena Superfund Site. Instrumental in obtaining a $29 million judgment in favor of our client following a two-week trial.


  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • The Harmonie Group
  • The CLM

Awards & Recognitions

  • Rachel has taught continuing education courses on construction law, specifically focused on construction liens and on home inspector liability, as well as on employment practices. She has also published a white paper for insurance claims handling professionals on avoiding bad faith pitfalls in Montana. In law school, Rachel earned a scholarship for excellence in legal writing and helped teach legal research skills to new law students as part of the Junior Partner Program.

Professional Background

  • While in law school, Rachel assisted in federal criminal prosecutions and appeals as a clinical intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She also spent two years developing civil litigation skills as an intern at Milodragovich, Dale & Steinbrenner, P.C. Prior to entering the legal profession, Rachel taught literature and expository writing courses for the English Department at Kansas State University. During her time at Kansas State, she presented papers at several national conferences and published work in a peer-reviewed literature journal.