Attorney Christy McCann’s practice is devoted to appellate law, employment defense and counseling, environmental, insurance defense, litigation, medical malpractice, and toxic tort law. Much of Christy’s practice is focused on research and motion development in a wide-range of matters, ranging from complex civil litigation and environmental issues to medical malpractice defense.
As a Montana appellate attorney, Christy has authored dozens of briefs for submission to the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in areas including class action, medical malpractice, wrongful discharge, oil and gas, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice, environmental, banking and surety matters, and health care. She has successfully defended clients faced with extensive liability from class action litigation, and she frequently works closely with in-house counsel of national and multinational corporations on issues affecting their Montana operations. Her appellate clients include businesses, municipalities, and organizations.
Employment Defense and Counseling
Christy advises employers on workplace relations, employment law, equal opportunity, discrimination law, work health and safety, and risk management. When issues arise, she guides and represents employers through all aspects of the litigation process. As a seasoned litigator, she represents clients in individual and collective actions, arbitrations, mediations, and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy
Christy’s environmental, natural resources, and energy practice involves advising both public agencies and private clients on a number of state and federal regulations, such as CERCLA and the Clean Water Act, as well as administrative procedures concerning land use. Christy also represents these clients when litigation related to environmental issues arises.
Christy has extensive experience defending insurance companies and their insureds, self-insured corporations, and third-party administrators against a wide variety of claims, particularly claims concerning insurance bad faith allegations. In this area, Christy provides strategic advice and counsel concerning litigation, and prepares motions to further the positions of clients.
Christy’s litigation practice primarily covers civil and commercial disputes, often those arising from the employment context, as well as banking and surety and environmental matters. She provides objective-based representation around seeking to obtain client goals in an expeditious and cost-effective manner.
Medical professionals have a great deal at stake in malpractice cases. While financial exposure may be mitigated by malpractice insurance, healthcare providers may still suffer professional licensing consequences and reputational damages. When claims are alleged, Christy provides tenacious defense in medical malpractice litigation, with a focus on minimizing liability and preserving reputations.
Toxic tort litigation is expanding at a rapid rate, as plaintiffs’ attorneys employ sophisticated means to bring these suits in jurisdictions throughout the country. Defense of these claims is high stakes, making it essential to have an advocate who can present a strong defense against frivolous claims.
Christy defends toxic tort cases on behalf of manufacturers, distributors, and premises owners concerning matters such as asbestos contamination.
Christy was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated from Brown University, where she was a captain of the Women’s Swim Team. She moved west after college and enjoyed many adventures on the slopes and rivers of Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, and West Virginia, as a raft guide, ski bum, bartender, teacher, and dog-sled guide.
Christy graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2005 as a member of the Order of the Coif. She clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Whaley for three years in the Eastern District of Washington before moving to Missoula to work for BKBH.
Christy is married, and she and her husband have one daughter and two dogs. In her free time, she continues to enjoy time on the rivers and in the mountains of the West. She also remains an avid swimmer and has continued her competitive career through the Montana Masters program. She spends much of her time serving as a Mom-taxi but can also often be found volunteering at river clean-ups and her daughter’s sporting events.
- J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Colorado School of Law
- Secondary English Teaching Certificate, Fort Lewis College
- B.A. (English and American Literature), Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University
- Montana (All state courts)
- Washington (All state courts)
- United States District Court for the District of Montana
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- State Bar of Montana, Member
- Washington State Bar Association, Inactive Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Member
- Washington State Courts, Inactive Member
- Montana Masters Swimming, Member
- Wild Rockies Field Institute, Board Member