Peter Lacny was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania in 1979. He was admitted to the Montana State Bar in 2006, the U.S. District Court in 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008 and the United States Supreme Court in 2013.
Peter is a partner at Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C. Peter has obtained acquittals for accused clients in both state and federal courts. He has handled appeals to the Montana and United States Supreme Courts, and has argued in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Peter’s practice areas include white collar criminal defense, general criminal defense, personal injury law and general civil litigation.
In addition to his court room work, Peter has represented numerous professionals—including attorneys, nurses, doctors and law enforcement— facing disciplinary action from their licensing boards.
Peter has also represented numerous college students facing expulsion for violating university student conduct codes.
Peter is a proud and active member of the District of Montana’s federal Criminal Justice Act Panel. During law school, he was trained at and tried cases for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office and worked in the law school’s criminal defense clinic.
Peter is recognized statewide as an expert in federal and state firearm laws, on which he regularly lectures and consults with other attorneys.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Vern Klingman Meritorious Act Award||ACLU of Montana||2007|
|Partner||Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C.||2007 - Present|
|Legal Intern||Colorado Public Defender Office||2005 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||President||2017 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Montana Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2005 - Present|
|University of Montana School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor, With Honors||2006|
|Montana State University, Bozeman||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|UM Law School Trial Practice Class||Closing Argument Techniques||2015|
|Montana State Bar CLE||Evidence Rules in Montana||2013|
|Montana Trial Lawyers Association Fall CLE||What Civil Lawyers Need to Know about the Criminal Process.||2012|
|2010 Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLE||Federal Firearm Laws||2010|
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