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Torrance L. Coburn


Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Law


Torrance L. Coburn is an attorney and shareholder with Tipp Coburn Lockwood, PC. Torrance's civil litigation practice focuses primarily on representing Montanans in personal injury and employment law cases.  

Torrance was born in Spokane, Washington, where he lived until moving to Southwest Florida during high school. After graduating high school, Torrance attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 1998. After graduating from college, Torrance felt the pull of the Northwest and moved to Montana, graduating from the University of Montana Law School in 2004.

Torrance’s affinity for Missoula, and Montana in general, began with his great-grandfather, who was born in Miller Creek in 1898. As a child, Torrance and his family (including his great-grandfather) would travel to Missoula in the spring to assist in yearly calf cutting on the Maloney Ranch. As could be expected, Torrance had many great experiences during this time, including his first time behind the wheel, driving a pickup to bring hay to the cattle. It was these memories, along with his love for the mountains and the outdoors generally, that drew him to Missoula.

Torrance joined Tipp Coburn Lockwood PC (then known as Tipp & Buley) in 2004. During his time with the firm, Torrance has fought for individuals in Western Montana who have been wrongfully discharged or otherwise discriminated against in their employment, working to ensure that Montana workers are treated fairly by their employers.  

Similarly, Torrance has devoted his time with the firm representing individuals injured by the negligent and wrongful acts of others. Recovering from debilitating injuries without having to deal with at-fault parties and their insurers is stressful enough. In his representation of injured Montanans, Torrance works to make sure that they are not taken advantage of by the insurance companies, and to ensure that they can focus on their recovery. For his representation of injured individuals, Torrance has been selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. Torrance’s many recoveries on behalf of injured individuals include a settlement of over $3.5 million dollars for clients who suffered multiple significant injuries in a motor vehicle accident, as well as a judgment of over $1.2 million for a client who suffered adverse reactions to the influenza vaccine.

Torrance is licensed to practice before all State and Federal Courts in the State of Montana, as well as the both the Federal Circuit and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where Torrance successfully argued on behalf of a Missoulian who had been wrongfully discharged by TJ Maxx. He is a member of the Montana Bar Association, the Western Montana Bar Association and the National Trial Lawyers .

When he is not busy attending to the varied needs of his clients, Torrance enjoys taking advantage of the many outdoor offerings provided by Montana’s beautiful expanses. Additionally, Torrance is a soccer fan/addict. When he is not rooting for the Seattle Sounders, Manchester United or the United States National Teams, he is likely playing in the Missoula adult soccer leagues. Torrance has also coached Missoula youth soccer, both for the YMCA and the Missoula Strikers, and has served on the Missoula Strikers Soccer Association Board, where he was a past-president. 


  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • J.D. - 2004
  • Emory University
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1998
    • Major: History

Bar Admissions

  • Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Montana Bar Association, Member
  • Western Montana Bar Association, Member
  • National Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Missoula Strikers Soccer Association Board, Past-President


  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

Pro-Bono Activities

  • YMCA, Soccer Coach
  • Missoula Strikers