Kirsten Pabst is the Missoula County Attorney with a demonstrated record of being tough on crime, and smart on crime. Kirsten and her team work together with our community partners to bring criminals to justice and to protect Missoula County’s resources. Kirsten’s flagship Special Victims’ Unit has been recognized by the Attorney General as a leader in Montana and the nation. Kirsten’s innovative programs continue to win national awards and have saved significant resources.


Kirsten has been the Missoula County Attorney since elected in 2014. The County Attorney is the chief elected prosecutor for Missoula County, Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1995. She supervises a staff of 48 and, in addition to prosecuting all offenses within the jurisdiction, oversees the civil division which represents Missoula County, the Board of County Commissioners, several local boards and county departments. Ms. Pabst frequently speaks, lobbies, writes, and testifies on topics including domestic violence, child abuse, criminal justice reform and trial advocacy for prosecutors. She is on the Executive Board of the National District Attorneys Association and is the Chair of NDAA’s Well-being Task Force for prosecutors.

Ms. Pabst has been a frequent lecturer for organizations such as the National College of District Attorneys, the University of Montana School of Law, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, the Montana County Attorneys Association, Women in Law Enforcement chapters as well as local schools and victim advocacy groups. She has been named Criminal Justice Professional of the Year and has received three national achievement awards for her work in the evolving field of trauma and secondary trauma and prosecution-led pre-trial diversion.

Kirsten also enjoys spending time with her family, writing, and enjoying Montana’s great outdoors.