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 Missoula County residents countless dollars.


Kirsten H. Pabst is the Missoula County Attorney, who serves as the chief elected prosecutor for Missoula County, Montana. After graduating from the University of Montana School of Law, she served as a prosecutor for 17 years, specializing in major and complex crimes, and then managed a private law practice for 3 years. She supervises a staff of 41, serving
multiple law enforcement agencies and county departments and maintains an active caseload, prosecuting complex and violent crimes. Ms. Pabst frequently speaks, lobbies, writes, and testifies on topics including domestic violence, child abuse, sex crimes and trial advocacy 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 recently received two national achievement awards for her work in the evolving field of trauma and secondary trauma.

Kirsten enjoys spending time with her family, making art,
volunteering for adults with disabilities, riding her horses and is an active member and board member of the Backcountry Horsemen, an organization committed to keeping Montana’s public lands accessible for recreation.