Allan Karell

Direct: (406) 294-8481
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Allan Karell concentrates his practice on agricultural and commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, business mergers and acquisitions, secured financing transactions, and foreclosures and workouts. He regularly works with attorneys around the state and the country on real estate financing and transactional matters. He also represents clients in business sales and purchases, commercial transactions, operation and governance of entities, and business law issues.

Allan is a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is listed in the area of real estate law in Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is an associate member of the Montana Land Title Association.

Allan obtained his law degree with high honors from the University of Montana in 1976, and after clerking for U.S. District Judge William J. Jameson, has practiced law in Billings, Montana since 1977. He has lectured on various real estate issues, including foreclosure and title insurance.

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University of Montana School of Law

  • J.D. with high honors – 1976

St. Olaf College, Minnesota

  • B.A. magna cum laude – 1973

Montana – 1976


  • Contracts
  • Entity formation
  • Entity operation and governance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Sales and purchases
  • Succession planning
  • Transactions


  • Foreclosures and workouts
  • Secured lending

Real Estate

  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Financing
  • Foreclosures and workouts
  • Leasing


American College of Real Estate Lawyers – Fellow

American College of Mortgage Attorneys – Fellow

Montana Land Title Association – Associate Member

American Bar Association – Member

State Bar of Montana – Member

Yellowstone Area Bar Association – Member


Rotary Club of Billings – Member

  • Past President
  • Board of Directors of Billings Rotary Club Foundation

Family Service, Inc.

  • Member, Board of Directors, and Past President

Montana State University – Billings Foundation

  • Past Member, Board of Directors

Billings Chamber of Commerce

  • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Past Chairman – Governmental Affairs and Managed Growth Committees

Special K Ranch

  • Past Member, Board of Directors, and Past President

Friendship House

  • Past Member, Board of Directors, and Past President
  • Past Member, Endowment Board of Directors

Northern Rockies Cancer Treatment Center

  • Past Membmer, Board of Directors

Best Lawyers in America – Real Estate

Mountain States Super Lawyers – Real Estate

Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers – Real Estate

Montana Environmental Law Handbook – Contributor

The Law of Distressed Real Estate – Contributor

The Digest of Commercial Laws of the World – Contributor

Crowley, Haughey, Hanson, Toole & Dietrich P.L.L.P.

  • Associate (1977-1980)
  • Partner (1981-2007)

Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge William J. Jameson (1976-1977)