Joel E. Guthals

Joel E. Guthals

Of Counsel


(406) 248-7646
2825 3rd Ave. North, Suite 100, Billings, MT 59101

Practice Areas:

Corporate Law; Business Law; Banking Law; Commercial and Bankruptcy Litigation; Debtors’ and Creditors’ Rights; Business Reorganizations; Labor and Employment


1975, Montana, U.S. District Court, District of Montana, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Tenth Circuits and U.S. Supreme Court

Law School

University of Montana, J.D.


Yellowstone Area Bar Association (1975-present); American Bar Association (1975-present); State Bar of Montana (1975-present); State Bar Bankruptcy Section (1985-present), Chair 2 terms; State Bar Bankruptcy Education Committee (1988-1992); American Bankruptcy Institute (1993-present).


Editor-in-Chief, Montana Law Review, 1974-1975. Author: Montana Criminal Code Annotated (Annotator), 1974; Notes: 35 Montana Law Review 340, 1974; Continuing Legal Education Publications: Montana Agriloan Workouts and Bankruptcy Strategies (1986), Foreclosure and Repossession in Montana (1987), Basic Bankruptcy in Montana (1988), Creditors Rights and Protection of Security Interests in Bankruptcy (1988); Primer and Review of Bankruptcy Law, Practice and Procedure (1989), Property of the Estate and Exemptions (1989); Pension Plans in Bankruptcies (1991); Professional Fees in Bankruptcies, 1992. Law Clerk to Judge W. J. Jameson, U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 1975-1976. Director: Planned Parenthood of Billings (1978-2000); Director: Billings Symphony Society (1983-1987); Member: Yellowstone County Zoning Commission, 1994-2000 (Chair 1999-2000); Director: Friends of Public Radio, Inc. Board, 1980-2012 (Chair 3 terms); Trustee: MSU-Billings Foundation Board of Trustees, 2003-2012 (Chair 2010-2011); Trustee: Billings Public Schools Board of Trustees, 2004-2011 (Vice Chair 2008-2011); Director: Montana School Board Association 2007-2009; Lawyer Representative, 9th Circuit Judicial Conference, 1990-1993.


Santa Monica, California

Military Service

Capt., USAF, 1967-1971


Joel is the President of the Yellowstone Valley Astronomy Association. Joel is also an oenophile (wine connoisseur) and served for many years as the lead auctioneer at the MSU-B Foundation Wine and Food Festival live auction.