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Eli J. Patten  Associate

Eli J. Patten is an Associate in the Billings Commercial Department. He practices in the areas of creditors' rights, including bankruptcy, collections, real property and water litigation, real and personal property foreclosures, defense of consumer protection violations, bankruptcy litigation, and commercial litigation. Eli is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Montana and the Northern Cheyenne, Crow, Fort Belknap, Confederated Salish and Kootenai, and Shoshone and Arapahoe Tribal Courts. Eli is a graduate of The George Washington University, Washington, DC with a B.A. in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Montana School of Law.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2009
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Montana, 2009
  • Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court, 2010
  • Crow Tribal Court, 2011
  • Fort Belknap Tribal Court, 2012
  • Salish & Kootenai Tribal Court, 2012
  • Shoshone & Arapahoe Tribal Court, 2012
  • North Dakota, 2016


  • 2009 - J.D., University of Montana School of Law
  • 2005 - B.A. in Political Science, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Awards and Honors

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013-2015)

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Billings Area Young Professionals
  • Magic City Adult Hockey
  • Leadership Billings (2013-2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Montana - Bankruptcy Section, Section Counsel Member (2010 - 2012), Treasurer (2013), Chair (2013-2014)
  • Yellowstone Area Bar Association, Trustee (2012-2015); President-Elect (2015-2016); President (2016-2017)
  • State Bar of Montana - New Lawyers' Section, Trustee
  • American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division District Representative (2014 - 2015); Montana Young Lawyer Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (2016-2017)