Benjamin  T. Cory

Benjamin T. Cory

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Benjamin (Ben) Cory is the Managing Partner of the firm. Ben has previously served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the firm’s Creditor’s Rights and Banking Practice Group. Ben has extensive experience representing local and national lenders with loan workouts and restructuring, real and personal property foreclosures, bankruptcy, financing transactions, loan structuring, and advising financial institutions with respect to day-to-day operations.

Ben’s practice areas include: Creditor’s Rights, Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Employment, Business Formation, Business Transactions, Real Estate Transactions and Real Estate Development. He is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Court in Montana, State Court in Wyoming and State Court in North Dakota.

Ben grew up in Missoula and is actively engaged in the Missoula community. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law. While in law school, he served as Executive Editor of the Montana Law Review and interned for the Honorable Donald W. Molloy, former Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

Ben and his wife have four daughters and enjoy spending their free time in and around Western Montana’s mountains, lakes, and rivers.

Practice Areas

    • Banking Law, Compliance, and Internal Operations and Processes
    • Financing, Loan Structuring, and Documentation
    • Governance
    • Mergers, Acquisitions & Other Business Transactions
    • Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
    • Bankruptcy
    • Collections
    • Debt Restructuring and Workouts
    • Personal Property Foreclosures, Claim and Delivery, Replevin, and Injunctive Remedies
    • Real Property Foreclosures & Landlord-Tenant Disputes
    • Advice and representation in employment litigation, including wrongful discharge and discrimination matters
    • Employee discipline and termination advice
    • Employee screening, hiring practices and policies
    • Employment contract review and drafting
    • Employment policy development, including handbook drafting and review
    • Independent contractor / employee classification
    • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
    • Separation agreements
    • Acquisitions and Dispositions
    • Due Diligence
    • Mergers
    • Access, Title and Property Disputes
    • Commercial Real Estate Acquisition, Sales and Leasing
    • Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations
    • Development, Zoning and Land Use
    • Real Estate Financing and Security Devices

Bar Admission

Montana, 2005
Wyoming, 2008
North Dakota, 2013

Education

2005 – J.D., University of Montana School of Law
2000 – B.A., University of Montana

Prior Experience (Employment)

Ben has extensive experience representing local and national lenders with loan workouts and restructuring, real and personal property foreclosures, bankruptcy, financing transactions, loan structuring, and advising financial institutions with respect to day-to-day operations. In addition, he routinely represents main street business owners, as well as large scale companies, with business formation, corporate governance, real estate transactions (including purchase, development and leasing), contract drafting, employment manual preparation and advice and business transactions (including stock and asset purchases).

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; and Litigation – Banking and Finance (2015 – Present)
Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the Banking and Finance practice area
Lex Mundi Institute Advanced Leadership and Management Program
Missoulian’s 20 under 40 Business Professional
1st Place American Bar Association Northwest Regional Client Counseling Competition, 2003

Community Involvement

Leadership Montana Board of Governors (2013-2016)
Missoula Country Club Golf Committee (2016-Present)
Leadership Montana Class Member (2012-2013)
Vice President, Loyola Sacred Heart Foundation (2008-2009)
Loyola Sacred Heart Foundation Board Member (2006-2012)
YMCA and Missoula Strikers Volunteer Soccer Coach

Professional Affiliations

Western Montana Bar Association
State Bar of Montana – Bankruptcy Section
Wyoming State Bar Association
North Dakota State Bar Association

Presentations & Publications

Author – Amos v. Commissioner: The Ambiguous and Ever-Changing Definition of What Constitutes a Personal Physical Injury under Internal Revenue Code Section 104(a)(2), 66 Mont. L. Rev. 247, 2005