Gregory G. Schultz

Gregory G. Schultz

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Representative Matters

  • Regular representation of individuals and entities asserting and defending against easement claims
  • Extensive work with members of the Montana survey industry in contested subdivision and boundary challenges
  • Pursuit of Montana Supreme Court appeal resulting in early recognition of easement by plat doctrine
  • Pursuit of Ninth Circuit appeal establishing relationship of Northern Pacific right of way abandonment and Rails to Trails scheme
  • Representation of title insurer in Montana Supreme Court appeal limiting insurer's access policy obligation
  • Defense of major lender against attorney's fee lien claim
  • resulting in Montana Supreme Court opinion clarifying foreclosure of lien
  • Regular representation of lenders for title curative work in lien validity and priority disputes

Greg is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Missoula office. He has practiced for 34 years and in Montana since 1995. Before joining Crowley, he administered his own practice for nearly 20 years. His practice concentration is real property, with particular expertise in land titles, real property secured lending, easements, title insurance, purchase and sale transactions, foreclosure, and survey matters. He is married, with two children.

Practice Areas

    • Banking and Finance
    • Financing, Loan Structuring, and Documentation
    • Business Organizations
    • Litigation
    • Construction Law
    • Construction Defects
    • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
    • Lien and Bond Claims
    • Mediation and Arbitration
    • 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
    • Oil and Gas
    • Litigation
    • Title Examination
    • Mining – Hard Rock, Coal and Industrial Minerals
    • Land and Mineral Acquisition
    • Title Review and Curative
    • Real Estate
    • Access, Title and Property Disputes
    • Commercial Real Estate Acquisition, Sales and Leasing
    • Condominium and Homeowners’ Associations
    • Construction and Design
    • Development, Zoning and Land Use
    • Farm and Ranch Transactions
    • Real Estate Financing and Security Devices
    • Water Rights
    • Tort Litigation
    • Common law bad faith
    • Coverage decisions
    • Trusts & Estates
    • Elder Law Planning
    • Estate Planning
    • Probate, Estate and Trust Administration
    • Water Law
    • Water Right Transactions

Bar Admission

1984, Arizona, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona and U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
1993, Kansas, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, Missouri, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
1995, Montana and U.S. District Court, District of Montana

Education

Yale University (B. A. summa cum laude, 1980)
Northwestern University (J.D. 1984)

Prior Experience (Employment)

Brown & Bain, P.A. (Phoenix, Arizona, 1984-1988)
Gaston & Snow (Phoenix, Arizona, 1988-1992)
Turner & Boisseau, Chtd. (Overland Park, Kansas, 1992-1995)
Knight & Masar, PLLP (Missoula, Montana, 1995-1999)
Law Offices of Gregory Schultz, P.C. (Missoula, Montana, 1999-2017)

Honors & Awards

Yale University: summa cum laude
National Honor Society

Community Involvement

Member, Missoula City Zoning Board of Adjustment (2005-2015)

Professional Affiliations

Member and Instructor: Montana Land Title Association
Instructor: Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (Montana Chapter)

Presentations & Publications

Editor, Developments in Montana Title Law (2000-2017); Contributor, Treasure State Surveyor and Title Insurance Law Newsletter by Woodridge Legal, now ALTA

Reported Decisions / Cases

James v. Chicago Title Insurance Company, 2014 MT 325
Our Lady of the Rockies v. Peterson, 2008 MT 110
Avista Corporation v. Sanders County, 485 F.Supp.2d 1176 (D. Mont. 2007), aff’d, 549 F.3d 1239 (9th Cir. 2008)
St. Peter & Warren v. Purdom and Norwest Bank, 2006 MT 172
Zapel v. Parker d/b/a Georgetown Lake Estates, 2004 MT 123
Kohler v. Croonenberghs, 2003 MT 260
Urquhart and Talia v. Teller, 238 Mont. 497 (1998)Amerimont v. Gannett, 278 Mont. 314 (1996)
Koch v. Shell Oil, 52 F.3d 878 (10th Cir., 1995)
Mahler v. Keenan Real Estate, 255 Kan. 593 (1994)
Decker v. Avis Rent-A-Car, 20 Kan. App. 2d 43 (1994)