Michael (Mike) S. Dockery

Michael (Mike) S. Dockery


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Michael (Mike) S. Dockery is Of Counsel in the Billings office. His practice focuses on the areas of real estate and commercial law, including commercial and real estate sale, lease and financing transactions, subdivision, development, zoning and planning matters, title insurance issues and claims, creditors’ rights and foreclosures. Mike also represents clients in government and municipal finance transactions.

Mike received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Team. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Montana State University.

Mike has spoken at various seminars on general real estate law, title insurance law, land use and development, foreclosure of real and personal property interests and hazardous waste liability in real estate transactions.

Practice Areas

    • Banking and Finance
    • Financing, Loan Structuring, and Documentation
    • Public Finance
    • Real Property Foreclosures & Landlord-Tenant Disputes
    • Real Estate
    • Access, Title and Property Disputes
    • Commercial Real Estate Acquisition, Sales and Leasing
    • Development, Zoning and Land Use
    • Farm and Ranch Transactions
    • Real Estate Financing and Security Devices

Bar Admission

Montana, 1983


1983 – J.D., University of Montana School of Law
1980 – B.A., Montana State University

Honors & Awards

AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Law (2001-present)
Best Lawyers’ 2011 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Billings
Chambers USA – Leading Lawyers in Business, Real Estate
Mountain States Super Lawyers for Business Litigation (2007, 2009-present)

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Montana Land Title Association
American Land Title Association
Yellowstone Area Bar Association
State Bar of Montana
American Bar Association (member of the section on Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law and the section on Law Practice Management)
Graduate, Leadership Montana, 2006

Reported Decisions / Cases

Whistler v. Burlington Northern Co., 228 Mont. 150, 741 P.2d 422; Yellowstone II Development Group v. First American Title Co., 304 Mont. 223, 20 P.3d 755; Langemeier v. Kuehl, 307 Mont. 499, 40 P.3d 343; Yurczyk v. Yellowstone County, 2004 MT 3, 319 Mont 169, 83 P.3d 266; Collier v. Kincheloe, 2008 MT 100, 342 Mont. 314, 180 P.3d 1157;