Vincent G. Kalafat joined Crowley Fleck PLLP in 2013 and practices in the Commercial Department in Billings. Vincent is a Partner and primarily advises clients in the areas of taxation, estate and succession planning, estate and trust administration, closely held business entities and joint ventures, merger and acquisitions, spin-off and other dispositions, and real estate transactions. Vincent is admitted to practice in Montana, North Dakota, New York, and Wyoming and before the U.S. Tax Court. Vincent is also a CPA (inactive status) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

A Montana native, Vincent attended Carroll College, where he received his B.A. degree in accounting and finance, summa cum laude, in 2003. Vincent earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2006, where he served as the Editor in Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review and earned the Colonel William J. Hoynes Award, the Law School’s highest honor. Following law school, Vincent served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining Crowley Fleck PLLP, Vincent was an associate with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, where he focused on the tax aspects of U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin offs and other dispositions, leverage buyouts, joint ventures, and financing transactions.

Practice Areas

    • Banking and Finance
    • Mergers and Acquisitions of Financial Institutions
    • Business Organizations
    • Governance
    • Mergers, Acquisitions & Other Business Transactions
    • Tax
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Acquisitions and Dispositions
    • Due Diligence
    • Joint Ventures
    • Mergers
    • Real Estate
    • Commercial Real Estate Acquisition, Sales and Leasing
    • Farm and Ranch Transactions
    • Taxation
    • Business Entities
    • Mergers and Acquisitions, Spin-Offs, and Reorganizations
    • Real Estate Transactions
    • State and Local Taxes
    • Tax Audits and Controversies
    • Wealth Transfer Taxes
    • Trusts & Estates
    • Business Succession Planning
    • Charitable Giving
    • Elder Law Planning
    • Estate Planning
    • Fiduciary Obligations and Estate and Trust Litigation
    • Guardianships, Conservatorships and Disability Planning
    • Premarital Agreements
    • Probate, Estate and Trust Administration
    • Retirement Planning
    • Tax Planning

Bar Admission

New York, 2007
Montana, 2013
North Dakota, 2016
Wyoming, 2017
U.S. Tax Court


2006 – J.D., summa cum laude, Notre Dame Law School (Editor in Chief, Notre Dame Law Review; Colonal William J. Hoynes Award)
2003 – B.A. in Accounting and Finance, summa cum laude, Carroll College (Wall Street Journal Award; Bishop Gilmore Memorial Award)

Prior Experience (Employment)

2007-2013 – Tax Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (New York City)
2006-2007 – Law Clerk to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Honors & Awards

Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Star for Tax (2018-Present)

Community Involvement

Leadership Montana (2018)
Leadership Billings (2016)
Billings Chamber of Commerce

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Montana
American Bar Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Presentations & Publications

Contributor, Employment Law Quarterly Update, Issue 3, Implications of New Tax Law on Confidential Settlements of Sexual Harassment or Sexual Abuse Claims, April 2018

Contributor, Corporate Close-up: Oregon Joins Montana in the Trend towards Market-Based Sourcing, Bloomberg BNA SALT Talk Blog, July 17, 2017

Contributor, Corporate Close-Up: Montana’s Disallowance of Pre-Merger NOLs Poses Trap for the Unwary, Bloomberg BNA SALT Talk Blog, March 27, 2017

Author, Bloomberg BNA Montana Corporate Income Tax Portfolio content (2016-2018)

Co-Author, Tiers of the Sun: Montana Multi-Tier Pass-Through Entity Apportionment Developments, Tax Newsletter (Summer 2014)

Contributing Author, Special Tax Considerations Regarding the Acquisition, Ownership and Disposition of REIT Shares by Foreign Governments and Their Sovereign Wealth Funds, in REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions (Chapter 6D), Law Journal Seminars Press (2011)

Contributing Co-Author, Cross-Border Acquisitions of REITs: Selected U.S. Federal Income Tax Issues Arising From Foreign Acquisition of REITs or Interests in REITS, in REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions (Chapter 6B), Law Journal Seminars Press (2009)