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Doug’s bankruptcy practice is limited to representing creditors. He has more than three decades of experience representing both secured creditors and unsecured creditors in cases under chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. Doug has substantial experience representing banks and other lenders in family farm bankruptcies and chapter 11 reorganization cases. Doug is a former member of the U. S. Trustee’s Panel for the District of Montana. He has been active in the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar and served as Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section.
Doug has the honor of being listed in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America, under four categories: Banking and Finance Law; Litigation -- Banking and Finance; Litigation -- Bankruptcy; and Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Doug was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 & 2021 Billings Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Doug has also been recognized as a Top Lawyer by Corporate Counsel for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and is included in the Mountain States Super Lawyers list.
Doug is involved in all aspects of real estate development and litigation. He has represented lenders, developers, tenants, and landlords in connection with real estate foreclosures, acquisitions, real estate sales, shopping centers, box store developments, Lifestyle Centers, medical campuses, co-tenancy issues, leasing, zoning, site development, subdivision approval, reciprocal easement agreements, exclusives, use restrictions, subdivision improvements agreements, common area maintenance agreements, secured financing, lease defaults, assignments, lease terminations, planned unit developments, and zoning.
Doug serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Montana Foundation where he is involved with Campaign Montana, the largest and most successful capital campaign in Montana history. The Foundation has raised more than $450 million. Doug served on the Board of Visitors for the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana from 2011 through 2020. He previously served on Board of Directors for the Billings Public Library Foundation, the Alberta Bair Theater, the City of Billings Zoning Commission, and the City of Billings Board of Adjustments.
Doug was born in Great Falls, Montana in 1957. He graduated from Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with high honors, from Southern Methodist University in 1979. Doug earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Montana in 1982. After graduating from law school, he worked for the Montana Securities Department in the State Auditor's Office from 1982-1984. He joined Moulton Bellingham PC in 1984. Doug is married to Kathy Webster James.
- J.D., University of Montana, 1982
- B.A., Southern Methodist University, magna cum laude, 1979
Awards And Honors
- Yellowstone County Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2010
2007 Mountain States Super Lawyer, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Real Estate, Business Litigation
- Outstanding Instructor Award, Rocky Mountain College, 1992-1993