Chris A. Johnson



Chris was raised in Montana and understands the business, commercial, and real estate issues that Montana small businesses and individuals face, in both urban and rural environments. Chris practiced real estate and business law in Washington after attending law school at Gonzaga, and broadened his knowledge of transactional legal work by practicing in areas of development, business asset management and financing, assisting real estate professionals, and managing real estate closing offices. This knowledge and understanding of the workings of real estate, title, and lending practices continues to assist him in his practice in Montana.


In his transition from his Washington practice to Montana, Chris spent a couple years assisting Montana Legal Services in the implementation of a videoconferencing program, and using that system to represent low income clients in Eastern Montana. Following that, he resumed private practice, focusing on all aspects of real estate law – transactions, development, financing, access and boundary issues, and more. He is also well versed in areas of business and commercial law.

When not looking after the business and real estate interests of his clients, Chris spends time skiing, fishing, and golfing, and generally enjoying what Montana has to offer.



  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. – 1992, With Honors
  • University of Montana
    • B.A. – English

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1992
  • Montana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Community Activities

  • Habitat for Humanity of Missoula

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Montana Land Acquisition and Development Committee
  • Western Montana Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Montana Legal Services Association
  • MBIA Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Montana Legal Services Association
  • Officer of Western Montana Bar Association
  • Principal and Associate in other Washington and Montana Law Firms

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