Attorney Profile

James A. Patten - Patten, Peterman, Bekkedahl & Green, PLLC in Billings MT
Carroll College, B.A., Accounting; Business Administration-Finance, with distinction, 2008
University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 2011

Patrick G.N. Beddow

Pat’s practice concentrates in the areas of mineral ownership, oil and gas, title curative and quiet title actions, drilling and division order title opinions, probate, estate planning, trusts, real estate transactions and disputes, and mineral and agricultural leasing.

Pat received his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from Carroll College. While at Carroll, he was a Distinguished Military Graduate, served in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and was the Corps of Cadets Representative to the Associated Students of Carroll College.

Pat graduated from the University of Montana School of Law where he served as Business Editor on the Public Land and Resources Law Review. Pat was a Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholar, Chapter Treasurer of Phi Delta Phi, and President of the Military Law Society. From 2005-2014, he served in the Montana Army National Guard.

Prior to joining Patten, Peterman, Bekkedahl, & Green, PLLC, Pat was an associate in Crowley Fleck, PLLP’s Billings office, where he acquired a depth of experience in estate administration, real property transactions, and mineral title and curative in the states of Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Pat represents a range of clients from private individuals to institutional entities, and enjoys working directly with clients on all issues, large or small.

Memberships and Recognition
American Bar Association
North Dakota State Bar Association
Wyoming State Bar
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Yellowstone Area Bar Association
Montana Association of Professional Landmen
State Bar of Montana
Trustee of New Lawyers’ Section (2012-2015)
Section member: New Lawyers’, Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law, BETTR Law

Speaking and Publications
Update author, Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases, ch. 11 “Options and Rights to Acquire,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Matthew Bender (2016) (originally published 1964)
An express reservation? A modern examination of the Equal Footing Doctrine as applied in U.S. v. Milner, 583 F.3d 1184 (9th Cir. 2009), 32 Pub. Land & Res. L. Rev. 203 (2011)
Member and speaker - Montana Association of Professional Landmen continuing education seminar on probate, trusts, and mineral curative
Speaker - Buying and Selling Farms and Ranches in Montana, mineral rights, hunting rights, and grazing rights, National Business Institute continuing education seminar

North Dakota

Montana District Courts
North Dakota District Courts
Wyoming District Courts
Montana Federal District Court

Community Involvement
Pro Bono Family Mediation Project – volunteer mediating parenting plans for indigent families experiencing divorce
Relay for Life Taste of Life Volunteer – 2012-2015