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Steven Small


401 North 31st Street, Suite 1500, Billings, MT 59101

Steven provides sophisticated representation to clients across a wide range of transactional matters throughout Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

Steve provides a deep understanding of the diverse and complex factors involved in disputes, transactions, and regulation arising in the business context.

Additionally, applying his intimate knowledge of Indian Country, he helps clients identify winning strategies and find favorable outcomes in transactions involving American Indian tribes and project development on tribal and federal lands.

Deep Understanding of Business and Tribal Law: In addition to his law degree, Steve holds a M.B.A. degree and a B.S. degree in Finance. Steve is both a chief appellate judge and chief constitutional judge of the Northern Cheyenne Appellate and Constitutional Courts. He has practiced on multiple Indian reservations and is a member of the Indian Law Sections of the Montana, North Dakota, and Federal Bar Associations.


Business and Real Estate 

Steve advises Business and Real Estate clients on a wide range of transactions, including:

  • Complex mergers and acquisitions 
  • Asset and stock purchases 
  • Commercial leasing 
  • Debt and equity financing 
  • Loan workouts and restructurings
  • Bankruptcy
General Business Transactions 

Steve represents business clients on a wide range of general business transactions, including:

  • Corporate and partnership reorganizations 
  • Corporate formation and structure
  • Investment and financing 
  • Venture capital opportunities 
  • Governance and compliance 
  • Federal Indian law



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Northern Cheyenne Appellate Court, Chief Appellate Judge 
  • Northern Cheyenne Constitutional Court, Chief Constitutional Judge

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Business Law Section, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, Member
  • ABA Construction Industry Forum, Contracts Document Division, Member
  • Montana Bar Association, Business, Estates, Trust, Tax & Real Property (BETTR) Law Section, Indian Law Section, Bankruptcy Law Section, Natural Resources & Environmental Law Section, Member
  • North Dakota Bar Association, Business & Corporations Law Section, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Indian Law Section, Member
  • Wyoming Bar Association, Business Law Section, Energy and Natural Resources Section, Member 
  • Federal Bar Association, Indian Law Section, Member 
  • Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Yellowstone Area Bar Association, Member
  • Montana Board of Architects and Landscape Architects, Member of the Board

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