Elizabeth M. Varela

Elizabeth M. Varela

Billings, Montana

Elizabeth ("Liz") M. Varela is an attorney at Crist, Krogh & Nord, PLLC law firm in Billings, Montana. She practices civil litigation with an emphasis on property and land use disputes. Ms. Varela has experience resolving claims involving easements, water rights, mineral interests, real estate, condemnation, property damage, personal injry, breach of contract, insurance bad faith and consumer protection. Her practice also includes commercial and construction litigation.

Ms. Varela is a 2011 Graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law (magna cum laude) where she was an Associate Editor of the Gonzaga Law Review. Ms. Varela worked at Cowley Fleck, PLLC, and then Harris, Gannett & Varela PLLC before joining Crist, Krogh & Nord, PLLC.

Ms. Varela is a member of the American Bar Association and the Yellow Stone Bar Association

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 2011


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. - 2011
    • Law Review: Associate, Editor, 2009 - 2010
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Major: German
    • Major: Foreign Affairs

Published Works

  • The Shale Energy Revolution: A Lawyer's Guide, The Energy Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigationan, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • National Moot Court Team, Final Four at National Finals - 2nd Best Brief, 2011 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Montana
  • State Bar of North Dakota
  • Yellowstone Area Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Crowley Fleck, PLLC
  • Harris, Gannett & Varela, PLLC


  • German

Crist, Krogh & Nord, PLLC serves the following Montana cities and counties: Billings, Laurel, Park City, Worden, Butte, Helena, Missoula, Great Falls, Columbus, Big Timber, Livingston, Bozeman, Belgrade, Miles City, Big Sky, Yellowstone County, Gallatin County, Silver Bow County, Lewis & Clark County, Cascade County, Sheridan County, Richland County, Missoula County, and Yellowstone Valley.