Kristy Buckley
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I am looking for opportunities to give back to my community.

Current Position


Crowley Fleck PLLP





Specialty Areas
  • Law

Business Law; Tax Law; ERISA Law; ACA compliance.

More Information:

Leadership Experience

I have worked at Crowley Fleck PLLP for ten years and am entering my fourth year as a partner. I co-lead our law firm’s employee benefits practice group, focusing on legal advice for employers and associations regarding retirement plans, executive compensation, and Affordable Care Act compliance.  For the past several years I publish newsletters for clients on current events, regularly conduct webinars, and regularly contribute to the Montana Lawyer, a publication of the State Bar of Montana. I have also been a Martindale Hubbell AV rated lawyer for the past three years.  Crowley is a regional law firm with over 150 lawyers.

I also stay active in the State Bar of Montana, serving as Secretary for the BETTR Law Section for a few years and currently service as Secretary for the Health Law Section. I was privileged to be part of the original team that re-vitalized the Health Law Section back into existence three years ago.

I currently serve as a member of the Pacific Coast Area TE/GE Council, comprised of approximately 20 people who work closely with national IRS leaders and US Department of Labor leadership to mutually discuss current regulatory activities related to employee benefit laws.  I also actively participate in the American Bar Association sections for Tax Law and Health Law in a joint employee benefit interest group.

How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse

I’m interested in giving back to my community, with a focus on young, motivated women who are interested in professions dominated by men.  Support systems are rare and leadership roles for women tend to be scarce, particularly for a profession like mine. I started as an accountant and went up the ranks into a niche tax law practice. Much of the path that I chose was directly related to motivation, perseverance, and a willingness to work hard. For instance, I earned five degrees in eight years and was then catapulted into the tax law department of the largest law firm in Florida. There was a steep learning curve, one that I perceive many women face when working in a highly competitive environment.

Other Information

If you have further questions, please contact me at my direct dial, (406) 522-4522.