A Proven Leader In Montana Personal Injury Law

Channing J. Hartelius

Channing J. Hartelius

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Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Claim Disputes
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Wrecks
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dog & Animal Bites
  • Medical Malpractice/Negligence
  • Motorcycle Accidents


Channing J. Hartelius began his storied law career in October of 1971 after graduating cum laude from George Washington University. Almost 50 years of experience. He acquired his strong work ethic from his grandmother, Augusta Kelm, while being raised on the farm his grandparents homesteaded near Great Falls. As such, retirement is not in the cards. Like the symbol of his firm, the lion, he is constantly on the hunt for success for his clients. He attended Great Falls High, where as a precursor to his career, he was twice named state speech champion.

He graduated with honors from the University of Montana where he was a debate champion and the Chair of the Model United Nations. After graduating from law school in Washington DC, Channing returned to Montana, where he worked in the Attorney General’s office and completed his military service before founding the firm that has evolved to become the Hartelius Law Center located at 401 Third Street North, in downtown Great Falls. Channing is a successful trial attorney, author, and active member of the community.

Among his many community contributions, he enjoys performing “A Conversation with George Washington” where he recounts his relationship with various political figures of Washington’s time. Channing lives with his wife, Donna, two pups, King Charles Cavaliers, Madison and Jager along with two Ragdoll cats, Winston, and Monte. He has four grown daughters and numerous grandchildren with whom he enjoys spending time. Channing splits his time between his residences in Great Falls and Cascade.


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1971
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: History
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Economics

Bar Admission

  • Montana, 1971
  • Virginia, 1971
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1971
  • Blackfeet Tribal Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Who's Who in America, 2003
  • Montana Ambassador, 2000
  • American Legion Certificate of Distinction, 03/02/2003
  • JCI Senator
  • Montana Table Topics Champion, Toastmasters, 1994
  • Montana Table Topics Champion, Humorous Speech 1st Place-Region, Serious Speech 3rd Place, 2000
  • Montana Table Topics Champion, Evaluation Contest 1st Place, 2001
  • Who's Who in Among Outstanding Americans
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Lexington Who's Who, 2001
  • Order of Barristers, 2001

Published Works

  • Consumer Protection, Law, and the Municipality, (Contributor), NIMLO Report No. 157, 1975
  • Law and the Municipal Ecology Air Water, Noise Over Population, (With S. Lewin A. Gordon), NIMLO Research Report No. 156, September, 1970
  • Discrimination in the Provision of Municipal Services, (with Friedman), 12 Municipal Attorney 47, March, 1971
  • NIMOL's Service on Federal Money for Cities, (Editor), 1970
  • International Law, (Editorial & Research Assistant to C. Rhyne), 1971
  • Understanding Bankruptcy, A Guide, 1981
  • The Montana Handbook on Contracts for Deed, 1982
  • Viewpoint on Initiative 48 (Tort Reform), Aurora Magazine, Summer, 1988
  • Effective Discovery Procedures in Montana Manual, 1995
  • Evidence in Trial Practice in Montana Manual, 1993

Representative Cases

Classes & Seminars

Professional Associations

  • Grizzly Athletic Association, Board of Directors, 1997
  • Preservation Cascade, Board of Directors, 2000 to 2003
  • Tribune, Editorial Board, 1997 to 1997
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Montana Bar Association, Member, Co-Chair State Bar, 1996 to 1996
  • Cascade County Bar Association, Member, President, 1996 to 1996
  • Great Falls Jaycees, President, 1975 to 1975
  • Rainbow Toastmasters, President, 1974 to 1974
  • Rainbow Toastmasters, President, 1994 to 1995