Lance grew up in Missoula, Montana. Lance first attended the University of Washington where he participated in the Decathlon for the UW Track & Field Team. During his junior year, Lance transferred to The University of Montana where he played two seasons with the Montana Grizzlies Football Team and graduated with degrees in Economics and Political Science. Also as an undergraduate, Lance interned with the Missoula law firm Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind where his passion for law began and ultimately leading him to attend the University of Oregon School of Law. During law school, Lance was a member of the Moot Court Board, and the Senior Staff Editor for the Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation. Lance also worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Program.
Upon graduating law school in 2016, Lance returned to the Missoula valley where he worked for Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind and Cotner Law as an Associate Attorney. In January of 2019, Lance joined E.J. Guza & Associates where his practice focuses on General Civil Litigation, Business Law, Commercial and Business Transactions, Entity Formation, Construction Law, and Family Law. As the son of a small business owner, Lance enjoys serving and protecting the interests of local businesses.
Lance is admitted to practice in the State of Montana District Courts, the Montana Supreme Court and the United States District Court, District of Montana.
When Lance is not serving his clients, you can find him spending time with family on Flathead Lake, skiing powder at Big Sky, or enjoying a beer with friends in downtown Bozeman.
Edward J. Guza is the founding partner of the Bozeman law firm E.J. Guza & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation (formally known as Guza, Nesbitt & Putzier, PLLC). A fourth-generation Montanan, Ed grew up in Great Falls then moved to Havre, graduating as a Blue Pony in 1987. After four years in the Marine Corps, Ed attended the University of Montana, where he obtained his Political Science degree in 1994. Ed attended law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from law school in 1999, Ed moved back to Montana and began work as an associate attorney with the Bozeman law firm, Drysdale McLean & Nellen, PC.
Ed has focused his practice in the areas of litigation and employment law (OSHA, Wrongful Discharge, employment manuals, contracts), with an emphasis on civil defense of construction accidents, and personal injury cases.
Ed is a member of the Federal District Court of Montana and the State Bar of Montana. He is the past president of the Gallatin County Bar Association. He is a frequent author and lecturer on several subjects for the National Business Institute including the following:
Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the “Rambo” Litigator (2013);
Legal Ethics and Substance Abuse: Overcoming Common Challenges (2013);
The Mechanics of Montana Civil Procedure (2012);
Employment Laws Made Simple (2012);
Legal Ethics for everyday practice (2012);
Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Challenges (2011);
Advanced Employment Laws: Working Through Common Problems (2010);
Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Problems (2009);
The Montana Wrongful Discharge Act: The Essentials (2008); and,
Preventing Employment Discrimination, Harassment, and FLSA Claims (2006).
When Ed is not practicing law, he takes full advantage of living in Montana by taking part in activities such as off-road motorcycle riding, backpacking, hiking, running, skiing, and camping with his family.
Some representative cases
Johnson v. Glorvigen and Camp Three Forks LLC
Verdict: Defense, campground business claims following breakup of 40-year romantic relationship.
Davis v. Jefferson County/Lynn Nemeth
Recall Petition: Permanent injunction against recall of mayor and council members and declaratory relief.
Carl B. Stanley Trust v. Eastern Savings Bank
Bank’s negligence, Consumer Protection Act, and punitive damages – Plaintiff Verdict
FUMICO vs. the Estate of Miller
Summary Judgment granted for Defense on Insurance Subrogation Claims
McDonald v. Ponderosa Enterprises
Personal Injury, crushed by falling wall, lumbar burst fracture – Defense Verdict
Fenton v. Keck and 4 Apartments LC
Gas Furnace CO Exposure – Defense Verdict
CNJ Distributing, Inc., vs. D & F Farms, Inc.
Improper Seed Placement – Defense Verdict
DiMarzio vs. Crazy Mountain Construction, et.al.
Breach of Contract – Defense Verdict
Arnold vs. Yellowstone Club
Wrongful discharge from employment – Plaintiff Verdict