Ryan grew up in Helena and graduated from Carroll College with a degree in Political Science in 2012. Ryan then went to the University of Montana School of Law where he graduated in 2015. While in law school, he was a member of the Montana Law Review eventually becoming an Executive Editor. Ryan also competed on the National Moot Court Team. Ryan’s internships while in law school included the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Office of Legal Affairs, Crowley Fleck, and clinical intern for Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch.
Upon graduating from law school, Ryan clerked for Judge Ray Dayton in Anaconda, Montana before joining the Keller Law Firm in Helena for a year and a half. Ryan started at E.J. Guza and Associates in February 2018. Ryan is admitted to practice in Montana State Court, and U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. His practice at E.J. and Associates will focus primarily on civil litigation.
While not working, Ryan enjoys backpacking, running, hiking, snowboarding, chasing elk, and hanging out with his dog.
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