Samuel Willette’s path to a legal career in Bozeman, Montana was one he decided on after having lived here in the late 2000’s. Samuel truly wanted to find a way to create a sustainable career in the area that would allow him to give back to the community. Samuel grew up in South Texas, and he had the pleasure of giving back to that community as faculty member of the English Department at the University of Texas at Brownsville prior to law school.
Having decided to embark on a legal career, Samuel attended the University of Oregon and graduated in May of 2017. While a student, Samuel worked as an associate editor and then later the executive editor for the journal, the Oregon Review of International Law; participated in a national moot court competition; and had a fellowship with UO’s nationally ranked Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.
Knowing he would return to Montana and take the Montana bar, Samuel spent the summer after his 2L year interning for Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls. He credits that experience for furthering his interest in working in the courts, and, as a 3L, he externed for Judge Thomas Renn, Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Oregon in Eugene. These experiences in the judiciary edified his understanding of what it takes to be a strong advocate for clients, both via the written work and the professionalism in the courtroom.
Samuel is excited to be back in Bozeman and is ready to give this community and Montana his best. He is excited to be involved with the Gallatin County Bar Association, the Montana State Bar, and the Federal Bar for the District of Montana. His practice at E.J. Guza & Associates will focus primarily on civil litigation, using his education, experience, and drive to help businesses find successful resolution to their varied legal needs.
He plans to be a weekend warrior and get in as much snowboarding and skiing as possible this winter at Big Sky. Throughout the rest of the year, he’ll be exploring the lakes, hikes, and golf courses of Montana.