Shannon was born in Butte, America and raised in Colstrip, Montana. She graduated with highest honors from Montana State University in 2001 with a B.S. in Business. After graduation, Shannon moved to Santa Barbara, California, where her foray into the legal field began at Safety Analysis and Forensic Engineering (SAFE), an automotive safety research firm providing expert witness services for attorneys with catastrophic automobile accident cases. While working at SAFE, Shannon enrolled in law school at the Santa Barbara College of Law. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2007 and was admitted to the California Bar in 2008.
While in law school, Shannon clerked for the Honorable Judge Brian Hill at the Santa Barbara Superior Court, and the Environmental Defense Center, a non-profit environmental law firm. As a law student, Shannon was invited to join the Santa Barbara Inns of Court, an association of judges, lawyers and other legal professionals working together to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. During that time, Shannon also began working at Schley, Look, Guthrie and Locker, a law firm specializing in business and employment law, civil litigation, intellectual property, and estate planning. After passing the California Bar Exam, Shannon continued on at the firm as an associate attorney. In 2010, Shannon joined the Andrade Law Offices, specializing in personal injury and criminal defense.
Shannon joined E.J. Guza & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation (formally known as Guza, Nesbitt & Putzier, PLLC) in 2017, after a four-year hiatus from the law in order to raise her young family. She enjoys working as a paralegal on issues for the firm’s Montana clients.
When not in the office, Shannon can be found in the great Montana outdoors with her family, doing volunteer work, or working on various gardening, art, and home improvement projects.
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