JOHN P. NESBITT
John P. Nesbitt is a founding partner of the Bozeman law firm Guza, Nesbitt and Putzier, PLLC. He graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in English Education in 1993. Following college, John was a high school English teacher for three years at Marsh Valley High School in Arimo, Idaho. There he served as head of the English Department for two years before leaving to pursue his law degree at the University of Idaho.
While attending law school, John worked with the tribal courts on the Nez Perce Indian reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. As a law school student, he was granted a limited license to practice law from the State of Idaho, allowing him to represent indigent clients with legal matters in the tribal courts. Following his second year of law school, John came to Montana to complete an internship with the Park County Attorney’s Office in Livingston, MT, gaining experience in criminal law matters.
Also during law school, John spent one summer guiding in both Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks working for Backcountry Tours, a Bozeman-based adventure travel company. This experience, along with his internship in Livingston, ultimately led John to Bozeman to begin his legal career.
After graduating from the University of Idaho and passing the Montana State Bar Exam in 2000, John and his family moved to Bozeman. John worked as an associate attorney for the law firm Berg, Lily, and Tollefson. In his three years with the firm, John gained experience in family law matters, personal injury litigation and civil/contract matters.
John’s practice is currently focused in the areas of adoption, dissolution of marriage, protective orders, the establishment and modification of parenting plans, and child support determination and enforcement. He is a member of the Federal District Court of Montana, the State Bar of Montana and the Gallatin County Bar Association.
John takes advantage of the Bozeman lifestyle when not at work. He enjoys spending his free time dirt biking, running, rock climbing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and camping and backpacking with his family.