Neil G. Westesen
Firm: Crowley Fleck PLLP
Address: 1915 South 19th Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59718
Membership: Professional Affiliations•State Bar of Montana •Gallatin County Bar Association•Montana Defense Trial Lawyers•Defense Research Institute•American Bar Association•Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation•State Law Resources, Board of Directors
University: University of Montana, B.A., with highest honors, 1988, University of Colorado, J.D., with highest honors, 1991
Admitted: 1991, Montana; 1991, U.S. District Court, District of Montana; 9th Circuit of Appeals; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: Neil Westesen is a Partner in the firm's Bozeman Litigation Department. He has also served on the Firm's three person Executive Committee for several years, and in 2011, he became the firm's Managing Partner. Neil was recently elected to another 3 year term in that position. He now spends a significant portion of his time managing the Firm's eleven offices and 139 attorneys. Neil's litigation practice focuses on construction law where he represents architects, engineers, owners, contractors, and sureties. In addition, he has a significant Indian law practice representing industry clients in negotiations with and litigation against Indian tribes. He has also represented various product manufacturers in both product liability litigation and dealer defense cases. Finally, he has represented several attorneys in legal malpractice defense matters. Awards and Honors•Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law, Litigation - Construction, and Native American Law (2007-Present)• Mountain States Super Lawyers for Construction Litigation (2013-2015)• Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Trustee, (2011-2014)• AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Community and Professional Involvement•Bridger Ski Foundation Board Member and Vice President (2005-2013)• Bridger Ski Foundation Nordic Committee chair (2005-2009)• Youth soccer and youth ski coach (1995-2009)• Chief of Course for various local ski races• MSU Parent Advisory Council Prior Experience•He co-chaired the Rocky Mountain Law Foundation Special Institute on Natural Resources Development on Indian Land in 2006 and spoke on tribal jurisdiction at the RMMLF Special Institute in 2011. Over the years, he has spoken to various meetings of attorneys and industry professionals on construction law and Indian law matters, including the State Bar of Montana, the American Institute of Architects, the CNA Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, and at the University of Vermont. He has appeared in numerous cases heard before the Montana Supreme Court, as well as the federal courts in Montana, the 9th Circuit, and the U. S. Supreme Court. A complete listing of reported decisions is available upon request. Presentations and Publications•Neil has authored or co-authored numerous papers including, Coal Mining on Indian Lands: A Study in Permits, Plans and Paperwork presented at the 1992 ABA conference on Natural Resources Management and Environmental Enforcement on Indian Lands, co-authored with Mike Webster.