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Neil Westesen, Neil

Neil Westesen

Crowley Fleck PLLP - Montana
Bozeman, MT
(406) 552-4523

Practice Areas

  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Coal
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental & Energy
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Indian Law
  • Oil & Gas
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Tax


  • 1991 - J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
  • 1988 - B.S., University of Montana

Professional Experience

Neil Westesen is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and practices in the Bozeman office.  He has also served on the firm’s 3 member Executive Committee for several years and in 2011 he became the firm’s Managing Partner.  He now spends a significant portion of his time managing the firm’s 10 offices and 125 attorneys.

Mr. Westesen’s litigation practice focuses on construction law where he represents architects, engineers, owners, and contractors.  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.

Mr. Westesen joined the firm in 1991 following graduation with highest honors from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in 1988, also with highest honors.  Upon joining the firm, Mr. Westesen co-authored with Mike Webster a paper entitled “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.  He also co-chaired the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation special institute on Natural Resources Development on Indian Land in 2006 and spoke on tribal court jurisdiction at the RMMLF Special Institute in 2011.  Over the years, he has spoken to various meetings of attorneys and industry professionals on construction and Indian law matters, including the State Bar of Montana and the American Institute of Architects.  Mr. Westesen is currently the case note editor for Montana and Wyoming for “Construct,” the ABA’s Journal for the Committee on Construction Litigation.

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“First, let me say THANK YOU for your invitation to speak at the State Law Resources meetings this year. I sincerely enjoyed the event and made some good contacts for Cerner. You all were extremely kind and hospitable. Thank you for everything. ”

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Client/Speaker, 2016 SLR Spring Meeting