John Tietz

Attorney at law

800 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 101
Helena, MT 59601
P: (406) 443-6820
F: (406) 443-6883
E: [email protected]





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John Tietz

Water Rights, Environmental and Natural Resource Permitting and Compliance, Toxic Tort Defense, and Real Estate Litigation


Mr. Tietz’s practice concentrates on water law where he represents clients before the Montana Water Court in the statewide water rights adjudication, before state district courts in water distribution matters, as well as before the Montana Department of Natural Resources regarding the permitting of new water rights and changing existing water rights. His practice also includes representing clients in environmental and natural resource permitting and compliance, toxic tort defense, and real estate litigation. Mr. Tietz has been rated as one of Montana’s top Environmental & Natural Resources attorneys according to Chambers USA.


Mr. Tietz is a shareholder in Browning Kaleczyc Berry & Hoven PC and a member of the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources and Litigation Practice Groups. He was born in West Lafayette, Indiana, and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Tietz received a Bachelors of Science degree from Montana State University College of Agriculture in 1987. While attending MSU and for a short time thereafter, he worked as a newspaper circulation manager, ski instructor, landscaper, tree trimmer, and urban planner. In 1990, Mr. Tietz moved to Seattle, Washington where he worked in the environmental remediation and consulting field throughout the Pacific Northwest. From 1996 to 2001, he held the position of Pacific Northwest Branch Manager for a national environmental services company. In 2001, Mr. Tietz enrolled in law school at the Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004, and returned to Montana to join BKBH.

Mr. Tietz has been married to Leah since 1993, and they have one adult son. When not practicing law, Mr. Tietz is active in the Helena bicycling community and races in road, mountain bike, and cyclocross events. He is also an avid alpine and cross-country skier, and is active in land conservation efforts, having served on the Lewis & Clark County Citizens Advisory Committee on Open Lands for seven years.

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