Mr. Kent Reed Noble
Kent claims it took a few decades to find his passion, but only a few minutes to commit the rest of his career to it.
Kent’s introduction to the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership was a video featuring a “Cowboy Ethics” curriculum developed for at-risk kids (vimeo.com/27026296). He was so inspired by the piece that he volunteered to work on the Center’s next video production, “The Code of the West: Alive and Well in Wyoming" (vimeo.com/7931683).
The rest, as they say, is history—Kent became fully committed to the cause of “raising the bar” among business and community leaders, as well as disadvantaged youth. In fact, Kent and his former employer, the University of Wyoming, College of Business, teamed with Jim Owen and the Center to create the “Standing Tall in an Upside-Down World” principled-leadership initiative.
As the executive director, Kent uses the Center’s resources to inspire others to be “better versions of themselves”.
Kent’s professional background includes senior leadership positions in broadcasting, college athletics, and higher education. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Timnath, Colorado with their three school-aged children—Lindsey, Tate, and Ella.
Mr. Frederic S. Ury
Frederic S. Ury is a founding partner of the law firm of Ury & Moskow, LLC in Fairfield, Connecticut. Ury & Moskow is a small boutique trial firm handling major civil and criminal cases throughout the State of Connecticut.
Mr. Ury earned his JD degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977 and his B.S. degree with highest distinction from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1974.
He has been a member of the Connecticut Bar since 1977 and the New York Bar since 1989. He is admitted in the Federal District Court in Connecticut and New York, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who for 35 years has concentrated his practice in criminal and civil trial practice. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is an AV rated attorney and is listed in Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has been listed for a number of years in Super Lawyers in Connecticut and New England in the area of general litigation.
Mr. Ury was the Chairman of the Litigation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association from 1993-1996. He has been a member of the CBA Bench Bar Committee for over 15 years. During the year 2004-2005 he was President of the Connecticut Bar Association.
He is a frequent lecturer to various bar associations and lawyer groups around the country on the Future of the Legal Profession and has lectured about civil procedure to Connecticut attorneys for over 13 years.
In 2008-2009 he served on the Chief Justice’s Public Trust and Confidence Task Force. He was Co-Chair of the Attorney Trust Account Defalcation Task Force from 2005-2010. In 2007 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He has been a member of the James Cooper Fellows since 2005. In 2010 he was appointed by the Judicial Branch to the Bar Examining Committee.
Mr. Ury has been active for the past 10 years in the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He served three years on the Executive Council of that organization and was President of the NCBP from 2011-2012.
Mr. Thomas W. Lyons
Thomas Lyons is a partner at Strauss, Factor, Laing & Lyons in Providence, Rhode Island where he practices civil litigation, particularly products liability defense, commercial litigation and civil rights. He is a past president of the Rhode Island Bar Association and a past member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He is currently a member of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, the Rhode Island chair for the American Bar Foundation and a director of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. Mr. Lyons is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He is the chair of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Technology Committee. Mr. Lyons is a past chair of the Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee and the Model Civil Jury Instructions subcommittee and a past editor of the Rhode Island Bar Journal. Mr. Lyons has served on the Rhode Island Supreme Court Task Forces on Electronic Filing, Indigent Defense and User-Friendly Courts. He has received the “Civil Libertarian of the Decade” and “Civil Libertarian of Year” awards from the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Lyons has been named a Rhode Island “Super Lawyer” in the area of products liability defense from 2007-2012. He has received writing awards from the Rhode Island Bar Journal. Mr. Lyons makes frequent presentations on “The Future of the Practice of Law” to bar groups around the country. He has published numerous articles on a variety of topics and has prepared the Rhode Island chapter of the Defense Research Institute’s compendium, “Products Liability Defenses.”
Mr. Roy S. Ginsburg
Roy Ginsburg, J.D. is a lawyer coach who works with attorneys across the country to help them achieve practice goals and career satisfaction. Like the people he coaches, Roy is a lawyer. He has practiced for more than 30 years - in law firms large to small and as in-house counsel. As a currently active solo with a part-time practice in legal marketing ethics (with Thomson Reuters as a client) and employment law, Roy is completely familiar with the challenges working lawyers face every day. Roy is a skilled, popular and accredited CLE speaker who regularly presents programs nationwide - on business development, client service and career management - to bar association and law firm audiences.
Mr. Craig Silva
Craig Silva received his B.A. from the University of Wyoming 1992, and his law degree from in 1996. Craig is a shareholder in the firm and primarily handles personal injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, products liability, premises liability, work related injuries, and civil rights. He also handles wrongful termination, governmental liability, employment disputes, and both federal and state criminal defense.
Craig was a Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Theta Kappa. He was a law clerk for Jere A. Ryckman, Third Judicial District, 1996-1997. He was an Assistant State Public Defender. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District. He authored “Dealing with the Recanting Domestic Violence Victims” published in Findings of Facts, February 2004. He is a bi-monthly contributor to the Wyoming Lawyer. He was the Natrona County Bar President from 2002-2003. He is a current member of the Natrona County Bar Association. He teaches evidence at the State of Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. He is a Former Municipal Court Judge. He was one of the founders of the Legal Aid Clinic at Casper College which has been recognized and received numerous community awards both nationally and locally. He won the State Bar Pro Bono award in 2009. He has been giving the civil update to the State Bar easily over the last five years.
Hon. Timothy M. Stubson
Timothy M. Stubson, Senior Counsel with the firm of Crowley Fleck, PLLP, received his undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Wyoming. He graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1997.
Prior to law school, Tim served as the Boards and Commissions Administrator in the Wyoming Governor’s office. There he assisted in the selection of gubernatorial appointees and advised the Governor on issues related to Wyoming’s numerous citizen boards and commissions.
While in law school, he served as Managing Editor of the Land and Water Law Review and also published a case note in that journal. Following graduation, Tim served as a judicial law clerk to United States District Judge William F. Downes before joining the firm of Brown, Drew & Massey, LLP where he practiced for 13 years.
Tim’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, issues involving real property and also creditors bankruptcy. He is currently admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Wyoming.
In his time away from the office, Tim is an active member in the community. He serves as a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, where he serves on the Minerals Committee, the Corporations Committee, the Select Committee on Educational Accountability and the Legislative Management Counsel.
In his spare time Tim enjoys mountain biking, studying Wyoming history and spending time with his wife, Susan, and their sons, Finnegan and Meade.
Mr. Robert H. Leonard
Robert Leonard is a member of the firm of Prehoda, Leonard & Edwards, LLC, in Laramie. His law practice is in the areas of tax planning, business planning, pension plans, employee benefit plans, tax-exempt organizations, and estate planning and trusts. He has taught estate and gift taxes at the University of Wyoming and was one of the drafters of the Wyoming Uniform Trust Code, Principal and Income Act, Unitrust Act, Close Limited Liability Company Supplement, and extended rule against perpetuities. He has made many continuing legal education presentations at the Wyoming Bar Annual Meeting and the University of Wyoming College of Law. Mr. Leonard received his B.S. from Michigan State University, his J.D. from the University of Missouri, and his LL.M. in taxation, with highest honors, from George Washington University. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the American Bar Association and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Wyoming State Bar, Albany County Bar, Missouri Bar Association, and Southeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council. He is licensed to practice in Wyoming, Missouri, Colorado, and before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court.
Mr. James C. Anderson
Jim Anderson is an Assistant United States Attorney stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jim has been a prosecutor for 32 of the 33 years he has practiced law - 10 years as a deputy county attorney and 5 years as the Uinta County and Prosecuting Attorney. For the past 17 years he has served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming stationed in Cheyenne. His current duties involve prosecuting cases involving the use of technology to exploit children, federal firearm violations, violent crime, narcotics offenses, and white collar crimes. In addition to his prosecution duties, Jim is an instructor at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and frequently instructs on legal issues arising in child exploitation cases at Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) conferences. Jim obtained his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University, in Spokane, Washington and his law degree from the University of Wyoming, College of Law in 1979.
Prof. Elaine A. Welle
Elaine A. Welle is a Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming. She has taught Secured Transactions since she joined the faculty in 1993. Over the years, she has authored a number of articles on commercial law topics. Prior to commencing her academic career, Professor Welle was a partner and associate with the law firm of Holland & Hart in Denver, Colorado. Professor Welle graduated with honors from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1986. Before beginning her legal career, Professor Welle worked for six years in a variety of managerial and staff positions in the telecommunications industry. In 1981, she earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Professor Welle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with distinction, from the University of Colorado in 1977.
Mr. Kelly S. Davis
Kelly S. Davis is an elder law attorney practicing probate, trusts and estates, and elder law from offices in Cheyenne, Wyoming. With over thirty years experience dealing with legal issues of concern to the elderly, the disabled, and their families, Mr. Davis’ practice focuses on helping seniors, persons with disabilities, and families establish and implement workable estate plans, find solutions for long-term care and nursing home needs, qualify for Medicaid benefits, maintain dignity and maximize control over their lives, protect their estates, and avoid probate costs and taxes. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA, English 1976) and the University of Wyoming College of Law (JD, 1979), Mr. Davis has been a frequent speaker on estate planning, Medicaid, special needs trusts, and general elder law topics. He is a member of the Trust Special Interest Group of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Wyoming State Bar Elder Law and Disability Section and serves on the Board of Directors and Pooled Trust Committee of the Wyoming Guardianship Corporation.
Mr. Jabez LeBret
Jabez LeBret is co-author of the Amazon #1 best-selling legal technology book Online Law Practice Strategies. He has delivered CLE presentations at the Alaska, Washington, Ohio, and Indiana State Bar Associations, the ABA and LMA, plus over 40 other bar associations – all in the last year. Jabez writes a weekly business and technology column for NBC Chicago and is an occasional contributor to the ABA Journal and Forbes. At his law firm digital marketing agency he specializes in SEO, social media conversion, traffic strategy and law firm marketing. He has authored three books and is an avid coffee lover.
Ms. Anne Reiniger
Anne Reiniger is Project Consultant to the Children’s Justice Project and private practice attorney in Jackson, Wyoming and New York City. She has over 30 years experience in child welfare, child abuse prevention, foster care and adoption. Anne has a master’s degree in Social Work and a Law degree. She is chair of the CJP Parent Legal Representation Committee. Anne is a certified Wyoming Confidential Adoption Intermediary and Chair of the Wyoming Adoption Intermediary Commission. Since 2001, she has worked in Wyoming and New York representing parents and children in cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, child custody, termination of parental rights and adoption. Anne is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse America and was Executive Director of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first child protective agency in the world.
Ms. Laura Jean Jackson
Laura J. Jackson is a family and elder law attorney practicing in the areas of family law, estate planning, and elder law in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Upon graduating from the University of Wyoming, College of Law in 2003, Ms. Jackson clerked for the First Judicial District Court judges prior to entering private practice. Ms. Jackson’s practice focuses on helping families, seniors, and persons with disabilities to discover options and assistance with long term care and special needs planning, guardianships/conservatorships and estate planning options. Ms. Jackson has been a frequent speaker regarding divorce issues, estate planning and long term care planning. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Wyoming State Bar Elder Law and Disability Section.
Mr. Eric M. Alden
Eric M. Alden has practiced law in Wyoming since 1978. He has practiced in civil and criminal litigation and served as an elected county attorney prosecuting criminal cases for eight years. For the last five years he has been in the appellate division of the Wyoming Public Defender’s office. Eric is a past-president of the State Bar and has served on the usual variety of committees.
Ms. Lynnette J. Boomgaarden
Lynne Boomgaarden is a Partner at Belcher & Boomgaarden LLP specializing in energy, natural resource and public land law. She served from March 2003 – April 2010 as Director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands & Investments. In that position, Lynne worked closely with the State Board of Land Commissioners and State Loan & Investment Board to manage approximately 4 million acres of state trust land and minerals and more than 7 grant and loan programs. She also chaired the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and served on Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission.
Prior to her service with the State, Lynne was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming, College of Law, teaching Oil and Gas Law, Mining Law, Agriculture Law, Constitutional Law and Legal Writing. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, College of Law with honors in 1991, Lynne clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby on the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and was an associate at Holland and Hart in Cheyenne.
Lynne and her husband Rick enjoy Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl athletics, fly fishing, bird hunting and spending time with their two daughters, Megan Jacob and Alli Anderson, and their families.
Mr. Stephen J. Sullivan
Steve Sullivan is a shareholder in the Denver law firm of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., with a practice emphasizing oil and gas, mining, and other natural resources issues, including negotiation of surface use agreements covering all types of lands and minerals. Prior to his legal career he worked as a field geologist in Wyoming and a consultant for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the Energy Research and Development Administration and the National Academy of Sciences on fuel resource availability issues. From 1998 to 2008 Steve moonlighted as a board member and mayor of the Town of Foxfield and a member of the executive committee of the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in geology from Princeton University, M.S. with honors in energy and natural resources from University of California at Berkeley, and J.D. with honors from University of Denver. When not with his daughters and grandsons Steve likes to return to his native Wyoming to spend time with friends and enjoy Wyoming’s magnificent open spaces.
Ms. Mistee Lyn Elliott
Mistee Elliott is a partner in the law firm of Lonabaugh and Riggs, LLP in Sheridan, Wyoming. She practices primarily in the area of civil litigation and natural resources law.
Mistee has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wyoming (1997) and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law (2001). After graduating law school, Mistee practiced with the law firm of Brown, Drew & Massey, LLP until 2009, and became a partner at that firm in 2007. Since 2009, Mistee has been practicing law with Lonabaugh and Riggs, LLP. She is a member of the Wyoming State Bar.
Mistee grew up on a ranch in northern Wyoming, and enjoys raising her family so close to home. Mistee has two children, Blake and Madyson, and spends her time away from work coaching and following them to numerous sporting events.
Mr. J. Kenneth Barbe II
Ken Barbe’s parents ranch in central Wyoming. As a result of childhood experiences with Wyoming wind, including the sensation of snow and ground hay blowing down the collar of his shirt, Ken decided to pursue a career in law. Ken received a degree in finance with honor from the University of Wyoming in 1980 and graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School with honor in 1983. While in law school, Ken was a member of the Land and Water Law Review. Ken is a shareholder in the law firm of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. in their Casper office. His practice is primarily transactional. Ken’s most recent experience with Wyoming wind is acting as local counsel to a wind developer. He played a key role in drafting and negotiating wind leases for the developer. Ken still lends a hand from time to time at the family ranch --- although he generally stays upwind of the hay grinder.
Mr. Philip C. Lowe
Philip C. Lowe is an attorney advisor with the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Regional Solicitor, Rocky Mountain Region. Formerly an environmental scientist, he advises Interior agency clients on legal and policy issues related to coal, oil and gas development, coalbed natural gas, oil shale, uranium, wind and geothermal resources. He also provides guidance to Bureau of Land Management clients on NEPA and FLPMA issues associated with environmental and land use planning activities and records of decision. Prior to joining Interior, he practiced in the environmental law sections of firms in San Francisco and Denver. He received his B.S. with honors in 1981 from Rutgers University, where he won several athletic and academic awards, and in 1989 earned a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. John D. Chambers
John D. Chambers is a private practice attorney in Casper, Wyoming. He earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Brigham Young University, and a M.A. in Special Education and Rehabilitation: Sign Language Studies emphasis from the University of Arizona. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Wyoming, College of Law. Before becoming an attorney, he worked full-time as an American Sign Language Interpreter and served on the ad hoc committee to draft legal interpreting legislation for the State of Arizona. John worked in the Legal Services Clinic at the University of Wyoming and developed a strong appreciation for the importance of strong advocacy in the juvenile court. He has worked as a guardian ad litem and as an attorney for parents in the child abuse and neglect and C.H.I.N.S. cases. John is a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist. He is a member of the Children’s Justice Project Parent Legal Representation Committee.
Mr. Timothy Charles Cotton
Timothy ‘Tim’ Cotton is a Wyoming Native and self confessed “late bloomer.” A Sheridan High School graduate, he set off to see the world and after surviving several adventures, included a hitch in the United States Marine Corps and a stint on the Mexican border as a dog handler for U.S Customs, he enrolled in college at the ripe old age of thirty five; earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology/Sociology from Eastern Oregon University and subsequently a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law. As an attorney, Tim has worked for the Office of the Public Defender and now has his own practice in Casper focusing on criminal, juvenile, and family law. Tim oversees indigent parent’s attorney assignments for Natrona County. He is a member of the Children’s Justice Project Parent Legal Representation Committee.
Hon. Michael Golden
Michael Golden is a retired Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court, having served on the Court from 1988 to 2012. He was appointed Chief Justice for the Court’s 1994 to 1996 term. Justice Golden was born in Enid, Oklahoma and earned a B.A. in history from the University of Wyoming and a J.D. from the University of Wyoming, College of Law. He earned an L.L.M. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia. Prior to his appointment to the Court he was in private practice in Rawlins and Casper. Justice Golden was chairman of the Wyoming Supreme Court Children’s Justice Project from Its inception in 1999 to his retirement in 2012. He serves as a Consultant to CJP. During his time on the Court he authored over 700 majority opinions. Justice Golden was awarded the Honorary Order of the Coif from the University of Wyoming, College of Law, the 2011 Justice Larry L. Lehman Award for Judicial Excellence and the 2012 University of Wyoming College of Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.
Ms. Dona Playton
Dona Playton is an Associate Lecturer, University of Wyoming, College of Law; Director, University of Wyoming DV Legal Assistance Project and Supervising Attorney, Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She teaches Domestic Violence and the Law and Children and the Law and has taught Family Law. She is a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist. Dona is a member of the Children’s Justice Project Advisory Council and Its Parent’s Legal Representation Committee. She assisted in drafting the Practice Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect and Termination of Parental Rights Cases. She has consulted with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence, the Wyoming Supreme Court, the Wyoming Council on Women’s Issues and the Access to Justice Commission’s Center for Legal Aid and Center for Legal Aid.
Ms. Lynda G. Cook
Lynda Cook was admitted to the Wyoming Bar 1994. Lynda has worked at Legislative Service Office as Staff Attorney since 2004. Lynda staff’s the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee and the Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee.
Ms. Jessica Ann Schneider
Jessica Ann Schneider is an associate with the firm of Prehoda, Leonard & Edwards, LLC, in Laramie. Her law practice includes the areas of taxation, estate planning, business transactions, and employee benefit plans. She was born in Waco, Texas but moved to Wyoming with her family in 1989. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in 2003. She also obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2008. Jessica began her legal career as a Trust Administrator for First Interstate Bank in Laramie, where she worked from 2008 to 2010. She joined Prehoda, Leonard & Edwards, LLC in September of 2010. She is licensed to practice in Wyoming and is a member of the Wyoming State Bar, Albany County Bar, and the Southeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council.
Mr. Jacob Thomas Haseman
Jacob Thomas Haseman primarily represents oil and gas exploration and production companies and other individuals and/or entities in the energy industry. He represents clients in oil, gas and coal transactions, regulatory work in front of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the preparation of title opinions, litigation surrounding oil and gas agreements and title issues, and various surface issues. He also has significant legal experience with general real property issues, water, coal, eminent domain, public lands, and federal environmental regulation, and he has a special interest in the ethical issues surrounding both the practice of law and the oil and gas industry. Prior to practicing in Sheridan, Mr. Haseman worked as an Honors Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C., focusing primarily on Native American trust litigation, western water issues, and issues surrounding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). He is a member of the Wyoming and Montana State Bars. Additionally, he is an active member of the Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and is a former President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Wyoming State Bar. Mr. Haseman received a B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Wyoming, College of Law.
Ms. Lori A. McMullen
Lori A. McMullen is a Partner in the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Department of Crowley Fleck PLLP. Although Lori has a broad practice in natural resources, real property and secured transactions, she specializes in oil and gas with a primary emphasis on title examination, acquisitions and divestitures, and title curative matters. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, College of Law, Lori served as a staff attorney in the Wyoming Legislative Service Office in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for two years before entering private practice at Lonabaugh and Riggs, LLP. Lori was a partner at Lonabaugh and Riggs, LLP, before joining Crowley Fleck PLLP in January of 2012. While Lori is licensed to practice law in Wyoming and North Dakota, her practice is located in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Mr. Chad L. Hooker
Chad currently serves as Senior Vice President and Wyoming/South Dakota Regional Manager for First Interstate Bank’s Wealth Management division. He has been with First Interstate Bank since 1999 having started as the Manager of the Gillette Branch Trust Department. Prior to 1999, he was in the private practice of law with an emphasis in tax, estate planning, probate, business and natural resources. Chad has been licensed to practice law in the State of Wyoming since 1994. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and MBA with an emphasis in Statistics from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He currently serves as the Treasurer and IOLTA Chairman for the Wyoming State Bar Foundation. He and his wife, Susie, also own and operate Medicap Pharmacy in Gillette.
Mr. James R. Salisbury
Jim Salisbury is a partner at Riske & Salisbury, P.C., located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, having joined the firm in 1996. Jim’s practice is diverse and he represents a wide variety of clients in a general practice with an emphasis on commercial, construction, personal injury and real estate litigation matters in state and federal courts, handling both trial and appellate matters. Jim is a 1996 graduate of the University of North Dakota, School of Law, where he graduated with honors (Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers) and served as an editor of the North Dakota Law Review. He currently serves as the President of the Wyoming State Bar Foundation and is active in local civic organizations.
Ms. Vicci M. Colgan
Vicci graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1981. She clerked for Justice C. Stuart Brown of the Wyoming Supreme Court for two years. She then went to work in the Attorney General’s Office, where she served in various capacities for 24 years, including as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Gay Woodhouse and Attorney General Hoke MacMillan. She was also head of the tax section of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for many years. Her major clients included the Wyoming Department of Revenue, Wyoming Department of Audit, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, and the Office of State Lands. In 2007, she became the Deputy State Auditor.
Vicci served a full term as a Bar Commissioner for Laramie County, and has been a member of the Wyoming Uniform Law Commission since 2002. Wyoming is a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. She has also served on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, and on the committee which worked on extensive revisions to the Rules of Professional Responsibility.
As a member of the Uniform Laws Commission, she presented the proposed changes to UCC Article 9 approved by the National Conference in 2010 to the Wyoming Legislature in 2013. Those changes were enacted as SEA 007.
VIcci has been married for 44 years and would like to point out that she was a child bride. Her husband owns a small business in Cheyenne, where they have lived since 1978. They have two grown children.
Ms. Meredith Frances Asay
Meredith Asay attended the University of Wyoming where she received her undergraduate and law degrees. Upon graduating from law school, Meredith worked for the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office in its Human Services Division. In 2007, she moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a Masters of Law degree in global health law and policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. After working as a fellow with the Georgetown University Law Center Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, Meredith returned to Wyoming to serve as a policy advisor to Governor Dave Freudenthal. She advised the former governor on health policy as well as topics related to early childhood, women’s issues, veterans and military issues, and domestic violence. Meredith continued in her role as policy advisor for Governor Mead until leaving his office to work with the Wyoming Department of Health in May of 2011.
Within the Department of Health, Meredith serves as the Administrator of the Director’s Unit for Policy, Research and Evaluation. Through this unit, Meredith works on a broad array of health issues including: health care financing/Medicaid, public health, behavioral health, aging, and the Affordable Care Act.
She is also a co-chair of the newly revived Health Law Section of the Wyoming State Bar.
Mr. Nicholas G. J. Healey
Nick Healey is a shareholder in Dray, Dyekman, Reed & Healey, P.C. and primarily practices in the areas of business and administrative law, with a specific emphasis on the health care industry. Nick received a B.A. (Hons.) from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1995 and received his J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1999.
Nick has advised and worked with a wide range of entities in the health care industry, including physicians, physician groups and medical staffs, hospitals, medical device manufacturers, diagnostic testing companies, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, pharmacies and payors on a broad scope of laws and regulations impacting the health care industry. He is currently outside general counsel for the Wyoming Medical Society, a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, and co-chair of the Wyoming State Bar’s Health Law Section.
Nick has authored and presented numerous articles and seminars on health care law topics, including for private educational companies, the Wyoming Hospital Association, Wyoming Association of Medical Staff Services (WyAMSS) and the Wyoming Medical Society.
Mr. Paul Robert DeMuro
Paul DeMuro is one of the leading attorneys in the country on health reform issues, having written and presented extensively on many of its key areas, while advising healthcare clients across the country on numerous issues, such as clinical integration, biomedical informatics, health information technology (HIT), health information exchange (HFE) and other health reform issues affecting consumers, employers, healthcare providers, and health plans.
An economist by education, Paul is a CPA, who holds an MBA (Finance) and an MBI (Biomedical Informatics). He graduated from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1979, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Law Review.
Retiring from the Latham & Watkins law firm in 2012, Paul accepted a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellowship in the PhD program in Biomedical Informatics at the Oregon & Health & Science University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, where he focuses his research on the translation of healthcare quality to cost-effectiveness, clinical integration, HIT, and other health reform topics. Paul is Special Counsel with the Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt law firm in Portland.
A member of the Health Law Section of the Wyoming State Bar, Paul also is former Chair of the ABA Health Law Section and the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and the American Academy of Medical Practice Executives. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, where he serves on its Finance Committee, its Ethical, Legal & Social Issues Working Group, and its Journal’s (JAMIA’s) Student Editorial Board. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the AICPA, and numerous other professional organizations. He is certified in Healthcare Compliance, and was formerly Vice-Chair of the HFMA’s Principles & Practices Board.
He has penned or co-penned over 100 publications and delivered approximately 350 presentations around the world. He has been recognized by Chambers USA with National and California rankings. He has or has had recognition/listings in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Law, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Expert Guides, Law Dragon, Nightingale’s Healthcare News, The National Law Journal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and others.
Paul holds Certificates of Advanced Technical Study from the HFMA in Mastering Healthcare Accounting and Finance, Managed Care, and Patient Financial Services.
Paul is a member of the Wyoming Bar, and is admitted to the Bars of seven other jurisdictions.
He resides in Wilson, Wyoming, where his youngest daughter is a sophomore in the local high school.
Mr. Stuart R. Day
Stuart R. Day is a shareholder in Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, PC and has been involved in a broad spectrum of civil litigation. Stuart’s commercial litigation practice has been concentrated in breach of contract and commercial tort claims. Stuart’s products liability practice has involved claims associated with injuries and death caused by industrial equipment and consumer products. Stuart has appeared in litigation involving premises liability, automobile and truck accident claims and work related injuries and deaths associated with the oil and gas industry. He has represented clients in a variety of employment and civil rights litigation, including school boards, municipalities and county governmental agencies. Stuart has also represented electric utilities in a variety of personal injury and administrative actions. Stuart has appeared regularly before Wyoming State regulatory and administrative agencies.
Stuart has held offices in various professional organizations including serving as President of the Natrona County Bar Association, Chairman of the Wyoming State Bar Association Board of Continuing Legal Education, President of the Wyoming State Bar Foundation and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. He is actively involved in community and charitable organizations including the United Way, the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce and the Casper Youth Soccer League.
Mr. Brock Leo Faulkner
Brock L. Faulkner is a partner at Aron & Hennig, LLP in Laramie, Wyoming, where his practice focuses on Business Organizations, Corporate Governance, Employment, Real Estate, and Health Care law. Within his Health Care law practice, Brock represents physicians and physician group practices across a wide range of sub-specialties, with a concentration in the following practice areas: ancillary services (surgery centers and imaging modalities), business transactions, buy-sell and transition planning, internal governance arrangements, medical office buildings, physician and mid-level practitioner employment and compensation models, hospital – physician relations, provider reimbursement, and regulatory compliance. Brock is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Business and Health Law Sections of the American Bar Association, and the Health Law Section of the Wyoming Bar. The law firm of Aron & Hennig, LLP is recognized by the American Health Lawyers as a Top Honors firm, and has received AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
Mr. Scott Lavern Turner
Scott L. Turner was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana. After completing his undergraduate education at Indiana University in 1998, he worked as a business and information technology consultant with Accenture, LLP for seven years in locales throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Turner attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated in 2008. Following law school, Mr. Turner worked as a real estate attorney in Denver, focusing mainly on commercial transactions in Denver and Eagle Counties. Mr. Turner joined Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. in 2010 as title and transactional attorney. He currently specializes in providing a range of oil and gas title and transactional services, including authoring title opinions covering fee, federal and state lands in the Rocky Mountain region, including the Niobrara and Bakken formations and other lands throughout Wyoming and Colorado. The majority of his practice consists of writing various division order, drilling and acquisition title opinions, conducting due diligence reviews for mineral, real estate and leasehold acquisitions, and negotiating and drafting necessary transactional and curative documents necessary for the production and sale of oil and gas interests in the Rocky Mountains.
Hon. Jeffrey A. Donnell
The Honorable Jeffrey A. Donnell is a Wyoming native, having been born and raised in Worland, Wyoming. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming in 1974 and went on to the College of Law to obtain his Juris Doctorate in 1977. Judge Donnell practiced with the Worland firm of Davis, Donnell, Worrall & Bancroft until his appointment to the Albany County District Court in 1996. Since his appointment, he has been on the Wyoming Children and Families Advisory Board; University of Wyoming College of Law – Honorary Member, Order of the Coif, 2004; President, District Judges’ Conference 2004-2005;Chairman, Permanent Rule Advisory Committee, Rules of Evidence 1996-present; Lehman Award for Judicial Excellence & Leadership 2007.
Hon. John R. Perry
John Perry is a District Judge in Wyoming’s Sixth Judicial District and has served in that capacity for 13 years. For nine years, Judge Perry also presided over the Campbell County Adult Drug Court, which was the first felony level Drug Court in Wyoming.
From 1985 until 1993, Perry served as State Senator from Campbell and Johnson Counties. As State Senator, Perry was Chair of both the Joint Judiciary Interim, and Senate Judiciary Committees.
Serving in the Wyoming Senate, Perry sponsored and gained passage of numerous bills on a wide range of subjects. He was a sponsor of the Wyoming Government Reorganization Act of 1989, Wyoming’s Victim’s Bill of Rights, Wyoming’s laws on involuntary commitment, and as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee oversaw the creation of Wyoming’s Stalking Protection Law, as well as the state’s first DWUI per se law.
Perry has been a college instructor of American and Wyoming Government, and is a frequent guest lecturer on legislative procedure and the judiciary. Perry was a presenter at the University of Wyoming College of Law 2007 Energy Symposium and lectured on the effect of energy development on the courts. Perry has also been a guest lecturer for the South Dakota Unified Judiciary where he was a presenter on felony level Drug Court procedures and administration. He also served as a professional lecturer and certified police instructor for the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy.
Judge Perry is currently a member of Wyoming’s Board of Judicial Policy and Administration, the 9 member board that oversees all administrative matters in Wyoming’s judicial branch.
Hon. Scott W. Skavdahl
Judge Scott W. Skavdahl was born and raised in Western Nebraska. He received his B.S. in political economics from the University of Wyoming in 1989, and his law degree from the University of Wyoming, School of Law in 1992. He served as production manager for the Land and Water Law Review and as Student Director for the Western Trial Advocacy Institute.
In 1992, Judge Skavdahl joined the Casper, Wyoming law firm of Brown, Drew & Massey, LLP as an associate attorney, and in 1994, accepted a law clerk position with the Honorable William F. Downes, United States District Judge for the District of Wyoming. In 1997, after completing a three-year clerkship with Judge Downes, Judge Skavdahl joined the law firm of Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, P.C. in Casper, Wyoming. As a partner in the firm, his practice focused on civil litigation.
In December of 2001, Judge Skavdahl was appointed a Part-Time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming and in July 2003, he was appointed by Governor Freudenthal to the Seventh Judicial District as a District Court Judge. Judge Skavdahl again returned to the Federal bench on February 1, 2011, to serve as the full time Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming. On February 16, 2011, President Obama nominated Judge Skavdahl to serve as a Wyoming Federal District Court Judge, replacing the Honorable William F. Downes in Casper, Wyoming. On November 3, 2011, Judge Skavdahl’s nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate. He resides in Casper, Wyoming with his wife and daughter.
Mr. Marc Randal Strahn
Marc Randal Strahn is a Certified Professional Landman with over thirty-three years of field landman and management experience in the Rockies. He is currently the President of The Wolf Haven Corporation and High Story Ventures, Inc., oil and gas acquisition and divestiture companies specializing in mineral and production properties in the Rocky Mountain Region. He was formerly an independent landman and one of the owners of Hanson & Strahn, Inc., located in Cheyenne, Wyoming until he retired in May of 2007. Marc was appointed by the Governor in 2001 to the Wyoming State Energy Commission where he finished his term as its Chairman. He was further appointed in 2002 to the Wyoming Natural Gas Pipeline Authority where he finished his term as its Vice-Chairman. He has served on several national committees for the American Association of Professional Landmen. Marc is a member and speaker for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. In 2013, Marc was appointed to the University of Wyoming, School of Energy Resources External Advisory Committee for its new Professional Land Management Program. Marc currently serves as the President of the Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen for the 2012-2013 term of office. He resides in Story, Wyoming with his wife and life-long partner, Kathi Hanson.
Mr. Dominic J. Gianna
Dominic J. Gianna has long been regarded as one of America’s outstanding teachers of advocacy, persuasion and trial techniques. He has been recognized with the Hon. Robert Keeton Award from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) as one of the most outstanding teachers of trial advocacy in the United States. He is a member of NITA’s national faculty, and has served as a team leader for NITA national and regional programs. He is the founder and director of the Gulf Coast Regional Advocacy and Deposition Training Programs.
Gianna is a founding partner in the law firm of Middleberg, Riddle & Gianna, with offices in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas. He is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, has worked on both sides of the bench, and has represented clients from both sides of the courtroom.
Gianna has tried cases throughout the United States, including products liability, toxic tort and mass class actions, employment law, and commercial matters for both corporate and insurance defendants and plaintiffs. He has served as a special master in complex civil mass tort class actions, has experience as a district judge pro tem by appointment of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and has served as arbitrator and mediator in complex matters.
Gianna is the author of the definitive treatise on the art of opening statements, Opening Statements, 2d.: Winning in the Beginning by Winning the Beginning (Thomson West, 2004). He teaches in the fields of advocacy, persuasion and trial technique.
Gianna serves as director of trial advocacy at Louisiana State University School of Law. He has worked as a visiting faculty member of the trial techniques faculties at the law schools of both Emory University and Tulane University. He is also a commentator for CourtTV.
Ms. Lisa A. Marcy
Lisa A. Marcy, principal of the Marcy Law Firm in Salt Lake City, has made her mark as one of America’s most enthusiastic, dynamic, and inspirational teachers of advocacy.
- She has been a Faculty member and Team Leader for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s national program as well as its regional programs;
- She serves as Team Leader at the Louisiana State University School of Law Trial Advocacy Training Program;
- Lisa has served as faculty for the American Bar Association’s Trial training programs;
- She has taught courses for the Utah State Bar, spoken at various women’s professional groups, and trained small claims judges;
As a frequent faculty member for professional and client development training programs for The Professional Education Group (P.E.G.®), Lisa has pioneered innovative methods for teaching and motivating female lawyers to be successful in courtrooms, in hearings and with law partners, legal adversaries and clients.
Lisa is a graduate of Hamilton College in New York, received her law degree from the University of Utah, School of Law, and began her legal career in Paris, France. She brings more than two decades of varied litigation and regulatory practice to bear in her professional presentations and regularly sits as a small claims judge in Salt Lake City.
Lisa is the co-author of Opening Statements 2d Supplements (Thomson/West) with her frequent seminar partner, Dominic J. Gianna, and has published in the field of trial techniques and persuasion. She was nominated for the Salt Lake Tribune’s “Utahan of the Year” in 2009. Lisa and Dominic, have educated, inspired, and entertained legal audiences throughout North America.
Ms. Angie Michelle Dorsch
Angie Dorsch is the Executive Director of the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid. Angie attended law school at Texas Tech University School of Law where she was awarded a J.D. with honors in December 2004. Angie began working for Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas in 2005, first as a staff attorney and later as a managing attorney, until beginning her employment with the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid in August 2012.
Hon. Richard L. Lavery
Judge Lavery was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Law degrees from Creighton University. He has practiced law in Evanston, Wyoming for 31 years until June 30, 2012. In May of 2012 he was appointed District Judge for the Third Judicial District in Sweetwater County, Wyoming and began his service as District Judge in July 2012. He continues to serve as board member of the Access to Justice Commission and has served in that capacity since its inception in 2010. He was the municipal court judge for Evanston, Lyman, Mountain View and Bear River, Wyoming from 1997 to 2012. He served as member of the Board of Trustees for Uinta County School District No. 1 from December 1996 to November 2000, and was Chairman for two years. He was a member of the Evanston Housing Authority Board of Directors from 1982 until 1995, serving as chairman for ten years. Lavery served on the Evanston Parks and Recreation District board of directors for 12 years.
Mr. Mark W. Gifford
With 30 years of experience as a lawyer, Mark Gifford's career as a litigator, serving as lead trial counsel and appellate counsel in a broad range of cases, also prepared him to become a busy mediator. He has mediated over 1,000 disputes encompassing a wide range of matters, involving personal injury, professional liability, commercial, oil and gas, and other disputes. He continues to handle selected litigation matters as lead counsel. Because of his experience in complex problem solving, Mark is called upon by the Judiciary, the State Bar, and various community organizations to serve in a variety of challenging committee and special assignments. He currently serves as Bar Counsel for the Wyoming State Bar, and is Special Counsel to the firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP. He is a member of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Mountain States Super Lawyers.
A Wyoming native, Mark obtained an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming in 1978, and his law degree from Stanford University in 1981. Mark has been active in legal and non-legal activities, including membership on the Permanent Rules Advisory Committee (Appellate Rules Division) of the Wyoming Supreme Court (1992-1997); the Judicial Nominating Commission (2003-2007); and the State of Wyoming Environmental Quality Council (2006-2008). Since 2003, he has served as Disciplinary Counsel for Wyoming's Commission on Judicial Conduct & Ethics. He is the author of "The Law of Oil and Gas in Wyoming: An Overview," Land and Water Law Review, Vol. XVII, No. 2, 1982.
Hon. Thomas E. Lubnau II
Thomas E. Lubnau, II is married and has two children, Rachel and Thomas. He is an attorney who has been practicing law for 25 years in Gillette, Campbell County, Wyoming. A former president of the Wyoming State Bar, and Chancellor of the Jackrabbit Bar, his areas of practice include business law, oil, gas and minerals law, corporate litigation, healthcare law and ranching law. He is an active firefighter with the Campbell County Fire Department, and is a Representative to the Wyoming State Legislature, currently serving as Speaker of the House.
Ms. Alison A. Gee
Alison Gee is the Manager of Lands and Oil & Gas for Cloud Peak Energy. Prior to joining Cloud Peak Energy in 2012, Ms. Gee was in private practice, focused on real property, estate planning, probate, and general litigation.
Ms. Gee holds a B.A. from the University of Wyoming, J.D. from the University of Colorado, School of Law, and an L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama, School of Law.
Mr. Darryl Maunder
Darryl Maunder is Manager of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for Cloud Peak Energy. Mr. Maunder has over 30 years of experience working in the environmental arena. Previous to working in industry, he worked for a short period of time for the Montana Water Protection Bureau with focus on water resource evaluations and compliance. Most of his career has been in a role supporting the development of coal resources. Current responsibilities include supporting Cloud Peak Energy’s permitting efforts, assessment of proposed regulations, operational compliance, mined land restoration, environmental assessments and development of environmental management programs certified to the ISO 14001 standard.
Mr. Maunder obtained his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and is a registered professional engineer (civil).
Mr. Kyle J. Wendtland
Kyle J. Wendtland is the Senior Environmental Engineer for Antelope Coa,l LLC a fully owned subsidiary of Cloud Peak Energy. Prior to that appointment, he was the Senior Environmental Engineer for the Triton Coal Company North Rochelle Coal Mine and Environmental Specialist for the Glenrock Coal Company Dave Johnston Coal Mine beginning in 1993.
Mr. Wendtland joined the Antelope Coal LLC operation in 2005. He began his career with the Montana Department of State Lands in 1991 with the coal regulatory program. Mr. Wendtland subsequently moved to private industry in 1993 with the Glenrock Coal Company as an Environmental Coordinator.
Mr. Wendtland holds a Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science with a focus in disturbed land reclamation from the University of Wyoming.
Mr. Bob Green
Bob Green’s educational background is in wildlife resources, most recently applied to aspects of greater sage-grouse and Sustainable Development. He has been involved in western mining for more than 30 years, including work within industry and as a mining regulator. This has included permitting, reclamation, regulatory and environmental work, as well as collaborative partnerships with communities and organizations.
Mr. Green is currently General Manager of Sustainable Development and External Relations for Cloud Peak Energy, working out of company headquarters in Gillette, Wyoming.