Mr. Mark W. Gifford
Mark Gifford is a Casper native who received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming in 1978 and his law degree from Stanford University in 1981. After 30 years of practice as a trial lawyer and mediator, Gifford took the position of Bar Counsel on a part-time basis in 2011. He recently left private practice to become full-time Bar Counsel. In addition to attorney discipline, Gifford's responsibilities include unauthorized practice of law, fee dispute resolution and Clients' Security Fund.
Mr. Brett Adam Befus
Brett Befus serves as Major Gift Officer at the University of Wyoming Foundation. In his role Brett works with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Law, in addition to a focus on planned giving. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming. He also received a graduate degree from West Virginia University. Brett previously worked for the fifth Judicial District Court.
Ms. Stacy E. Casper
Stacy E. Casper is a sole practitioner in Casper, Wyoming whose practice is limited to civil litigation specializing in family law. She received her B.A from the University of Wyoming in 1996 and J.D. in 2000. She has been a member of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, on the advisory board for the Natrona County Permanency Barriers Project in conjunction with the ABA Center on Children and the Law, the Wyoming Supreme Court Committee on Domestic Relations Litigation and a former member of the Resolution of Fee Dispute Committee.
Ms. Affie Burnside Ellis
Affie Ellis, a member of the Navajo Nation, is president of Ellis Public Affairs, a public and government relations firm based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She previously litigated as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Wyoming, representing and advising the governor and multiple state agencies on natural resource and Indian law. Ms. Ellis is an adjunct professor in the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Wyoming, where she focuses on the intersection of constitutional law, congressional action and federal Indian policy.
Formerly, Ms. Ellis worked as a legislative assistant for the late U.S. Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) in Washington, DC, advising on natural resources, public lands, and American Indian issues. While in Washington, she was also appointed by former President George W. Bush to serve as the Director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the National Indian Gaming Commission, an independent regulatory agency that oversees all Indian gaming.
Hon. Richard L. Lavery
Judge Lavery was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Law degree from Creighton University. He 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 on 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.
Ms. Brenda Joy Lyttle
Brenda Lyttle is an attorney and Senior Administrator for the Department of Family Services. As Senior Administrator, she administers the Child Support Enforcement program, oversees the Weatherization/LIEAP program, and coordinates Homelessness efforts for the state.
Brenda received her bachelor’s degree in English and Theater Arts from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming College of Law. After a couple years in private practice, Brenda joined the Department of Family Services in 2001. She was named Child Support Enforcement Director in 2003 and Senior Administrator as well as Homeless Services Coordinator in 2013.
Outside of work, Brenda is very active in the community theater, both acting and directing, along with her husband John. She is an elected member of the Board of Trustees of Laramie County Community College, serves on the Arts Cheyenne Board, and is secretary of the Wyoming Homeless Collaborative Board. She also enjoys playing with her four grandsons.
Mr. P. Craig Silva
P. Craig Silva graduated from law school at the University of Wyoming in 1996. Prior to that he attended Casper College and graduated from the University of Wyoming/Casper College in 1992. He was a law clerk for Jere A. Ryckman, Third Judicial District, 1996-1997. He then went to the Public Defender’s Office. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District. He then started as an associate with Williams, Porter, Day & Neville P.C. in 2000. He became a partner and shareholder sometime in 2003.
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 teaches evidence at the State of Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. He is also a former Municipal Judge for the Town of Evansville. He also has been an adjunct professor for Casper College teaching courses on Real Estate Law, Employment Law, and Law of Evidence.
Mr. Silva’s reported cases in the Wyoming Supreme Court include: Arevalo v. State, 939 P.2d 228 (Wyo. 1997), Throckmartin v. Century 21 Top Realty, 226 P.3d 793 (Wyo. 2010), Lessard v. State, 158 P.3d 698 (Wyo. 2007); Bonnie M. Quinn Revocable Trust v. SRW Inc., 91 P.3d 146 (Wyo. 2004); Paxton Resources L.L.C. Brannaman, 95 P.3d 796 (Wyo. 2004); In Re Kobielusz, 320 P.3d 213 (Wyo. 2014); Coy v. State, --P.3d--, 2014 WL 1512250 (Wyo. 2014).
He has had numerous appeals to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals including: Heinrich v. City of Casper, 526 Fed. Appx. 862 (10th Cir. 2013); Palmer v. Buge, 394 Fed. Appx. 515 (10th Cir. 2010); U.S. v. Ferguson, 447 Fed. Appx. 898 (10th Cir. 2012); WMC v. Ripley, 559 F.3d 1119 (10th Cir. 2009); Herrera v. Lufkin Industries, Inc., 474 F.3d 675 (10th Cir. 2007); Annis v. Collins, 225 Fed Appx. 742 (10th Cir. 2007); OCI Wyoming, LP v. PacifiCorp, 479 F.3d 1199 (10th Cir. 2007); Corrigan v. LeClair, 206 Fed Appx 771 (10th Cir. 2006); Jones v. Bass, 149 Fed. Appx 764 (10th Cir. 2005); U.S. v. Cardenas, 105 Fed Appx 985 (10th Cir. 2004); and U.S. v. Laplatney, 157 Fed. Appx. 93 (10th Cir. 2005).
Mr. Silva’s practice primarily focuses on 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. He has recently been elected Chairman of the CJA Standing Committee.
He was one of the founders of the Legal Aid Clinic at Casper College which has been recognized both locally and nationally. As a result of his efforts with that program, he received the State Bar Pro Bono Award in 2009. He currently is on the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Ms. Farrah L. Spencer
Farrah is a Wyoming native and an attorney with Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP. She primarily practices out of the firm's Park City, Utah, office where her practice focuses on estate planning and family law in Wyoming and Utah. Farrah has recently expanded her practice to include work as a family law mediator. She received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 2002.
Ms. Temple Leigh Stoellinger
Temple Stoellinger joined the University of Wyoming in 2013. Temple has a dual appointment with the College of Law where she is the Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Before joining the University of Wyoming, Temple most recently served as the natural resource attorney for the Wyoming County Commissioners’ Association (WCCA). Prior to working for the WCCA, Temple worked for the legal department for Shell International B.V. at its world headquarters in the Netherlands and from 2004-2010 she served as a natural resource analyst and advisor to Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal where she had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of energy and natural resource issues.
Hon. Timothy M. Stubson
Timothy M. Stubson, a partner 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.
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 Appropriations Committee and as the House Majority Whip.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys mountain biking, studying Wyoming history and spending time with his wife, Susan, and their sons, Finnegan and Meade.
Hon. Mary A. Throne
Mary Throne is an attorney with the Throne Law Office, P.C., located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For over 20 years, her practice has emphasized advising clients on a variety of environmental issues. Mary began her career in Denver before returning to her home state of Wyoming in 1992, to represent the Wyoming Air Quality Division as it began implantation of the Clean Air Act Amendments in 1990. For the last 13 years, she has been in private practice, first with a Cheyenne firm and then Throne Law, a firm with a regional natural resource focus. Mary has written extensively on a variety of Wyoming environmental law issues and served as a trustee with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. In addition to her law practice, Mary is also a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives and is the current Minority Floor Leader. In addition to energy and environmental issues, much of Mary’s legislative agenda focuses on education and more recently, healthcare policy.
Ms. Nancy Elizabeth Vehr
Nancy Vehr represented the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division for ten years while serving as a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office before joining Hickey & Evans, LLP as Senior Counsel in July 2013. During Nancy’s tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, she represented Wyoming’s air quality program in all regulatory and litigation matters, including issues related to greenhouse gases, regional haze, oil and gas development, ozone, and other air quality concerns. Nancy has presented several CLEs on a variety of air quality topics for the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the America Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.
Mr. Jeremiah Isaac Williamson
Jeremiah Williamson is an Assistant Attorney General in the Water and Natural Resource Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. He represents the State in a broad range of environmental and natural resource matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has published research on environmental and natural resource law in the University of Colorado Law Review, the University of Denver Water Law Review, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, and Natural Resources and Environment. He holds a J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington and an LL.M. in environmental and natural resource law from the University of Utah.
Ms. Maryt Louise Fredrickson
Like others in the growing number of professionals teaching yoga classes’ specific to lawyers, Maryt Fredrickson first received a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2010, and later became a certified yoga instructor. Maryt is the judicial clerk for the Honorable Timothy C. Day in Wyoming's Ninth Judicial District. Prior to joining Judge Day's chambers, Maryt was an associate at the Cheyenne office of Holland & Hart LLP where she focused on environmental and natural resources law. Maryt also served as Vice President of the Laramie County Bar Association; is an alumna of Leadership Wyoming, Class of 2012; and served on the Local Civil Rules Committee for the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.
After completing her yoga teacher training in Laramie in 2012, Maryt began teaching yoga as a substitute and guest teacher at various yoga studios around Wyoming. In the summer of 2014, Maryt completed additional training in several certified training courses in Goa, India; Dharamsala, India; and Ko Phangan, Thailand, in addition to studying yoga with other teachers in Nepal and Costa Rica. She also teaches a “Yoga and the Law” seminar during the annual Blossom Yoga teacher training program in Laramie and taught the well received "Yoga for Lawyers" session at the Wyoming State Bar's Young Lawyers Conference in April 2014 in Laramie.
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 Wyoming State Bar and has served on the usual variety of committees.
Mr. James C. Anderson
Jim Anderson is an Assistant United States Attorney stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jim has been a prosecutor for 34 of the 35 years he has practiced law. He spent 10 years as a deputy county attorney and five years as the Uinta County and Prosecuting Attorney. For the past 19 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, 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.
Ms. Rebecca Skeeles
Rebecca Skeeles began working for Casemaker in August 2013 as a national professional speaker and legal research expert. She is a 1994 graduate of the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She received her Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1999. She received Dean's List honors at both schools. Rebecca is a member in good standing of the Ohio Bar since 1999, Supreme Court of Ohio. She offers legal research services and specializes in business law.
Rebecca Skeeles served as Attorney Services Consultant for six years for the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) from 2007-2013. In this role, she traveled Ohio training on Casemaker. She provided professional training to the Ohio legal community, including law firms, corporations, government agencies, courts and the nine Ohio law schools. She provided online training and webinars on Casemaker, as well as the other OSBA computer-based products, including the OSBA Report Online, Ohio Docs, Officekeeper and the E-books library. She also managed the OSBA’s In-House CLE program and served as the OSBA Liaison for the OSBA Jury Instructions Committee.
She returned to her family business Skeeles Manufacturing Inc. (SMI) in January 2013. She currently serves as Vice-President of Sales and Corporate Counsel. In business since 1991, SMI fabricates and installs quartz, granite, laminate and solid surface countertops. They also provide commercial custom casework and plastic fabrication.
Rebecca Skeeles has owned and shown Arabian and Half-Arabian horses competitively her entire life. She understands equine law and represents clients on equine law on all aspects from purchase agreements, contracts and negotiations to negligence.
Mr. James C. Coyle
James C. Coyle is Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court. In that capacity, he oversees all Colorado attorney admissions, registration, discipline, disability, diversion, mandatory continuing legal and judicial education and inventory counsel functions. He also oversees the investigation and prosecution of non-lawyers who engage in the unauthorized practice of law in Colorado and acts as counsel for the Board of Trustees for the Client Protection Fund and the Commission on Judicial Discipline.
Mr. Coyle has been a trial attorney with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel or successor Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel since 1990. Prior to that, he was in private practice with a Denver law firm, representing police officers and other public officials in federal civil rights litigation, employment law, and other matters. He earned his law degree from the University of Colorado.
Mr. Coyle has been an active member of the American and Colorado Bar Associations, National Conference of Bar Examiners, National Organization of Bar Counsel, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, National Client Protection Organization, National Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association, Association of Judicial Discipline Counsel, American Judicature Society and ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.
Recent committee work includes acting as co-chair and organizer of the First Annual ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection UPL School in Denver, CO, in August 2013; NCBE Uniform Bar Examination Administrators Group; National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) Program Committee, Special Committee on Permanent Retirement, Aging Lawyer Committee and GATS Subcommittee; Colorado Supreme Court subcommittees on Rule revisions (COLAP, Student Practice Rule, Provision of Legal Services in a Major Emergency, Rules of Seven, Admissions and Continuing Legal Education to name a few); Colorado Chief Justice Commission; and the Judicial Advisory Council. Mr. Coyle does regular presentations on a local and national level on ethics, attorney regulation, cross border practice, office management, lawyer assistance and other issues.
Mr. Tracy Ryan Richardson
Tracy Richardson serves as the Senior Associate Vice President for Planned Giving at the University of Wyoming Foundation. He grew up in Casper and received his undergraduate degree in Marketing and a Juris Doctorate from UW, as well as a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law. Tracy has been leading the planned giving efforts at the UW Foundation for the last five years and is an advocate for philanthropy and charitable planning throughout the state of Wyoming. Prior to joining the UW Foundation, he worked for six years as a tax and estate planning attorney In Jacksonville, Florida and in Casper, Wyoming. Tracy serves on the board of the Southeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council, the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, the First Tee University of Wyoming, and represents the Golf Coaches Association of America on a pro bono basis.
Mr. Steven M. Schorr
Steven M. Schorr, P.E., President of DJS Associates, Inc., is a nationally recognized board certified consultant in the areas of collision reconstruction, highway safety and traffic engineering. Mr. Schorr received his graduate degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University. Mr. Schorr has testified as an expert in local, state and federal courts in numerous states. He has authored, lectured and taught courses across the United States and abroad on topics related to his expertise including collision reconstruction, demonstrative evidence and computerized collision reconstruction and simulation programs, among other areas. Mr. Schorr is an active member of many peer-reviewed professional societies including the National Academy of Forensic Sciences, National Society of Professional Engineers (Diplomate) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Mr. Schorr is also a Diplomate in the International Institute of Forensic Engineering Sciences. Mr. Schorr is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, New York, Maryland, Ohio, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Mr. R. Scott King
R. Scott King, BSME, is an automotive consultant with DJS Associates, Inc., a forensic consulting firm in Abington, Pennsylvania. With over 20 years of experience as a certified automotive repair technician and a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he possesses a rare combination of hands-on automotive repair training and experience, technical education, and mechanical design experience.
Joining DJS Associates, Inc. in 1999, Mr. King provides expert investigation, analysis, and testimony in areas of automotive and commercial truck failures and defects; vehicle inspection, maintenance, and repair; and Event Data Recording and GPS technologies. He has also enjoyed numerous opportunities to lecture throughout the United States on topics related to his areas of expertise. As an acknowledged expert in his field, local, state, and federal courts have accepted his testimony in civil, criminal, and class action litigation.
Mr. Stephen B. Wilcox
Stephen Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA, is a Principal and the Founder of Design Science (Philadelphia), a 30-person firm that specializes in providing human factors support for product development. Wilcox is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) Academy of Fellows and, for several years, was Chair of the IDSA Human Factors Professional Interest Section. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Carnegie Mellon School of Design and the Philadelphia University Department of Industrial Design. Wilcox holds a BS in Psychology and Anthropology from Tulane University, a PhD in experimental psychology from Penn State, and a Certificate in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wilcox chaired the national IDSA conference in New Orleans in 2000, co-chaired the Include 09 Conference on Inclusive Design at the Royal College of Art in London, and chaired the Paper Review Committee of the Include 13 Conference in Hong Kong. He has won a number of design awards, guest edited the journal Innovation several times, and served as a judge for many product design awards competitions. He has given many invited addresses to various organizations and has published more than 70 articles in professional journals. His book, Designing Usability into Medical Products, with Michael Wiklund, was published in 2005. Dr. Wilcox has served as a human factors forensic consultant and expert witness for over 30 years, during which he has testified in over 300 cases. His testimony has covered human factors issues associated with cases involving falls and automobile accidents as well as products liability.
Hon. Terri Diem
A Wyoming law school graduate, Terri Diem has a "big picture" perspective as a result of her variety of legal experiences for more than 34 years as a judge, prosecutor, public defender, county attorney, private attorney and dispute resolution expert. Ms. Diem currently resides in Denver and provides conflict resolution services throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona, and is willing to travel through the United States upon request. Her mediation/arbitration focus includes: business, civil/commercial, construction, divorce/domestic relations, elder law/probate, employment, homeowners' association, personal injury and real estate. Judge Diem graduated from the University of Utah, cum laude, and from the University of Wyoming Law School. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Continental Divide Bar Association. She is also a charter member of the Colorado Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Mr. Joseph Marc Epstein
Joe Epstein has mediated over 4,000 cases. He has practiced mediation coast to coast, but focuses his practice in Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming. His practice areas include: business, business torts, employment, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, personal injury, probate, and product liability. A graduate of New York University School of Law, Joe has been recognized as the Best Mediator in Colorado (Colorado Law Week 2011) recognized Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment and as a Leading Commercial Mediator. Joe has been selected for membership in the International Academy of Mediators, and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Mr. Christopher T. Anderson
Christopher Anderson is a well known, national presenter on topics regarding Law Firm Business Management, Law Firm Cyber Security, Ethics of Cloud Computing, Technology and its Impact on the Practice of Law and more.
Christopher works with attorneys nationwide, helping them learn how to run their law firm businesses and also serves as managing partner to a successful New York City employment law firm. Formerly with LexisNexis, Christopher led the team that produced LexisNexis Firm Manager®, a web-based software application that helps independent attorneys stay on top of their practices, and better serve their clients. Christopher's other experience includes building an eight attorney, full-service law firm; corporate counsel for RealLegal/law.com; Assistant District Attorney in New York City and more fun stuff.
Most of all, Christopher is the proud father of a seven year old boy. He is also a pilot.
Christopher graduated from Cornell University and the University of Georgia School of Law and is admitted in New York and Georgia.
Mr. RJon Robins
Upon opening his own solo law firm, RJon fell flat on his face. But then he quickly realized that despite having done quite well in law school, completing a prestigious nine credit internship with the US Trustee’s Office and clerking for a Federal Bankruptcy judge, he knew next to nothing about how to actually manage the business of a small law firm.
RJon did eventually discover how to manage a small law firm and was recruited by the Florida Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS) to teach his fellow lawyers how to find, fix and avoid the sort of marketing, sales, management, staffing, and financial control problems that had plagued his law firm.
As a LOMAS Small Law Practice Management Advisor, RJon had the unique opportunity to work with several thousand owners of law firms to diagnose the source and help them fix the problems that plagued their law firms too.
In 2008 RJon founded How To MANAGE a Small Law Firm.com, which has since grown to be one of the leading solo and small law firm management advisory services dedicated exclusively to the unique needs of the owner of a solo or small law firm. Today How To MANAGE A Small Law Firm boasts coast-to-coast membership with ambitious and entrepreneurial lawyers hailing from all practice areas and walks of life.
RJon graduated from The American University in Washington, DC, and received his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, in 1996. RJon is licensed to practice in both state and federal court in the state of Florida.
Mr. David James Willms
David Willms is an attorney with Dray, Dyekman, Reed and Healey, P.C., located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He primarily assists clients in areas of water rights and use, endangered species and other wildlife related issues, public lands, and other natural resource matters. Prior to joining DDR&H, he spent 7 ½ years as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office where he represented the Game and Fish Department and State Engineer’s Office. He currently serves on the legal task force for Safari Club International, and writes about numerous natural resource topics for a number of publications. David received his J.D. as well as B.S. degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management and ENR from the University of Wyoming. He is a member of the bar in Wyoming and Colorado.
Mr. Keith S. Burron
Keith Burron is a founding member of Associated Legal Group, LLC in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His practice focuses on natural resource, water rights, water quality, public lands and regulatory matters for clients in the energy, ranching, agricultural and livestock production industries. Prior to joining ALG in 1996, Keith was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resource Division of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming's Environmental/E&P Committee and is a Wyoming Committee Member in the Colorado River Water Users Association. Keith received his J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1991 and is a member of the bar in Wyoming and Colorado.
Mr. Nicholas Thomas Haderlie
Nicholas Haderlie is an attorney with Throne Law Office, P.C. in Sheridan Wyoming. His practice focuses on energy, environment, and natural resources law throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Mr. Haderlie represents industry clients in a variety of oil and gas related transactional and civil litigation matters, including preparation of title opinions, right-of-way acquisition, and the purchase and sale of oil and gas interests.
He earned his J.D. and M.A. with honor from the University of Wyoming and is licensed in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah. Most recently, Nick has served as President of the Sheridan County Bar Association (2013) and President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Wyoming State Bar (2014). In his free time, Nick enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Mr. Blake Anthony Klinkner
Blake Anthony Klinkner is an Assistant Attorney General in the Water & Natural Resources Division of the Office of the Wyoming Attorney General. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Mr. Klinkner attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität (Bonn, Germany), where he earned degrees in German Language and Culture; Political Science; International Relations; and European Studies. Mr. Klinkner then earned a Master of Arts in Political Science at Northern Illinois University, during which time he taught undergraduate courses in political science and also worked for United States Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. After graduate school, Mr. Klinkner worked as an Environmental Consultant for The Shaw Group in the firm’s Chicago District, and in this position he consulted to a variety of public and private sector clients, including clients involved in environmental and mass tort litigation.
Mr. Klinkner’s consulting experience motivated him to attend law school, and he enrolled at the University of Utah, College of Law. During law school, Mr. Klinkner served as Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Environmental Law Review, worked as the State Litigation Coordinator for the United States Bureau of Land Management – Utah State Office; taught legal research and writing; and was selected as commencement speaker at the law school graduation ceremony. Following graduation from law school in 2012, Mr. Klinkner served a two-year judicial clerkship in the 8th Judicial District Court of Wyoming. Mr. Klinkner currently serves as President-Elect of the Wyoming State Bar Young Lawyers Section.
When Mr. Klinkner has free time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, traveling, and reading scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
Ms. Elizabeth C. Gagen
Liz Gagen has worked at the Wyoming Attorney General's Office for over 15 years and currently supervises the personnel section. The personnel section provides legal advice and services to the executive branch of state government in all aspects of employment law.
Ms. Joanna R. Vilos
Joanna R. Vilos, with the firm Holland & Hart LLP in Cheyenne, advises and defends employers in matters involving equal employment opportunity, breach of contract, employment-related torts, non-compete agreements, trade secrets, workers' compensation, wage and hour, leaves of absence, internal investigations, personnel policies, and employee discipline/termination. She is a co-editor of the Wyoming Employment Law Letter. Originally from Worland, Wyoming, she received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1999 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2003.
Mr. G. Bryan Ulmer III
Bryan Ulmer was born in Minnesota and raised in Wyoming. He received a degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming. He earned his law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law where he was an editor for the Land and Water Law Review and an invited member of the Order of the Coif – a national scholastic honorary society. Bryan graduated with honor in 1995, ranked first in his law school class. After law school Bryan worked as an associate lawyer with The Spence Law Firm. He was invited to become a partner in the firm in 2000.
Bryan has worked on challenging and noteworthy cases throughout his career, with a focus on representing injured people and their families. He has successfully settled or tried cases involving unsafe railroad crossings, injuries to children, civil rights, wrongful death or catastrophic injury, workplace accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice. He has also worked on cases involving business and commercial litigation including cases related to securities, copyright infringement, intellectual property, qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act and other complex business disputes. His results include record setting verdicts and settlements for his clients. Recently his work with fellow Spence partner Tyson Logan resulted in a $28.2 million dollar verdict for Amber Lompe who was poisoned in her Casper, Wyoming, apartment by carbon monoxide created by a neglected furnace. The verdict was recently reported as one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2013 by the National Law Journal. (Lompe v. Sunridge Apartments, LLC and Apartment Management Consultants, LLC) Earlier in 2013, Bryan’s work with fellow Spence partner Mel Orchard resulted in a $13.6 million dollar verdict for client Jarvis Boggs who sued the City of Waterloo, Iowa, for the life-altering injuries sustained in a car crash with a police officer. (Boggs v. City of Waterloo and Dustin Yates)
Bryan is also active in the trial bar as past president of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, current co-chair of the legislative committee and a Wyoming Governor to the American Association of Justice Board of Governors. Bryan has published several articles and is a frequent speaker at various continuing education events and legal seminars. He is an invited Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Bryan has also continued his legal education beyond law school, earning a post graduate certificate in conflict resolution through a year-long program offered by the University of Utah in 2005, and graduating from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in 1999. Bryan has since been an invited staff member at the Trial Lawyer’s College, providing innovative and rigorous trial training to lawyers from across the country.
Additionally, Bryan donates his time and expertise to Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming (LAW) – a not for profit public interest law firm, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Wyoming College of Law. Bryan lives in Jackson with his wife and their three children.
Mr. Jason A. Neville
Jason graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2000 and joined the firm of Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, P.C. the same year. He is admitted to all state and federal courts in Wyoming and Colorado. Jason is a shareholder in the firm and primarily handles personal injury and wrongful death cases involving vehicles, medical negligence, products liability, premises liability and work related injuries and deaths in the oil and gas industry. His product liability practice has included injuries and deaths resulting from electrical switchgears, water well pumps, automated gates, asbestos exposure and herbal supplements containing ephedra. Jason also handles employment issues and commercial litigation. Jason’s reported cases in the Wyoming Supreme Court include King v. Board of County Cm’rs of Fremont, 224 P. 3d 473 (Wyo. 2010); Werner Enterprises v. Brophy, 218 P. 3d 948 (Wyo. 2009); Krenning v. Heart Mountain Irrigation District, 200 P. 3d 774 (Wyo. 2009); Franks v. Independent Production Company, 96 P 3d 386 (Wyo. 2003); and Smyth v. Kaufman. 67 P. 3d 1161 (Wyo. 2003).
Jason served as Board Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wyoming and remained on the Board; is state co-chair for the Council on Litigation Management; and also served on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Wyoming State Bar. He is a past board member of the March of Dimes of Natrona County and Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming. He frequently lectures regarding insurance law and the practice of law in federal and state courts for the State Bar. During law school he represented the University of Wyoming at the national finals for the association of Trial Lawyers of America’s “Trial Advocacy Competition” in both 1999 and 2000. He has been inducted into the Order of Barristers and is a member of the Natrona County Bar Association for Justice. Jason was recently featured as a Rising Star in the 2012 Mountain State Super Lawyers spotlight. Away from the office, Jason enjoys running ultra marathons on the trails of the Rockies and spending time with his wife and two children.
Mr. Jeremy D. Michaels
Born in 1954 and raised in New York City, Jeremy Michaels received his B.A. from Colgate University in December 1974 and his J.D. from Case Western University in January 1978, clerking while in law school for a federal judge in the Sixth Judicial District in Ohio. He moved to Wyoming in 1978, and has been licensed to practice law in Wyoming since that time; he is also licensed in New York, Colorado, and admitted to a wide variety of federal courts, including The United States Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States Tax Court, and United States Court of International Trade. He has long been the recipient of the highest attorney rating (A-V) provided by nationwide rating service Martindale-Hubbell.
Now in private practice with his wife and law partner Deborah, Mr. Michaels first served as a legal advisor to Wyoming law enforcement, training in the areas of search and seizure, use of deadly force, and police policy; he volunteered his time for ten years as a certified police instructor; during these years, he also maintained an active private general law practice, and was also a Deputy Campbell County and Prosecuting Attorney (criminal division). In 1984, he was appointed as the first County Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District, and is a graduate of the General Jurisdiction class of the National Judicial College, where he has taken other judicial in-residence classes, ultimately being appointed to the position of Faculty Advisor.
Mr. Michaels’ practice is primarily limited to matters of wrongful death, personal injury, medical negligence, and Circuit and District Court criminal defense. He has continued to serve as a Sixth District Court Commissioner since 1984, and previously served as a County (now Circuit) Court Commissioner. Mr. Michaels was elected by the Wyoming Bar membership in 2010 to a four-year term on the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Mr. Michaels lives in Gillette, Wyoming, with his wife Deborah; they have two adult children, Julian (graduate of Colgate University and University of Colorado at Boulder) and Eva (graduate of Washington University and current student at Duke University Law).
Hon. Scott W. Skavdahl
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 College of Law in 1992. He served as production manager for the Land and Water Review and as Student Director for the Western Trial Advocacy Institute.
In 1992, Judge Skavdahl joined the 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. After completing a three-year clerkship, in 1997 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. He was subsequently nominated by President Obama to serve as a Wyoming Federal District Court Judge in Casper, Wyoming. On November 3, 2011, his nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate. He resides in Casper, Wyoming, with his wife and their daughter.
Mr. Kevin R. Boully
Dr. Kevin Boully has been active in litigation consulting since 2001. His doctorate in legal communication focuses on persuasion, small group influence, and jury decision making. Dr. Boully has conducted and analyzed research and advised on a full range of plaintiff and defense cases. Dr. Boully has been Associate Editor and advisor to the American Society of Trial Consultants’ jury research and courtroom communication publication, The Jury Expert. Dr. Boully has coauthored a book with Dr. Karen Lisko for the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property entitled Patently Persuasive.
Dr. Boully has consulted on a variety of sports-related cases on behalf of ski resorts, sports product manufacturers and outdoor recreation organizations. That experience includes designing and implementing multiple stages of jury research, analyzing results, and translating findings into trial strategy. In one particular sports product liability case, informed by jury research, Dr. Boully assisted trial counsel from jury selection through closing argument, helping develop persuasive arguments, preparing witnesses and counsel for clear and effective witness testimony, and assisting counsel in delivering powerful cross-examination of opposing witnesses. Following the jury verdict, Dr. Boully completed individual juror interviews to learn additional lessons from the actual jury.
Dr. Boully has consulted on a variety of intellectual property litigations including patent infringement, trade dress, trademark, and trade secret disputes on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. One particular case included assisting counsel in developing tailored jury research to inform specific issues in a trademark and trade dress dispute. Dr. Boully helped develop case themes, recommend and develop a substantial change in trial strategy, develop jury selection strategy and voir dire, and design jury research to test key strategy questions. Eventually the case was favorably resolved prior to trial.
Dr. Shelley C. Spiecker
Dr. Shelley Spiecker has been advising attorneys on case strategy, courtroom persuasion and jury selection for over 19 years. With a doctorate in legal communication, Dr. Spiecker has extensive experience in the design and analysis of mock trial and focus group research. Her studies of the tactical use of innuendo in the courtroom and her analyses of effective opening statements and closing arguments have been recognized as valuable contributions to the trial consulting field. Dr. Spiecker is a national leader in strategic trial solutions in energy litigation and is frequently asked to lecture on emerging research findings.
Dr. Spiecker is nationally recognized as having unparalleled expertise in energy litigation. In one example, in a two and one-half month trial in a small community in southern Mississippi, Dr. Spiecker’s strategy advice, assistance with preparing witnesses, and jury selection assistance were instrumental in leading to a complete verdict in favor of two oil and gas companies. The two defendant energy companies were particularly pleased with the unique value added since the venue reflected significant bias against energy companies. A mock trial was conducted in the case which led directly to the co-defendants’ refinement of trial strategy to present a united front centered on two distinctly different messages, which was critical given the facts of the case and the venire’s predisposition to suspect that two energy companies would conspire in their defense.
Dr. Spiecker is also known for her fine-tuned abilities to work with witnesses to enhance credibility and likeability, and to translate unfamiliar concepts into identifiable issues. In one construction case example, the issue involved construction delay and included complex engineering analyses and testimony from seasoned construction workers who had never before communicated to jurors. She conducted a focus group to test key graphics concepts and worked extensively with the construction workers to help them feel more comfortable, friendly and approachable to the jury. Together with the trial team, she developed themes and language strategies to make the complexities of the delay issues understandable. The outcome of the case was a complete jury verdict in the client’s favor, plus an award of attorneys’ fees.
Ms. Carol Thompson
Carol Thompson was appointed Clerk of the Supreme Court February 6, 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Clerk for over 17 years. Before her Judicial Branch service, Carol was the Director of Elections for the State of Wyoming. She received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Wyoming in 1991.
Mr. John M. Daly
John Daly was admitted to practice in 1972. He is associated with a ranch which is the Kitty Oil Field. This ranch was the first in the area to charge fees for annual surface use. This became the norm in Campbell County. John has represented a number of ranches in negotiating leases, SUA's, working interest agreements with JOA's. John has worked extensively in Wyoming and North Dakota as an investor in oil and gas interests. John has worked for both mineral owners and oil and gas companies. John is an owner of Rawhide Resources, which is a mineral owner in Wyoming. Rawhide Resources in turn owns Justice Oil and Gas which is an operating company with interests in Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana and Texas. Justice Oil is an owner in Wyondakota and Horse Creek Energy which owns working interests in North Dakota. These companies are actively drilling five wells today. The have completed operations in around 75 producing wells.
Ms. Amy Margaret Mowry
Ms. Mowry helps natural resources clients carry out their business plans with her expertise as a title examiner and due diligence professional. She has provided all types of title opinions for clients involved in minerals exploration and development, acquisitions, and divestitures in a number of Rocky Mountain states including Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, Utah, and Kansas, and she has also assisted clients with informal estate proceedings. Ms. Mowry continues to provide title opinions for oil and gas clients, and she drafts contracts, agreements, conveyances, and other instruments for clients in a variety of situations. Prior to joining Holland and Hart, Ms. Mowry worked for two Denver energy law firms, where she provided title opinions and due diligence review for oil and gas clients. She also reported on a wide range of natural resources issues for energy clients and other professionals, including public lands and land use laws, sage grouse and other wildlife regulations, renewable energy and transmission projects, and carbon capture and sequestration developments. Ms. Mowry is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota.
Mr. Darin Boyd Scheer
Darin is a Wyoming native who graduated from the University of Wyoming with honors with a degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor with honors in May 2000 from the University of Washington. After graduation he clerked for a year with the Washington Supreme Court. Darin maintains the Wyoming office for Bjork Lindley Little PC, and is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Colorado and Wyoming. Since joining the firm in 2001 he has been involved in mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appellate proceedings related to farmout agreements, joint operating agreements, unit operations, surface use agreements, royalty disputes, drilling contracts, joint interest accounting, NEPA compliance, and various other aspects of oil and gas operations in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Darin’s experience as lead trial counsel includes securing a zero verdict against a claim for more than
$90 million in alleged contract damages, obtaining breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty judgments against a federal oil and gas unit operator in Utah, and helping to defeat a speculative railroad condemnation action in Wyoming federal district court. As trial co-counsel, his experience includes assisting in the successful defense of a $45 million arbitration claim regarding midstream issues in Texas and assisting in obtaining a $3 million Wyoming jury verdict for damages in connection with the purchase of an Alaskan fishing lodge.
Darin has extensive experience negotiating surface access agreements under the Wyoming Surface Entry Act on behalf of oil and gas companies and he also represents clients in a wide variety of other business transactions as well, negotiating agreements to acquire and divest multimillion dollar oil and gas assets and other commercial properties. In addition to his litigation and transactional practice, Darin currently serves on the Wyoming Board of Law Examiners, and is the Wyoming State Bar Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He lives in Farson, Wyoming, where he owns and operates a small cow-calf ranch with his wife and two kids.
Mr. Michael J. Finn
Mick is a senior assistant attorney general for the State of Wyoming. He first joined the Attorney General's Office in 2000. His present duties with the office include representing the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, including representation of the Workers’ Compensation and OSHA Divisions. He was in private practice for 14 years prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office where he had experience representing both claimants and employers in workers' compensation matters.
Ms. Polly Boo Jessen
Polly B. Jessen is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, with offices in Denver and Washington, D.C. Her practice emphasizes regulatory compliance, transactional counseling and negotiation involving environmental, land use, and municipal law. Ms. Jessen’s practice covers a range of real estate, environmental and contaminated property redevelopment issues, including environmental due diligence, environmental insurance policies, surface use agreements, purchase and sale and remediation agreements, and professional service and construction contracting. She currently serves on the Colorado Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission. Ms. Jessen earned her A.B. degree, cum laude, from Princeton University and her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Hon. E. James Burke
E. James Burke was appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court in January 2005. Prior to his appointment, Justice Burke served as a district judge in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Justice Burke received his B.S. degree from St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, PA in 1971. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne until 1974. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1977 and engaged in private practice in Cheyenne until his appointment to the bench in 2001. Burke was appointed as Chief Justice on July 1, 2014.
Hon. William U. Hill
William U. Hill was appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court on November 3, 1998, after serving as Wyoming Attorney General since March 1995. Justice Hill was born in Montgomery, Alabama and raised and educated in Riverton, Wyoming. He received his B.A. from the University of Wyoming in 1970 and graduated from U.W. College of Law in 1974. Earlier in his career, Justice Hill served as both an Assistant United States Attorney and an Assistant Attorney General for Wyoming, and was engaged in private practice in Riverton, Wyoming, Seattle, Washington, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. He also served as Chief of Staff-Chief Counsel for Senator Malcolm Wallop in Washington, D.C. Hill served as Chief Justice from July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2006.
Hon. Marilyn S. Kite
Marilyn S. Kite was appointed by Governor Jim Geringer to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Richard Macy. Justice Kite was sworn into office June 2, 2000. She received her B.A. from the University of Wyoming in 1970 with Honors and her J.D. from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1974. Prior to her appointment to the Wyoming Supreme Court, Justice Kite served as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming from 1974 through 1978. She entered private practice when she joined the law firm of Holland & Hart in 1979, and she was a Partner in the Jackson office until her appointment to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Kite served as Chief Justice from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014.
Hon. Michael K. Davis
Michael Davis was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Matt Mead on August 30, 2012. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Davis served as a district judge in the First Judicial District in Cheyenne. He served in the United States Army from 1973 to 1975. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Western State College of Colorado in 1977 and a Juris Doctorate with Honor from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1980. He practiced law with the firm of Yonkee and Toner in Sheridan from 1980 to 2006, and from a Cheyenne branch office of the firm from 2006 until 2008, when he became a district judge. He is a Judicial Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Hon. Catherine M. Fox
Kate M. Fox was appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court by Governor Matt Mead and was sworn in January 2014. Prior to her appointment, Justice Fox was in private practice with Davis & Cannon, LLP. She joined the firm after serving for one year as law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Clarence A. Brimmer. She received her J.D. with honor from the University of Wyoming School of Law and her B.A. with honor from the University of Wyoming.
Ms. Dallas Lain
Dallas Lain is the Health IT Enterprise Architect in the Department of Enterprise Technology Services at the State of Wyoming where she supports executive branch health and human service agencies with planning and implementation of IT systems. Her work focuses on establishing strategy and overcoming challenges related to developing interoperability initiatives across business, organization, and technical levels to achieve better outcomes for Wyoming’s social services clients.
Ms. Lain previously worked for Wyoming Medicaid as the legal and policy advisor for health IT and electronic health record incentives, and then served as the State’s HIT Coordinator, overseeing a $4.8 million health information exchange cooperative agreement grant designed to increase the availability and utilization of health information exchange services. Ms. Lain graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law and gained significant experience with telecommunications and cable television regulation while working as an associate in Front Range firms before relocating to Wyoming with her husband to raise their four sons.