2013 (8)
Recreation Safety (May 2, 2013)

Date: 05/02/2013

Featuring: Mel Orchard, III

An overview of the current status of the law and strategies for case selection and prosecution.

About Your Speaker

Mel Orchard received his undergraduate finance degree from Washington State University in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1992, where he also served as student body president. After a law clerk position with the 9th Judicial District Court, Mel spent over 10 years specializing in civil trial litigation until early 2005 when he was asked to join Gerry Spence’s team of litigators. Mel has been a partner in The Spence Law Firm since 2005. Aside from litigation in general, Mel’s areas of practice include truck and auto collisions, product liability, insurance company bad faith, commercial/contract, medical malpractice, civil rights and drug litigation. Mel is a board member and past president of the Wyoming Trial Lawyer’s Association and a current Governor to the American Association of Justice, where he also earned “advocate” status.
In addition to the work that directly benefits clients, throughout his career, Mel has created and presented educational materials to various attorney and non-attorney groups including lawyers, hospital risk assessment personnel, educators and administrators and even insurance adjusters.  Mel also volunteers his time to several non-profit boards, and not for profit organizations, including Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming (LAW), Habitat for Humanity, Community Learning Center and he either coaches or has coached various sports teams in Teton County (Varsity Basketball and Football) including programs that involve his two children, Owen and Oliver.