1-24-20 Supreme Court Opinions

Opinion ID

Publish Date



Docket Number

2020 WY 10


Donald E. Brunner

The State of Wyoming


2020 WY 9


Aaron C. Linden

Mary C. Linden, n/k/a/ Mary C. Eliason


2020 WY 8


Exaro Energy Iii, Llc

Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission



1-17-20 Supreme Court Opinions

Opinion ID

Publish Date



Docket Number

2020 WY 7


Aubri Vahai

Ryan Gertsch


2020 WY 6


J. Michaela Byrnes

Johnson County Commissioners; Johnson County Road and Bridge; and State of Wyoming, Ex Rel., Wyoming Department of Transportation


2020 WY 5


Luis Antonio Flores-Gomez

The State of Wyoming





Dec. 2019 E News

December 18, 2019


View the full E-Newsletter with Images HERE

Wyoming Legislative Update

The Budget Session of the 65th Legislature will begin Monday, February 10 in the newly renovated Capitol.  Joint Legislative Committees have been meeting throughout the interim studying a variety of issues and topics.  Resulting legislation will be considered during the budget session.  The WTLA Legislative Committee and lobbying team have been tracking and monitoring issues affecting the justice system during the interim including several proactive bills and will be continuing our work during the session.  We welcome our members input on legislation or other issues of concern or interest.


To read bills that will be considered during the 2020 session, follow the process or contact legislators, go to the Legislature’s website – https://wyoleg.gov

We will be sending out updates several times during the session.  Call or email if you would like information between updates.


Please join us on February 10, 2020 at the Old West Museum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to welcome our legislators to Cheyenne and to honor our Judiciary.

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Did you miss your Coffee House in the mail?  Find the digital issue here.


WTLA Board Member Introduction

Lindsey Krause Crandall graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2013. She worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven R. Cranfill in the Fifth Judicial District of Wyoming for three years prior to joining Burg Simpson. Her practice emphasizes personal injury and general civil litigation.


Lindsey also serves on the Board of the Cody Culture Club, and she is a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Wyoming class.


While in law school, she served as the President of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association Student Chapter, President of Delta Theta Phi, and Secretary of the Potter Law Club. She also served as a student attorney in the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Clinic for one year.


Lindsey is excited to be on the WTLA board because she believes it is an attorney’s duty to give a voice to those who otherwise would not be heard or represented. 



WTLA Sponsor Highlight

WTLA cannot provide our excellent programs without the support of our sponsors and advertisers. Find our Sponsors HERE.

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Upcoming CLE and Events:



The Nuts and Bolts of Rule 26 Initial Disclosures



Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases



2020 Legislative and Judicial Reception

CFD Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY



What Digital Evidence Looks Like, and How to Obtain It Professionally



Leadership Retreat

Saratoga Hot Springs Resort



SAVE THE DATE: WTLA’s 2020 Annual Convention June 17-19, 2020, Lander, WY - Room Blocks Now Open!



Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
2111 Warren Ave.
Cheyenne, WY 82001




Update from AAJ

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules Has Issued a Formal Rulemaking on FRCP 7.1, Disclosure Statements

AAJ has flagged this proposed rule because they believe this will impact some of our members’ practices.  The disclosure statements rule would require parties in cases brought or removed under diversity jurisdiction to disclose the citizenship of owners/members of any entity whose citizenship can be attributed that entity, such as an LLC, a limited partnership, or joint venture. Such disclosure will allow for early determination of whether the court can properly exercise diversity jurisdiction. Comments must be submitted electronically through the following site by February 19, 2020: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=USC-RULES-CV-2019-0003



Summary reprinted from the American Association for Justice State Affairs Newsletter, Nov. 25, 2019

On September 20, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act—225 in favor to 186 opposed.  The act ends forced arbitration in all its forms upholding the Seventh Amendment and protecting rights of American consumers, workers, and seniors.


Seventeen representatives spoke passionately on the House floor in favor and only three members of Congress spoke against the bill, showing the inherent weakness in the opposition’s anti-civil-justice position. There is momentum, but the battle is not yet won. It is now up to the Senate to pass the companion bill, S. 610. AAJ is working to increase support for the FAIR Act in the Senate.


New AAJ Report

AAJ Research recently released a new report, The Truth About Forced Arbitration, which examined five years of closed claim data provided by the nation’s two largest arbitration providers, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and JAMS. This comprehensive analysis makes clear that forced arbitration is not an alternative judicial process, but instead eliminates claims, immunizes corporations, and allows abuse, discrimination, fraud, and essentially all other corporate wrongdoing to go unchecked. Americans are more likely to be struck by lightning than win a monetary award in forced arbitration.


Learn more about AAJ at justice.org



Tony Ross Appointed Senior Municipal Judge for the City of Cheyenne

Long time WLTA member, Tony Ross will serve as Senior Municipal Judge for the City of Cheyenne leading the judicial branch of city government beginning December 17, 2019.  Marian Orr, Mayor of Cheyenne appointed Ross to the position.  “I could not think of a better person to serve our court and our community than Tony Ross,” stated Mayor Orr.

“The opportunity to continue public service and to serve the citizens of Cheyenne is humbling and a big honor. I’m excited to continue doing what I love most which is to serve others. I appreciate the Mayor’s confidence in me with this opportunity,” Ross said of his new position.




New Member Feature

WTLA would like to introduce a new firm that has joined our ranks: Thomas Keel & Laird.  We are excited to have a group of attorneys with such great and varied experience join WTLA. 

Jennifer Keel is one of the industry’s thought leaders on electronic medical records evidence and audit trail use in medical negligence litigation, and teaches lawyers across the country how to obtain and make use of this important evidence. She also consults for lawyers and law firms on an hourly basis to assist with these issues in their cases.

Isobel Thomas has more than two decades of experience representing a wide range of clients in a variety of practice areas, specializing in medical malpractice, personal injury, birth injury, brain injury, nursing home malpractice, and wrongful death cases. She is particularly passionate about representing infants who have been injured during birth.

Matthew Laird brings a unique dedication, determination, and perspective to advocating for seriously injured individuals. He has more than ten years of experience in his field and is admitted to practice in Colorado, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Combined Court of the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Please help us welcome Thomas Keel & Laird to the membership!


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