I grew up in Casper, Wyoming. After high school there, I went to Yale and graduated with honors in 1973, earning a double degree in Political Science and Sociology.
I loved Yale, but wanted to live in Wyoming and help people there, so I completed law school at the University of Wyoming in 1976. During law school but had the good fortune to work with lawyer. Being a lawyer was much better than being a law student. I started as a public defender in Casper and moved to Jackson, Wyoming, in 1979, joining the Spence Law Firm.
Along the way, I met Dona and we married in 1979. We’ve had more than our share of joys and tribulations in 35 years of marriage.
I’ve spent most of my adult years trying to be a decent father, husband, lawyer and an improved person. I’ve had successes and failures in all respects. Along with family, friends and work, I love dogs, animals, anything outdoors, and new, varied experiences. An older friend once said the problem with aging was doing too many things for the last time and not enough for the first. I keep that in mind.
I’m fascinated with scientific and lay publications exploring how and why people think the way they do.
I’ve served on several civic and community boards, including the Jackson Hole Alliance for Responsible Planning, the Teton Science School, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, and the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. I led an effort to get a community recreation center for Jackson. We have a family foundation which funds programs coupling troubled teens with dogs and other youth activities. My latest passion was service on the Board of the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies.
I’ve had cases from Florida to Pennsylvania to Washington and California and most points in between. I’ve represented injured people and folks charged with crimes for over 35 years. My cases give me vicarious experiences in everything from how to run an oil rig to complex scientific and medical problems. I love cases with complex scientific issues, enjoy the challenge of interpreting them into understandable terms, and remain committed to the notion that effective lawyering depends primarily on good listening skills.