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JOHN A. SUNDAHL

John Sundahl has practiced law with this firm and its predecessor (Godfrey and Sundahl) since 1973. He has extensive trial experience, handling a variety of disputes in both the judicial and administrative arenas. Mr. Sundahl has been chosen by his peers each year since 1995 as one of the top Personal Injury Litigation attorneys as listed in "The Best Lawyers in America". He has been named as one of the "Rocky Mountain Super Lawyers", and he is a charter member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Sundahl has been given an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell – signifying that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

He specializes in complex litigation, and has lectured extensively on subjects of jury selection, defense of damages, and discovery disputes. He is published in the field of discovery in brain injury cases.

Although much of his practice is devoted to defense of personal injury and medical malpractice cases, he is also actively involved in the fields of insurance disputes, bad faith, environmental litigation, public utilities, oil and gas, railroads, land disputes, condemnation, industrial and wind permitting, employment, and banking. In addition to practicing in all courts throughout the State of Wyoming, Mr. Sundahl also regularly appears before numerous administrative agencies, including the Wyoming Public Service Commission, the Environmental Quality Council, the State Board of Equalization, and the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, among others.

John is married to Harriet Hageman. He is an avid golfer and together they enjoy cooking and traveling in their spare time.

Education:
University of Wyoming, B.A., 1970
University of Wyoming, J.D., 1972

Admission to Practice:
Wyoming, 1972
United States District Court, District of Wyoming, 1972
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1973
United States Supreme Court, 1976

Associations and Honors:
Land and Water Law Review
Wyoming State Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
Defense Research Institute
Best Lawyers in America
Rocky Mountain Super Lawyers
Chambers and Partners, USA

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GEORGE E. POWERS, JR.

George grew up in Maine and graduated from Yale University, before coming west to prospect for uranium in the summer of 1975. After several years of roaming the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest, George decided to settle down in Wyoming and enrolled at the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he graduated with honors in 1982. He moved to Cheyenne and joined the firm (then known as Godfrey & Sundahl), becoming a partner in 1986. George is admitted to practice before all Wyoming state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

George’s practice primarily focuses on civil trial and appellate litigation throughout the State of Wyoming with areas of special interest including medical malpractice, insurance claims and railroad litigation. He is a member of the Wyoming State Bar, the Laramie County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the Ewing T. Kerr Chapter of the American Inns of Court. George has lectured and participated in panel discussions relating to insurance law and civil litigation at meetings of the Wyoming State Bar and at the University of Wyoming Law School. He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating and has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” and in “Super Lawyers.”

George is married to Marguerite Herman. They have three children. George and Marguerite are actively involved in the Wyoming High School Mock Trial program. George has been the attorney-coach for the Cheyenne East High School Mock Trial team since 2001. He has also been an instructor at the People’s Law School, a program providing members of the public with information about the judicial system. In his spare time George enjoys hiking, reading, touring Civil War battlefields and gardening.

Education:
Yale University, B.A., 1975
University of Wyoming, J.D., with honors, 1982

Admission to Practice:
Wyoming, 1982
United States District Court, District of Wyoming, 1982
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984

Associations and Honors:
Land and Water Law Review
Wyoming State Bar Association
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Defense Research Institute
Best Lawyers in America
Rocky Mountain Super Lawyers
Chambers and Partners, USA


PAUL KAPP

Paul grew up amid the oilfields surrounding Casper, Wyoming.  After high school he served in the U.S. Army with the 2d Ranger Battalion until 1977.  In 1981 he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in geology.  He went on to attend the University of Wyoming College of Law, graduating in 1984. 

Paul joined the firm in 1984, becoming a partner in 1986.  He is admitted to practice before all Wyoming state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Paul’s practice covers the entire spectrum of civil personal injury defense litigation. He has developed extensive experience defending companies in personal injury cases arising out of accidents in the trucking, oil and gas, refining, construction and railroad industries.  Likewise, in the regulatory world, he has successfully guided clients through regulatory inspections covering OSHA Health and Safety, the National Emphasis Program (NEP), and the Risk Management Program (RMP) under the Clean Air Act.  He is a member of the Wyoming State Bar, Laramie County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Trucking Industry Defense Association, and the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association.  He has received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is also listed in Chamber USA,  “The Best Lawyers in America,” and in “Mountain States Super Lawyers,” in the field of personal injury defense.

Paul has two daughters and is an active member of the community.  He is an avid outdoorsman and particularly enjoys spending time “tinkering” at his cabin in the Laramie Range west of Cheyenne.

Education:
University of Wyoming, B.S., with honors, 1981
University of Wyoming, J.D., 1984

Admission to Practice:
Wyoming 1984
Nebraska 1999 (inactive)
United States District Court, District of Wyoming 1984
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 1984

Associations and Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa
Best Lawyers in America
Mountain States Super Lawyers
Chambers USA
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Trucking Industry Defense Association
Wyoming State Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association


RAYMOND W. MARTIN

Ray was born and raised in South Dakota, and moved to Longmont, Colorado where he graduated from high school in 1972. He became a partner in a small Colorado construction company at the age of twenty, and started his own company three years later. Ray continued with his construction company while attending the University of Wyoming and graduating Phi Beta Kappa with an international studies degree in 1983, and from the College of Law in 1986.

Ray and his family moved to Cheyenne after law school, and he has continued to practice with the firm in which he became a partner in 1991. He is admitted to practice before all Wyoming state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ray has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating, and is listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and in “Super Lawyers.” Ray has a state wide litigation practice, including the areas of construction, commercial litigation, personal injury defense and railroad law.

Ray has authored the Wyoming Chapter of LienlawOnline.com, and assisted with the drafting and comments to the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s administrative rules regarding railroad crossing, right-of-way and fireguard matters. Ray has lectured before insurance conferences and a national veterinarian group associated with the American Endurance Ride Conference, provided mediation and arbitration services to members of the Wyoming State Bar and has served as an expert witness in the legal malpractice setting.

Recreational pursuits include wilderness horse pack trips, hunting, whitewater rafting and woodworking.

Education:
University of Wyoming, B.A., with honors, 1983
University of Wyoming, J.D., 1986

Admission to Practice:
Wyoming 1986
Colorado 1986 (inactive)
United States District Court, District of Wyoming 1986
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 1986

Associations and Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa
Wyoming State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Best Lawyers in America
Rocky Mountain Super Lawyers


KAY LYNN BESTOL

Kay Lynn was raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of north central Nebraska. She graduated from Doane College in 1987 with a degree in social science and a teaching endorsement. After studying for a year at Christian Albrechts Universitat in Kiel, Germany, on a Fulbright scholarship, she attended the University of Texas Law School in Austin. She graduated with honors in 1991, then clerked for a year for Judge John T. Grant of the Nebraska Supreme Court. She moved to Cheyenne in 1992 to join the current firm, becoming a partner in 2001. She is admitted to practice before all Wyoming state courts, the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kay Lynn works primarily in the area of civil personal injury defense litigation, but also handles insurance coverage, professional malpractice, eminent domain, and civil rights matters. She is a Past Chair of the Wyoming Board of Law Examiners, and has served as President of United Way of Laramie County, the Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming, and the Laramie County Bar Association. She is a member of the Wyoming State Bar, the Laramie County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Ewing T. Kerr Chapter of the American Inns of Court. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, riding horseback, reading, and spending time at the family ranch.

Education:
Doane College, B.A., with highest honors, 1987
Fulbright Scholar, Christian Albrechts Universitat, Kiel, Germany, 1988
University of Texas, J.D., 1991, with honors, 1991

Admission to Practice:
Wyoming 1992
United States District Court, District of Wyoming 1992
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 1992
Texas 1991 (inactive)
Nebraska 1992 (inactive)
Colorado 1995 (inactive)

Associations and Honors:
Texas International Law Journal, 1989-1991, Symposium Editor, 1990-1991
Judicial Clerk to the Honorable John T. Grant, Nebraska Supreme Court 1991-1992
Wyoming State Bar Association
Wyoming Board of Law Examiners 2003-2008 (Chair 2006-2008)
Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming, President 2000-2001
Chambers and Partners, USA
Laramie County Bar Association, President 2001-2002
Ewing T. Kerr Inn of Court, 2003 – present
Law School Liason Committee, 2004-present
Defense Research Institute, State Representative, 2001-2003
Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation
Benchmark Tenth Circuit Litigation Star
Benchmark Local Litigation Star
Rocky Mountain Super Lawyers
Wyoming State Bar Board of Commissioners, 2011-present
Wyoming State Bar Continuing Legal Education Chair – 2010-2012
Wyoming State Bar Law School Liaison Committee


JANE M. FRANCE

Jane grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming.  She attended the University of Wyoming and graduated with a degree in history and minor in Spanish in 2008.  As an undergraduate, she spent a summer studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   

She attended the University of Wyoming College of Law and graduated in 2011.  While in law school, she participated in the UW Legal Services Program and was a member of the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Club.

She joined the firm in 2011 and is admitted to practice before all Wyoming state courts and the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Jane’s practice primarily focuses on civil personal injury defense, but she is also actively involved in the fields of public utilities, industrial permitting, environmental litigation, oil and gas and employment law.

In her spare time, she enjoys floating the North Platte and Encampment Rivers, golfing and cooking.

Education:
University of Wyoming, B.A., 2008
University of Wyoming, J.D., 2011

Admission to Practice:
Wyoming 2011
United States District Court, District of Wyoming 2011

Associations and Honors:
Wyoming State Bar Association
Ewing T. Kerr Inns of Court
Community Action of Laramie County Board
Laramie Flying Club


JASON WILLIAMS

Jason grew up in Cheyenne. He attended the University of Wyoming, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in philosophy and political science in 2005, and obtaining an M.A. in philosophy in 2007.  He attended Lewis & Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon, graduating with honors in 2012.  He then clerked for a year for Judge Jonathan Brody of the Idaho 5th Judicial District. Jason joined the firm in 2013. He is admitted to practice before all Wyoming state courts and the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. He is also admitted to practice before all Idaho state courts and the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.

Jason and his wife Catherine have four children. They enjoy living in Cheyenne and taking part in many of the recreational pursuits and activities Cheyenne and Wyoming have to offer.

Education:
University of Wyoming, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005
University of Wyoming, M.A., 2007
Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2012

Admission to Practice:
Wyoming 2013
United States District Court, District of Wyoming 2013
10th Circuit Court of Appeals 2013
Idaho 2012
United States District Court, District of Idaho 2012


Associations and Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa
Animal Law Review, associate editor, 2010-2012
Wyoming State Bar Association
Idaho State Bar

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