SPKM maintains a general civil practice. The following list highlights some of the primary areas in which its attorneys frequently practice. This list is not an all-inclusive or exclusive summary of the professional expertise of SPKM's attorneys.
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Administrative Law: SPKM has provided legal advice to clients appearing before numerous regulatory and enforcement agencies, including:
Appellate Law: SPKM represents its clients before the following bodies:
SPKM has been chosen by Benchmark Appellate Litigation as a 10th Circuit Litigation Star.
Complex Civil Litigation: SPKM represents clients ranging from financial service companies, insurance and reinsurance companies, corporate officers and directors, large state and national corporations, bond companies to hospitals, biomedical companies and various products manufacturers. These cases often include unique issues involving jurisdiction, electronic data, voluminous discovery, highly specialized expert witnesses and creative alternative dispute resolution.
Construction Law:SPKM has extensive experience in the construction industry and the disputes that arise on the job. SPKM has represented owners, architects, contractors, suppliers, bonding companies and governmental agencies. SPKM has helped its clients draft contracts to avoid conflicts and, when necessary, take legal steps to protect and enforce their rights, when conflicts arise that cannot be otherwise resolved. In the construction arena, SPKM frequently represents both plaintiffs and defendants. Our services include:
Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law:SPKM has assisted its clients to pursue the reasonable development and conservation of Wyoming’s many natural resources. We have represented clients in cases involving the following issues:
General Civil Defense Litigation: SPKM handles civil disputes ranging from bodily injury, property damage, other personal injury to breach of contract and injunctive relief. SPKM has defended its clients throughout Wyoming in cases arising from a wide variety of such claims, which have included:
Insurance Defense Practice: SPKM handles the defense of insureds, as well as the representation of insurers in issues ranging from bad faith to coverage opinions. SPKM has represented insureds and insurers in the adjudication of such claims, including:
Professional Liability: SPKM defends a variety of professional liability claims. Clients have included the following: clients in cases involving a variety of professions, including:
Products Liability: SPKM has been involved in the product liability field since before 1986, when the Wyoming Supreme Court adopted the doctrine of strict liability in Ogle v. Caterpillar Tractor Co., 716 P.2d 334 (Wyo. 1986). The attorneys have defended almost every type of product liability case, including clients who manufacture, sell, or distribute products in the stream of commerce, including heavy industrial equipment, cranes, medical supplies and devices, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, consumer products and more.
Public Utilities and Energy Law: SPKM has an extensive history of representing clients in the public utility arena before the Wyoming Public Service Commission. The attorneys at SPKM are experienced in all aspects of utility regulation, and primarily focus on electricity and natural gas ratemaking, and petroleum products and gas transportation. SPKM represents clients from the initial application, to data production and commission hearings, and at appeal, if necessary.
Railroad and Transportation: Wyoming is one of the primary transportation hubs of the nation with mainline railroads and interstate highways. SPKM has represented its transportation clients in connection with a variety of claims, including:
SPKM’s attorneys are available on a 24-hour basis to provide legal services in response to major accidents and emergencies and to help coordinate the investigation through its “Rapid Response Team.” If you or your clients wish to retain counsel and take advantage of this unique service, please contact us to receive 24-hour attorney contact information.
Additionally, please visit the TIDA website at www.tida.org for more information on SPKM’s trucking rapid response team.
Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court: Several of SPKM’s attorneys are admitted to practice in the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court. They have represented corporate clients in oil field related lawsuits and individuals in motor vehicle accidents.
Workplace Safety and Health Standards: SPKM 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 Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act. As it does with its transportation clients, SPKM provides a “Rapid Response Team,” available on a 24-hour basis, to provide legal services in response to major accidents and emergencies and to help coordinate investigations.