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Colin M. Simpson

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Colin Simpson’s practice focuses on personal injury and general civil litigation; business formation and law; real estate; contracts; farm and ranch; land use; government relations; and domestic relations.

Mr. Simpson has been engaged in the practice of law since 1987. He practices with the law firm his grandfather, Milward L. Simpson, established—Simpson, Kepler & Edwards, LLC—the Cody, Wyoming, division of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

Mr. Simpson has been selected by members of the national legal community as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2006-2019. Best Lawyers publishes a book each year listing those individuals who are recognized as professionals who continue their education in an effort to stay current in their chosen profession and continue to distinguish themselves among their peers.

The book is considered to be, professionally, the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Mr. Simpson was chosen as a member of this distinguished group because he has displayed an exemplary commitment to his profession, his community and to his clients.

Mr. Simpson serves on the Boards of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Yellowstone Behavioral Health in Cody, Wyoming; First Bank of Wyoming, a division of Glacier Bank, in Powell, Wyoming; and the Riley Arena and Community Events Center. Mr. Simpson previously served on the boards of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce (Pres. 1993) and the Park County Youth Hockey Association.

Mr. Simpson served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1999 through 2012; he served as Speaker of the House in 2009 and 2010. His other legislative accomplishments include: Majority Floor Leader (2007-2009), Speaker Pro-Tem (2005-2007), Management Council (2005-2009), Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee (2005-2007), Select Committee on Capital Finance and Investment (2007-2009), Select Committee on School Capital Construction (2001-2003), Management Audit Committee (1999 to 2000), Select Committee on De-Earmarking of State Funds (2000-2001), Select Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse (2005-2007) and Co-Chairman (2005-2006), House Judiciary Committee (1999-2005) and as Chairman (2003-2005) and Co-Chairman of the Select Committee on Split Estates (2004).

Mr. Simpson was one of two Wyoming Representatives chosen to participate in the Council of State Governments-WEST (CSG-WEST), the first leadership-training institute for state legislators to build excellence and effectiveness in state legislators.

Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM Rating

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2006-2019

Selected to Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2012, 2014 - 2016

Wyoming, 1986

U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming

U.S. Supreme Court

J.D., 1985, University of Wyoming College of Law

B.S., 1982, Colorado College

American Bar Association

Wyoming Bar Association

Fifth Judicial District Bar Association

Client Security Fund Committee of the Wyoming State Bar (1995-1996)

Wyoming Bar Foundation (1999 to 2002)

Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association President (2018 to 2019)

Park County Bar Association (President 1997-1998)


  • Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives, (2009 through 2010)

  • Wyoming State Legislature, 2008; Representative, House District 24 (1999 through 2010)

  • Management Council (2005-2009)

  • Majority Floor Leader (2007-2009)

  • Speaker Pro-Tem (2005-2007)

  • Select Committee on Capital Finance and Investment (2007-2009)

  • Appropriations Committee (Member and Vice Chairman, 2005-2007)

  • Select Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse (2005-2007) (Co-Chairman, 2005-2006)

  • Judiciary Committee (1999-2005) (Chairman, 2003-2005)

  • Select Committee on Split Estates, Co-Chairman (2004)

  • Select Committee on School Capital Construction (2001-2003)

  • Select Committee on De-earmarking of State Funds (2000-2001)

  • Management Audit Committee (1999-2000)


  • Board of Trustees, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming

  • Board, First National Bank & Trust, Powell, Wyoming

Washington Capitol Building

 December 12, 2018

Letter Urging Senate to Defend Democracy Co-Signed by Former Senator Al Simpson

A week after giving his moving eulogy at late President George H.W. Bush’s wake, former Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson joined with forty-three other former Senators across party lines in publishing a letter to the Washington Post. This co-signed letter urges the current Senate to embrace a bipartisan defense of democracy and constitutional values as… Read more »

 December 6, 2018

Retired Firefighters Get Burned When Health Care Benefits are Terminated

Attorney Brian Matise at Burg Simpson handles complex civil litigation cases, and he has taken the lead on the West Metro Case. This case involves the distribution of more  than $1.8 million in funds that remained in a trust that was committed to fund health insurance benefits for 73 retired firefighters and their dependents. These… Read more »

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) gives eulogy for late President George W.W. Bush

 December 5, 2018

Former Senator Al Simpson Eulogizes President George H.W. Bush

This morning, former Senator Alan K. Simpson (R-WY) celebrated the life of former President George H.W. Bush, his long-time friend and colleague. Speaking of the man’s warmth and integrity, Sen. Simpson delivered a moving speech on President Bush’s legacy of integrity, loyalty and sacrifice. When speaking to the press, Alan Simpson spoke on the difficulties… Read more »

Honorable Alan K. Simpson hero image

 December 4, 2018

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., to Remember George H.W. Bush at Wednesday’s Funeral

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., to remember George H.W. Bush at Wednesday’s funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The former senator, a colleague and longtime friend of George and Barbara Bush, will be one of four speakers to deliver the eulogy at the late president’s funeral this week. Simpson and Bush established their… Read more »

Mass Tort Class Action

 December 13, 2018

What is the Difference Between Mass Tort Litigation And Class Action Litigation?

Mass Tort litigation and Class Action litigation both handle negligence cases with multiple victims, but each has very specific ways of handling these kinds of matters. Mass tort cases and class action lawsuits share certain similarities: A large group of plaintiffs who claim they have been hurt. Common defendants who have been accused of causing… Read more »

 December 12, 2018

THE BURG SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING!

The deadline for students to submit their 1500 word essays is February 1, 2019. For the past several years, Burg Simpson has awarded college scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who won our essay competition regarding the importance of the civil jury system and how it is being threatened. The annual Burg Simpson Scholarship… Read more »

 December 11, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Infants

One of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries in infants is Cerebral Palsy (CP). Receiving the news that your newborn has been diagnosed with this condition is some of the most devastating information a parent can receive. CP caused by birth trauma affects thousands of newborns every year. Birth trauma is a general term… Read more »

 December 11, 2018

Reusable Medical Device Can Save Lives… And Spread infection

Reusable medical device can save lives… and spread infection. The FDA issued interim results of an ongoing, mandated post-market surveillance studies in order to “inform patients, hospitals and health care facilities of higher-than-expected contamination rates with duodenoscopes after processing.”  But what does that mean? Duodenoscopes Duodenoscopes are a very complex type endoscopic device, that is,… Read more »

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

 November 5, 2018

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

All attorneys at Burg Simpson strive to make our motto more than just words. Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys work to support local and national communities by protecting their rights and to making certain that crisis recovery and educational opportunities are available to all. In this video, Burg Simpson shareholder and… Read more »

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

 November 2, 2018

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

The negligence of Columbia Gas caused the massive gas explosions  in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover, MA. After the gas explosions, more than 2,000 people found themselves displaced, and their towns resembled a war zone. These gas explosions could have easily been avoided. Columbia Gas had been warned twice over the last decade that an explosion was… Read more »

Attorney Tom Henderson explains why the Durango 416 Fire aims to hold the Durango-Silverton Railroad accountable.

 November 2, 2018

Seeking Justice for Victims of the Durango 416 Fire

Colorado’s Durango 416 Fire was caused by the Durango-Silverton Railroad’s coal-burning train on June 1, 2018. The blaze has been reported to be the state’s sixth largest forest fire in history, and the fire destroyed homes and businesses in Durango and the surrounding area. Burg Simpson is now representing those affected by the 416 Fire… Read more »

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

 November 2, 2018

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

Body brokers are relatively unchecked and under-regulated by state and federal agencies.  Across the United States, mortuaries and hospices are committing fraud by allowing body brokers to convince families who have lost their loved ones to donate the body “for medical research.” But instead of being donated, the body ends up being dismembered and then… Read more »

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