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Colin M. Simpson

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

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 2006-2021. 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.

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Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM Rating

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2006-2021

Martindale-HubbellSM Client Champion Silver, 2019

Selected to Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2012 and 2014-2021

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 (1999-2002)

Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, President (2018-2019)

Park County Bar Association, President (1997-1998)


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

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

  • 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

 February 23, 2021

Cincinnati Magazine Recognizes Shareholder Janet Abaray

Janet G. Abaray is featured in the March 2021 issue of Cincinnati Magazine in the “Women Who Move Cincinnati” section. Ms. Abaray is the managing shareholder for the Cincinnati office of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine and has litigated extensively in the area of pharmaceutical products liability. She also represents plaintiffs in insurance and… Read more »

 February 16, 2021

Medical Malpractice Attorney Charles Mendez Discusses Birth Trauma Cases

An article authored by Burg Simpson medical malpractice attorney, Charles Mendez, was recently published in the AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Journal. In this article, Mr. Mendez provides a comprehensive analysis and discusses an important issue raised in a birth injury case that is currently on appeal. Mr. Mendez is an experienced trial lawyer and… Read more »

 February 15, 2021

Recent Court Ruling Increases Risks for Colorado Skiers

Burg Simpson Shareholder Peter Burg Interviewed by Channel 7 TV News on the Recent Court Ruling that Increases Risks for Colorado Skiers A ruling from the Colorado Court of Appeals regarding the waivers printed on lift-tickets and season-passes has raised concern among many of our state’s personal injury lawyers and victim advocates. The court of… Read more »

 February 10, 2021

Shareholder Melanie Bailey Appointed to the Elmiron Steering Committee

Burg Simpson shareholder Melanie S. Bailey was recently appointed by federal district Judge Brian R. Martinotti to help lead a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Bailey will serve on the Elmiron MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) and help advance the centralized litigation on behalf of all plaintiffs. The Elmiron lawsuits, centralized in the District of… Read more »

Denver, CO – Auto Wreck with Injuries on I-70 Blocks Highway

 June 19, 2020

David Hersh: COVID-19 and Loss of Business Income

Shareholder David Hersh Discusses COVID-19 and Loss of Business Income  David P. Hersh is a shareholder and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department.  “I am David Hersh, Co-leader of the Commercial Litigation Department at Burg Simpson. Business owners across the country have suffered from the loss of business income as… Read more »

David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

 June 18, 2020

David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

David K. TeSelle is a trial lawyer and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department.  “Do you have confidential information about a company who is cheating the state or federal government out of money, leaving the American taxpayer holding the bag? If so, there is something you can do about it,… Read more »

 June 16, 2020

Shareholder Jacob Burg Discusses Burg Simpson’s Commitment to Pro Bono Work

Jake Burg is a shareholder and a trial lawyer with  Burg Simpson’s personal injury department. “Since the firm’s inception in 1976, Burg Simpson has been committed to providing pro bono legal services to heroes who have dedicated themselves to serving others in times of great need. As an attorney with Burg Simpson, I was proud to… Read more »

Denver, CO – Motorcyclist Injured in Crash on S Federal Blvd

 June 15, 2020

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now Shareholder Stephen J. Burg is a trial lawyer and the practice group leader of the firm’s personal injury department. If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need someone to be on your side. Insurance companies make huge profits by… Read more »

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