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Cody Attorney, Colin Simpson to Lead WTLA Through 2018

By Burg Simpson

July 30, 2018  

WYOMING TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION INDUCTS NEW PRESIDENT AND OFFICERS

(Cheyenne, WY) The Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (WTLA) announced that Cody attorney Colin Simpson will serve as the association’s President for 2018-2019. Simpson was elected to succeed Immediate Past President Todd Ingram, from Casper, during the WTLA annual convention held recently in Cody.

Simpson has been practicing law since 1987. He practices with the law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. He will head the association during its 50th year and follows his father, Senator Al Simpson, in working to preserve the 7th amendment right to a jury trial and help Wyoming attorneys become better lawyers. Senator Simpson was one of the founding members of the organization along with Gerry Spence, Walt Urbigkit, Mayne Miller and others in 1969.

“WTLA seeks to protect the citizens of Wyoming from powerful special interests that would prefer to take away or limit the rights guaranteed by the United States and Wyoming Constitutions, such as the right to a jury trial, and I am honored to lead that effort this year,” Simpson stated. “I strongly believe the jury system is a fair way of resolving disputes and that it is the essence of local government. Holding wrongdoers accountable is the power of juries, folks from your community, who evaluate all of the evidence in each unique case.”

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

Simpson’s leadership team includes Elizabeth Lance from Lance & Hall in Cheyenne as President-Elect, and Phil Nicholas, Nicholas & Tangeman, LLC in Laramie, serving as Secretary/Treasurer.

In addition to the installation of new officers, Thermopolis Attorney Michael Messenger received the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Simpson said, “Mike Messenger’s dedication to the law and protecting people’s rights with integrity and humility over the past 50 years makes him a great role model for any lawyer and this recognition of his achievements is especially well-deserved.” WTLA has given the award only 15 times in its history; it is the highest honor given by the group.

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