Wyoming Business / Commercial Litigation

Farm and Ranch – Civil Litigation Lawyer – Wyoming

Ranch and Farm – Business Attorney - Wyoming Burg SimpsonWyoming has long been a state known for its proliferation of farms and ranches. In fact, the state still boasts some of the largest agricultural lands in the country, with the average farm boasting more than 2,700 acres. The state’s 11,600 farms and ranches contribute more than $2 billion to the state’s economy.

Cattle and calves are Wyoming’s largest livestock commodity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, followed by hogs, and then sheep. On the farming side, hay remains the state’s largest crop, followed by sugar beets and barley.

If you are a farmer or rancher who needs legal assistance, reach out to a Burg Simpson Wyoming litigation lawyer at 307-527-7891 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form here.

Like most other property owners, farm and ranch owners are liable for the actions of animals on their property, whether they are wild or domestic:

  • Owners are strictly liable for wild animals under their control.
  • Owners are strictly liable for domestic animals with known dangerous tendency.
  • Owners can be held liable for negligence for domestic animals with no known dangerous tendencies.

In Wyoming, domestic animals are defined as creatures “devoted to the service of mankind at the time and in the place in which (they are) kept,” and typically includes dogs and livestock, for example.

Additionally, Wyoming is considered a “fence-out” state, which simply means that a landowner is able to pursue a claim for damaged property if someone’s livestock breached a lawful fence. There are exceptions, of course.

These are just a couple of examples. If you are dealing with a legal issue that threatens your farm or ranch, seek out professional legal assistance. Call a civil litigation attorney in Cody as soon as possible at 307-527-7891.

As more and more people flock to rural areas, especially in states like Wyoming, agricultural operators face the increased risk of nuisance lawsuits, which typically claim that livestock and crops are a nuisance.

Lawmakers in states like Wyoming have since stepped forward to shield farmers and ranchers by drafting and passing what is known as “Right to Farm” laws. These laws generally reject nuisance lawsuits against farmers and ranchers. These laws also generally prohibit states and municipalities from passing further rules or laws that might impede legitimate agricultural operations.

In Wyoming, for example, anyone who owns livestock or grows crops for personal use are not protected. Wyoming Right to Farm law only protects commercial producers but excludes big game.

If you are a farm or ranch owners and you are worried about your rights in Wyoming, do not hesitate to reach out to a civil attorney by calling Burg Simpson’s Wyoming office at 307-527-7891.

Call a Business Attorney in Wyoming Today

The experienced attorneys at Burg Simpson in Cody, Wyoming can handle disputes that plague farm and ranch owners. Call Burg Simpson at 307-527-7891 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form if you need legal assistance.


 February 13, 2020

Burg Simpson E-News: February 2020

Join Our Email List Complex Business and Commercial Litigation, Construction Defects, Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices, Mass Tort, Class Action, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation FEBRUARY 2020 E-NEWS GOOD LAWYERS 5280 Magazine Recognizes Denver’s Top Lawyers for 2020 Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine is pleased to announce that Michael S. Burg , Peter W…. Read more »

 February 13, 2020

National Trial Lawyers Announces Top Lawyers for 2020!

National Trial Lawyers Announces the Top Lawyers for 2020! Burg Simpson is pleased to announce that the National Trial Lawyers Association has selected the Top 100 Attorneys and the Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys for 2020! The National Trial Lawyers Association is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region… Read more »

 February 12, 2020

Mediation vs. Arbitration: Resolving Your Commercial Dispute

Mediation vs. Arbitration: Resolving Your Commercial Dispute Most commercial contracts have a provision stating that the parties will mediate disputes before taking the issue to arbitration or trial.  For those seeking to resolve a commercial dispute, it is important to know that litigation is typically expensive, time-consuming, public, and unpredictable. A trial’s outcome is always uncertain… Read more »

 February 11, 2020

Short-Term Healthcare Insurance & the Institutionalization of Post-Claims Underwriting

Jessica L. Derakhshanian and Shane C. Fulton, trial lawyers with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, recently published an article in the January edition of The Colorado Trial Lawyer’s “Trial Talk” entitled Short-Term Healthcare Insurance and the Institutionalization of Post-Claims Underwriting. The article provides a review of short-term health insurance regulation over the last decade… Read more »

VIDEO: Michael Burg Interviewed on Ring of Fire TV

 April 1, 2013

VIDEO: Michael Burg Interviewed on Ring of Fire TV

Burg Simpson’s Michael S. Burg is one of America’s leading lawyers when it comes to representing individuals injured by dangerous and defective medications. In this interview Michael talks to Ring of Fire T.V. host Mike Papantonio about immunity afforded to the makers of generic pharmaceutical drugs and the role of the FDA.

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