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Davis & Cannon, LLP proudly sponsored the Skeeter Johnston Sportsman of the Year Award during the Flying H Polo Club tournament on August 27, 2016 in Big Horn, Wyoming. The firm’s attorneys, from left to right in the photo, are: Charlie Hart (of counsel), Ben Reiter (associate), Codie Henderson (associate), and Kim Cannon (partner). Click here for more information on the tournament.


Best Lawyers has shared that, due to feedback it has received, peers have recognized John C. McKinley as a 2017 Environmental Law “Best Lawyer of the Year.” “’Lawyer of the Year’ recognitions are . . . awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific Practice Area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for each specialty and location.” Check out John’s logo on his personal page and learn more about “Lawyer of the Year” here.


Benchmark Litigation has again recognized Kim D. Cannon as a “benchmark litigation star” for the year 2017. Check out Kim’s badge on his personal page and click here to learn more about Benchmark Litigation.


Davis & Cannon, LLP is proud to announce that Super Lawyers has again selected Kim D. Cannon and Amanda F. Esch as Super Lawyers in 2016. Super Lawyers is “a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.” Visit Super Lawers for more information.

Kim was selected as a “Super Lawyer” from 2007-2016, practicing in the areas of personal injury, business litigation, and environmental litigation.

Amanda was selected as a “Rising Star” in 2015-2016 practicing in employment and labor law, civil litigation defense, employment litigation defense, and administrative law.


Chambers & Partners USA 2016 has named Davis & Cannon, LLP as one of the top Wyoming law firms in the fields of Labor and Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, and Real Estate. The firm’s notable practitioners recognized by Chambers are: Kim D. Cannon, Richard M. Davis, and Amanda F. Esch.

In Labor and Employment, Chambers describes Davis & Cannon as a “highly regarded regional firm best known for providing local employers with quality representation in employment litigation as well as advising them on complex employment law and best practice issues. Well versed in discrimination and wrongful termination claims, and confidentiality agreements.”

Individually recognizing Amanda F. Esch, Chambers notes her “excellent reputation in the market” and that she is “frequently retained by companies to assist them with complex policy issues, administrative actions and employment disputes.”

In Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers states the team is “frequently selected by clients to handle large-scale and complex litigations with recent mandates including partnership, product liability, employment and ranch-related disputes. Fields a number of strong litigators who offer substantive experience in class actions and trials before the Wyoming Supreme Court.”

Chambers individually recognized Kim D. Cannon and Amanda F. Esch for their litigation practices. Of Kim, Chambers notes his years of experience, and his broad areas of practice, including natural resources, personal injury, and employment. Chambers recognized Amanda for her “excellent reputation for representing employers in complex labor and employment disputes and administrative actions.”

Finally, in Real Estate, Chambers states that Davis & Cannon, LLP provides “clients notable real estate expertise out of its Sheridan, Cheyenne and Gillette offices. Key capabilities include sales and purchases, foreclosures and disputes relating to access and boundaries.” Richard Davis is individually recognized for his years of experience in real estate, and estate work, and it notes he “continues to be active for a range of local clients in these areas.”

Chambers’ published guide is the “culmination of thousand of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind and are trusted globally to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms.” To visit the Chambers website and learn more, click here: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/about-chambers. Read about Davis & Cannon, LLP, as highlighted by Chambers...


Shaina A. Case completed CASA (“Court Appointed Special Advocate”) training for Laramie County, Wyoming in 2016. “CASA of Laramie County is a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.” Learn more about CASA...


On May 19, 2016, Amanda F. Esch, Leah C. Schwartz, and Shaina A. Case participated as volunteer judges for the “We the People” program. Fifth grade students of Laramie County studied the Constitution and prepared essays based on an assigned unit. After the students presented, judges asked follow-up questions. The students, teachers, and parents clearly worked hard to prepare for the hearings and Leah, Amanda, and Shaina found the students’ knowledge of our Constitution and its underpinnings impressive.


Codie D. Henderson, as a proud member of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, is now displaying his Member Emblem on his personal attorney page. Check it out!


The Best Lawyers in America, 22nd Edition, has named John C. McKinley as a 2016 Energy Law Best Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers® “is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.”

The firm as a whole has been recognized for several years by Best Lawyers as a leader in the legal industry in numerous fields. See our Best Lawyers profile here...


Best Lawyers Award Badge

“Best Lawyers” has nominated the Davis & Cannon, LLP law firm, and has specifically listed three of its attorneys as Best Lawyers in 2016. Congratulations to John C. McKinley, Richard M. Davis, Jr., and Kim D. Cannon. Check out their individual logos on their attorney pages and check out the “Best Lawyers” methodology by clicking here:


Congratulations to Kim D. Cannon, Richard M. Davis, Jr., and Charles R. Hart for earning an “AV Preeminent” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Congratulations to Amanda F. Esch, and John C. McKinley, and Hayden F. Heaphy Jr. for earning a “BV Distinguished” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. And congratulations to Clint A. Langer for his peer review rating of “Notable” from Martindale-Hubbell. Check out the new badges on their individual attorney pages!

Martindale-Hubbell is “the gold standard in attorney ratings, and have been for more than a century. Attorneys looking to refer a client, as well as individuals researching lawyers for their own legal needs, use these ratings to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for their legal issue. Combined with the Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review Ratings, self-reported professional credentials and other fact-based performance data, a Peer Review Rating contributes to the comprehensive view of a lawyer and benefits the entire legal community.” Visit the Martindale-Hubbell website.


J. Mark Stewart is featured in the February, 2016 edition of the Wyoming Lawyer as a “Friend of the [Wyoming] Bar.” To read the full article, located on page 62, and to learn more about Mark and his practice, please visit this link.

Amanda F. Esch was elected to the Dude Rancher’s Association Board of Educational Trust in January, 2016. The Education Trust was founded in 1988, providing scholarships to younger people who wanted to be in the Dude Ranch industry. To learn more about the DRA and Amanda, visit the DRA website.


Davis & Cannon, LLP is excited to announce its nomination on the U.S. shortlist 2016 for the third annual Benchmark Litigation Awards. Davis & Cannon, LLP is just one of three Wyoming law firms recognized. Firms are chosen based on research done between March and November 2015. For more information, visit this link.


U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers® has honored Davis & Cannon, LLP as a 2016 Wyoming “Best Law Firm.” The Sheridan office ranked Tier 1 in energy and natural resources law and ranked Tier 2 in personal injury litigation and real estate law. The Cheyenne office is ranked Tier 2 in energy, environmental, and natural resources law. The 2016 Best Law Firms are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To review the methodology of how firms are ranked, click here.


On October 24, 2015, Shaina A. Case attended the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The Honorable U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hosted the event. The American Inns of Court is an organization based in fostering excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills among lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals. Cheyenne, Wyoming is home to the Ewing T. Kerr American Inn of Court, of which Shaina, Amanda F. Esch, Leah C. Schwartz, J. Mark Stewart, and John C. McKinley are all members. To learn more about the Celebration of Excellence, or the American Inns of Court, click here.


Kim D. Cannon has been featured as a “litigation star” by Benchmark Litigation for the year of 2016. This is the fourth year in a row Kim has been recognized for this award. Founded in 2007, Benchmark Litigation is the only annual guide devoted to litigation and the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the United States. The guide’s results are the culmination of a six-month period in which researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients.


On September 21-23, 2015, the University of Wyoming College of Law hosted the annual Davis & Cannon Natural Resources Law Moot Court Competition.  Second and third year law students competed for a chance to represent the law school at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (PACE) and the National Energy Moot Court Competition.  Amanda F. Esch, J. Mark Stewart, Leah C. Schwartz, and Shaina A. Case, together with several other local attorneys, participated as judges during the preliminary rounds of the competition. John C. McKinley judged the final round, together with federal court judges, the Honorable Alan B. Johnson and the Honorable Nancy D. Freudenthal. 

The competition requires students to argue an environmental case from three viewpoints: the government/regulator, the regulated industry, and the citizen public interest group.  The national competition is sponsored annually by the Pace Law School's Environmental Moot Court Board in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and Texaco Inc.  In the past, law students have argued on environmental topics ranging from illegal dumping to personal liability for violation by a corporation.

Davis & Cannon, LLP is honored to participate and support this competition and to work with the law school.  The students did a wonderful job.  This year’s winners were Greyson Buckingham and Micah Christensen and the runners up were Tatyana Bannan and Marel Bunker. 


Davis & Cannon, LLP is pleased to announce that the 2016, 22nd edition, of The Best Lawyers in America has recognized Richard M. Davis, Jr. in the practice areas of corporate law, energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, and real estate law. Dick has been included for at least 30 years in this exclusive section by his peers as one of the best in his specialty.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 6.7 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded - by both the profession and the public - as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.


Davis & Cannon, LLP is glad to announce the addition of Ben N. Reiter as a new associate attorney in the firm. Ben joined the Sheridan office in September, 2015. Welcome!


Kim D. Cannon is the 2015 recipient of the Gerald R. Mason Professionalism Award. This award was presented to Kim by the Wyoming State Bar at the 2015 Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference in Jackson, WY.

In presenting the award, Wyoming Bar President Brad Bonner stated:

It is my sincere honor and pleasure to now present the Gerald R. Mason Professionalism Award. This award is presented each year to a lawyer who, over the course of his or her career, has embodied the spirit of Wyoming State Bar Past President, Gerald R. Mason, and his oft-repeated phrase “Proud to Be a Wyoming Lawyer.” The honoree is a person who serves as an example to others by having the highest professionalism standards to which all members of the Wyoming State Bar should aspire.

The recipient of the Award this year is a lawyer from Sheridan who has been a magnificent model of professionalism for the past 40 years. He has distinguished himself as a gifted trial lawyer and advocate for his clients while continuously earning the respect and admiration of his peers, including opposing counsel. He has served as an exceptional mentor to hundreds of Sheridan County and Wyoming lawyers through his tremendous skill, care, attention and professionalism. And he continues to do so to this very day.

Just as important, our honoree is an active voice in and supporter of his community, a talented vocalist, a true man of the West and a kind-hearted gentleman. Ladies and gentlemen, please help me honor this year's recipient of the Gerald Mason Professionalism Award, Mr. Kim Cannon.


Davis & Cannon, LLP is excited to announce that Richard M. Davis, Kim D. Cannon, and Amanda F. Esch have been selected by Super Lawyers in 2015. Super Lawyers is “a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.” Visit Super Lawyer’s website.

Dick was selected as a “Super Lawyer” from 2009-2013, 2015, practicing in the areas of real estate, estate planning and probate, and business/corporate.

Kim had been selected as a “Super Lawyer” from 2007-2015, practicing in the areas of personal injury, business litigation, and environmental litigation.

Amanda was selected as a “Rising Star,” practicing in employment and labor law.


On May 27, 2015, Leah C. Schwartz and Shaina A. Case participated as volunteer judges for the “We the People” program. Fifth grade students of Laramie County studied the Constitution and prepared essays based on an assigned unit. After the students presented, judges could ask follow-up questions. The students and teachers clearly worked hard to prepare for the hearings and Leah and Shaina found the students’ knowledge of our Constitution and its underpinnings impressive.


J. Mark Stewart presented on Engineering Law – Reviewing Contracts for Design Services on May 6, 2015. The presentation was tailored for engineers and concerned issues relating to contracts between engineers and those who engage them for professional services. The presentation highlighted common terms and provisions of particular importance and their effect in the engineering design context.


Kim D. Cannon, Amanda F. Esch, Clint A. Langer, Codie D. Henderson, and Leah C. Schwartz attended the annual MERITAS convention April 15-17, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. 

Davis & Cannon, LLP has been a member of MERITAS since 2010.  MERITAS is an established global alliance of independent, full-service law firms with a strong quality assurance program.  Meritas has firms in all states, Canadian provinces, and in most international markets.  Davis & Cannon, LLP is the only Wyoming Meritas firm.  More information on Meritas here...


On April 14, 2015, Amanda F. Esch and Shaina A. Case presented at a National Business Institute CLE seminar hosted in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Holiday Inn.  The overall topic for the seminar focused on labor and employment law.

Amanda presented on Monitoring Employees: Privacy Issues and Employer Risks.  The discussion concerned issues pertaining to using social media in the employee hiring process, public and private searches and the monitoring of employee calls, emails, internet use, and their behavior outside of work, dress codes, drug and alcohol testing, and how to prevent workplace violence.

Shaina presented on Managing Employee Leaves of Absence, in which she discussed an overview of, and common issues concerning, the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”), workers’ compensation law, and state and federal military leave law.


undefinedIn 2015, Davis & Cannon, LLP is honored to again announce it was named one of the top Wyoming law firms by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers USA 2015 rankings in the fields of Labor and Employment (Band 1), Litigation: General Commercial (Band 2), and Real Estate (Band 2). Chambers USA recommends “the world’s best lawyers in 185 countries.” To visit the Chambers' website, click here: chambersandpartners.com.

In labor and employment Chambers comments that Davis & Cannon, LLP "[r]epresents employers in state and federal actions concerning alleged discrimination and defends against unemployment claims. Advises on preventive and compliance issues including policies, procedures, handbooks and training. Offices in Cheyenne, Gillette and Sheridan."

Specifically, Chambers notes "Amanda Esch is recommended for all aspects of employment law, and sources speak particularly highly of her talent for defending employers in litigation."

In the area of litigation, Chambers states the firm is an "[a]cclaimed force in the state for a wide range of disputes, including shareholder actions, securities litigation and complex commercial cases. Offices in Cheyenne and Sheridan." Quotes from clients included: "[a] well-respected firm."

Notably, Chambers pointed out that "Kim Cannon handles all manner of commercial and civil litigation, often on behalf of cattle ranches and oil and gas companies. He is also a noted alternative dispute resolution practitioner. Sources say he is 'a very confident trial lawyer.'"

Moreover, Chambers commented "Amanda Esch is an up-and-coming partner at the firm with a strong reputation in employment law and professional liability matters. Leading market sources 'have high regard for her abilities.'"

Finally, in the real estate area, Chambers had this to say about Davis & Cannon, LLP: "[c]omprehensive real estate offering with a strong reputation for the property aspects of mineral and natural resources extraction. Offices in Cheyenne, Gillette and Sheridan." Quotes from clients included "[a] good firm with good people."

Importantly, Chambers noted: "Richard Davis is a highly respected senior figure at the Wyoming state Bar. He is recommended for his counsel across the board on real estate law and related aspects of estate planning."


In 2015, John C. McKinley was appointed to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.  John is a Wyoming graduate and long-time supporter of the University.  Upon appointment, John stated: “I plan on being a productive member of the Board of Trustees to assist in guiding the university forward in providing quality education to its students.” 


Kim D. Cannon is pleased to have been re-elected to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (“IATL”) for 2015-2016.  Kim first joined the IATL in 2006. The IATL is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar.  Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows after an extremely careful vetting process.


Davis & Cannon, LLP is excited to announce it has again been named one of the top Wyoming law firms by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers USA 2014 rankings in the fields of Labor and Employment (Band 1), Litigation: General Commercial (Band 2), and Real Estate (Band 2). Chambers USA recommends “the world’s best lawyers in 185 countries.”

In litigation, Chambers states Davis & Cannon, LLP “[h]andles complex litigation on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants across a range of commercial contexts.” Chambers listed Kim D. Cannon as a “notable practitioner” stating Kim “is well known throughout Wyoming for the quality of his advice and advocacy with regard to complex cases, often involving natural resources companies and also cattle ranches. He is noted for the ‘good insights’ he provides to matters.”

In labor and employment, Chambers noted that Davis & Cannon, LLP represents employers in a wide range of employment litigation, including discrimination and wrongful termination claims, and advises employers on day-to-day issues, staff handbooks and noncompete agreements. Chambers listed Amanda F. Esch as a “notable practitioner,” stating Amanda “stands out in this area, not least for her representations in contentious matters. She is variously described as ‘very intelligent, knowledgeable and personable,’ and a ‘rising star in litigation.’”

Finally, in real estate, Chambers states Davis & Cannon, LLP “[m]aintains a broad and high-quality real estate practice. Particularly commended for its representations of surface owners with regard to mineral estate access issues.” Chambers named Dick Davis as a “notable practitioner” stating Dick “is a venerable name in Wyoming for his vast experience advising clients on the full range of real estate matters.”


U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers® has again honored Davis & Cannon, LLP as a 2015 Wyoming “Best Law Firm.” The Sheridan office ranked Tier 1 in energy and natural resources law and ranked Tier 2 in personal injury litigation and real estate law. The Cheyenne office is ranked Tier 2 in energy, environmental, and natural resources law. The 2015 Best Law Firms are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.