Martindale-Hubbell has rated us as an "AV®" rated firm, which is the highest ranking a law firm can attain. A brief professional sketch of each of the attorneys follows:
Philip A. Nicholas: Phil received his B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University and his J.D. from the University of Wyoming. After graduating in 1979, he first clerked for a Wyoming District Court Judge, and then served for two years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming. Phil entered into general practice in Laramie, Wyoming in 1982, representing individual, corporate and government clients. He has broad litigation experience representing individual parties and corporate clients. He also has extensive experience with business matters including contract and planning issues, along with administrative matters involving safety, environmental, personnel and natural resources concerns. His practice concentrates in trial and appellate work.
Phil is admitted to practice in Wyoming, Colorado and Oregon. He is admitted before the United States District Courts for the Districts of Wyoming, Colorado and Northern District of Illinois (General and Trial Bar); the United States Court of Federal Claims; the United States Courts of Appeal for the Tenth and Federal Circuits; and, the United States Supreme Court. Phil is a member of the Wyoming, Colorado and Oregon State Bar Associations, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Mr. Nicholas is rated "AV®" by Martindale-Hubbell.
At the State level, Phil served eight years in the Wyoming House of Representatives and is currently an elected member of the Wyoming State Senate. He has served on the House Judiciary Committee, House Revenue Committee, the House Travel, Recreation and Wildlife Committee, and on the House Rules and Procedures Committee. His final assignment in the House was as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Phil is now serving as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is Co-Chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee. Phil has served on many interim committees, including the Judicial Reorganization Committee which resulted in the reorganization of our present Court System including the establishment of the Circuit Courts.
At the local level, Phil previously served on the Albany County Hospital Board of Trustees, the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the Albany County Planning Commission and the Laramie Economic Development Corporation. He is presently Co-Chairman of the Laramie Beautification Committee.