KYLE A. RIDGEWAY
Associate – Since 2014
J.D., with Honors, 2012, University of Wyoming
B.A., Economics and Political Science, 2009, Gonzaga University
ADMISSION TO PRACTICE:
Wyoming State Bar, 2012
United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, 2012
United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, 2012
Kyle joined Williams, Porter, Day and Neville, P.C. in June of 2014. Whatever a person’s needs may be, he sees his role is to help solve problems efficiently and effectively. Kyle has expertise in trial practice, litigation (including criminal defense), insurance coverage and defense, general counsel and employment law work:
- Kyle litigates on behalf of individuals and companies in a variety of settings including but not limited to: contractual and business disputes, personal injury defense, employment practice issues, and criminal defense.
- Kyle provides services to insurance providers whether it be defense of claims of bad faith, coverage issues, or general third party defense of claims
- As General Counsel for various small businesses and non-profit organizations, Kyle provides legal advice on a variety of topics including but not limited to: potential liability in conducting business, corporate organization, management, governance, policies and procedure manuals, and employment practices.
- Kyle provides Business Planning services for entrepreneurs in Wyoming looking to start new businesses by providing advice in corporate organization and structure, as well as creating corporate entities including, LLCs and S-Corporations.
While at the University of Wyoming, Kyle achieved numerous honors, most notably placing second in the United States in the ABA National Client Counseling Competition, the largest moot court competition in the nation. Additionally, Kyle represented the University of Wyoming at various regional moot court competitions for both trial level and appellate level work. He was awarded the Excellence in Advocacy Award, given to the student best recognized for their work in trial and appellate level advocacy. Kyle was also an editor on the Wyoming Law Review for the 2011-2012 editions.
Kyle has extensive real world experience for being such a young lawyer. Kyle first began working in the legal field when he clerked for Judge William Thomas Sullins, District Court Judge for the 7th Judicial District in the State of Wyoming the summer after his Freshman year at Gonzaga. Kyle spent his summers throughout law school working for Jamieson Robinson and at Brown, Drew & Massey, LLP and obtaining a wide array of experience in both litigation and transactional work. Kyle was also involved in the Prosecution Assistance Clinic while in law school, and wrote briefs for two different appeals in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court – one of which Kyle argued to the Supreme Court on his own. Those cases are Youngberg v. State, 2012 WY 119 (Wyo. 2012) and Osborne v. State, 2012 WY 123 (Wyo. 2012).
After passing the Wyoming bar in 2012, Kyle joined Jamieson and Robinson, LLC to learn in a small firm environment and obtain hands-on experience. Kyle had the opportunity to try several cases to juries across Wyoming while at Jamieson and Robinson.
Obtained Summary Judgment in favor of employer and against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Equal Pay Act (EPA) claim brought by the EEOC.
Successfully defended several different administrative charges of discrimination brought by former employees against their employers.
Favorably resolved disability discrimination claim brought by former employee against employer in federal court confidentially.
Assisted company in foreclosing on interests of its partners.
Obtained order against a Bank and in favor of Client where Bank improperly refused to honor large garnishment issued by Client against Bank’s depositor.
Obtained $531,000 jury verdict in favor of client in a breach of verbal joint venture case.
Successfully defended and appealed fine levied against employer by Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Division.
Wilkerson v. State of Wyoming, 2014 WY 136 – Obtained reversal of Second Degree Murder conviction due to improper jury instructions, changing over 30 years worth of Wyoming precedent concerning the definition of “malice”
Represented Ranch family in federal civil rights lawsuit obtaining jury verdict against Sheriff’s Department for killing their horse.
Successfully defended sexual assault against a minor case after court determined (after a competency hearing) minor’s testimony had been altered.
Confidential settlement in favor of civil rights plaintiff against Sheriff’s Department for use of excessive force.
Obtained not guilty jury verdict in favor of defendant in interference with a peace officer charge.
Obtained dismissal of charges against couple who had been charged with violation of labor laws for allowing daughter to operate equipment for their snowplow business.
Osborne v. State of Wyoming, 285 P.3d 248 (Wyo. 2012) – Worked for Wyoming Attorney General’s Office on an appeal from a criminal defendant’s first degree murder conviction alleging ineffective assistance of counsel, obtained favorable opinion affirming conviction.
Youngberg v. State of Wyoming, 284 P.3d 820 (Wyo. 2012) – Worked for Wyoming Attorney General’s Office on an appeal from a criminal defendant’s conviction for check fraud, which alleged that the prosecutor misstated evidence, requiring a new trial. Obtained a favorable opinion confirming conviction.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
Kyle belongs to the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and the Natrona County Bar Association. More specifically, Kyle is on the Board of Directors for the Healthy Birth and Infant Brains Foundation (“HBIB”). HBIB works with expectant mothers and their health care providers in researching, collecting data, and provide education and incentive programs concerning proper pre-natal care for soon to be mothers in Natrona County in an attempt to help avoid mental health and other issues that arise when mothers do not receive proper care during their pregnancy.