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September 20, 2012 | ATTENTION: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

URGENT:  The Spence Law Firm, LLC has been notified that we may have not received some attempted emails or online contacts by visitors to our website.  Apparently an error or malfunction in our website email contact page(s) has prevented us from receiving emails and online contact submissions through the website.  We were unaware of this problem so we may have failed to respond to some attempted contacts to our office.  If you have recently attempted to contact our office and have not received a response, please recontact us immediately by emailing [email protected] (please note there is NO “nd” in our email address) or phone 1-800-967-2117.  We apologize for any delay in communication–someone from The Spence Law Firm will contact you to answer questions or address your concerns, as soon as possible.… Read more


Kent W. Spence and Grant H. Lawson of The Spence Law Firm, LLC, recently settled a personal injury case against Precision Drilling Company LP (formally known as Grey Wolf Drilling Company, LP).  A Wyoming worker, Darrell Jent, who suffered severe and permanent injuries when he was catapulted off a falling derrick, has agreed to a confidential settlement with Precision Drilling Company. The Spence Firm had filed the injured worker’s lawsuit in Wyoming federal district court.

The suit alleged that the A-leg bolts attaching the A-leg to the derrick had been loosened by the Defendant’s employees and were not properly reattached and tightened. One of the legs came lose during the lowering of the derrick, causing the derrick to crash down, which destroyed the drilling rig. At the time the Plaintiff was working as a consultant on the drilling operation and did not know the A-leg was loose. As he was … Read more


Through embedded radio reporting from an oil patch and “man camps” in North Dakota, Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota catalyzes discussion about the local and national impacts of the region’s rush to drill. The show is produced by independent producer Todd Melby and brought to you by Prairie Public.

For more information on Prairie Public click here: http://www.prairiepublic.org/radio/

For more information on Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota click here: http://blackgoldboom.com/Read more


Mel C. Orchard of The Spence Law Firm, LLC, on behalf of an Afton couple, has filed a civil lawsuit against Grand Targhee Resort and Action Integrated Management after their son was improperly secured to a zip line before he fell 25 feet to the ground. The young boy was one of 17 middle school students attending a summer program at Grand Targhee Resort in 2008.

According to the complaint, the employee who took the reservation neglected to properly record it or to notify Action Integrated Management that there was a group intending to use the course. As a result, when the group arrived there were not enough people to operate the course.  A resort employee improperly pressured an Action Integrated Management staff member to allow an untrained resort employee to work the zip line. The untrained resort employee failed to “properly and safely” secure the boy, and he fell … Read more


North Dakota is changing. The Bakken Oil boom has created an influx of jobs in oil drilling and the construction industry. The increase of activity in these industries also leads to an increase of workplace injuries and fatalities, bringing North Dakota to the No. 5 most dangerous state in the nation for workers.

On April 25, 2012 The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new findings from the 2010 census of fatal occupational injuries. According to this report, North Dakota was 1 out of 28 states that saw an increase in fatal workplace injuries in 2010. For more information on fatal occupational injuries in the United States, please see http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/worker_memorial.htm.

The Spence Law Firm and SAFER continue to monitor these developments and fight for enhanced worker safety laws.  For more information, contact us at 800-967-2117.… Read more


Tyson E. Logan, of The Spence Law Firm, LLC, has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Casper woman who was poisoned by carbon monoxide gas in her apartment as she slept.  The suit alleges the woman suffered a traumatic brain injury in her apartment when the furnace or the ventilation system leaked.  Firefighters and investigators that responded to the scene found carbon monoxide levels of 500 parts per million inside the Casper apartment.  The exposure to the carbon monoxide caused the woman a permanent traumatic brain injury.

According to the complaint, the apartment complex owners or management knew the furnaces were in need of repair or replacement, and at least one had leaked carbon monoxide in dangerous levels less than a year before the woman was poisoned.  The suit alleges that despite such knowledge, the defendants, in reckless disregard for the safety of the tenants, did nothing to

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On April 27th, several dozen workers, citizens, advocates, clergy members and public officials gathered in Casper to observe Workers Memorial Day.  The event was part of a national effort to fulfill the promise of a safe workplace for all and pay tribute to those who lost their lives while working.

The statistics are sobering.  Between 1992 and 2009 there were 622 workplace fatalities in Wyoming, an average of one death every ten days.

Workers Memorial Day presents an opportunity to step back from statistics, data, fatality rates and epidemiological studies in order to honor those who have perished and listen to the stories of their survivors.  We heard one of those stories Friday.

On Feb. 19, 2007, C.J. Moss was electrocuted while working on a drilling rig.  He was 26 years old.  C.J. was survived by his wife, Natalie Moss, and their four-year-old son.  Mrs. Moss spoke to … Read more

April 20, 2012 | Jackson, WY
L.A.W. Resolves Wrongful Death Case of Local Cyclist

Mel C. Orchard of the Spence Law Firm donates time to help resolve local public interest case.

Estate of Jose Gregorio Bautista Leon vs. Jacob Hill

On June 29, 2010, in Teton County, Idaho Mr. Bautista Leon, 60, was riding his bicycle from an after work dinner party to his home when he was struck from behind by a 1981 GMC pickup truck driven by Jacob Hill. Mr. Bautista Leon, who had been working legally in the United States, died shortly thereafter as a result of his injuries leaving behind a wife and two children in Mexico. Following the accident, Mr. Hill tampered with evidence by removing the rear reflector of the bicycle and throwing it into a field. In addition, the vehicle did not have adequate headlamps or windshield wipers. Mr. Bautista Leon was an avid cyclist and marathon runner who had lighting on both the front and rear … Read more

January 17, 2012 | Cheyenne, Wyoming
Time for Wyoming to Protect Workers

Wyoming’s workers should take time to read Dr. Timothy Ryan’s memorandum to Gov. Matt Mead, “Occupational Fatality Recommendations.”  The Dec. 19 report brightly illuminates the need for sweeping changes in state policy to ensure the safety of Wyoming’s workers.

Wyoming had the nation’s highest or second highest workplace fatality rate in the country for eight of the nine years between 2001 and 2009. In 2010 there were 34 workplace fatalities in Wyoming, a 78 percent increase from 2009. While the total number of injuries has declined, “… major injuries remain a problem” with some 700 workers hospitalized every year — and that number is increasing.

We support Dr. Ryan’s four main recommendations calling for more data collection and monitoring, more encouragement of industry efforts to reform itself, and more courtesy inspections by OSHA, which allow companies to have a state safety inspection without fear of citations for violations of safety … Read more

January 13, 2012 | Cheyenne, WY
Kristeen Hand, Spence Law Firm, Interviewed by New York Times about Worker Safety

Kristeen Hand, of The Spence Law Firm Firm, LLC, was interviewed for a New York Times article recently after reports came out of the dire circumstances surrounding worker safety in our state.Read:  Report Blames Safety Lapses, here or call us today, at 1-800-967-2117.… Read more

December 16, 2011 | Cheyenne, WY
Settlement Against Wyoming Trona Mine for Injured Worker

A Wyoming worker who lost his leg when he was run over by a railcar at a Wyoming trona mine and soda ash facility has agreed to a confidential settlement with the defendant mining company, his former employer.  G. Bryan Ulmer and Tyson E. Logan of The Spence Law Firm, LLC represented the worker and his wife.  The Spence Firm had filed the injured worker’s claims under the Federal Employer Liability Act (FELA) and the Wyoming Railroad Act (WRA) against the employer mine / railroad company in Wyoming federal district court.

This case alleged numerous railroad liability claims against the company for the dangerous and defective equipment at the rail loadout facility in Green River, Wyoming.  Specifically, the complaint alleged that the railcar’s cut lever stuck as the employee attempted to uncouple one railcar from another during the loadout process, and the train suddenly lurched on the tracks.

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May 10, 2011 |
Fleck Speaks to North Dakota Attorneys

Dan Fleck recently spoke at the North Dakota Association for Justice’s Annual Convention in Fargo, North Dakota, giving a speech titled “The Power of Extra Monetary Settlements: Getting Concessions in Addition to Money to Benefit the Client, the Lawyer and the Profession.”

Dan was honored to share his experiences with a dedicated group of North Dakota trial attorneys on the subject of how lawsuits can be used to correct injustices and prevent accidents and injuries from happening again.  ”Trial lawyers need to use the power of the process to “legislate” against bad conduct, to make sure that future tragedies are prevented.”

Dan is a native North Dakotan, and has recently been licensed to practice in both Federal and State court by the North Dakota Bar.  Dan’s areas of practice include oil and gas workplace injuries,  complex medical malpractice cases including hypoxic-ischemic birth injuries, Erb’s Palsy and shoulder dystocia birth trauma,  

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The Spence Law Firm is pleased to announce that R. Daniel Fleck has been admitted to practice law in the State of North Dakota.  Dan focuses his practice in North Dakota and across the country on a broad range of complex cases including Oil Field injuries and accidents, hypoxic-ischemic birth injuries, Erb’s Palsy and shoulder dystocia birth trauma, medical malpractice, aviation liability (fixed-wing and helicopter), trucking and auto accidents, pharmaceutical liability, defective nutritional supplements (Olympic and Professional athletes), workplace safety, product liability and sexual abuse by authority figures.

Dan Fleck was admitted to the bar by Order of the Supreme Court of North Dakota on November 29, 2010.  Dan is a North Dakota native – he was born in the small farming community of Ashley in McIntosh County.  “I am excited about the opportunity to practice where I grew up, and assist North Dakotans in need of legal help.”  Dan

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Just one day before trial, The Spence Law Firm successfully settled a wrongful death case against Pioneer Drilling and Denali Oil and Gas for the wrongful death of 20 year old, Zachary Anderson.  Zach was killed while working as a stabber on a drilling rig.  The confidential settlement was the largest wrongful death settlement for noneconomic damages in North Dakota history.  We also required Pioneer Drilling to change its safety policies as part of the confidential settlement.

Following the settlement Zach’s family was able to set up the Zach Anderson Memorial Scholarship to honor his legacy.  learn more about Zach Anderson Memorial Scholarship here

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In 2008, The Spence Law Firm brought a wrongful death and punitive damages claims against Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. and successfully settled with the oil and gas giant for a confidential amount.  The Halliburton supervisor failed to chain down or otherwise secure a pipe, which was carrying cement under very high pressure.  The cement pipe clogged in the cold weather, and when the pressure was released, the pipe shot out of the hole and whipped around the derrick floor, knocking a young man 35 feet off the derrick floor to his death.  The Halliburton supervisor admitted that he had not slept in over 47 hours prior to taking on the job at this well site.  We represented the young man’s family, and we brought claims against Halliburton for intentional failure to enforce a fatigue prevention policy among its workers.  After prevailing through years of expensive appeals brought by Halliburton, the … Read more



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