John A. Coppede

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  • Partner at Hickey & Evans, LLP (11 Attorneys)
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Mr. Coppede began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan B. Johnson, United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. He is a partner with Hickey & Evans where he has an active trial practice which focuses on representing businesses and individuals in a wide variety of disputes, including commercial litigation, contract actions, personal injury, business torts, environmental litigation, employment law disputes, civil rights issues, and insurance coverage disputes. He represents both employers and employees in workers’ compensation matters before the Office of Administrative Hearings. He represents secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 matters. He represents creditors in judicial and nonjudicial foreclosure of real estate matters, loan modifications, forbearance agreements, replevin actions to recover collateral, and garnishment proceedings. He practices in all state and federal courts in Wyoming and Colorado, and various state agencies, including the Wyoming Environmental Quality Counsel, the Wyoming Board of Equalization and the Wyoming Office of Administrative Hearings. His trial practice includes representing both defendants and plaintiffs.

Representative Cases

Ahrenholtz v. Time Ins. Co., 968 P.2d 946 (Wyo. 1998).

Haines v. Fisher. 82 F.3d 1503 (10th Cir. 1996).

Hiatt v. Union Pac. R.R., 65 F.3d 838 (10th Cir. 1995).

Phelan v. Laramie County Cmty. College Bd. of Trustees, 235 F.3d 1243 (10th Cir. 2000).

Bintner v. Burlington N., 857 F. Supp 1484 (D. Wyo. 1994).

Colo. Cas. Ins. Co. v. Sammons, 2007 WY 75 (Wyo. 2007).

Erpelding v. Lisek, 2003 WY 80 (Wyo. 2003).

Hurst v. Metro. Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2017 WY 104 (Wyo. 2017).

Cent. Wyo. Neurosurgery, LLC v. Barta-Iso Aviation, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162344 (D. Wyo. Nov. 17, 2014).

Case v. Outback Pipe Haulers, 2007 WY 181 (Wyo. 2007).

Century Ready-Mix Co. v. Campbell County Sch. Dist., 816 P.2d 795 (Wyo. 1991).

Farmers Ins. Exch. v. Dahlheimer, 3 P.3d 820 (Wyo. 2000).

Harston v. Campbell County Mem. Hosp., 913 P.2d 870 (Wyo. 1996).

Sierra Club v. Wyo. Dep’t of Envtl. Quality, 2011 WY 42 (Wyo. 2011).

Southwestern Pub. Serv. Co. v. Thunder Basin Coal Co., 978 P.2d 1138 (Wyo. 1999).

Stalkup v. State Dep’t of Envtl. Quality, 838 P.2d 705 (Wyo. 1992).

Teton Builders v. Jacobsen Constr. Co., 2004 WY 147 (Wyo. 2004).

Waid v. State, 996 P.2d 18 (Wyo. 2000).

Wyoming Dep’t of Transp. v. International Union of Operating Eng’rs Local Union 800, 908 P.2d 970 (Wyo. 1995).

Peerless Indem. Ins. Co. v. Swanner, 651 Fed. Appx. 785 (10th Cir. 2016).

Buehner Block Co. v. Wyo. Dep’t of Revenue, 2006 WY 90 (Wyo. 2006).

Howton v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., 819 F. Supp. 1010 (D. Wyo. 1993).

Sabins v. Commercial Union Ins. Cos., 82 F. Supp. 2d 1270 (D. Wyo. 2000).

B.A.L. v. Laramie Cty. Sch. Dist. No. 1, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194474 (D. Wyo. Nov. 30, 2016).

McCarty v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 220219 (D. Wyo. Feb. 3, 2017).

Melendez v. Colo. Cas. Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191677 (D. Wyo. Jun. 7, 2012).

Seeley v. St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61777 (D. Wyo. Apr. 26, 2013).

Published Works

The Clean Air Act: Eco. & Tech. Feasibility in Setting Standards Under 112, 22 Land & Water Law Rev. 397, Spring, 1987

Wyoming Upholds a Resident Laborer Preference Statute, 21 Land & Water Law Rev 219, Fall, 1986

Honors and Awards:

Am. Jur. Award, Civil Procedure, 1985

Am. Jur. Award, Commercial Paper, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships: Wyoming State Bar (Member)

Laramie County Bar Association (Member)

Past Employment Positions:

Sundahl, Powers, Kapp & Martin, Associate, 1991 – 1999

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, Special Counsel, 1999 – 2005

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business/Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Tort Law
  • Worker's Compensation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
307-316-4409  Phone
(307) 634-1525  Phone
(307) 638-7335  Fax
University Attended:
State University of New York, Buffalo, B.A., Philosophy, History, cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
University of Wyoming, J.D., 1987
Year of First Admission:
1987, Wyoming; 1987, U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1989, Colorado; 1987, U.S. District Court District of Wyoming; U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
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  • Fixed Hourly Rates

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