J. Douglas McCalla

J. Douglas McCalla: Attorney with The Spence Law Firm, LLC AV stamp icon


J. Douglas McCalla, or Doug as he is known, is a third generation Wyoming native born and raised in Gillette, Wyoming. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1969 to 1973 and graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1976. He practiced law in Cheyenne, Wyoming until 1980 when he accepted a position as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Uinta County and served in that position until he joined The Spence Law Firm in 1982. Doug served as partner for twenty years and recently became of counsel for the firm in 2009.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court

• Through affiliation, Doug represents clients in many other federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Doug has an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell and has been admitted as lead counsel in the courts of at least twenty-five states. He continues to represent clients involved in work place safety accidents, wrongful death or catastrophic injuries, product liability, toxic torts and civil rights.

Recently, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a civil rights case in which Doug represents Terry Harrington who was framed and wrongfully imprisoned for twenty-six years for a murder he did not commit. WEBLINK.

Throughout his career, Doug has earned record settlements for men who spent decades on death row for murders they did not commit. WEBLINK to Ford Heights Four case; WEBLINK to Miranda.

Founding Member of Lawyers & Advocates for Wyoming — a non-profit public interest law firm.
Faculty for Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College

“I take pride in my work as a lawyer, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. When I go to bed at night I sleep soundly knowing that my work has made a positive difference in the lives of so many good people.”

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Business Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Toxic Torts Litigation
  • Civil Rights

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
307-733-7290  Phone
University Attended:
Black Hills State College, B.S., 1969
Law School Attended:
University of Wyoming, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, U.S. District Court, District of Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 1993, Colorado; 1990, Utah; 1976, Wyoming; 2003, U.S. Supreme Court
Wyoming State Bar; Utah State Bar; Colorado Bar Association; Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice.
Birth Information:
Gillette, Wyoming, March 18, 1947
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • High ethical standing icon
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Jackson, Wyoming

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