News and Highlights



We are excited to welcome Darci Phillips to our Sheridan office. Darci joins us after working ten years as a prosecuting attorney in Sheridan, Wyoming. Darci’s practice will focus on civil litigation and criminal defense, and we are excited to have her join the team. To learn more about Darci and her practice, click here.

Davis & Cannon, LLP attorneys present Craig Duke with the Skeeter Johnston Sportsman of the Year Award on August 26, 2017, at the Flying H Polo Club.
(pictured from left to right: Hayden F. Heaphy, Codie D. Henderson, Holly L. Tysse, Craig Duke, Kim D. Cannon, Ben N. Reiter, and Charles R. Hart). Click here for more information on the tournament.

Please take time to review the Second Annual Addition of our Davis & Cannon, LLP Newsletter! The Newsletter contains legislative updates and firm news. The Newsletter can be accessed here...

Davis & Cannon, LLP is pleased to announce that Clint A. Langer is the Firm's new managing partner. Clint has been with the Firm for over fifteen years, working out of the Sheridan Office. Clint has an active practice working primarily with business clients, helping them through transactional work as well as litigation. He looks forward to assuming this role, working hard to ensure the continued success of Davis and Cannon, and the satisfaction of each and every client. We would also like to thank John McKinley who has been the managing partner for many years. John has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Firm, and we truly appreciate all his hard work. John will remain with the Firm as a partner, but now have more time to focus on his real estate and energy law practices, as well as his work as a Trustee for the University of Wyoming.

Davis & Cannon, LLP is excited to announce Codie Henderson is the Firm's newest partner. Codie has been with Davis and Cannon since 2012 after he completed a clerkship with the Hon. John Fenn in Sheridan, Wyoming. Codie has an active civil litigation practice with special interest in the areas of products liability, construction law, property law/land use, and personal injury. Codie also enjoys family law and continues to represent individuals in divorce and child custody proceedings. The firm is thrilled to name Codie as a partner.

Davis & Cannon, LLP recently sponsored Equal Justice of Wyoming's Pro Bono Legal Clinic, and Mark Stewart, Amanda Esch, and Leah Schwartz were on hand to provide free legal advice to low income individuals in the Cheyenne, Wyoming community. Equal Justice of Wyoming is a wonderful organization that assists individuals that otherwise could not afford legal services. Learn more about Equal Justice Wyoming here...

Chambers and Partners USA has recognized Davis and Cannon in 2017 as a leading firm in the fields of litigation, labor and employment, and real estate. Chambers states that Davis and Cannon is "frequently selected by clients to handle large-scale and complex litigation including partnership, product liability, employment and ranch-related disputes." Individually, Kim Cannon and Amanda Esch were recognized in the field, Kim as an experienced litigator with expertise in natural resources, commercial, construction, and products liability litigation. Amanda was recognized for work in a range of civil litigation areas, notably for representing employers in labor and employment cases and administrative actions.
Davis and Cannon's employment practice was recognized as one of the best in Wyoming and is well known for "providing local employers with quality representation in employment litigation as well as advising them on complex employment law and best practices issues." The Firm was also recognized as "[w]ell versed in discrimination and wrongful termination claims and confidentiality agreements." Amanda Esch was recognized individually, and described as "very smart" and "a very good lawyer who does a good job," drawing "much acclaim for her employment disputes work."
The Firm was also recognized by Chambers in the field of real estate with Dick Davis recognized individually for his "impressive wealth of experience across a wide range of areas including real estate, business organizations, and private wealth matters."

U.S. News and World Report recognized several Davis and Cannon attorneys as leaders in their field for 2017. Kim Cannon was recognized for his work representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions. Dick Davis was recognized for his environmental law, real estate law, natural resources law, energy law, and corporate law practices. Finally, John McKinley was recognized in the fields of environmental law, natural resources law, oil and gas law, and energy law. John also was named "Lawyer of the Year," in the field of energy law, marking the sixth time John has received "Lawyer of the Year," honors for the State of Wyoming.

Kim Cannon and Amanda Esch are pleased to once again be recognized by Super Lawyers in their respective fields. Kim was recognized in the field of Personal Injury-General, and this marks his tenth year as a "Super Lawyer." Amanda Esch was recognized for the third year in a row as a "Rising Star" in the field of Labor and Employment.

Best Lawyers has shared that, due to feedback it has received, peers have recognized John C. McKinley as a 2017 Environmental Law “Best Lawyer of the Year.” “’Lawyer of the Year’ recognitions are . . . awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific Practice Area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for each specialty and location.” Check out John’s logo on his personal page and learn more about “Lawyer of the Year” here...

Benchmark Litigation has again recognized Kim D. Cannon as a “benchmark litigation star” for the year 2017. Check out Kim’s badge on his personal page and click here to learn more about Benchmark Litigation.

Davis & Cannon, LLP is proud to announce that Super Lawyers has again selected Kim D. Cannon and Amanda F. Esch as Super Lawyers in 2016. Super Lawyers is “a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.” Visit Super Lawers for more information.

Kim was selected as a “Super Lawyer” from 2007-2016, practicing in the areas of personal injury, business litigation, and environmental litigation.

Amanda was selected as a “Rising Star” in 2015-2016 practicing in employment and labor law, civil litigation defense, employment litigation defense, and administrative law.

Chambers & Partners USA 2016 has named Davis & Cannon, LLP as one of the top Wyoming law firms in the fields of Labor and Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, and Real Estate. The firm’s notable practitioners recognized by Chambers are: Kim D. Cannon, Richard M. Davis, and Amanda F. Esch.

In Labor and Employment, Chambers describes Davis & Cannon as a “highly regarded regional firm best known for providing local employers with quality representation in employment litigation as well as advising them on complex employment law and best practice issues. Well versed in discrimination and wrongful termination claims, and confidentiality agreements.”

Individually recognizing Amanda F. Esch, Chambers notes her “excellent reputation in the market” and that she is “frequently retained by companies to assist them with complex policy issues, administrative actions and employment disputes.”

In Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers states the team is “frequently selected by clients to handle large-scale and complex litigations with recent mandates including partnership, product liability, employment and ranch-related disputes. Fields a number of strong litigators who offer substantive experience in class actions and trials before the Wyoming Supreme Court.”

Chambers individually recognized Kim D. Cannon and Amanda F. Esch for their litigation practices. Of Kim, Chambers notes his years of experience, and his broad areas of practice, including natural resources, personal injury, and employment. Chambers recognized Amanda for her “excellent reputation for representing employers in complex labor and employment disputes and administrative actions.”

Finally, in Real Estate, Chambers states that Davis & Cannon, LLP provides “clients notable real estate expertise out of its Sheridan, Cheyenne and Gillette offices. Key capabilities include sales and purchases, foreclosures and disputes relating to access and boundaries.” Richard Davis is individually recognized for his years of experience in real estate, and estate work, and it notes he “continues to be active for a range of local clients in these areas.”

Chambers’ published guide is the “culmination of thousand of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind and are trusted globally to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms.” To visit the Chambers website and learn more, click here: Read about Davis & Cannon, LLP, as highlighted by Chambers...

Codie D. Henderson, as a proud member of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, is now displaying his Member Emblem on his personal attorney page. Check it out!

The Best Lawyers in America, 22nd Edition, has named John C. McKinley as a 2016 Energy Law Best Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers® “is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.”

The firm as a whole has been recognized for several years by Best Lawyers as a leader in the legal industry in numerous fields. See our Best Lawyers profile here...

Best Lawyers Award Badge

“Best Lawyers” has nominated the Davis & Cannon, LLP law firm, and has specifically listed three of its attorneys as Best Lawyers in 2016. Congratulations to John C. McKinley, Richard M. Davis, Jr., and Kim D. Cannon. Check out their individual logos on their attorney pages and check out the “Best Lawyers” methodology by clicking here:

Congratulations to Kim D. Cannon, Richard M. Davis, Jr., and Charles R. Hart for earning an “AV Preeminent” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Congratulations to Amanda F. Esch, and John C. McKinley, and Hayden F. Heaphy Jr. for earning a “BV Distinguished” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. And congratulations to Clint A. Langer for his peer review rating of “Notable” from Martindale-Hubbell. Check out the new badges on their individual attorney pages!

Martindale-Hubbell is “the gold standard in attorney ratings, and have been for more than a century. Attorneys looking to refer a client, as well as individuals researching lawyers for their own legal needs, use these ratings to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for their legal issue. Combined with the Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review Ratings, self-reported professional credentials and other fact-based performance data, a Peer Review Rating contributes to the comprehensive view of a lawyer and benefits the entire legal community.” Visit the Martindale-Hubbell website.

J. Mark Stewart is featured in the February, 2016 edition of the Wyoming Lawyer as a “Friend of the [Wyoming] Bar.” To read the full article, located on page 62, and to learn more about Mark and his practice, please visit this link.

Amanda F. Esch was elected to the Dude Rancher’s Association Board of Educational Trust in January, 2016. The Education Trust was founded in 1988, providing scholarships to younger people who wanted to be in the Dude Ranch industry. To learn more about the DRA and Amanda, visit the DRA website.

Davis & Cannon, LLP is excited to announce its nomination on the U.S. shortlist 2016 for the third annual Benchmark Litigation Awards. Davis & Cannon, LLP is just one of three Wyoming law firms recognized. Firms are chosen based on research done between March and November 2015. For more information, visit this link.

U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers® has honored Davis & Cannon, LLP as a 2016 Wyoming “Best Law Firm.” The Sheridan office ranked Tier 1 in energy and natural resources law and ranked Tier 2 in personal injury litigation and real estate law. The Cheyenne office is ranked Tier 2 in energy, environmental, and natural resources law. The 2016 Best Law Firms are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To review the methodology of how firms are ranked, click here.

Kim D. Cannon has been featured as a “litigation star” by Benchmark Litigation for the year of 2016. This is the fourth year in a row Kim has been recognized for this award. Founded in 2007, Benchmark Litigation is the only annual guide devoted to litigation and the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the United States. The guide’s results are the culmination of a six-month period in which researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients.

Davis & Cannon, LLP is pleased to announce that the 2016, 22nd edition, of The Best Lawyers in America has recognized Richard M. Davis, Jr. in the practice areas of corporate law, energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, and real estate law. Dick has been included for at least 30 years in this exclusive section by his peers as one of the best in his specialty.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 6.7 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded - by both the profession and the public - as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.