Gerald L. Spence - 1951
Famed attorney Gerald "Gerry" Spence, a 1952 graduate of UW's College
of Law, started his career in 1954 as county and prosecuting attorney
in Fremont County, Wyoming, a position he held until 1962. His bar
certifications include Wyoming in 1952, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
in 1952, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982. He was a partner in
various law firms in Riverton and Casper, Wyoming, between 1962 and
1978. He has lectured at law schools and conducted seminars at legal
organizations around the nation. He hosted The Gerry Spence Show on
cable network CNBC from 1995 until 1996. He served as a legal
commentator during the O.J. Simpson trial and has appeared often on Larry King Live.
Spence is recognized nationwide for his powerful courtroom victories,
including that for the estate of Karen Silkwood against Kerr-McGee and
those for the defenses of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos and
white separatist Randy Weaver.
Spence is a member of the Wyoming State Bar, the American Bar
Association, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of
Trial Lawyers of America, and the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers. He has written seventeen books, including How to Argue and Win Every Time, 1995; A Boy's Summer, 2000; Gerry Spence's Wyoming: The Landscapes, 2000; Half Moon and Empty Stars, 2001; Seven Simple Steps to Personal Freedom, 2001; The Smoking Gun, 2003; and Win Your Case, 2005.
Spence founded and is director of the nonprofit Trial Lawyers College
and founder of the nonprofit public-interest law firm Lawyers and
Advocates for Wyoming (LAW). He is a former senior partner in law firms
such as Spence, Moriarity & Schuster in Jackson,
Wyoming (1978-2002), and Spence, Moriarity & Shockey (2002-03). He
is the current senior partner of Spence Law Firm, established in 2004.
He currently resides in Jackson.
Photos courtesy of Trial Lawyers College and American Heritage Center