Bryan has worked on challenging and noteworthy cases throughout his career. His focus is on representing injured people and their families against large corporations and the government. He has successfully settled or tried cases involving unsafe railroad crossings, injuries to children, civil rights, wrongful death or catastrophic injury, workplace accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice. He has also worked on cases involving business and commercial litigation including cases related to securities, copyright infringement, intellectual property, qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act and other complex business disputes.
Bryan has worked hard to obtain real and beneficial results for his clients throughout his career. His results include record setting verdicts and settlements for his clients. Recently his work with fellow Spence partner Tyson Logan resulted in a $28.2 million dollar verdict for Amber Lompe who was poisoned in her Casper, Wyoming apartment by carbon monoxide created by a neglected furnace. The verdict was reported as one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2013 by the National Law Journal. (Lompe v. Sunridge Apartments, LLC and Apartment Management Consultants, LLC)
Earlier in 2013, Bryan’s work with fellow Spence partner Mel Orchard resulted in a $13.6 million dollar verdict for client Jarvis Boggs who sued the City of Waterloo, Iowa, for the life altering injuries sustained in a car crash with a police officer. (Boggs v. City of Waterloo and Dustin Yates).
Most recently, in July 2014, Bryan and Spence associate Grant Lawson obtained a verdict of $5.19 million in Sweetwater County, Wyoming for severe injuries to a young oil field worker injured on the jobsite. The jury found that defendant Merit Energy was just as responsible as the worker’s employer and Merit will be responsible to pay over $2.3 million as a result. (Horr v. Merit Energy Company).
In addition to noteworthy trial results, Bryan has worked to obtain many important and impressive settlements for his clients, including some of the largest settlements in the western states. His hard work and tenacity has earned him the respect of his professional peers, but more importantly, it has earned him the respect of the clients for whom he works so hard.
Bryan is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is an invited Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyer for 2014 and 2015. Bryan is also active in the trial bar as a past president of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, co-chair of the legislative committee and a Governor of the American Association of Justice.
Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate
Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent
Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2014-present
Avvo Rating: 10.0 Excellent.
AAJ Board of Governors
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
Faculty for Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College
University of Wyoming College of Law Board of Advisors (Invited Member)
Past President of Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
Graduate of Conflict Resolution Program (University of Utah)
Board of Directors of Lawyers & Advocates for Wyoming, a non-profit public interest law firm.
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
• Through affiliation, Bryan represents clients in many other federal and state courts throughout the United States.
Bryan Ulmer was born in Minnesota and raised in Wyoming. He received a degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming. He earned his law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law where he was an editor for the Land and Water Law Review and an invited member of the Order of the Coif – a national honorary scholastic society. Bryan graduated with honor in 1995, ranked first in his law school class. After law school Bryan worked as an associate lawyer with The Spence Law Firm. He was invited to become a partner in the firm in 2000.
Bryan has continued his legal education beyond law school, earning a post graduate certificate in conflict resolution through a year long program offered by the University of Utah, and graduating from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in 1999. Bryan has since been an invited staff member at the Trial Lawyer’s College, providing innovative and rigorous trial training to lawyers from across the country.
Additionally, Bryan donates his time and expertise to Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming (LAW) – a not for profit public interest law firm, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Wyoming College of Law. Bryan lives in Jackson with his wife, Vonde, and their three children.
“The law in the hands of the jury is the great equalizer. It gives the ordinary citizen the opportunity to obtain justice and gives the people – through the jury – the power to effect positive change for society. Power over wealthy corporations. Power over governments. The law, through the jury, gives the people power over the powerful.”