Claire is driven to do all that she can for clients in their search for justice through a combination of compassion, dedication, hard work, and a fair bit of stubbornness. Claire particularly enjoys trial work and the preparation that it takes to get a case through trial successfully. It may be long days and late nights, but each minute helps advance a client’s case. She does all she can each day, knowing that the jurors can come to the right decision only when they have all the information they need. Claire truly believes in the work she does at the Spence Law Firm.
Claire’s past work experience is varied: she has worked as a cave surveyor for the Forest Service, a baker and pastry chef, a fire ecology research assistant, a retail salesperson, a documentary production manager, and a community organizer for a conservation oriented nonprofit organization. It took her a while to find her calling—supporting people in their fight for justice—but she hasn’t looked back since. She began her legal career as a paralegal with the Spence Law Firm, and joined as an associate after completing her law degree.
Claire was born and raised in Jackson Hole, and lives on her family’s ranch at the base of Teton Pass. Her husband runs an organic garden on the ranch, raising salad greens outside and tomatoes in the protection of a greenhouse. Claire studied music at Vassar College, and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University. She later continued her studies at the University of Wyoming, obtaining a Master in Public Administration degree, and ultimately her law degree, summa cum laude, from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Outside of work, Claire is active in local government, serving her community as an elected precinct committeewoman and a volunteer firefighter. Her hobbies include cooking, playing outside, and encouraging her dog not to bark whenever anyone knocks at the front door.
Claire is admitted to practice in Wyoming State and Federal Courts. She serves on the board of directors of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and is a Wyoming Delegate in the American Bar Association House of Delegates.