M. Kristeen Hand
Wyoming personal injury attorney M. Kristeen Hand was born and raised in Wyoming. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in zoology/physiology from the University of Wyoming, she worked for two years as an aide to a U.S. senator in Washington D.C. In 2001, Kristeen graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law with honors, then clerked for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Natrona County District Court of Wyoming before joining The Spence Law Firm in 2003. In 2011, she became a partner at the firm.
In her time with The Spence Law Firm, Kristeen has successfully represented a number of clients who were injured or had family members who were killed while working for big industries, including refineries, drilling rigs, oil and gas companies, construction sites, salt water disposal sites, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, and saw mills. She has successfully obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements for individuals who were catastrophically injured or had a loved one killed in a car, truck, or bus collision and has successfully represented clients in cases involving medical malpractice and defamation.
Kristeen is committed to helping her clients seek justice and has made finding the truth in complicated situations her professional trademark. She helped a client successfully bring a federal wrongful death suit against Halliburton after his brother was killed. Kristeen personally investigated hundreds of thousands of documents and discovered a pattern of under-reporting commercial truck drivers’ hours, which ultimately led to driver fatigue and the death of her client’s brother.
Kristeen also successfully settled a wrongful death lawsuit in which a twenty-six-year-old man who worked for a drilling company in Southwest Wyoming was killed by electrocution. While government investigators were unable to conclude how the incident occurred, Kristeen personally drove hundreds of miles to conduct witness interviews and investigate conflicting accounts. She ultimately found evidence that rig supervisors had conspired to hide their fault in the man’s death. Soon after, Kristeen settled the case on behalf of the young man’s family and the incident itself was covered in the New York Times.
Currently, Kristeen is handling a number of different lawsuits for hardworking individuals who were seriously injured while working in some capacity for the oil and gas industry in Wyoming or North Dakota.
Kristeen’s professional associations include:
- American Association for Justice – Board of Governors
- Graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College
- Wyoming Trial Lawyers’ Association (Past Board Member)
- Federal Bar Association (Wyoming Chapter Past-President)
- Appointed member of the Wyoming State Bar’s Character and Fitness Committee
- Board of Directors of Lawyers & Advocates for Wyoming, a non-profit public interest law firm
- Board of Directors for Raising Readers in Wyoming, a non-profit charitable organization
Kristeen is admitted to practice in:
- Sate of Wyoming
- United States District Court – Wyoming and North Dakota
- United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals