Mel C. Orchard, III


Mel Orchard is a trial lawyer, trying cases in the courtrooms across America, for the past 23 years. Mel has litigated and/or tried hundreds of cases in his career and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement and verdicts for his clients. During his trial career, Mel has been a part of record breaking civil jury verdicts in various jurisdictions (Wyoming, Arizona, and Iowa). He has also devoted significant time to pro bono work through Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming, and many local and national charities.

In addition to preparing for trial or being in trial, Mel is a senior faculty member at Gerry’s Trial Lawyer’s College in Wyoming and was recently selected to join the Board.

Mel also lectures and presents to various legal organizations throughout the country including Bar Associations, Leadership Organizations and has taught Judicial Ethics to various groups of judges. He is the immediate past Chairman for the Wyoming Commission for Judicial Conduct and Ethics where he served as a member for six years after appointment.

Mel has a degree in Finance from Washington State University (1988). He is a Past President of the University of Wyoming College of Law student body (1992), Past President of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (2000), and a current Governor to the American Association of Justice (2005 to Present). He is Board Certified as a Trial Attorney by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) where he is currently serving as the Wyoming Chapter President. Mel is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been included in the Super Lawyers® list in Rocky Mountain every year since 2013. Mel has been selected as a member of the prestigious Summit Council, limited to 30 members in the United States, which requires its lawyers to not only demonstrate significant success in the courtroom, but to be in leadership for law-related organizations that fight for the rights of ordinary people.

Mel’s affiliations include:

  • Board of Governors for AAJ.
  • Board of Trial Lawyer’s College.
  • President of ABOTA (Wyoming Chapter)-( American Board of Trial Advocates)
  • Board of Off Square Theatre Company
  • Board of JY Football
  • Board of TedX Jackson Hole


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