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Sundahl, Powers, Kapp & Martin, L.L.C.

1725 Carey Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 328, Cheyenne, WY 82003

Established: 1972

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Bodily Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Bad Faith
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Construction Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Utilities Law
  • Railroads

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About Us

Sundahl, Powers, Kapp & Martin, LLC, has provided first-rate legal services to individuals and corporations throughout the state of Wyoming since the 1920s. Today, the attorneys bring to the table more than one hundred fifty years of collective experience.

The firm specializes in civil defense litigation. The attorneys at SPKM have developed expertise in a wide variety of areas, including personal injury, tort liability, professional malpractice, insurance defense, railroads and employment. SPKM also frequently represents both plaintiffs and defendants in construction litigation. The firm has an active administrative law practice, which includes representation of clients before the governmental boards, agencies and bodies.

SPKM has been honored by the loyalty and respect of long-term clients, who have repeatedly looked to them for advice. The attorneys have also long been recognized by their peers as exemplars of the highest ethical and professional standards. SPKM has the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell for professional and ethical standards (AV), and its attorneys are consistently recognized as leaders in their fields by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and other publications.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Albertsons, Inc.
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
  • Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power
  • C.R. England, Inc.
  • FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.
  • HollyFrontier Corporation
  • Merit Energy Company
  • Monument Builders, Inc.
  • Safeway, Inc.
  • Sinclair Oil Corporation
  • Spiegelberg Lumber & Building Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • University of Wyoming
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Wyoming Contractors Association

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Personnel Information

Firm Members


John A. Sundahl

Cheyenne, WY

Years of Experience: 46

Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Tax Litigation
  • Utility Regulation
Admitted
  • Wyoming, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1972
Memberships:
  • American and Laramie County Bar Associations
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Reported Cases:
Araguz v. State ex rel. Wyo. Workers' Safety & Comp. Div., 2011 WY 148; 262 P.3d 1261 (Wyo. 2011); Sinclair Oil Corp. v. Wyo. Dep't of Revenue, 2010 WY 122; 238 P.3d 568 (Wyo. 2010); Dollarhide v. Bancroft, 2010 WY 126; 239 P.3d 1168 (Wyo. 2010); Jones v. Schabron, 2005 WY 65; 113 P.3d 34 (Wyo. 2005)
Education:
  • University of Wyoming, B.A., 1970
  • University of Wyoming, J.D. (with honors), 1972

Born: 1948

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George E. Powers, Jr.

Cheyenne, WY

Years of Experience: 36

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Railroad Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Wyoming, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:

University of Wyoming Law School Summer Trial Institute

Memberships:
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Laramie County Bar Association
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming
  • Ewing T. Kerr Inns of Court (Past President)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Reported Cases:
Eastman v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 493 F.3d 1151 (10th Cir. 2007); Farmers Insurance Exchange v. Shirley, 958 P.2d 1040 (Wyo. 1998); Herrig v. Herrig, 844 P.2d 487 (Wyo. 1992); Lawrence v. State Farm Firs & Casualty Co., 133 P.3d 76, 2006 WY 56 (Wyo. 2006); Reese v. Memorial Hospital of Laramie County, 955 P.2d 425 (1998)
Education:
  • Yale University, B.A., 1975
  • University of Wyoming, J.D. (with honors), 1982

Born: 1952

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Paul Kapp

Cheyenne, WY

Years of Experience: 34

Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Railroad Law
  • Transportation
  • Trucking Industry Defense
  • Trucking Liability
Admitted
  • Wyoming, 1984
  • Nebraska (Inactive), 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, 1984
Memberships:
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Laramie County Bar Association
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming
  • Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Reported Cases:
Long v. Daly, 2007 WY 69; 156 P.3d 994 (Wyo. 2007); Vasquez v. Wal-Mart Stores, 913 P. 2d 441 (Wyo. 1996); McCarthy v. James E. Simon Co., 923 P.2d 747 (Wyo. 1996); Daulton v. Daulton, 774 P.2d 635 (Wyo. 1989); Bogdanski v. Budzik, 2018 WY 7, 408 P3d 1156 (Wyo. 2018)
Education:
  • University of Wyoming, B.S. (with honors), 1981
  • University of Wyoming, J.D., 1984
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa

Born: 1956

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Raymond W. Martin

Cheyenne, WY

Years of Experience: 32

Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Wyoming, 1986
  • Colorado (Inactive), 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1986
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers (2006-Present); Super Lawyers (2008-Present); "AV" Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships:
  • American and Laramie County Bar Associations
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
Reported Cases:
Sky Harbor v. Cheyenne Regional Airport BD., 368 P.3d 264 (Wyo. 2016); Redco Const. v. Profile Properties, LLC, 271 P.3d 408 (Wyo. 2012); Hendricks v. Hurley, 184 P.3d 680 (Wyo. 2008)
Education:
  • University of Wyoming, B.A. (with honors), 1983
  • University of Wyoming, J.D., 1986
Fraternity Information:
Phi Kappa Delta, Phi Beta Kappa

Born: 1954

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Kay Lynn Bestol

Cheyenne, WY

Years of Experience: 26

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Texas (Inactive), 1991
  • Wyoming, 1992
  • Nebraska (Inactive), 1992
  • Colorado (Inactive), 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1992
Additional Biographical Details:

Benchmark (Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2012-2014; Tenth Circuit Litigation Star, 2012-2013; Local Litigation Star, 2010-2012); Rocky Mountain Super Lawyers (Top 50 Women, 2016-2017; Civil Litigation-Defense; Civil Litigation, Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights, Professional Liability, 2013-2017); U.S. News Best Lawyers (Insurance Law, Personal Injury - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2013-2017); Chambers & Partners - Litigation: General Commercial; First Judicial District State Bar Commissioner (2011-2013); Local Civil Rules Committee for the US District Court (2012-2013); Wyoming E-filing Design Team (2012-2013); Wyoming Board of Law Examiners (2002-2008, Chair, 2006-2008)

Memberships:
  • American, Nebraska State and Laramie County (President, 2001-2002) Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Wyoming State Bar (Continuing Legal Education Committee Chair, 2010-2012; Law School Liaison Committee, 2003-2008, 2012-2013)
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming (President, 2000-2001)
  • Defense Research Institute (State Representative, 2001-2003, 2016-Present)
  • Ewing T. Kerr Inns of Court
Reported Cases:
Shue v. Custis, 531 Fed. Appx. 941 (10th Cir. 2013); Boyer-Gladden v. Hill, 2010 WY 12; 224 P.3d 21 (Wyo. 2010); Long v. Daly, 2007 WY 69; 156 P.3d 994 (Wyo. 2007); Brunkhardt v. Mountain West Farm Bureau, 691 N.W.2d 147 (Neb. 2005)
Education:
  • Doane College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1987
  • Christian Albrechts Universitat, 1988
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1991
Law Review:
Symposium Editor, Texas International Law Journal (1990-1991)
Honors:
Fulbright Scholar (1987-1988)

Born: 1965

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Jane M. France

Cheyenne, WY

Years of Experience: 7

Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Tax Litigation
  • Utility Regulation
Admitted
  • Wyoming, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming
Additional Biographical Details:

University of Wyoming Alumni Association (Board of Directors)

Memberships:
  • American and Laramie County Bar Associations
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming
  • Ewing T. Kerr Inns of Court
  • Defense Research Institute
Reported Cases:
Collins v. COP Wyo., LLC, 2016 WY 18; Sky Harbor Air Serv. v. Cheyenne Reg'l Airport Bd., 2016 WY 17; Worker's Comp. Claim of Gonzalez v. Reiman Corp., 2015 WY 134; Dirks v. Jimenez, 2015 WY 36
Education:
  • University of Wyoming, B.A., 2008
  • University of Wyoming, J.D., 2011

Born: 1986

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Associates



Patrick Brady

Cheyenne, WY

Years of Experience: 3

Admitted
  • Colorado, 2014
  • Wyoming, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Tenth Circuits, 2017
Memberships:
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Laramie County Bar Association
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming
  • Defense Research Institute
Reported Cases:
Sky Harbor Air Serv. v. Cheyenne Reg'l Airport Bd., 2016 WY 17; Bogdanski v. Budzik, 2018 WY 7, 408 P3d 1156 (Wyo. 2018)
Education:
  • Colorado State University, B.A., 2010
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 2014

Born: 1981

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Noah Grovenstein

Cheyenne, WY

Admitted
  • Wyoming, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, 2018
Memberships:
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Laramie County Bar Association
  • Ewen T. Kerr Inns of Court
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming
Education:
  • University of Wyoming, B.S., 2011
  • University of Wyoming College of Law, J.D., 2018

Born: 1987

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Articles

Post-Accident Conduct as a Basis for Punitive Damages by Patrick M. Brady, DRI

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