Friends of the Bar, 0818 WYBJ, Vol. 41 No. 4. 62

Author:Melissa Mulligan Owens, Law School: University of Wyoming College of Law
Position::Vol. 41 4 Pg. 62

Friends of the Bar

Vol. 41 No. 4 Pg. 62

Wyoming Bar Journal

August, 2018

Melissa Mulligan Owens, Law School: University of Wyoming College of Law

Basic Bio: I went to U.W. Law School and graduated in 1998. I practice in Jackson, Wyoming, where I have lived since I was 12 years old. I am currently the Municipal Judge for the Town of Jackson, as well as being in private practice. I handle a variety of matters in my practice, but with an emphasis on family law. I am also a District Court Commissioner, Circuit Court Magistrate, Substance Abuse Treatment Court Magistrate, a Fee Dispute Arbitrator for the State Bar, and I serve on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the Bar. I was previously a deputy county attorney for Teton County, and I served as a public defender in Dallas, Texas, for five years while my husband attended school. (It’s hard to believe I have been practicing law for 20 years.) I can be reached at (307) 733-4930 or

The best advice I have for new lawyers is be reasonable! Don’t come out of the gate like a bull when approaching your colleagues. You will be a much better advocate for your clients and you will be much more respected by your peers if you are reasonable and able to judiciously resolve matters.

The best advice I received as a young lawyer was from my father. When I was worrying about work after hours, he pointed out to me that he was sure that clients don’t lay awake at night worrying about us. While it is still a challenge, I have made great strides in not worrying about work once I walk out of the office.

The most rewarding part of my job is helping people through very difficult times. I enjoy seeing them months, or even years, later with smiles on their faces.

I started my own practice because my family is my priority. My children are growing up quickly and working for myself allows me to set my own schedule. Most days I pick my kids up from school and take them to their sports practices. I have a wonderful balance and I hope that I inspire other attorneys to do the same.

The things I like most about practicing in Jackson are how well most of the lawyers get along and how...

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