Friends of the Bar, 1021 WYBJ, Vol. 44 No. 5. 66

PositionVol. 44 5 Pg. 66

Friends of the Bar

No. Vol. 44 No. 5 Pg. 66

Wyoming Bar Journal

October, 2021

Christopher Hawks

Law School: Pepperdine Caruso School of Law and University of Wyoming College of Law

Basic Bio: Chris was born in Casper, Wyoming, but he has also lived in Dubois (on a cattle ranch) and in Jackson. Chris attended the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in the Administration of Justice and a minor in Psychology. He then started law school at Pepperdine, but transferred to the University of Wyoming after his first year, where he graduated in 1991. During high school and college, Chris worked for a whitewater river company in Jackson as a driver and rafting guide. During law school, he worked summers for Justice Rose at the Spence Law Firm in Cheyenne. After law school, Chris continued working for the Spence Law Firm until he started his own firm in 1995. Chris’s practice focuses on real estate, hospitality, and private trust company administration. He does an extensive amount of work for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Chris can be reached at Christopher Hawks, 199 East Pearl, P.O. Box 4430, Jackson, WY 83001; 307-733-9437;

As a lawyer, I am known for credible client base I have, the length of my client relationships, and the loyalty of my clients. I am blessed to represent a lot of very brilliant people who are far smarter than I am.

As a lawyer, I have a knack for quickly identifying and solving issues, but also knowing when to move slowly and let nature take its course.

My most significant accomplishment as a lawyer is that I still love what I do after 30 years of law practice.

The one thing clients most often say about me is "If I email Chris at 2:00 a.m., I get a response at 2:03 a.m."

The best advice I have for new lawyers is to work very hard, be patient, and find a good mentor. Completing law school and passing the bar does not mean you are prepared to be a lawyer. A good mentor can help you as you develop your practice.

Since law school, the legal profession has changed since law school in the following ways: the technology revolution has completely changed expectations. When I started as a lawyer, I typed a letter and put it in the mail. Today, clients and opposing...

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