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Susan Combs

Partner

25 South Willow Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 68, Jackson, WY 83001

Susan provides sound legal counsel to help clients navigate the complex process of civil litigation.

She has successfully litigated a broad range of commercial disputes, including personal injury and product liability, real estate, construction, employment, trade secrets, probate, and natural resources matters. Susan's litigation practice reaches across Wyoming to help clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietors.

Susan is a member of the firm's Workplace Safety/Emergency Response group, which responds to and manages the legal implications companies face following serious accidents, explosions, and similar catastrophic events. As a resource to clients, she provides complimentary training in emergency response and OSHA/MSHA matters before incidents have a chance to occur.

Actively engaged in the Jackson Hole community, Susan is a member of the Jackson Hole Rotary Club, the Holland & Hart Foundation's Jackson Committee, and Leadership Wyoming. She also sustains a pro bono practice, through which she has successfully represented clients in disputes involving probate, adoption, and civil rights.

Before joining Holland & Hart, Susan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Susan is licensed to practice in Wyoming state and federal courts, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits. Susan graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2001.

Client Results

Representative Matters
  • Represented a client in an action against a former employee to protect their trade secrets
  • Defended professional negligence claims against real estate broker and real estate brokerage firm; obtained favorable verdict at trial
  • Defended negligence and co-employee claims brought by employee against mine; case dismissed on summary judgment and upheld on appeal 
  • Defended wrongful death claims against mine and railway switching contractor; case settled
  • Represented appellant to challenge the denial of access to his adoption records; obtained favorable result
  • Represented newspaper against claims of defamation; case dismissed
  • Assisted with briefs to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in challenge to military training activities under NEPA; obtained favorable ruling
  • Assisted with briefs to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Endangered Species Act challenge brought by State; case pending on appeal

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, PI General: Defense, 2013-2017
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, "Top 50 Women"
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star, 2013, 2014

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Leadership Wyoming, Participant, 2012-2013
  • Jackson Hole Rotary Club, Co-Chair of Membership Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Wyoming Bar Association, Member
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