Honaker Law is a dynamic legal team built by Richard Honaker, an extraordinarily effective Wyoming trial lawyer since 1976.

Mr. Honaker handles cases throughout Wyoming and Utah, and at times in other states as well.

Mr. Honaker represents individuals and families in serious injury and wrongful death cases. Those cases include highway crashes caused by negligent truck drivers; oil field, mining, and pipeline accidents; class actions; and legal and medical negligence cases. Richard Honaker has also represented business and governmental entities, and product manufacturers.

For nearly 30 years, Richard Honaker has been rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell – the highest rating within the legal profession for competence and integrity. Mr. Honaker believes strongly in public service, and is a past president of the Wyoming State Bar and the Wyoming Trial Lawyers’ Association.

The Difference

Honaker Law is a firm that solves problems for people.

People who are injured and families who have been devastated by a tragic death need the support and advocacy of a legal team that understands what they are going through. First, we take care of our clients’ immediate needs. We get them to the best doctors available. We identify all insurance coverage, and we get medical bills paid as quickly as possible.

At the same time, Honaker Law springs into action to secure witness statements, photographs, and other evidence that make our clients’ cases strong. Every person we represent receives our very best effort. We have close relationships with many of the country’s finest engineers, accident reconstructionists, and medical experts, and we use them for our clients’ benefit. We build teams for our clients that extend far beyond our office walls. And we win cases.

Honaker Law limits its caseload so that it can devote the time required to each case. We review cases promptly and honestly. We tell you straight up whether we think you have a case or not, and whether we can help you. If we aren’t able to help, we try to connect you with another law firm that can.

Most of our cases involve serious injuries or death. Each case is worked up to provide the client with a fully informed view so the client can make the best choices.

The Lawyer

Richard Honaker

Richard Honaker has been recognized for more than 30 years as one of Wyoming’s most effective trial and lawyers. Mr. Honaker is one of the few trial lawyers who has won multiple acquittals for criminal defendants in first-degree murder cases and also has won multiple judgments and settlements for civil plaintiffs in excess of one million dollars.

Mr. Honaker’s first million-dollar recovery occurred in 1990 in a products liability case against Michelin Tire Corporation and Fletcher Enterprises. More recently, Mr. Honaker’s recoveries have included a $4.9 million sham peer review recovery against a hospital, multiple $1 million plus recoveries against trucking companies, a $5.1 million recovery in a liquefied petroleum gas case, and recoveries of $2.375 million and $8.625 million in railroad accident cases.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Super Lawyers.

The Biography

American Board of Trial Advocates

Born in Laramie, Wyoming, March 10, 1951. Graduated from Harvard with honors in 1973, and from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1976.

Charter member and past president of the Wyoming chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Currently a member of ABOTA’s national board.

American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.

Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Wyoming in 1976 and Utah in 2009, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 1977, and in the United States Supreme Court in 1989.

Served as State Public Defender for Wyoming, supervising 30 trial lawyers, 1979-1981.

Served three terms in the Wyoming House of Representatives.

President of the Wyoming State Bar, 2002-2003, and the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, 1986.

Named to Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

Member, American Association for Justice.

The Settlements

$8,625,000.00 – Largest F.E.L.A. settlement in the United States, obtained on behalf of a young man who lost both legs in a catastrophic railroad accident.

$5,125,000.00 – Oil and gas settlement obtained for a man who sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a defective valve at an LPG loading dock.

$4,900,000.00 – Recovery obtained against hospital for physician in federal civil rights litigation arising from a sham peer review process.

$2,500,000.00 – Settlement obtained for a woman who was injured in a gas explosion.

$2,375,000.00 – Wrongful death settlement obtained for the heirs of a man who died in a railroad accident.

$1,200,000.00 — Recovery for worker injured in crash on oil field road.

$1,100,000.00 – Settlement obtained for woman in a “crashworthiness” case against an auto manufacturer.

$1,000,000.00 – Multiple million dollar settlements in oil and gas accident cases.

$1,000,000.00 – Multiple million dollar settlements in interstate truck cases.

Current Cases

Auto and Truck Accidents

Located on Interstate 80, we are continuously involved in federal and state cases in which people are killed or seriously injured because of the negligence of trucking companies and their drivers. One of those cases arose out of the tragic 36-vehicle collision and fire that occurred August 19, 2004 on Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne. A current case arose out of another multi-vehicle pileup in fog about 30 miles west of Rawlins.

Health Care and Nursing Home Cases

We recently resolved a sham peer review case against a hospital for $4.9 million. We represent physicians in similar cases, and sometimes represent plaintiffs in medical malpractice and nursing home negligence cases.

Our Staff

While we utilize contract investigators, outside consultants, and experts to build our cases, the key members of our support staff are:

Andrea Syvrud

Andrea operates as the office manager, senior legal assistant, and paralegal for Honaker Law. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in paralegal studies and is CLA certified. She has been with the firm continuously since 2001 and is a Rock Springs, Wyoming native.

Shannon Honaker

Shannon focuses on special projects, including witness interviews, photography, videography, and design and editing of settlement documentaries.  She holds an Associates Degree in communications, and currently serves as president of the board of trustees of Western Wyoming Community College.


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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 366
Rock Springs, WY 82902-0366

Office Address
214 Winston Drive
Rock Springs, WY 82901

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