Blake A. Klinkner

Blake A. Klinkner

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German

Blake Anthony Klinkner is a litigator in the firm’s Cheyenne office. Blake has litigation experience before administrative agencies, state courts, and federal courts, and has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Blake has represented businesses, governmental entities, and individuals in litigation, and regularly serves as counsel for plaintiffs and defendants. Blake travels and represents clients throughout Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Blake is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Environmental Law Review and worked for the United States Bureau of Land Management – Utah State Office as State Litigation Coordinator. Upon graduation from law school, Blake served a 2-year judicial clerkship with the District Court of Wyoming. Prior to joining Crowley Fleck, Blake served as Assistant Attorney General in the Water & Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, where he served as counsel for a number of State of Wyoming agencies including the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and the Wyoming Board of Control.

Blake frequently presents Continuing Legal Education (CLE) lectures related to technology and the law. Blake also writes a column for each edition of The Wyoming Lawyer, “Tech Tips,” which provides updates and discusses trends in the world of technology and the law.

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

Wyoming Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming
Colorado Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Utah Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

Education

Juris Doctor, with Honors, University of Utah College of Law (2012)
Master of Arts in Political Science, Northern Illinois University (2007)
Bachelor of Arts in German Language & Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)
Certificate in European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)
Study Abroad Program, University of Bonn, Germany (2002-2003)

Prior Experience (Employment)

2014-2015: Assistant Attorney General, Water & Natural Resources Division, Wyoming Attorney General’s Office
2012-2014: Law Clerk, The 8th Judicial District Court of Wyoming
2011-2012: Legal Analyst, United States Bureau of Land Management
2007-2009: Environmental Planning Consultant, The Shaw Group

Honors & Awards

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter Award (Fall 2015)
Editor-in-Chief, Utah Environmental Law Review
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Leadership Scholarship
Robert W. Swenson Scholarship in Natural Resources Law
Alonzo W. Watson, Jr. Public Service Scholarship
CALI Award for Highest Grade Received in Courses: Air Pollution Seminar, Advanced Negotiation, Lawyering Skills, International Criminal Law, Preparing, Examining, and Cross Examining Witnesses
Outstanding Achievement Award: Preparing, Examining, and Cross Examining Witnesses
Selected as Commencement Speaker at the Law School Graduation Ceremony

Community Involvement

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division – District Representative for Wyoming and Colorado (2015-2017)
President of the Wyoming State Bar Young Lawyers Section (2014-2015)
Rotary Club

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Inns of Court – Ewing T. Kerr Chapter

Presentations & Publications

Law, Technology, and 2015: The Year in Review, Wyoming State Bar CLE Webinar (December 2015)
Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence, Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Conference (September 2015)
Law, Technology, & Ethics, Laramie County Bar Association (May 2015)
Technology & Ethics, Wyoming Public Defenders Annual Conference (October 2014)
The Future of Law: Natural Resources, The University of Wyoming College of Law, Law Week 2014 (October 2014)
Microsoft Office Suite for Lawyers, Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Conference (September 2014)
Practice of Law in the Digital Era, Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Conference (September 2014)
Yet Another Example of Why You Should Always Lock Your Phone (and Start Asking Interlocutors to Do the Same), THE WYOMING LAWYER (February 2016)
Text Messages and Spoliation: A Couple Lessons from Recent Case Law, THE WYOMING LAWYER (December 2015)
Electronic Discovery and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Should Know About Upcoming Amendments to the Rules, THE WYOMING LAWYER (October 2015)
Social Media and the Rules of Professional Conduct – When Is an Attorney’s Social Media Account Subject to the Advertising and Solicitation Rules?, THE WYOMING LAWYER (August 2015)
Data Breach Lawsuits and Article III Standing: Will the United States Supreme Court Make It Easier for Identity Theft Victims to Have Their Day in Court? THE WYOMING LAWYER (June 2015)
Digital Evidence and the Fourth Amendment: United States v. Ganias and Judicial Recognition of the “Right to Deletion”, THE WYOMING LAWYER (April 2015)
Protecting Your Law Office Against Data Breaches and Other Cyber Threats, THE WYOMING LAWYER (February 2015)
Metadata Redux: Now You’re Telling Me I Need to Provide Metadata to the Opposing Side?, THE WYOMING LAWYER (June 2014)
Metadata: What Is It? How Can It Get Me Into Trouble? What Can I Do About It?, THE WYOMING LAWYER (April 2014)
Anaerobic Digestion as a Renewable Energy Source and Waste Management Technology: What Must Be Done for this Technology to Realize Success in the United States?, University of Massachusetts Law Review, Vol. 9, 2014

Reported Decisions / Cases

Represented the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming State Board of Control, Wyoming Livestock Board, Wyoming Weed & Pest Council, Wyoming Animal Damage Management Board, Wyoming Beef Council, and Wyoming State Fair as Assistant Attorney General.

Represented the State of Wyoming in a 1st Amendment case before the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Represented the State of Wyoming in natural resources litigation involving the United States Bureau of Land Management before the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Represented the State of Wyoming in an appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court in a criminal matter.

Represented state agencies in license revocation proceedings before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Represented the State of Wyoming in appeals before the United States Department of the Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals involving grazing on federal lands.

Provided consulting services to landfills involved in tort litigation.

Conducted economic feasibility studies for a variety of industrial clients.