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As Wyoming trial lawyers, David A. Hampton and Michael D. Newman have an enormous passion for justice.  They take on each case with a zeal to do the very best they can for the injured working man and woman and their affected families.

They know and understand very well after nearly 30 years together that an injury to anyone affects his or her entire life, often resulting in difficult and desperate times for those who cannot pay bills, who have to travel long distances in Wyoming or Utah to see their doctor or who don’t understand or have the expertise to deal with insurance adjusters who are often eager to settle the claim too early which can sometimes result in a situation where the insurance company has paid inadequate compensation to the injured or his family or both, leaving them in dire need for more compensation, especially if the injury is more serious than originally believed. 

Hampton & Newman bring calm to the storm and offer practical legal advice so that the injured person or the remaining heirs of a lost family member can receive monetary compensation that is fair, adequate and just when the claim is resolved.  In Wyoming, the injured person is entitled to damages for medical expenses, probable future medical expenses, lost wages and/or diminished earning capacity; pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, if any, and the like. 

Over the years, Hampton & Newman has focused their practice on representing trona and coal miners, oilfield workers, power plant employees, railroad workers, equipment operators and the like in worker’s compensation cases.  Michael Newman has lectured state-wide on worker’s compensation topics and has provided advice for the working man and woman in Sweetwater County and throughout the state.  Michael Newman also devotes his time and energy to serious personal injury and wrongful death cases as well as providing assistance to those who are accused of a committing a criminal offense. 

David Hampton has practiced law for nearly 30 years in Sweetwater County and represents those who suffer serious and catastrophic personal injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries; spinal cord, vertebral and nerve injuries; injuries from serious burn accidents or suffer psychological or mental injuries.  David Hampton represents those who are dealing or will have to deal with insurance companies for losses that arise from semi-tractor accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises injuries and industrial, oilfield, railroad, mining accidents that are listed in the firm’s profile. 

Occasionally, Hampton & Newman represent injured persons in Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Montana and in those cases they associate with competent lawyers licensed in those states. 

David Hampton and Michael Newman throw themselves into their cases, often working together to solve legal issues or to come up with fresh and innovative trial and litigation strategies because they sincerely believe that two heads are better than one when representing someone in a complex and challenging case.

Hampton & Newman profiles of the lawyers are listed below.


David A. Hampton

Born:Casper, Wyoming, March 9, 1956

Practice Areas: Serious and catastrophic personal injury claims; wrongful death or accidental death claims and represents the injured person in underinsurance and uninsured motorist claims against the insurance company. 

Admitted: 1983, Wyoming and U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

Law School: University of Wyoming, J.D., 1983

College: St. Thomas College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1979

Member: Wyoming State Bar; Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, 2002-2005); Member, Supreme Court Committee on Appellate Rules and Practice, 1990-1993

Biography: Phi Theta Kappa. Delta Epsilon Sigma, national collegiate academic honor fraternities.

Acknowledgement: Listed in Best Lawyers of America, 2002-present; Superlawyers, general personal injury, 2011.

Reported Cases: Hurd v. Nelson, 714 P.2d 767 (Wyo. 1986); Jackson v. State ex. rel. Wyoming Workers Compensation Division, 786 P.2d 874 (Wyo. 1990); Stephens v. State, 774 P.2d 60 (Wyo. 1989); Garcia v. State, 667 P.2d 1148 (Wyo. 1983); State ex. rel. Motor Vehicle Division v. McNeese, 718 P.2d 38 (Wyo. 1986); Morris v. Farmers Insurance exchange, 771 P.2d 1206 (Wyo. 1989); State ex. rel. Motor Vehicle Division v. Vase, 721 P.2d 37 (Wyo. 1986); Inskeep v. Inskeep, 752 P.2d 434 (Wyo. 1988).

Michael D. Newman

Born: Sedalia, Missouri, June 23, 1959

Practice Areas: Worker's Compensation; Personal Injury and Wrongful Death; Criminal Defense.

Admitted: 1988, Wyoming and U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Law School: University of Wyoming, J.D., 1987

College: University of Wyoming, B.S., 1982

Member: Wyoming State Bar (Member, Board of Law Examiners, 2001-); American Bar Association; Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1997-1998); Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Acknowledgement: Listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Reported Cases: Mendicoa v. State 771 P.2d 1240 (Wyo 1989); Duran v. Board of County Commission of Sweetwater County, 787 P.2d 971 (Wyo. 1990); General Chemical Corp. v. Unemployment Insurance Commission, 906 P.2d 380 (Wyo 1995); Sidwell v. State ex rel.Wyoming Worker's Compensation Division, 977 P.2d 60 (Wyo. 1999); Wyoming Department of Employment v. Porter, 986 P.2d 148 (Wyo. 1999); Sellers v. State of Wyoming, Workers Safety and Compensation, 979 P.2d 959, 961 (Wyo. 1999); In re: Claim of Prasad, 11 P.3d 344 (Wyo. 2000); Salas v. State of Wyoming, Workers Safety and Compensation, 71 P.3d 708 (Wyo. 2003).