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Richard H. Honaker, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Trials and Appeals, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination, Products Liability, Criminal Defense. Member of Honaker, Hampton & Newman.


Honaker, Richard Henderson was born on March 10, 1951 in Laramie, Wyoming, United States. Son of Hayward E. and Faola I. (Henderson) Honaker.


Harvard College (Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1973). University of Wyoming (Juris Doctor, 1976). Lecturer, Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, 1976-1978.

Assistant Attorney General, State of Wyoming, 1976-1979. Wyoming State Public Defender, 1979-1981. Appointed to: Governor’s Planning Commission on Criminal Administration, 1979-1981.

State Judicial Planning Committee, 1979-1983. Supreme Court’s Rules of Criminal Procedure Advisory Subcommittee, 1979-1982. Supreme Court’s Permanent Rules Advisory Committee-Civil Division, since 1988.

Member, Wyoming House of Representatives, since 1986.


State v. Selig, 635 P.2d 786 (Wyo. 1981); Daniel v. State, 644 P.2d 172 (Wyo. 1982); State Highway Department v. Dieringer, 708 P.2d 1 (Wyo. 1985); Fanning v. Fanning, 717 P.2d 346 (Wyo. 1986); Jones v. Chevron, USA, Inc., 718 P.2d 890 (Wyo. 1986); Summers v. State, 725 P.2d 1033 (Wyo. 1986); Wessel v. Mapco, Inc., 752 P.2d 1363 (Wyo. 1988); McLaughlin v. Michelin Tire Corporation, 778 P.2d 59 (Wyo. 1989).Worked at Honaker, Hampton & Newman (Rock Springs, Wyoming) specializing in Civil and Criminal Trial and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts, emphasizing Accidents and Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Employment Rights Law, Worker's Compensation and Criminal Defense. Admitted to the bar, 1976, Wyoming and United States. District Court, District of Wyoming.

1977, United States. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. 1989, United States. Supreme Court. Assistant Attorney General, State of Wyoming, 1976-1979.

Wyoming State Public Defender, 1979-1981. Member, Supreme Court's Permanent Rules Advisory Committee-Civil Division, 1988—. Civil Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, 1992—.

Member, Wyoming House of Representatives, 1987-1993. Member: Wyoming State Bar. Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1986).

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. American Board of Trial Advocates. The firm was established in Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1981 by Richard H. Honaker, and has expanded to include three capable trial lawyers.

From the beginning, the firm's practice has been statewide and the firm occasionally handles cases in neighboring states when associated with local counsel. The firm encourages public service and activities which enhance the ethics and quality of the legal profession.


  • Bar: Wyoming 1976, United States District Court Wyoming, 1976, United States Court Appeals (10th circuit) 1977, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1989.


Press secretary to Governor of Wyoming, 1978. Member Wyoming State House of Representatives, Sweetwater County, 1986-1993. Member Wyoming State Bar (commissioner since 1997), Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (Vice-President 1985-1986, president 1986), Association Trial Lawyers American, American Board Trial Advocates (charter), National College Advocacy (advocate).


Married Shannon Kathleen Casey, December 24, 1978. Children: Heather, Harmony, Dustin.

Hayward E. Honaker

Faola I. (Henderson) Honaker

Shannon Kathleen Casey

Dustin Honaker

Harmony Honaker

Heather Honaker