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Franklin J. Falen

Senior Partner

Franklin J. Falen along with his wife Karen Budd-Falen founded the firm, which is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Before establishing the law firm, Frank served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Washington Cattlemen’s Association in Ellensburg, Washington.  In that position, Frank developed position papers and statements supporting and protecting the State’s livestock industry, and reviewed and provided comments on State and National legislative proposals affecting private property rights and wilderness proposals.  Frank also assisted with the creation of a statewide advocacy effort opposing wild and scenic rivers designations.  Additionally, Frank has worked for the Federal Lands Legal Foundation.  Frank’s most important project for the Foundation was to complete an exhaustive historical and legal review regarding private property rights and equitable estate grazing rights on federal lands.  Frank’s research was published by the University of Idaho College of Law in the Spring of 1994.

Frank’s practice includes litigation regarding zoning and land use issues, public and federal lands issues, environmental laws, and negotiation of wind contracts, pipelines and transmission line right-of-ways, and oil and gas leases on behalf of landowners. Frank pioneered the concept of landowner group negotiation on such major right-of-ways as the one for Keystone XL, ONEOK, Hiland, Black Hills Power and others.  Frank has taught Continuing Legal Education classes on the topics of zoning and land use planning and is a frequent presenter at wind related seminars and meetings.  Frank has litigated cases before the Wyoming Supreme Court, the Wyoming Federal District Court and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Frank is also licensed before the Courts in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Frank was awarded the Wyoming Outstanding Ag Citizen of the year in 2001. He also received an Honorary Chapter Degree from the Frontier Chapter of the Future Farmers of America in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2017.

Frank grew up in Northern Nevada where he and his family own and operate a large cattle ranch which includes both federal and private lands. He is personally involved with all areas of his family’s business including planning, production, marketing and quality assurance. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Nevada at Reno, and his law degree from the University of Wyoming.  Frank and his wife Karen have two grown children, Isaac and Sarah and a grandson, Wesley.

Admitted to Practice Law

  • South Dakota

  • Nebraska

  • North Dakota

  • Wyoming

  • U.S. District Court for Colorado

  • U.S. District Court for Nebraska

  • U.S. District Court for Wyoming

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals