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JoAnna DeWald

Associate

2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 450, Cheyenne, WY 82001

JoAnna DeWald provides efficient and effective solutions for her clients’ litigation and business needs, and skillfully creates remedies for natural resource and energy clients, employers, corporations, and municipalities.

JoAnna represents clients in federal and state court, mediation, and arbitration when complex commercial disputes arise involving breach of contract, construction defects and delay, personal injury, and employment issues. JoAnna’s commercial litigation experience includes personal injury suits across a number of industries, oil and gas disputes, and high-stakes litigation concerning lease and contract interpretation. In addition, she provides counsel for local and national clients in all matters of employment law, defending employers in the courtroom, before administrative agencies, and in the ADR process. JoAnna has tried cases to verdict in state and federal court, including jury trials, handled state and federal appeals, argued numerous dispositive and nondispositive motions in state and federal courts, and conducted internal investigations.
 
JoAnna sits on Holland & Hart’s Women’s Forum and Diversity Committee and actively works to address issues facing women in the legal profession. 

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, JoAnna was a litigation attorney in Omaha, Nebraska, focusing on insurance defense, employment law, legal and medical malpractice, and commercial tort and business litigation. She also served two years as a judicial clerk to the Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack.
 

Experience

Represents and counsels clients in litigation matters:

  • Commercial disputes
  • Business disputes
  • Construction litigation
  • Oil & Gas litigation
  • Personal injury defense
  • Employment litigation
  • Employment counseling and compliance
  • Environmental

Client Results

  • Obtained summary dismissal of engineer in complex structural defect case in state court.

  • Represented oil and gas producer in appeal before Wyoming Supreme Court.

  • Defended employer and resolved employee claims through federal litigation and mediation of ADA accommodation and discrimination claims.

  • Successfully prepared and argued motions to dismiss and for summary judgment on claims in state and federal court.

  • Represented clients throughout OSHA investigation and citation process.

  • Defended and counseled clients in litigation against employees and subcontractors involving workplace injuries.

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Wyoming Bar Association
  • Laramie County Bar Association
  • Defense Lawyers Association of Wyoming
  • American Bar Association
  • Nebraska Bar Association, NSBA Leadership Academy Graduate
  • Omaha Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division, Founding Member
  • National Defense Research Institute
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