Senior Vice President

1720 Carey Avenue, 6th Floor
(307) 635-1458
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001


September 1997 to January 2001:

Chief of Staff (Special Assistant to the Director)
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
U.S. Department of the Interior
Washington DC

  • Second ranking official in agency regulating coal mining;
  • Oversaw fiscal, administrative and programmatic operations; 650 employees located nationwide; oversight and funding responsibilities for 2000 state employees;
  • Annual $300 million budget and a $1.4 billion trust fund.

    January 1995 to August 1997:

    Attorney at Law
    Karpan & White Law Offices, LC
    Cheyenne, Wyoming

  • Private law practice. Main area of practice was business formation;
  • Formed dozens of corporations, close corporations and limited liability companies; drafted articles of incorporation, bylaws, shareholder agreements, articles of organization for traditional and "flexible" limited liability companies and operating agreements;
  • Presided over several organizational meetings; developed an organizational meeting checklist, formed several non-profit corporations, obtained EINs for clients and Subchapter S tax treatment;
  • Represented Laramie County Wyoming as the contract county attorney for all non-criminal matters;
  • Engaged in debt collection and bankruptcy work for a credit union;
  • Represented a publicly traded corporation that operated the state's largest shopping mall, interpreted complex commercial leases in rent recovery proceedings;
  • Represented a special taxing district, organizing it and applying for governmental grants for a major street renovation;
  • Served as the hearing officer for the Wyoming State Board of Nursing;
  • Represented workers' compensation claimants before administrative law judges;
  • Drafted wills, powers of attorney and living wills;
  • Founded a corporate service company that serves as registered agent for 600 Wyoming business entities:

    January 1987 to December 1994:

    Deputy Secretary of State (Deputy Lieutenant Governor)
    State of Wyoming
    Cheyenne, Wyoming

  • Second ranking official in second-ranking office of Wyoming State government;
  • Supervised subordinate directors and oversaw an operation of 22 employees, a $1.6 million biennial budget and which generated $10 million in biennial revenue.
  • The Secretary and I successfully proposed new business laws including a new Wyoming Business Corporation Act, a new Close Corporation Supplement and innovative amendments to the Wyoming Limited Liability Company law. (Wyoming was the first state to adopt a Limited Liability Company Law.)

    October 1985 to December 1986:

    Human Services Administrator
    Special Assistant Attorney General
    State Board of Charities and Reform
    Cheyenne, Wyoming

  • Oversaw operations of Wyoming's six non-penal state institutions; these institutions employed 900 with a combined biennial budget of $75 million.

    February 1983 to September 1985:

    Assistant Attorney General
    Wyoming Attorney General's Office
    Cheyenne, Wyoming

  • Represented the Department of Health and Social Services and the Board of Medical Examiners;
  • Represented the State in appellate arguments before the Wyoming Supreme Court;
  • Co-counsel in two contested cases resulting in the successful revocation of two physician licenses;
  • Handled a $1,000,000 Medicaid appeal before the Federal Department of Health and Human Services Board of Appeals;


    1978: Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of Wyoming
    1982: Juris Doctorate, University of Wyoming
    1982: Member, Wyoming State Bar
    1990: Author, The Wyoming Business Corporation Act and Close
    Corporation Supplement, XXV Land and Water Law Review

    "BV" Rating Martindale and Hubbell

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