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Serving Injured Clients
For more than a quarter-century
Throughout the State of Wyoming
1815 Pebrican Ave
Cheyenne, Wyoming  82001
Phone:  (307) 433−8864,

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Attorney and Staff Profiles

Richard Gage

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After earning degrees in political science and philosophy from the University of Utah, Richard Gage attended law school at the University of Wyoming, where he graduated in 1990.

Since graduating, Richard has specialized in representing vaccine injured children and adults throughout the country. During those years, he has personally represented many hundreds of petitioners in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).

He has represented petitioners at every level of proceeding in the Vaccine court, including: filing initial petitions, prosecuting issues of vaccine injury causation, establishing adequate damage awards, taking and defending appeals to the United States Court of Federal Claims, and personally handling appeals at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Richard has had considerable influence on the Vaccine Program and how it operates. Many of the important policies and precedents that underlie the NVICP are the result of his work covering more than a quarter-century — since before the Vaccine Program began in 1988.

Richard and his wife, Sonja, are the parents of eight lively children ranging from early elementary school to married, established professionals with their own families.

James Mitchell

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Jim is a Wyoming guy. He grew up in Cody and loves the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. After graduation from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1980 Jim entered private practice in Cheyenne and enjoyed the general practice of law for eight years.

In 1988 he began a 26 year career in public service with the state of Wyoming as a Deputy District Attorney. Governor Sullivan appointed Jim as Wyoming's first Juvenile Services Administrator in 1991. He was the nations youngest juvenile administrator, overseeing the development and implementation of a juvenile service plan coordinating both public and private services for Wyoming's at-risk youth.

In 1996 James was appointed to the position of Project Administrator for Wyoming's Secretary of State where he developed legislation for the state elections and worked securities and trademark administrative actions.

Jim served as an assistant attorney general from 2000 until 2003 advising the Department of Audit, Division of Banking. Jim accepted the position of Wyoming Department of Insurance Staff Counsel in 2003. In that capacity Jim supervised both the Life and Health Insurance and Property and Casualty Insurance Divisions while serving as the department's sole legal adviser. Jim takes pride in the legislation he drafted and presented to the legislature throughout his career.

Jim was honored to serve in appointments by the Governor to the Youth Advisory Council, Task Force On Court Ordered Placements, Governor's Interagency Review Team, Mental Health Negotiating Panel, and he was named the state's representative to the Federal Health and Human Services Grant-Review team.

From 1995 to 2007 Jim was an Instructor for the University of Wyoming Outreach Program, Criminal Justice Department. He also filled in as an on campus instructor for several semesters. Teaching provided him with the opportunity to promote a greater understanding of the legal system to persons having an interest in criminal justice and pre-law.

Donald Gerstein

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Donald Gerstein graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1989. He spent two years at a law clerk the Honorable G. Joseph Cardine of the Wyoming Supreme Court before joining the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office in June 1991.

At the Attorney General’s Office, he initially worked on interstate water litigation and environmental issues. He represented the state on information technology matters, and provided representation to a number of state agencies including the Department of Administration and Information, the Wyoming Business Counsel, and Employees Group Insurance Program. In 2004, the Attorney General assigned him the task of creating a plan for a contracts unit within the office, then implementing it. In addition to drafting, negotiating and approving contracts, he represented the state on all procurement matters. He edited a state contract manual and provided contract training to state employees. He helped design and implement an electronic contract submission and tracking system for the state. Donald retired from the Attorney General’s Office in July 2010.

In November 2010, he became of counsel at Richard Gage, P.C., where he provides legal representation to vaccine injury clients nationwide. He also currently serves as District Court Commissioner for the First District Court of Wyoming.

He is of author of Environmental Considerations in Real Property Transactions, The American Law of Real Property § 16.13 (Matthew Binder 1994), co-author of Easements and Licenses, American Jurispredence 2d (1996 replacement volume), and a former staff member of the Land and Water Law Review, where he published a case note and comment.

Prior to entering law school, Donald had careers as newspaper reporter and photographer, and as a prison educator.

In addition to his wife, Helen, Donald has two grown sons, two daugthers-in-law, two grandsons, and one dog.

He is a past president and long-time volunteer of Meals on Wheels of Laramie County, president of the Cheyenne Jewish Cemetery, a member of the board of directors of Mt. Sinai Congregation, a past president of the Cheyenne Ski Club, and past vice president of the Wyoming State Parent Teachers Association.

Susan McNair

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Susan has lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming since 2002. Her life started on a Kansas farm until she finished elementary school, then her family moved Colorado Springs to pursue more rewarding work than the farm provided.

After bouncing around various places, including four years in Germany, she landed in Cheyenne to stay.

While raising her family in Cheyenne, she also worked as a personal trainer for several years before deciding to pursue her interest in law. Receiving her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from the Institute of Business and Medical Careers in 2013, Susan has been an important part of Richard Gage, P.C. ever since.

Her experience includes the areas of personal injury, family law, pleadings, research, records, and vaccine injury.

She is married, and the happy mother of 5 beautiful children.

Bryan Vance

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Brian was born and raised in Rawlins Wyoming. He then moved to Fort Collins, CO in 2006 where he worked in construction for several years before deciding to become a paralegal.

After graduating with an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies from the Institute of Business and Medical Careers, he moved to Cheyenne in 2014.

He has worked as a paralegal in the areas of medical malpractice, tort and traffic, nursing-home malpractice, and elder law. He also works in Vaccine Injury litigation with Richard Gage, P.C.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and other activites in the big outdoors.

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Handling Personal Injury cases is what we do. We are committed to helping you get proper compensation for injuries you incur from whatever source, as provided in, and allowed by the law.

We're easy to contact, and we're easy to work with. We look forward to serving and representing you.

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Don't Miss An Important Deadline

Do not delay.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has very strict filing deadlines that must be met. If you miss a deadline, you also lose your right to seek compensation for your injury.