I am a Wyoming trial lawyer focused on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and select personal injury cases.
Signature cases I have won include:
- The largest personal injury verdict in Wyoming history, securing $17.5 million in compensatory damages for a grieving family in a high-profile carbon-monoxide case.
- Wyoming's largest-ever wrongful death settlements in cases against Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., which were settled before trial for a confidential amount.
- Earning damages of more than $100 million for clients in New Mexico, in what is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in the state's history.
- The largest personal injury settlement in North Dakota in a case involving burn injuries from an explosion at a gas-processing plant.
Though my law firm is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we take on client cases in most other U.S. states. I am licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Wyoming, New York, and Utah, and am admitted to appear pro hac vice in the state and federal courts in the rest of the country. I am also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
I am an elected member of the American Law Institute and The Order of the Coif, a national honor society group that includes several Chief Justices of the Wyoming Supreme Court, judges of the United States Court of Appeals, and statewide elected officials. I am also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers.
I was born in St. Louis in 1945 and raised in Casper, Wyoming. A 1963 graduate of Natrona County High School in Casper, I went on to Yale College to earn a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1967. I then received my Juris Doctorate degree in 1970 as valedictorian at the University of Wyoming College of Law. In 1971, I earned a master's degree in law from Harvard Law School.
Following my legal studies, I returned to Wyoming, was admitted to the Wyoming Bar in 1971, and began my legal career in criminal law, serving as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Natrona County, Wyoming.
In 1978, my two friends, Gerry Spence and Ed Moriarity, and I started the trial lawyer firm of Spence, Moriarity & Schuster, which soon gained national prominence for its extraordinary success in complex civil and criminal cases. In 2002, after almost a quarter century as a founding and senior partner of Spence, Moriarity & Schuster, I established my own firm to fully devote my personal attention to each client.
I have been involved in Wyoming's civic and community affairs for more than four decades. I served as a board member of several organizations, including:
Natrona County United Way - President, 1974.
Board of Trustees of the University of Wyoming from 1985 to 1989.
Board of Visitors of the UW College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 2000.
Chair and secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Wyoming Selection Committee from 1989 to 1998.
I am also proud to have formed the Wyoming Public Policy Forum, an economic development policy group, which issued its report, "For Wyoming’s Future: An Economic Development Plan for the People of Wyoming" in 1998. I also started the Wind River Reservation Economic Advisory Council in 1998.
I have long been active in the Democratic Party, and was a political columnist for the Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming's statewide newspaper, from 1987 to 1994. I was the Democratic nominee for Wyoming's sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. From 1992 to 2000, I was a member of the Democratic National Committee and served on the Executive Committee of the Wyoming Democratic Party.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2018|
|Best Law Firms||Best Lawyers||2018|
|Lawyer of the Year||Best Lawyers||2018|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2018|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Recognized||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Best Law Firms||Best Lawyers||2016|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Listed||Who's Who in American Law -Marquis||N/A|
|CEO||Robert P. Schuster, P.C.||2002 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Spence, Moriarity & Schuster||1978 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Teton County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Wyoming State Bar||Member||N/A|
|Utah State Bar||Member||N/A|
|Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Section||Member||N/A|
|Land & Water Law Review||Eminent Domain: Determination of Compensable Interests through Classification of Executory Contracts||1969|
|Land & Water Law Review||The Doctrine of Consequential Loss as Affected by Valuation Formulas||1969|
|Harvard University Law School||LL.M - Master of Laws||1971|
|University of Wyoming College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1970|
|Yale University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1967|
|Wrongful Death Suit vs. Encana Oil & Gas (USA)||LARGEST WRONGFUL DEATH SETTLEMENT IN WYOMING HISTORY|
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