Davis, Johnson & Kallal
Decades of experience
Davis, Johnson and Kallal is a full service law firm with decades of experience representing Wyoming individuals, families and small business. Davis, Johnson and Kallal is focused on providing personal attention to each client and making sure that each client is treated with respect and compassion and individual attention. Each partner brings broad skills and experience to the table allowing Davis, Johnson and Kallal to provide solutions to almost any legal problem. Davis, Johnson and Kallal zealously advocates for every client in every situation.
KELLY S. DAVIS is an experienced estate planning and elder law attorney who practices statewide from his office in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Since 1979, Kelly has dealt with legal issues that concern seniors, persons with disabilities, their families and the general public. He focuses on helping his clients plan ahead and find solutions to their unique problems through carefully considered trust and estate planning documents, wills, probate, long-term care and Medicaid planning, asset protection and special needs trusts, while allowing them to maintain their personal dignity and control.
Kelly understands the patience required when living with a disabled individual. Kelly was raised in Cheyenne where his parents settled when his father, a United States Air Force pilot, retired after becoming disabled. It proved an excellent choice for the family as it offered services at the local military base and had a VA hospital. More importantly for Kelly’s future professional career, it was close to his grandparent’s ranch in Western Nebraska where Kelly spent his summers. He recalls riding with his grandmother on visits to elderly neighborhood farm ladies where his grandmother would trade vegetables to “put up” for winter. He learned the value of sitting and listening to their stories, gaining understanding and respect for senior citizens and the issues they face every day.
The skills Kelly learned growing up served him well at his first job right out of law school. In 1979, Kelly went to work for the State of Wyoming where he was assigned to investigate a group of insurance agents who were selling Medicare supplemental insurance to seniors by misrepresenting the terms and coverage. If they sold a policy to vulnerable adult, they would pass the name on to other agents who would each visit the senior and sell more Medicare supplement policies, stacking one policy on another. Unfortunately, only one policy would ever pay. In effect, by not disclosing all the facts, they were taking the senior’s money without providing anything of value. During his investigations, Kelly relied on the lessons he learned about seniors at his grandmother’s years before. That type of law would ultimately become known as “elder law.” The activity of the insurance agents is now called “exploitation of a vulnerable adult” and it is a criminal act.
Licensed in both Wyoming and Colorado, Kelly is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA, English, 1976) and the University of Wyoming College of Law (JD, 1979). He served for over 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Guardianship Corporation and drafted the only first-party and third-party Special Needs Pooled Trusts available for use by disabled individuals in Wyoming. Kelly served on the Governor’s Elder and Vulnerable Adults Task Force and was instrumental in Wyoming adopting the Uniform Power of Attorney Act in 2017 to address issues of elder abuse and exploitation. In 2014, Kelly worked with the Wyoming Medical Society to develop and lobby the legislature for the adoption of the Wyoming Provider Order of Life Sustaining treatment (POLST). He has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1997, and is a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. Currently, he serves as the chairman of the Wyoming State Bar Estate Planning, Elder Law, Trust, and Probate Section.
Kelly’s expertise in estate planning and elder law makes him a sought-after presenter of educational programs for lawyers, disability and health care professionals, seniors, and the general public. Over the years Kelly has spoken before many organizations in the senior and disabled communities on topics ranging from working with persons with diminished capacity, to effective estate planning for seniors, probate and probate avoidance techniques, Medicaid planning, special needs trusts, and other elder law issues. Just some of the topics which Kelly has presented at conferences and seminars include:
- Determining Capacity in Estate Planning – Wyoming State Bar – 2019
- The Alpha and Omega of Working With Medicaid – Wyoming State Bar – 2018
- The Wyoming Uniform Power of Attorney Act – Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference – 2017
- Alzheimer’s Disease Workshop – Wyoming Center on Aging – 2016
- Capacity to Make Medical Decisions: Helping Medical Professionals Navigate the Abyss – Wyoming Center on Aging – 2016
- Advanced Decisions and Planning For the Future: Navigating the Legal Options to Maintain Control and Personal Dignity – Wyoming Center on Aging 2016
- Protecting your Client’s Disabled Heir Using Pooled Special Needs Trusts – Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference – 2016
- Legal Protections & Protocols for Seniors – St. John’s Cognitive Health Institute – 2015
- Planning for the Home Stretch – Wyoming Aging Conference – 2015
- Medicaid Crisis Planning – Medicaid and Elder Law in Wyoming – Commercial Continuing Legal Education Program – 2014
- Diminished Capacity and the Silver Tsunami – The Ewing T. Kerr American Inns of Court – 2014
- End of Life/POLST Panel – Wyoming Medical Society Annual Meeting – 2014
- Working with the Diminished Capacity Client – Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference – 2013
- Planning for the Home Stretch: End of Life Panel – University of Wyoming Navigating the New Health Care Market Consumer Conference – 2013
- Medicaid and Medicare Planning in Wyoming – Commercial Continuing Legal Education Program – 2008
- Medicaid and Medicare Planning in Wyoming – Commercial Continuing Legal Education Program – 2007
- Planning for Persons with Disabilities Using the Special Needs Trust – Governor’s Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities MEGA Conference – 2005
- Medicaid and Elder Law Issues in Wyoming – Commercial Continuing Legal Education Program – 2005
- Planning with Special Needs Trusts in Wyoming – Commercial Continuing Legal Education Program – 2004
- Staying Out of Trouble in Elder Law – Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference – 2003
- Understanding and Drafting Special Needs Trusts in Wyoming – Commercial Continuing Legal Education Program – 2003
- Medicaid Planning for Persons with Disabilities and the Special Needs Trust – Wyoming Alliance for the Mentally Ill 17th Annual Conference – 2002
- Wills, Trusts and Other Financial Vehicles for the Disabled – The ARC of Wyoming Annual Conference – 2002
- Legal Issues of Brain Injury Survivors and the Special Needs Trust – Wyoming Brain Injury Conference – 2001
Justin Kallal is a Wyoming native who was born and raised in Cheyenne Wyoming. Justin attended the University of Wyoming for both his undergraduate philosophy degree and his law degree. After finishing law school in 2001, Justin started Kallal Construction, Inc. and spent about seven years working as a general contractor building homes in the Jackson Wyoming area. Justin also briefly owned Colter’s bar and restaurant in Star Valley Wyoming. When a frozen pipe burst and flooded the restaurant, the business was wiped out because the insurance company unjustly refused to pay the claim. The great recession was simultaneously putting a huge squeeze on the construction industry at the same, and when combined with the flooded restaurant, Justin decided it was time to change gears and put his legal education to work by starting a law firm.
Justin and his business partner needed help to get out of the bar and restaurant business after their insurance claim was denied. They found a great lawyer named Denny Moffett who helped them fight the insurance company and escape the bad situation created by the flood without having to file for bankruptcy. The experience left Justin with a keen understanding of the extraordinary and unfair lengths that insurance companies will go to take advantage of their insured and avoid paying claims. Justin knew with laser like clarity that he would never represent insurance companies and instead that he would devote his practice to fighting insurance companies and working only for individuals and small businesses.
Justin respects and cares about his clients and he loves to fight the good fight against the insurance companies to get his clients just compensation. Justin’s work in the trades has given him a deep understanding and respect for the men and women who go to work every day in the field. It can be a very dangerous world on a job site, an oil rig or any time you are using your body physically to make a living. Even at the most safety conscience companies injuries still happen, and all too often, workman’s compensation refuses to honor the claim or attempts to minimize the claim. A significant portion of Justin’s practice is representing injured Wyoming Worker’s. It brings Justin great joy to help the hardworking men and women of Wyoming out when they are caught up in the bureaucracy and the bullshit that occasionally engulfs injured workers who find their work comp claims denied. Along with his workers compensation practice Justin devotes the majority of his practice to representing individuals injured or killed by the negligence of others and corporations.
Justin is always looking to improve his legal skills and he loves trying cases. In 2019, Justin attended the Trial Skills Foundations class at the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. The experience was transformative and reinforced his love of fighting for his clients and learning how to tell their stories. Recently Justin tried a criminal case pro bono with his friend Dave McCarthy, the public defender in Carbon County Wyoming. They were able to achieve full acquittal for an eighteen-year-old young man facing six felony counts of sexual assault. Although criminal defense is not a regular part of his practice, working with Dave gave Justin the chance to give back to the community and keep his trial skills sharp. Together Dave and Justin gave their client his life back.
When Justin is not working for his clients, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jody. They enjoy hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fishing, and walking their dog Teal around the park. Justin is an avid motorcyclist and rides a Honda XR650L and a Zero FX. Justin also enjoys hunting and flying. He is instrument rated and has his commercial pilot’s license. He flies a Cessna 172XP. In addition to his law practice, Justin is the host of www.WyoLawPod.com an innovative legal education podcast covering a broad range of legal topics.
Justin also serves consumer bankruptcy clients in an of-counsel role for Cohen & Cohen. Along with his workers compensation practice, Justin devotes the majority of his practice to representing individuals injured or killed by the negligence of others and corporations.
Jason Johnson was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He graduated from East High School in 2006. Jason passed up playing football at a smaller college to save money and still earn a valuable education at LCCC, so that he could pursue what he always wanted—a legal degree. Jason obtained his Criminal Justice degree from the University of Wyoming in 2010, where he was named the most outstanding criminal justice student.
Jason graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2014 and began handling a wide variety of cases.He knew he wanted part of his career to be estate planning, but he didn’t know what else he wanted to do with his law practice. Jason soon found his true passion, helping injured individuals put their lives back together. Jason cares about his clients and he loves helping them fight work comp and big insurance companies.
Jason knows how unfairly the system can treat the injured and he cherishes the opportunity to use education and work ethic to switch the odds in his clients’ favor. Jason is no stranger to trial and work comp hearings. His experience and tenacity provide his clients with outstanding results. Jason’s practice is primarily focused on helping injured individuals and estate planning.
When Jason isn’t in the office or the courtroom, you can find him spending time with his growing family and cooking amazing barbeque. He is also passionate about big game hunting, waterfowl hunting, and fishing.
Jason Johnson is a proud member of the Top 40 under 40 Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40.
Davis, Johnson and Kallal
1807 Capitol Ave., Suite 200, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.