Donald Lee Tolin, Attorney & Counselor At Law, has been a licensed attorney in Wyoming for forty (40) years. He is married to Vickie Tolin, his legal assistant and office manager since 1978. The parents of four adult children, they also have six grandchildren.
He graduated in 1972 from Casper College (Casper, WY) with an Associate of Arts Degree in Social Science. He graduated in 1975 with a Bachelors of Science Degree With Honor in Accounting from the College of Commerce and Industry at the University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY.) He obtained his Juris Doctor Degree in 1978 from the College of Law at the University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY.)
He is licensed to practice in all Wyoming Courts including the Wyoming Supreme Court; the United States District Court for the Districts of Wyoming and Colorado; the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and the United States Tax Court. He is also licensed to practice in the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Courts on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
Since 1975 he also has held a Wyoming Certificate (inactive) as a Certified Public Accountant. He was the general manager of a family recycling, scrap processing, new steel warehouse, and fabrication business (Casper Iron & Metal, Inc.) employing at times as many as fifty employees and grossing in excess of six million dollars in sales. He was also licensed as a substitute teacher by the Wyoming Professional Licensing Board and taught grades K through 12 for about five years in Natrona County.
He is currently a member of the Wyoming Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel for the District of Wyoming as a federal criminal defense attorney; and has previously served as an Assistant Public Defender and a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of Wyoming.
His solo private practice of 40 years involves primarily criminal defense in Municipal, Circuit (County), State, and Federal Courts, including juvenile delinquencies, misdemeanors, and felonies; in addition to family law representing adults and children, including as a private Guardian Ad Litem for children. He has also represented parents in abuse and neglect cases brought by the Department of Family Services (DFS) and termination of parental rights.
He has defended both juveniles and adults facing only nominal fines without any jail time to those facing life imprisonment; cases ranging from the theft of a candy bar, to attempted murder of a police officer, to complex multi-defendant drug conspiracies. As an experienced civil and criminal Trial Attorney and litigator, he has defended clients through both Bench and Jury Trials; and argued appeals before the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Attorney Tolin is also contracted with Imhoff & Associates, PC, a national criminal defense firm with its principal office in Los Angeles, California. He handles cases on behalf of Imhoff & Associates, PC, throughout the state of Wyoming.
Mr. Tolin is the Wyoming State Coordinator and Western Regional Coordinator for NACDA, the National Association of CPS (Child Protective Services) Defense Attorneys, a national organization of attorneys representing parents and other adults in Abuse and Neglect Cases and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings. He also serves on the NACDA Board of Directors.
He is a member or has been a member of the Natrona County Bar Association, the Wyoming State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Wyoming Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of CPS Defense Attorneys.
Over the past thirty-nine (39) years, Mr. Tolin has provided substantial number of hours of pro-bono legal services to indigent individuals and non-profit organizations at no charge, or signficantly reduced fees. Mr. Tolin has provided in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) pro-bono hours which is ten (10) times the recommended number of pro-bono hours for a Wyoming lawyer over a thirty (30) year career.
Unfortunately, law firms and lawyers such as Mr. Tolin can not afford to provide all legal work for free or at significantly reduced rates, because they too, like everyone else, have monthly expenses and costs, including office rent, telephone, Internet, cell phones, computers, printers, copiers, supplies, transportation, insurance, taxes, and other office overhead. Nevertheless, Mr. Tolin has always strived to work with his clients to provide necessary legal services at affordable costs and payment arrangements suited to each individual client, whether it be a civil or criminal matter.
Mr. Tolin is proud to participate in the Wyoming State Bar's Modest Means Program designed for individuals that do not meet the income qualifications for legal aid, but can not afford the full reasonable hourly rates for legal services and reasonable retainers charged in the area; and still need access to justice. Individuals qualified by the Wyoming State Bar, may be able to receive legal services for reduced legal fees and a reduced retainer. However, not all individuals may qualify for this reduced fee program, nor are all legal services covered. Individual program panel attorneys still need to accept the potential client for representation if referred by the Wyoming State Bar office through the Modest Means Program. For more information about legal aid, find their contact information HERE. For more information about the Modest Means Program and the Wyoming State Bar, find the contact information HERE.