Drake D. Hill

Special Counsel

Mr. Hill has a rich legal background. After graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1988, Drake served as in-house counsel for the Coastal Corporation and ANR Pipeline Company in Detroit, Michigan defending “take-or-pay” claims by natural gas producers. His experience at Coastal helped him to develop an expertise in a wide range of oil and gas issues. After five years with Coastal, he joined a tax and business firm in Southfield, Michigan and worked as a trial lawyer in commercial litigation. Drake acted as lead trial counsel on the case declaring unconstitutional the City of Detroit’s minority set aside (affirmative action) program in public contracting.

In 1996, Drake returned to Wyoming and joined the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office as the attorney responsible for seeking cost recovery of the nearly $1.5 billion expected to be spent on state funded clean-up of leaking underground storage tank sites. He also acted as counsel to the Department of Environmental Quality in other capacities. In addition to his representation of the Department of Environmental Quality, Drake later served as chief tax counsel and was the supervising attorney for the Departments of Revenue and Audit and the Banking Commission. He acted as co-counsel for the state of New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming in the amicus effort before the United States Supreme Court in Amoco Production Co. et al. v. Southern Ute Indian Tribe in the successful effort to overturn the decision of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals relating to the ownership of coalbed methane gas.

While attending the University of Wyoming College of Law, Drake served as an editor on the Land and Water Law Review and was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Book Award for Federal Courts. He believes that there is no more important skill to a lawyer than writing. To this end, he has published articles in the Temple Law Review, the Rutgers Law Review, the Hastings Constitutional Law Review (University of California), the Wyoming Law Review, and the Land and Water Law Review. Drake served as the Chairman of Lawyer Mentoring Committee of the Wyoming State Bar and was the Chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party from 2005-2007 and served on the Republican National Committee. He is also a frequent guest speaker on a variety of practice areas and is active in civic affairs.