Title: Lawyer, Rancher
Company: Hunkins Newton Law
Location: Tubac, Arizona, United States
Raymond Breedlove Hunkins, Lawyer and Rancher at Hunkins Newton Law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.
With 50 years of professional experience, Mr. Hunkins has been of counsel with Hunkins Newton Law since 2010. Prior to this position, he spent 42 years as a partner with Jones, Jones, Vines & Hunkins. Alongside his primary endeavors, he is a former member of the Cheyenne faculty at the College of Law at the University of Wyoming from 2011 to 2016, chair of the board of directors of BH Inc. Brttz & Company from 2005 to 2014, founder and president of the Wyoming chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies from 2003 to 2004, member of the faculty of the Wyoming Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Salary and Benefits from 1996 to 1998, member of the Western Trial Advisory Institute from 1993 to 1995, and special counsel to the local rules committee of the United States District Court from 1990 to 2012.
In addition to his role as a lawyer, Mr. Hunkins also serves as owner of Thunderhead Ranches for Albany and Platte Counties, as well as special assistant and attorney general of Split Rock Land & Cattle Company. Passionate about ranching, he has authored an article on Henry Poling entitled, “Henry’s Indomitable Spirit” in 2017 and was featured as a Rancher in Wyoming by Range Magazine. He is currently writing a book entitled, “The View from Thunderhead: Reflections on the History, Culture, People and Politics of Wyoming.”
Mr. Hunkins has participated in a number of civic engagements as well, serving as a Wyoming delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004 and 2016, president of the board of trustees of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association Land Trust from 2011 to 2014, chair and on the board of directors of the Louisa Swain Foundation from 2002 to 2014, and on the board of directors of the University of Wyoming Foundation from 1996 to 2002. Earlier in his career, he was on the board of advisors of the American Heritage Center, board of directors of the Laramie Peak Museum, commissioner of the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission, and chair of the advisory council of the College of Commerce and Industry at the University of Wyoming.
In preparation for his illustrious career, Mr. Hunkins pursued a formal education, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1966 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1968 from the University of Wyoming. Prior to seeking higher education, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1956 to 1962, remaining in active duty for one year. Throughout his career, he has also been a member of several industry-related organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advisors, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition, he served the Wyoming Bar Association in a number of capacities, including as a committee member of the civil pattern of jury instructions, chair of the grievance committee, member of the state bar-law school committee, member of the bench-bar relations committee, and member of the unauthorized law practice committee.
In recognition of his exceptional achievements, Mr. Hunkins has accrued several accolades throughout his career. The winner of the United States District Court Special Service Award in 2012, he was also honored with the Wyoming State Bar Achievement Award by the Wyoming Bar Association in 2008. Additionally, he was presented with the Wyoming State Bar Leadership Award in 2008, the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Wyoming in 2005, and the Big Horn Mountain Roundup Pax Irvine Award in 1989. During his studies at the University of Wyoming, he was also given the Outstanding Advisor Award from Phi Delta Theta in 1968.
Married with three children, Mr. Hunkins has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World. He was also named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who in 2016.
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