Karen Budd-Falen

Senior Partner

Contact Information

P.O. Box 346
Cheyenne, WY 82003
(307) 632-5105

Admitted to Practice Law

  • Wyoming
  • New Mexico
  • Idaho
  • U.S. District Court for Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for D.C.
  • U.S. District Court for Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court for New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for Wyoming
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Karen Budd-Falen, with her husband Frank Falen, is the owner of the Budd-Falen Law Offices, L.L.C. located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Before moving back to Wyoming, Karen served for three years in the Reagan Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. She later served as a law clerk to the Assistant Solicitor for Water and Power. Karen has also worked as an attorney at Mountain States Legal Foundation, a conservative public interest legal foundation in Denver, Colorado.

Karen represents private property owners, ranching and farming organizations, and local governments. Karen has assisted local governments in asserting their rights of consistency review, cooperation and coordination in federal agency decisions; private property owners in protecting their Constitutionally guaranteed property rights, other multiple users in supporting grazing and multiple use on federal/public lands; exposing radical environmental groups’ abuse of the legal system and the attorney fee shifting statutes.

Some of Karen’s publications include The Right to Graze Livestock on the Federal Lands: The Historical Development of Western Grazing Rights, Idaho Law Review, Spring, 1994; Protecting Community Stability and Local Economies: Opportunities for County Government Influence in Federal Decision and Policy Making Processes, Whitman College, 1996; and Counterpoint: Opportunities Lost and Opportunities Gained:  Separating Truth from Myth in the Western Ranching Debate, Karen Budd-Falen editor, Lewis and Clark Law School Environmental Law, 2006.

Karen was featured in Newsweek Magazine’s “Who’s Who: 20 for the Future” for her work on property rights issues (September 30, 1991). Karen was awarded Wyoming’s Outstanding Ag Citizen in 2001; the “Always There Helping” award from the New Mexico Stock Growers Association in 2003; the “Bud’s Contract” award from the New Mexico Public Lands Council in 2006 and the Individual of the Year award from the Arizona/New Mexico Counties for Stable Economic Growth in 2011.

Karen has presented testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Forest Health; the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources; the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources relating to the National Environmental Policy Act; the U.S. House of Representatives Full Committee on Natural Resources; and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Karen has also testified before committees of the Wyoming Legislature.

Karen has been appointed by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and confirmed by the Senate to serve as Commissioner on the Wyoming Water Development Commission. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Natural Resources Foundation.

Karen is an active volunteer and coach for Future Farmers of America (“FFA”). Karen grew up as a fifth generation rancher on a family-owned ranch in Big Piney, Wyoming.  She received her undergraduate degrees and her law degree from the University of Wyoming. Karen and Frank have two children, Isaac (wife Reva Falen) and Sarah (husband Hunter Perala) and grandson, Wesley

Speaking Engagements

  • 101st South Dakota Farm Bureau Convention

    November 17, 2018 | Rapid City, South Dakota

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

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