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 is an attorney, and 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 cooperation and coordination in federal agency decisions, private property owners in protecting their Constitutionally guaranteed property rights, other multiple users in supporting grazing rights and multiple use on federal/public lands and exposing radical environmental groups’ abuse of the legal system and has worked to expose the abuse of attorney fee shifting statutes.

Karen’s most recent 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 has been 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 and the “Bud’s Contract” award from the New Mexico Public Lands Council in 2006. Karen has presented testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Forest Health, Washington, D.C., April 8, 1997, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources, October 26, 1998, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources Task Force on Improving the National Environmental Policy Act, August 1, 2005; and the U.S. House of Representatives Full Committee on Natural Resources Oversight Hearing on “The Endangered Species Act; How Litigation is Costing Jobs and Impeding True Recovery Efforts,” December 6, 2011. Karen has also testified before interim committees of the Wyoming Legislature.

Karen is an active volunteer and mentor for Future Farmers of America (“FFA”) and We the People competitions. 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 and Sarah.

Speaking Engagements

  • 2017 Women in Agriculture Conference

    Karen Budd-Falen is speaking at the Women in Agriculture Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico in May 2017. She will be discussing topics related to legislation and litigation. Her daughter, Sarah Falen, will also be a special speaker on the topic of self-defense and the importance of personal safety.

    June 1, 2017 | New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum- Las Cruces, NM

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

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  • 2017 Energy & Natural Resources Section Summit

    2017 ENR Section Summit on June 8 and 9, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Casper, WY is co-hosted by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) and Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies (CLERR). This event will include an afternoon of live CLE programming, including ethics, and dinner reception on June 8. There is a live streaming option for those who cannot attend in person. June 9 is a fully-guided fly fishing trip on the North Platte River for those who sign up (no fishing experience required).

    June 8, 2017 | Hilton Garden Inn, Casper Wyoming

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

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