Michael N. Deegan

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Michael N. Deegan
Wyoming State District Judge, Sixth Judicial District
In office
2005 – Present
Appointed byDave Freudenthal

Michael N. Deegan (born in 1950) is a Wyoming State District Judge[1] who serves primarily in the Sixth Judicial District, which consists of Campbell, Crook, and Weston Counties, Wyoming.[2] [3] [4] [5] He was appointed to a newly created district court judgeship in 2005 by Governor Dave Freudenthal and successfully stood for retention in 2006, 2012, and 2018.[6][7][8]

Deegan received his undergraduate degree in history from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of Wyoming.[9] He was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar in 1980.[10] He began his legal career as a deputy prosecutor in Carbon County, Wyoming.[9] He then worked as a private practice lawyer and municipal judge in Rawlins, Wyoming from 1983 to 1988.[9] In 1988, he was appointed as a county judge (Campbell County, Wyoming)[11] and served in that position until 1994, when he unsuccessfully ran for Wyoming Secretary of State.[9][12][13] The following year, he entered into private practice in Gillette, Wyoming.[9] He was then elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives, where he served from 1997 to 2002.[9] [14] In 2002, he began clerking for Judge Terrence L. O'Brien of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, where he served until his appointment to the district court bench in 2005.

Legal offices
Preceded by
New Judgeship
Wyoming State District Judge, Sixth Judicial District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dick Erb
Wyoming House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Don Warfield
Preceded by
Walter A. Murray, Jr.
Wyoming County Judge (Campbell County)
Succeeded by
Terrill R. Tharp


  1. Wyoming state district courts are "trial courts of general jurisdiction," which preside over felony criminal cases and major civil cases, review agency decisions, and hear appeals from the state circuit courts. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/district-courts/about-the-district-courts/
  2. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/district-courts/district-court-locations/
  3. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/court/district-court-6th-judicial-district-campbell-county/
  4. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/court/district-court-6th-judicial-district-weston-county/
  5. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/court/district-court-6th-judicial-district-crook-county/
  6. https://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2018/2018GeneralResults.aspx
  7. https://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2012/2012GeneralResults.aspx
  8. https://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2006/2006GeneralResults.aspx
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 https://ballotpedia.org/Michael_N._Deegan
  10. https://www.wyomingbar.org/for-the-public/hire-a-lawyer/membership-directory/?attorney=kTu%2BgYbSqi6uM7KYlNDtK3OMcNLZcfjXv8AZTsQrPWo%3D
  11. Wyoming county courts are now called circuit courts. They are courts of limited jurisdiction, presiding over small claims cases, minor civil cases, and misdemeanor criminal cases. https://www.courts.state.wy.us/circuit-courts/about-the-circuit-courts/
  12. Wyoming Blue Book, 50th Legislature Centennial Edition, Vol. 4, 1991 at 148-49.
  13. Wyoming Blue Book, Vol. 5, 2008 at 29.
  14. https://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/1996/1996GeneralResults.aspx

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