Contact:  (775) 688-3011, cwicker@woodburnandwedge.com

W. Chris Wicker is a shareholder who practices in the area of civil litigation and trial practice. He has extensive experience in complex civil litigation. Generally the litigation handled by Mr. Wicker has complex facts and documentation with high monetary exposure. He handles cases in all areas of Nevada, with most cases filed in Washoe (Reno) and Clark Counties (Las Vegas). He represents clients from the investigation stage through trial and appeal in the Nevada Supreme Court or Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Wicker also represents clients in arbitration and mediation, with the American Arbitration Association or through private arrangements.

Mr. Wicker has represented some of the largest mining companies in the world and individuals with mining or oil and gas disputes. He was one of the trial counsels in a trial that resulted in a $137,000,000 jury verdict in favor of his client mining company against an international engineering company. Mr. Wicker has defended companies in product liability cases involving death and serious injury. He has represented clients in numerous trials and injunction hearings concerning control of companies and share ownership disputes. Mr. Wicker has represented one of the largest oil companies in the world in environmental contamination administrative actions and property damage cases with exposures exceeding $100,000,000. Mr. Wicker has represented general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects and owners in numerous construction and contract disputes. Mr. Wicker has also handled numerous employment related cases and was counsel for trial and appeal of one the landmark employment decisions in Nevada.

Mr. Wicker has successfully handled numerous significant commercial and contract disputes, achieving economic resolutions for his clients.

OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Mr. Wicker has worked with counsel from all over the United States and Canada. His clients also have come from around the country and the world with Nevada related disputes. Mr. Wicker practices in all state and federal courts in Nevada.

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctor (with honors), University of Wyoming, 1979
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (with highest honors), University of Wyoming, 1975

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Utah, 1979
  • State Bar of Nevada, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Washoe County Democratic Party Chair, 2002-2010
  • Democratic Business Council
  • Former Member, School District Financial Advisory Committee
  • Counsel and Honorary Bopard Member for Scenic Nevada
  • Former Chair and Board Member of non-profit sliding scale child care services

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Litigation

  • Business Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury and Torts
  • Natural Reserve Litigation

Natural Resources & Environmental

  • Environmental Litigation
  • Alternative Energies