Robert T. Moxley
Phone: (307) 632-1112
Fax: (307) 632-0401
Email: Contact Me
Mr. Moxley was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and raised in Chugwater, Wyoming, the second son of a wheat farmer. Mr. Moxley attended Chugwater schools for 11 years, and graduated in 1971 from Wheatland High School, in Wheatland, Wyoming..
Mr. Moxley attended the University of Wyoming and the University of Oklahoma, and graduated from OU in 1975 with a B.A. in History. Mr. Moxley attended the Oklahoma University College of Law from 1976 to 1978, and in 1977 attended the OU College of Law summer program in Oxford, England. He obtained his J.D. in December of 1978, passed the State of Wyoming winter bar exam in 1979, and hung out his shingle in Wheatland, Wyoming, in April of 1979.
A sole practitioner for nine years at the start of his career, Mr. Moxley moved to Cheyenne in 1988, and associated with Whitehead, Gage, and Davidson. In 1990 Mr. Moxley became a principal in Gage & Moxley, with an emphasis in vaccine compensation law. The firm of Gage & Moxley dissolved in 2006, and Mr. Moxley has been a sole practitioner in the firm of Robert T. Moxley, P.C., since that time.
Mr. Moxley is a member of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (WTLA) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is also a longstanding member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and has pursued religious freedom litigation in association with The Rutherford Institute. Mr. Moxley has represented successful plaintiffs in medical malpractice litigation featuring brain injury, and is experienced in personal injury litigation arising from auto accidents.
Mr. Moxley has been active since 1979 in the practice of criminal defense, and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Mr. Moxley was appointed in 1982 by Wyoming Governor Ed Herschler and served for several years as an Assistant Public Defender for Platte and Goshen Counties; during his tenure he represented an innocent man charged with murder, in the matter of State of Wyoming v. Martin Frias. Mr. Frias, initially convicted, was acquitted on re-trial in 1986, after Mr. Moxley developed forensic evidence to prove that the alleged victim committed suicide. The Frias case was featured on The West, a syndicated television magazine with John Gibson on KCRA, Channel 3 in Sacramento, California, and Mr. Moxley also appeared with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes in a lead segment featuring the case. The Frias case has also been the subject of episodes of The New Detectives on The Discovery Channel, and in Forensic Files on Court TV.
Mr. Moxley has practiced in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program since its inception in 1988, in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Mr. Moxley has been personally involved in over one hundred vaccine injury cases, including omnibus proceedings where he was lead counsel. His extensive vaccine practice has led to a Civil Rights practice as well, representing parents and families in the vindication of the right to religious and conscientious objection to mandatory vaccination.
Mr. Moxley obtained reversal in the Federal Circuit of the denial of compensation to a vaccine injured child in the case that went to the United States Supreme Court as Shalala v. Whitecotton. It was the first and only Vaccine Act case to be argued before the United States Supreme Court, until Sebelius v. Cloer, currently on review in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Moxley is co-counsel for the vaccine injured petitioner in the Cloer case, and guided the attorneys fees litigation that the Supreme Court agreed to review on the government’s petition.
Mr. Moxley is admitted to practice before the Wyoming Federal and State bars, several Federal District and Circuit Courts of Appeal, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has practiced pro hac vice in the state courts of
Colorado, Nebraska, and Ohio. Mr. Moxley is a widower, and lives in the country with his Border Collies. Mr. Moxley is an “A” rated pool player and twenty-five year member of the Cheyenne Valley Pool League. He is a long-time member of the Cheyenne Airport Golf Club.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- Health & Health Care Law
- Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
- Civil Rights
- 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Wyoming, 1979
- U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska (1985)
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1988)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1991)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1993)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2002)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2004)
- Supreme Court of the United States (1995)
- University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Civil Liberties Union
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Association for Justice
Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association