Governor Matt Mead has appointed Bobbi Dean Overfield to be District Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial District, serving Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie Counties. Overfield fills the vacancy occurring with the retirement of Judge Robert E. Skar, effective October 2, 2018.
Born and raised in Riverton, Wyoming, Overfield is a partner at the firm Messenger & Overfield. She has been in private practice in Thermopolis for the past 13 years and, prior to that, was at Corthell and King in Laramie. She has a varied general practice, which includes family litigation, trial work, administrative law and many other areas of the law. She received a law degree, as well as a bachelor’s degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management, from the University of Wyoming. She has a Wyoming ag background, an affinity for outdoor activities and a deep attachment to the Big Horn Basin.
“It is impressive that Bobbi Overfield has spent her entire career serving the legal needs of people in rural areas of Wyoming. Among her strengths, she has a wealth of experience, a steady demeanor, and strong ties to the area,” Governor Mead said. “Numerous people who have worked with her and known her over the years highly recommended her and that support factored into her selection.”
Reacting to her appointment, Overfield said, “I am very grateful for the honor Governor Mead has given me to serve as the next district court judge for the Fifth Judicial District. I am looking forward to taking on the challenges of the bench and continuing the legacy left by Judge Skar. I will do my best to serve the people of the Big Horn Basin and promote and preserve the justice system and the rule of law.”