John J. Metzke

Contract Attorney

(T) 307.632.0541
(F) 307.778.8853


John J. Metzke has served clients at Hirst Applegate, LLP since 1984 following graduation with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law. His practice focuses on estate planning and estate administration with a special emphasis on trust-centered estate planning and wealth protection. Mr. Metzke also advises clients on business and real estate matters.


1984 to Present – Hirst Applegate, LLP.

  • Contract Attorney, 2018 to present
  • Partner, 1989 to 2018
  • Associate, 1984 to 1989
  • Practice areas: Primary focus is in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, business organizations, and real estate

1990, Fall Semester, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law

1979 to 1981: Speech consultant

1977 to 1981: Housing Director and Student Life Coordinator and part-time speech instructor, Central Wyoming College


  • 2000: The Esperti Peterson Institute: Advanced Wealth-Strategist Planner Designation
  • University of Wyoming, J.D. (Order of the Coif, with Honor), 1984
  • University of Montana, M.A. (Interpersonal Communication with Honor), 1977
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, B.S. (Political Science and Communication with Honor), 1975


  • 1995-1996, and 2004: Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees
  • 1992-2010: Laramie County Community College Foundation, President (1994-95, 1997-99); Lifetime Heritage Award, 2006
  • Cheyenne-Laramie County Regional Planning Commission (1993 – 1996); Vice Chairman (1994, 1995), Chairman (1996)
  • 1994 to present: Young Men’s Literary Club of Cheyenne
  • 2003 to present: Cheyenne Symphony Foundation (Vice President 2005, Treasurer 2006-present)
  • Numerous community boards; Frequent speaker on topics related to estate planning
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA


  • Wyoming State Bar Association
  • Laramie County Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the District of Wyoming
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Tax Court
  • WealthCounsel, Founding Member


Cancer survivor. Married to Dana Bates Metzke, Cheyenne native.

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