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Jennifer McDowell
Jennifer McDowell, an attorney for Wellborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., is in the 2011 class of Twenty Under 40.

Jennifer McDowell believes people who can give back have an obligation to give back. Since the young attorney returned to Casper, her hometown, in 2007, she has dedicated herself to doing just that.

“I think you feel more a part of the community when you are actively engaged in it,” she said. “If you’re not going to make your community better, then who is?”

She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1996. She was selected as a University of Wyoming President’s scholar and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2000. She was named the top accounting graduate.

She earned a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003.

She has passed the bar exam in Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana.

She was working in Colorado when Denver-based law firm Wellborn, Sullivan, Meck and Tooley chose her to open and manage their Wyoming office in Casper. She works on state and local tax disputes while expanding the practice to include corporate, oil and gas, and natural resources law. Her work on oil and gas tax issues has been nationally published.

Since returning, she has worked to make Natrona County and Wyoming a better place to live. She is now on the board of directors for the Child Development Center, a trustee for the Tate Foundation and on the board of the Cowboy Joe Club. She was formerly a board member of United Way where she served on their executive committee and admission and allocations committee.

She “is a passionate resident of the great state of Wyoming and her community of Casper,” said Angie Schrader in nominating McDowell for “Twenty Under 40.”

“She is committed to using her professional and leadership talents to enhance the business and community landscape of the state she has loved all her life.”

McDowell is particularly proud of her service with the Child Development Center.

It “is a fantastic resource for the community. We are so lucky to have it,” she said.

The center provides free services for children physical and mental disabilities up to age 5. It also offers screenings for young children.

“That’s a board I’m very proud to be involved with and I count myself lucky to be involved with. It’s taught me a lot.”

McDowell said she always feels there is more she could be doing in the community. She feels an obligation to help because she has the means to.

“In all honesty, I get as much out of it as I give. I think most people who are actively involved in community organizations would say the same thing.”

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