Denver Bar Association
February 2004
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Legal Affairs


HRO Partner Bob Holmes was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

At the annual holiday party, the Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Association (PELA) elected DBA members Scott F. Reese as president, Kimberlie Ryan as vice-president, Celia Randolph secretary and Michelle Ferguson as treasurer.

Holland & Hart’s Jack Smith was elected as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.


Jerrine Racek, a resource center technician with Holland & Hart, has released her first CD called "Listen with Your Heart." Attorneys Matthew Abell and Evan Husney handled all the legal work in the production. The band that played at her release party included Larry Meeks, Ron Moewes, Andrew Hudson, Chuck Schneider and John Mills.

Howard Kenison of Lindquist & Venum’s Denver office is chair of the Environment, Natural Resource & Energy Law Committee of the ABA’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Microsoft joined forces over the holidays to deliver more than $250,000 worth of computers and software to non-profits and educational programs nationwide. In Denver, The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People received laptops.

Former State Senator Penfield Tate III was honored with a Civil Rights Awards from the Anti-Defamation League in December.


Kevin Amatuzio, partner with Montgomery Kolodny Amatuzio & Dusbabek, wrote a good article for the Denver Post about how people are likely to be personally affected by the financial cutbacks in the courts.

The Rocky did a story in December about how Colorado’s courts didn’t get six new district judges this year and will probably have to wait even longer because of cutbacks.

Jack Englert, president of the German American Chamber of Commerce, was in the Rocky because he was instrumental in bringing the Christkindl Market tradition to Denver.

Karen Abbott wrote a wonderful story in the Rocky about all the lawyers who donated time on the Taylor Ranch case. Jeff Goldstein was "a 30-something lawyer when he and his partners filed the lawsuit in 1981 to regain access to the Taylor Ranch for descendants of Mexican settlers who had been allowed to use it for grazing, timbering and gathering firewood. Goldstein is now 59 and a winner in the longest case of his life." We can’t name everyone, but dozens of attorneys pitched in to help.



Prof. Ved Nanda, director of the International Legal Studies Program at DU Law, wrote an article for the Post about the European Union’s stalemate over a draft constitution.

The Post did a big package on "Water for Colorado: What’s Next?" in the Perspective section. Writers were Attorney General Ken Salazar, Brownstein Hyatt & Farber attorney Jim Lochhead and Don Ament, commissioner of agriculture.




Davis Graham & Stubbs has named Jeffrey R. Brandel and Kenzo S. Kawanabe as new partners.

New partners at Faegre & Benson are: Patrick. F. Carrigan, Colleen Faddick, Michael S. Freeman, Janet Lawler McDaniel and Robert W. Planchard.

Langdon J. Jorgensen and Chad M. McShane have joined Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio.




One of the 10 new partners at Cooley Godward is Denver’s Brent D. Fassett, a business attorney.

Bart Burnett has become a shareholder in Pearson, Horowitz, Poskus & Burnett.

Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy has added Theodore E. Laszlo, Jr. as Of Counsel, Meghan Frei Berglind as an associate and Connie M. Proulx as Director of Marketing.

Myer, Swanson, Adams & Wolf has added Jennifer R. Dennis as an associate.

Beth Ann Parsons, former law clerk to Justice Rebecca Kourlis, is a new associate with Carlson, Hammond & Paddock. The firm wishes departing associate K.G. Moore good luck as he begins his career with the State Department.




Holme Roberts & Owen took out a page ad in the Denver Business Journal to announce new attorneys who have joined the firm. In Denver, that includes: Ashlie Beringer, Gillian M. Bidgood, Christine M. Daly, Nathan E. Drake, Julie M. Earnest, Eve J. Goldstein, Daniel A. Lipman, Carlos Sabio, John R. Valentine and Levi D. Williamson as associates.

Michael Keenan and Michelle Roche have joined Gorsuch Kirgis as associates. James L. Huemoeller has joined as special counsel.

Faegre & Benson has added Douglas M. Hamilton as an associate in the Intellectual Property practice.


Neil E. Ayervais and Alexander A. P. Singha have joined Gorsuch Kirgis. Ayervais will be special counsel and Singha is an associate.

Higgins, Hopkins McLain & Roswell announces that Alex M. Nelson and Laura M. Wolf have joined the firm as associates.

Melissa Hubbard became Senior Vice-President and general counsel of Keating Investments.



William R. Meyer has joined Holland & Hart’s real estate practice group as an associate.

Kennedy & Christopher has changed its name to Kennedy, Christopher, Childs & Fogg and congratulates Kim B. Childs and Mark A. Fogg.

Rumei C. Furman has joined Hutchinson Black and Cook as an associate.

Merry H. Balson has joined Williams, Turner & Holmes as an associate.

Miller Wood announces that Mark Apelman has joined as Of Counsel and Thomas J. Eigner and Jake Matter as associates.

Lars H. Fuller has joined Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons as an associate.

J. Mark Smith has joined Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey as Special Counsel.


Leigh K. Freeman is an associate with The Law Firm of Allen & Vellone.

Stephen M. Johnson has joined Burg Simpson as an associate. Also, Burg has opened a new office in Phoenix and Perry L. Goorman will head that office.

McElroy, Deutsch & Mulvaney announces that Andrea Joslin, Jennifer Gokenbach and Michael Mills are new associates.


Holland & Hart signed a 12-year-lease renewal for its flagship office in the Qwest Tower—it’s for 140,000 sq. ft. over seven and a half floors, with the right to expand onto two additional floors. This is the firm’s second address in its 56-year history.

Theodore W. Brin has relocated to JP Plaza, 1601 Blake Street, Suite 305, Denver 80202. Jean Mickelson has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Phone is (303) 220-7601.

Jones & Keller has expanded to the Tech Center, in the MetroPoint I building. The initial three lawyers include Ernest J. Panasci, Deborah L. Bayles and Kerri P. Assell.

Allman & Mitzner has moved to the Masonic Building. The new address is 535 16th Street, Suite 727, Denver 80202. The phone, (303) 293-9393, remains the same.

Christine Mastin, formerly of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, has opened the Mastin Law Firm, which specializes in immigration and nationality law matters. Her office is now in the Tech Center.

The formation of Heimbecher & Assoc. is announced, with founding member Reed R. Heimbecher and also Brad J. Hattenbach: "piecing together your IP protection."

M. Katherine Pinson has opened her new office in LoDo, 1610 Wynkoop St., Suite 150, Denver 80202. Phone is (303) 675-0938 and e-mail:

Kallman S. Elinoff is back from Israel and has re-opened his law practice at 621 17th Street, Suite 2510, Denver 80203. Phone is (720) 203-6236 and e-mail:

James W. Faber and Scott D. Sweeney have joined Hall & Evans as associates and Douglas J. Kotarek has joined as Special Counsel.

Donelson & Goodwin has changed its name to Donelson Goodwin & Jaurez.


Many were shocked to hear of the death of Pat Tisdale, with Holme Roberts & Owen—she had a huge reputation and a legion of friends, admirers (including her husband Doug, four children and other family). She was 52.

Also gone is Bob Appel, 77, who practiced 50 years, first with his father’s firm and then solo. He introduced computers into Rothgerber, Appel & Powers years before it was commonplace. His son-in-law said he was "an honest, gifted and honorable lawyer who made a clear and bright mark for us to follow."

Tony Zarlengo, 83, a former Municipal Judge in Wheat Ridge, died in November.

Dante Zarlengo (no relation), 56, a partner at Zarlengo and Kimmell, died in December. He was on the CBA Board of Governors and Executive Council and active in other areas of the Bar and community.

Our condolences to friends, colleagues and family.


DBA Board of Trustees member and Docket chair Marshall Snider is the proud grandparent of Mazey Rayne Mills, born November 12, 2003, to Serri and Matt Mills (Serri is Marshall’s daughter). All are doing well.

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