Denver Bar Association
October 2003
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Legal Affairs


Former DBA President Dick Schmidt was honored in August by the American Society of Newspaper Editors at the National Press Club in D.C. where he and wife Anne live. The program read: "For 35 years he has stood with distinction for all that is right." Many sang his praises: "he has taught us . . . about the glories of freedom."

Theresa Spahn, executive director of the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative, was a recipient of the National Association of Counsel for the Child Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award.

Cole Finegan, a partner with Brownstein, Hyatt and Farber and chief legal counsel for former Gov. Roy Romer, has been named city attorney of Denver by Mayor John Hickenlooper. Also, Jack Finlaw, a former lawyer for Comcast Corp., was named to run the city's theaters and arena operations.

Kim Willoughby and Jon Guelzow have a healthy baby boy . . . Van Willoughby Guelzow was born August 17, and all are doing well.

Kathleen Tafoya was appointed Senior Litigation Counsel for the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office—she’s filling the position left by Al LaCabe when he was appointed Manager of Public Safety for Denver

On Friday, Sept. 12, the Denver Business Journal hosted a "2003 Best of the Bar" breakfast and awards presentation. 12 awards were presented to Colorado attorneys and include: Bankruptcy, Steve Abelman; Business Litigation, Scott Barker; Corporate M&A and Securities, Doug Wright; Corporate Criminal/White Collar Defense, Hal Haddon; Health Care, Gerald Niederman; Individual Criminal Defense, Pam Mackey; Intellectual Property, Lesley Craig; Legal Malpractice, Thomas Quinn; Lifetime Achievement, John R. "Jack" Trigg; Pro Bono, Steve Choquette; Real Estate, Frank Robinson; Telecommunications, Niki Frangos Tuttle.



DBA President Joe Dischinger was quoted on Channel 9 news by Jinah Kim. He talked about the new, public-friendly legal service kiosks in three courthouses around the state.

On Aug. 26, Bill Clarke of Channel 7 news interviewed Carolyn Ferber (Director of Public Legal Education at the CBA) and Katherine Karuschkat about pro se clinics and the recent PIP change in auto insurance.

Friday, Aug.22, Fox 31 News ran a piece in its first segment on the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Networks "School Supply Drive." The segment featured CAN volunteers as they sorted through an entire classroom filled with supplies donated by Denver attorneys. Pictures of the event can be found on pages 22-23 of this issue.

The Denver office of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, "once the 11th largest law firm in the city" (according to a story in the Denver Business Journal), is closing at the end of the year.

Congratulations to Natalie Hanlon-Leh, who was named tops in the "Professional" category in the Women in Business section of The Denver Business Journal and had a nice writeup. Peggy Montaño and Barbara Wells were "outstanding finalists."

James Rouse was pictured with his son on the front of the business section in the Post late August, in a story about the "college-cost crunch."

H&H’s Bob Keatinge was quoted in the ABA Journal about LLP’s having options when wrongful distributions are alleged.


Shelley Spiecker of Holland & Hart was quoted in the February issue of Trial on mock trial research practices; she was also in an issue of the Medical Economics Journal on key tips for doctors when giving depositions. Dr. Spiecker’s dissertation was also published in Law and Human Behavior.

Lynn Kornfeld and Karen Perez Reilly, both of Faegre & Benson, wrote an article for the Colorado Real Estate Journal on mitigating risks when purchasing brownfields redevelopment property.

Colorado Women’s News had a story on Elisa Moran, who was named president for Rose Women’s Organization.

A great announcement in the Post began: "Colorado will become the first state where low-income people can file court documents in civil cases online free of charge." For this pilot program, self-help kiosks will be installed in Adams, Arapahoe and El Paso county courthouses.

The new law school at DU got a large write-up in the Post, with photos.

Another story in the Post touted the opening of a Denver Community Court in the Cole neighborhood.


Marian Carlson has opened her consulting practice, Carlson Performance Strategies. You can call her at (303) 756-0437 or go on her Web site:

Sam Cheris has taken a new position as Senior Vice President, CFO and General Counsel for Blackhawk GeoServices located in Golden. 

Former CBA president Jerry Conover has left Faegre & Benson and joined Moye Giles’ Litigation Group. James Serven and Lynn Chapman Greene have joined the Real Estate Group there.

Baldwin & Brown has changed its name to Baldwin & Carpenter. "We wish our partner and friend Dennis Brown all the success at his new firm!" The firm (Rob Baldwin, Stacy Carpenter, Peter Morgan, Tory Riter, Peggy Kozal and Douglas Griess) will "continue to emphasize commercial litigation, employment law, professional liability and insurance matters."


John S. Lowe is the 50th president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation for 2003-04.

The Colorado Trial Lawyers have these officers for the coming year: President Mike Hodges, president-elect Skip Netzorg, vice-president Murray Ogborn, secretary J. Keith Killian and treasurer Darin Schanker.



Yates & Leal announced Kevin A. Cain and Matthew S. Mersfelder are new associates.

Icenogle, Norton, Smith & Blieszner welcomes Bruce E. Deacon and William P. Ankele Jr., both Of Counsel.


Bob Montgomery has added Tony Damon as an associate. "The firm will continue to provide legal services in the areas of family law and consumer bankruptcy."

Kerstin E. Cass and Theodore J. Hartl are associates with Jessop & Company.

Godfrey & Lapuyade’s trial team belatedly welcomes R. Brian Daniel and Ingrid Vinci and announces their rapid expansion with new additions Julie Noonan and Kathleen McCoy.

Robert C. Kaufman has joined the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the Litigation practice.

Duncan Barber, Julie Trent and James Shortall have been named partners of Bieging Shapiro & Burrus.

News from Holland & Hart: Christopher Thomas has joined the labor and employment group, Donald Allen has joined the bankruptcy group and Joe Ramirez has joined the business litigation group.

John Collins III, formerly of Deloitte & Touche, has joined Rumler Tarbox Lyden as an associate.

Ruth Johnson is Of Counsel with Johnson & Repucci.

Ireland Stapleton announces two shareholders and directors: Russell Kemp, who specializes in commercial real estate and Dino Ross, special districts and public and private employment law.

Jeff Tauscher & Peter Schippits have become associates at Gelt, Paddison & Grassgreen.




Jack E. Reutzel has formed Reutzel & Associates with Shari L. Ulery, Karen V. Reutzer, Harvey E. Deutsch and John M. Spillane as Of Counsel.

Timothy Tymkovich’s firm congratulates him on his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit "We wish him every success and we will miss our friend and partner." The firm name is changed to Hale Hackstaff Friesen.

A new firm: Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell. It includes Polly Jessen, Stephen Kaplan, Peter Kirsch, Lori Potter, John Putnam and Sarah Rockwell. Phone is (303) 825-7000.

Acena Schwartz Oveson Baines

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber announced additions: Ana L. Acena, Bryan M. Schwartz, Mark M. Oveson and Jeffrey D. Baines.

New firm Kloepfer & Gorrell includes Peter Kloepfer, Teryl Gorrell, Karl Leppman, Vincent Toenjes and Cynthia Bargell. They’re in LoDo, phone is (303) 996-7200.

Immediate Past DBA President Liz Starrs will be leaving Kennedy & Christopher. Starrs, Michael T. Mihm and Richard B. Caschette are forming Starrs Mihm & Caschette LLP, 1675 Broadway, Suite 1800 Denver, 80202. Their new phone is (303) 592-5900.

Jason Dotson has joined Scheitler & Elio as an associate.

Krisen D. Bear has joined Collins Cockrel & Cole as a shareholder. 



Retired Denver District Judge Warren Martin, past recipient of th DBA’s Judicial Excellence Award, died in September. A CU grad for both undergraduate and law school, Martin was appointed to the bench by Gov. Lamm in 1980. Judge Steve Phillips said, "we think he tried more cases than anyone in the history of this court."

Charles E. Palmer died in August at age 68. He was a DU grad and retired from Sherman & Howard.

Kelley Green, 57, an environmental lawyer, advocate and philanthropist, died in August. She founded the Land and Water Fund, Earth Walk and The Green Fund.

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