Denver Bar Association
January 2004
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Legal Affairs

GOOD THINGS: Marvin Ventrell, director of the National Association of Counsel for Children, has been given the 2004 C. Henry Kempe Award. He will be honored at the Kempe Annual Gala on April 24.

Robert W. Walter, of Holland & Hart, has been accepted to membership in the National Speakers Association.


Holme Roberts & Owen was named one of Denver’s "Best Places to Work" in the Denver Business Journal.

Kimberlie Ryan published "Employment Law: An Essential Guide for Colorado Employers" by Bradford Publishing.

Congratulations to the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association on its 50th anniversary. Started as the Colorado Association of Claimants and Compensation Attorneys, CTLA celebrated with a sold-out party at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Jim Leventhal, partner at Leventhal, Brown and Puga, was elected co-chair of the Medical Negligence Information Group for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

At the Colorado Judicial Institute’s First Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner, members of the 24-year-old group honored three judges: Harlan Bockman, Charles T. Hopping and T.J. Cole. About 400 attended; the funds raised will benefit the Judicial Education Fund. The always-eloquent Dean Gene R. Nichol of the University of North Carolina School of Law, was keynote speaker.


Ann Frick, a founding member of Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley, was named a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Also inducted were Chuck Goldberg, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons; Pamela Mackey, Haddon Morgan Mueller Jordan Mackey & Foreman; and John Mosby, in private practice.

Distinguished University of Colorado at Boulder Law Professor Charles Wilkinson is the recipient of the 2003 Earle A. Chiles Award, given by the High Desert Museum.

Stan and Jane Rosenbaum were honored by Jewish Family Service of Colorado in December for their service to the disabled community and Stan’s hours of pro bono legal assistance.

IN THE NEWS: The Rocky had a story entitled "Judgment mixed on auto insurance change." Bill Imig, who worked as a lobbyist for the auto insurance industry at the legislature, was on the panel that the story was based on. In that same issue, a story on legal and accounting fees in the United Airlines Chapter 11 bankruptcy case had some amazing figures. UAL is paying hourly rates as high as $730 to Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Also: the editorial section had a pro and con about jury nullification

Mark Masters, who explains trusts and estate law so well, was on Channel 9 recently talking about a Florida case involving living wills.

Much to do about the recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling that the "midnight gerrymander" was unconstitutional. We assume you read the spate of stories. The Rocky editorialized against it; The Post was for it (except for the irascible Al Knight).

Jeanne Floreke and Steve Briggs were pictured in The Post about their trip to Brazil.

Congrats to Stephanie Kane whose new book "Extreme Indifference," will be an alternate selection for the Book of the Month club, and to her husband federal Judge John Kane, who’s gone public about his fight with breast cancer. We hear some of his friends shaved their heads to commiserate with him—jolly good show.

Columnist Al Lewis in The Post discussed a worldwide poll asked which professions people distrust the most. 84 percent said they distrusted politicians; 64 percent distrust corporate managers; 62 percent distrusted journalists; and only 51 percent distrusted lawyers. Perhaps an odd comfort.

The Rocky photographed Nancy Elkind during a rehab session at St. Joes Hospital. The story was about her heart attack and the symptoms that doctors and women often ignore (unexplained fatigue).

Miles Gersh and James Helfrich were pictured in The News in their new LoDo loft/office. It’s on the corner of 19th and Blake, formerly the Crocker Cracker Factory.

Law Week Colorado had an interesting look at holiday parties, and gave us a "sampling" of what some firms had planned. For instance, Faegre & Benson had 300 at Mile High Station with a live band. Friedlob Sanderson had a murder mystery party at the Brown Palace. Silver & DeBoskey went to Indigos and entertainment was "our own." Bond & Morris took 20 to Tante Louise and then the Comedy Works. They also gave rules for the parties (Don’t get drunk! Don’t flirt!).

DU Law Prof. Lucy Marsh was on WB2 News a few times about the living will case in Florida. She worked with the DBA/CBA to put up an instructional living will form on the Web site.


CHANGES: Daniel Vigil has joined DU College of Law after 20 years at the University of Colorado School of Law. He is Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

After eight years in-house as Assistant General Counsel at Echo Bay Mines and then Duke Energy,

Anne Weber has returned to private practice and formed the Weber Law Firm. Phone is (303) 893-2004.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons has added Lars H. Fuller and Josiah L. Kibe as associates.

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

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


Troy Eid, formerly Gov. Owens Chief Legal Counsel and then Executive Director of the Department of Personnel and Administration, has joined the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig. Also, James R. Prochnow has joined that firm.

Faegre & Benson has recently added five associates to its Colorado practice: Joseph W. Galera in General Litigation, Kourtney E. Hartmann in Real Estate, Jennifer K. Harrison and Christy L. Kobck in Business Litigation, Eric J. Triplett in Regulatory Litigation.

Kirk Maldonado has joined Sherman & Howard as a member of its tax and probate department.

Kim Morss, general counsel and legislative liaison for the Colorado Judicial Department has stepped down and Carol Haller, a Weld County judge, will assume her duties.

Van Aaron Hughes has joined Dorsey & Whitney as Of Counsel in the Denver office.

The Hustead Law Firm is pleased to announce that John D. Mereness and John H. Stevens have joined the firm.

MORE CHANGES: Douglas W. Benson, with Milo D. Miller III, Heidi E. Storz and Jesse Howard Witt have formed Benson & Associates. Formerly operating as a branch of Burdman & Benson, the new firm will emphasize construction defect litigation and appeals.

James W. Faber and Scott D. Sweeney have joined Hall & Evans as associates.


Holland & Hart welcomes Emily Hobbs-Wright to the firm’s litigation department.

The Schafer Law Offices is pleased to announce that Karina M. Thomas is a shareholder. The new firm name is Schafer Thomas.


Bryan D. Biesterfeld, Heather F. Shore, Jennifer H.Vold have joined Pendleton Friedberg Wilson & Hennessey as senior associates.

Truhlar and Truhlar welcomes Gretchen E. Fuss as an associate.

Peter B. Scull has joined Dahl & Osterloth.

Kathryn I. Hopping and Amanda L. Smith have joined Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti as associates.

Elizabeth A. Gormley has joined Beiging Shapiro & Burrus.

Jonathan O. Wilson is an associate with Sutherland Tarler & Laugeson.

Barbara Quade "bids her partners Fran Fontana and Al Bonin and their partnership of 11 years a loving goodbye," and announces that she will provide ADR services in the area of family law. Her phone is (303) 987-1127.

Diana H. Hale (R.N. and J.D.) has joined Jaudon & Avery.

Anthony L. Leffert and Langdon J. Jorgensen have joined Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio as shareholders and Chad M. McShane has joined as an associate.

Bloom Murr & Accomazzo welcomes Kara Dawn L. Veitch and Todd R. Wagner as associates.

Laurie A. Hunter has joined Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley as Of Counsel.

Kathryn S. Kanda is an associate with McGeady Sisneros.

Stacia D. Kuhn has opened Kuhn Law.

Hogan & Hartson welcomes Steven C. Bachar, J. Brad Bernthal and Margaret E. Preston in its Denver office.

Hale Hackstaff Friesen announces Robert T. Hoban is a new associate.

Leigh H. Singleton has joined Minor & Brown as an associate.

Donna J. Bloomer has joined the Denver office of Patton Boggs.


CBA Past President Bill Ris, 88, went to North High and CU Law School. He was a trial lawyer until he retired in 1985, except for three years in the Army. Among his many accomplishments, he was president of Denver Law Club, received the DBA Award of Merit and was a fellow of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

DBA Past President Wayne D. Williams, 89, Denver native, had a law degree from Columbia, was a captain in JAG, handled the appeals of Japanese defendants during WWII, was general counsel for Denver Water Board and handled litigation for the Two Forks dam proposal. An avid fly fisherman, he climbed all the 14ers and lectured on international law at DU.

Harry A. Galligan Jr., 75, formerly executive secretary of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and Tony Zarlengo, 83, former municipal judge, bombardier in WW II, owner of a chain of music stores (and played his accordion with Lawrence Welk) both died recently.

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