Denver Bar Association
November 2003
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Legal Affairs


The Denver Juvenile Court celebrated its 100th anniversary in September, inviting about 150 middle school children to join state lawmakers, lawyers, judges and social service agencies for the festivities. The Denver Juvenile Court employs 97 people, including three judges, two magistrates and 70 juvenile probation employees. In 2002, the court handled 6,000 new cases, including paternity and support, neglect, delinquency, truancy, relinquishment and adoption.

Sally Gilbert celebrates 20 years of editing the Colorado Jury Verdict Reporter, an invaluable publication that’s helped many in the legal community. Congratulations.

Grover Brittain of McKenna Long & Aldridge, and Paula Torke of Dorsey & Whitney, have received The David Award from the Mile High Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators for significant and extended contributions to the association. The award is named after David Vogels and David Brezina, who were national presidents from the Mile High Chapter.


Michael Huttner has started up the Rocky Mountain Progressive Network, according to a Denver Post story. It will "launch a media war room" to counterbalance what they describe as the right-wing voices dominating public policy.

In its "40 under 40" issue, the Denver Business Journal selected these attorneys to honor: Stacy Carpenter, Baldwin & Brown; Bruce Plotkin, Brownstein Hyatt & Farber; Lee Reichert, Kamlet, Shepherd & Reichert; Phyllis Wan, Hogan & Hartson; Dan Deasy, Browning and Associates; James Leonard, Fagre & Benson; and Rachel Yates, Holland & Hart.

The Denver Business Journal ran a story on "Denver’s largest law firm expanding litigation group." It pictures (announcements are below) the next class of litigators at Holland & Hart. The story said H&H "has hired a mix of partners and mid-level associates, with two of the recent hires public prosecutors."

Check in at to see the latest national mid-level associates’ poll by The American Lawyer. It mentions some Denver firms, and goes into all kinds of detail (including letting participants say what they’d like to tell management). According to this survey, these associates worked an average of 56.5 hours a week, billed 45.6 hours weekly, the average salary was $132,566, and the average bonus $14,446. The poll found that the crucial ingredient to associate satisfaction was partner-associate relations. That topped satisfying work and being family-friendly.

Paul Campos, CU law professor, wrote a column in The Rocky about lunching with criminal defense lawyer Gerry Spence. In Spence’s new book, "The Smoking Gun," he takes out after prosecutors. He said judges should be chosen from all practicing trial lawyers and rotate in and out of legal practice. He would merge the DA’s and the PD’s office into a single department, with identical budgets and caseloads. Cases would be chosen by lot.

Cole Finegan of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber is Denver’s new City Attorney.


Our thoughts and prayers to Hugh McClearn, who is struggling with injuries from a bike accident and to Judge John Kane, who’s in treatment for cancer.


Rob Baldwin has had a book of his poetry published. It’s called "Light & Darkness." Manuel Ramos had a reading at the Tattered Cover for "Brown-on-Brown," the latest Luis Montez mystery novel. Stephanie Kane will have a reading at the Tattered Cover LoDo on Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., for her newest "Extreme Indifference," and Bruce Ducker has a new novel, "Mooney in Flight" published late October by MacAdam/Cage. Gilbert Román has had "The Masterplan," published. Robert Leland Johnson has written a book entitled "Yale Sophomore" and published by Xlibris Publishing. Congratulations to all our authors!! Did we miss anyone? Please let us know.

DU v. CU:

The first annual CU vs. DU Law school alumni Golf Tournament, was won by CU (Above): Adam Averbach, Melissa Hubbard, Tony Giordano and Ed Perlmutter. DU’s team, Howard Lindquist and Tom Devine have vowed revenge next summer.


We got a copy of this e-mail written by a friend of someone who works in the bar office.

"Hi Mother, Today I went out to lunch with (unnamed person) and I went up to see her office. She works for the Colorado Bar Association, which contrary to what its name sounds like is actually a lawyer place. So I’m surrounded by all of these fancy lawyer types, and of course about six of them cram themselves into the elevator with me. They were super dorky and then this one guy leaps in at the last second and frantically pushes the button for the third floor about 25 times. Unfortunately, I used up all of my stash of reservation, tact and general politeness by about 8:15 this morning, and I ended up having to step on my own foot the whole ride down to keep quiet and not yell at him for being annoying. Love, Anonymous."

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Featherstone DeSisto announces that Sarah E. Smyth has become an associate, following a clerkship with Justice Gregory Hobbs.

Robert McCormack has joined the Denver office of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons as an associate.

Kimberly C. Porter has joined The Harris Law Firm as firm administrator.

Oil and gas lawyer Gregory R. Danielson has joined Davis Graham & Stubbs as a partner.

Holland & Hart had these announcements: Maureen Witt and John Husband have been appointed to the management committee. New partners elected are: Kristine M. Miller, Timothy P. Getzoff, Teresa D. Locke, J. Triplett Mackintosh. New associates are: Mark C. Rohlena, Kristin Kilpela Graham, Barry Bartel, Brandon M. Williams, Joanna R. Vilos, Jonathan S. Bender.

Troy Eid, former chief counsel to Gov. Bill Owens, has joined Greenberg Traurig after serving two years as the state’s personnel director. Also, James R. Prochnow has joined as a shareholder.

Denver bankruptcy attorney Carl Eklund and two of his associates at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, Alan Motes and Christy McDonald, are joining Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.

Sagrillo Hammond & Dineen has hired Geraldine J. Dauby and Jennifer R. Bailey as associates.

The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution named Denver mediator/arbitrator Joe McMahon to its Construction and Environmental Panels.

Bradley D. Chapman is an associate with Allen & Vellone.

Kevin A. Cain is an associate with Yates & Leal.

The addition of Ann C. Gushurst as a shareholder results in this new firm name: Harrington, Brewster, Clein and Gushurst.

Joyce Seelen has moved her law office to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Contact her at

Baldwin & Brown welcomes Douglas R. Griess as an associate.

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

Moye Giles welcomes Lynn Chapman Greene and Frederic K. Jerry Conover.

Maria Flora has formed Maria J. Flora, P.C., a general practice emphasizing bankruptcy. Phone is (303) 863-1400.

Dufford & Brown welcomes Mark A. Davidson as a shareholder and Christian D. Hammond as associate.

Amy Bauer and Andrew R. McLetchie have joined Fowler, Schimberg & Flanagan as associates.

Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis welcome associates Stephen A. Justino, Charlie L. Peters, Steven C. Janiszewski, Dianne Pacheco-Van Voorhees and Son V. Pham.

Immediate Past DBA President Liz Starrs has new info: Starrs Mihm & Caschette,1675 Broadway, Suite 1800, Denver, 80202. Phone (303) 592-5900 and e-mail


Elizabeth J. Dietrich has opened a legal recruiting company, eJD Search, which specializes in permanent placement of attorneys in Colorado. Her website is, phone is (303) 634-2200, and her email is

Thom Cuttita has formed a consulting services company providing litigation support for attorneys in construction law. His web address is and phone is (303) 988-1438.


We mourn the passing of these members: Arun Das, 54, of Gorsuch Kirgis; John W. Heyer, 75; Samuel H. Sterling, 96; retired Colorado District Court Judge Abraham Bowling, 84; Donald Eckstein, 68, an employment law consultant; and Dick Hanneman, 69, of Hall & Evans for 33 years. We send condolences to family and friends.

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