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September 2003
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Legal Affairs

Most of the following may be true; some partially correct; some may be slightly libelous. We feel certain you’ll let us know.

GOOD THINGS: Faegre and Benson will house the Colorado Women’s Association and its executive director Mary Holverstott. Faegre partner Cathy Lemon will be president of the CWBA in 2004, succeeding former firm partner Jeanne Coleman.

Christine Mastin, associate with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons’s Denver office, was named to the board of SafeHouse Denver, Inc.

CTLA gave awards to Denver consumer attorneys Darin Schanker and Neil Hillyard, Colorado State legislators Sen. Sue Windels and Rep. Jennifer Veiga, and Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar at their annual awards dinner.

CDLA Trial Lawyer of the Year is Bill Gray and Defense Lawyer of the Year is John Lebsack.

DU College of Law won three Center for Multicultural Excellence Recognition Awards. The awards went to the College, to Mary Ricketson, dean of the College, and to Patricia Powell, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, for significant commitment to diversity during 2002-2003.

Lindquist & Vennum published its 2002 Pro Bono and Public Service Annual Report. It’s the sixth year that the firm "not only met the ABA’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge of devoting three percent of our time to pro bono services, but did so with the involvement of all of our active lawyers and paralegals."

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People sponsored a team in the AIDS Walk this year.

Ned Minor, president of Minor & Brown, has been named chair-elect for the 2003-04 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Denison University has honored CU Law Prof. Charles Wilkinson for his contributions to the legal profession, the community and his alma mater.

David Palmer, managing partner of the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig, has been named to the panel of distinguished neutrals of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.

The first part of August marked the official moving of DU College of Law to the main campus, which unites all academic units on one campus for the first time since 1944. DU Law enrolls 1,200 students and employs more than 150 faculty and staff.

The $63.5 million, 210,000 square-foot center was designed "to enhance the way law students learn and to be a resource to the legal community."

Kim Willoughby has written "Ordinary Issues—Extraordinary Solutions; Legal Guide for the Colorado GLBT community." It can be ordered from Bradford Publishing at $24.95. Her book discusses legal protection, relationships, estate planning, workplace issues, gay marriage, transgender issues and much more.

IN THE NEWS: Bill C. Berger, shareholder in Stettner, Miller and Cohn, wrote an interesting story for the Denver Business Journal about a sexual harassment suit against ExxonMobil. The employee lost the suit, appealed and lost the appeal. In Berger’s article, he lists seven lessons to be drawn from the case.

In another issue of the Denver Business Journal, the topic was fast food. Editor Neil Westergaard pointed out that a chocolate brownie frappuccino at Starbucks is 870 calories. Two op-ed pieces discussed lawsuits against those who make high-calorie food. Ross B. H. Buchanan, president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers, said he was confident a judge would find the right answer to whether the suits are frivolous. He reminded people once again about the facts on the "hot coffee case," as opposed to what has turned into urban legend.

Karen Samuels Jones of Gorsuch Kirgis had a profile in the Denver Business Journal.

There’s been much ranking of law firms and lawyers in the past month or so. We don’t have room to run them all. The Denver Business Journal had a "Who’s Who" and a "Best Lawyers." Law Week Colorado had a section, and went into details such as "significant deals," and tried to explain why some firms are growing and others are not. The choices are always interesting.

The Post’s new columnist Jim Spencer wrote a nice piece on Kishan Khanna, who at 64 passed the Colorado Bar. Khanna has been a professor, civil servant, management consultant and an author of eight books. His law degree is from the University of Bombay. The story came on a tip from Craig Eley.

David Schachter of Sherman and Howard wrote a story for the DBJ: "Legislators, lawyers and businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to target Spam."

CHANGES: Todd Irwin announces the formation of his firm, The Irwin Law Firm, 8101 East Prentice Ave., Suite 250, Greenwood Village. Phone is (303) 413-8000. He’s continuing to practice corporate and family immigration law.

Mary E. Kipp and Carie L. Manke have joined the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig.

Jeffrey A. Bartholomew has joined Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio.

Name change: The new name is Senn Visciano Kirschenbaum. For details, visit

Townsend and Townsend and Crew has elected partner Eugenia Garrett-Wackowski to its policy committee.

David V. Wadsworth has joined Sender & Wasserman as an associate.

Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason has added four new shareholders: Melissa Hubbard, Denise Maes, Mike Belo and Mike Cook. Their note said: "Come see our new offices on the 48th floor of the Republic Plaza Building!"

Susan F. Fisher has joined Fairfield and Woods.

Benson & Case announced that Jason Searns has joined the firm as Of Counsel and Steven R. Pitzner has joined as an associate.

Faegre & Benson welcomes environmental attorney Mark Semenoff.

Hall & Evans has moved across the street from its former offices in the Tabor Center. New address is 1125 Seventeenth Street, Suite 600, Denver, 80202. Phone remains the same. The firm has added Andrew J. Carafelli, Gillian Dale, Lance G. Eberhart, Steven M. Hamilton and Brian P. Molzahn.

Campbell Bohn Killin Brittan & Ray welcomes Armando Y. Aguilar and Caroline M. Batchelor as associates.

Burns, Figa & Will has expanded its Business Law group by adding Theresa M. Mehringer as a shareholder and Rachel Thomas Rowley as an associate.

MORE CHANGES: Marc Kaplan has expanded his firm to include associates Kelley Southerland and Katherine Karuschkat—the new firm name is Kaplan Law.

Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy welcomes William W. Hood III. He was most recently a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the 18th J.D.

Brent Mitchener Martin and E. Gregory Martin have formed Martin & Martin, 303 E. Seventeenth Avenue, Suite 1070, Denver, 80203. Phone is (303) 861-9180 and email: E. Gregory Martin remains of counsel to Martin & Fest in Boulder.

Benjamin, Bain & Howard announces its opening – with principals James G. Benjamin, James W. Bain, Wesley B. Howard and Eric V. Snyder, at 7315 E. Orchard Road, Suite 400, Greenwood Village. Phone is (303) 290-6600. They invite you to visit

Foster Graham Huttner "doubled in size" by adding five attorneys: David Foster as partner, Dudley Morton as associate counsel, and Brent Eisen, Robert Melun and Shari L. Ulery as special counsel. They had an open house in late July in their offices at 1226 Bannock Street.

Gelt, Paddison & Grassgreen announces that Jeff C. Tauscher has become an associate.

New name: Lohf Shaiman Jacobs Hyman & Feiger with the name of its newest shareholder: Lynn D. Feiger. The firm celebrates its 41st anniversary. Stephanie Struble is a new associate.

Holland & Hart welcomes: Michael Carrigan and M. Antonio Gallegos in the commercial litigation group, Brooke Domich in the labor and employment group, Valerie Simons in the business litigation group and Robert Walter in the securities group.

Collins Cockrel & Cole has added Kristen D. Bear as a shareholder and director.

Teryl Gorrell, Peter Kloepfer, Vince Toenjes, Karl Leppman and Cindy Bargell have formed the new firms of Kloepfer & Gorrell. Offices are at 1860 Blake St., Suite 650, Denver 80202. Phone: (303) 996-7200.

Yates & Leal has added Erin R. Kristofco as an associate.

Hilary Mogue Graham is an associate with Hayes, Phillips, Hoffmann & Carberry.

Joel S. Rosenstein has joined Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin as Of Counsel.

Kevin J. Kuhn is a shareholder with Montgomery Little & McGrew.

Wood, Ris & Hames announces that Stanley V. Jezierski is a new associate.

Steven L. Murray has opened a law office at 1600 Broadway, Suite 2400, Denver 80202. Phone: (303) 542-1960.

Kelly Haglund Garnsey & Kahn "congratulates our friends in the new venture of Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell" and extends best wishes to Lori Potter, who joins them.

Kamlet Shepherd welcomes C. Tyler Prochnow and Melissa R. Kaufman.

PASSED: Quigg Newton, Denver mayor from 1947-1955, the eighth president of CU and a member of Davis, Graham & Stubbs, died this past spring at the age of 91. He was called "a visionary academic administrator, an innovative civic leader and a great Coloradan…characterized by tremendous humility and appreciation of the work of others."

James Hegerty of Holland & Hart died recently at 75. He was a member of both the CBA & DBA since 1955 and also a member of the Mineral, Real Estate and Water Law sections.

Stanley Johnson, a municipal judge for Denver and Arapahoe counties during the 1980s, died in July at age 81. He was one of 12 founders and the first president of the Swedish Club in Denver. He fought at the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

Irving Oxman, 90, died in June. A DBA Honor Life Member, he was president of Beth Israel Hospital and very active in the Jewish community. He practiced with Oxman and Oxman.

We send our sympathy to the friends, family and colleagues of these members.

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