Denver Bar Association
March 2003
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Legal Affairs


Congratulations to Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons on the 100th birthday (the third firm in Denver to make a century, unless readers tell us different) —we’ll have a story in The Docket soon. In the meantime, go to their website, and see some fascinating history.

Ed Ramey, of Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy, received the Citizen of the Year Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education at their annual conference.


Lawrence S. Fullerton of The Fullerton Company, attorney-developer of downtown lofts, recently took the helm as the 2003 president of the 1,400-member Metro Denver Home Builders Association. Good luck.


Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, a huge national firm that began in 1926, has closed its doors. At its zenith in 2001, Brobeck was the most successful law firm in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, with almost 1,000 lawyers, annual profits per partner approaching $1.2 million, and a client list that included Cisco Systems, Nike and Sun Microsystems. During the 1990s, Brobeck went through a major expansion, opening offices in New York, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, and expanding internationally. The Westminster office is also closing.

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association honored U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her "outstanding contributions to the legal profession, the judiciary and women in general."

Gregory Sopkin of Gorsuch Kirgis was tapped by the governor to be the new chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.






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A story in the Rocky Mountain News noted the changing face of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber. Tom Strickland is going to Hogan & Hartson, instead of returning after his Senate bid.

John Frew is leaving to run the Grand Prix full time. High-profile Republicans Marti P. Allbright, who ran for attorney general, and Judy Black, who will serve as legislative consultant in its Washington office, recently joined BHF. The firm also announced new shareholders: Ted J. Trimpa, Joshua J. Widoff, Patricia L. Gruber, Michael J. Pankow, Amy L. Benson, David D. Powell, Jr., Bruce L. Plotkin and associates Kevin R. Rohnstock and Sarah S. Lindholm.

The Denver Post ran an article titled "Activists for disabled battle for access." Kevin Williams, legal director for Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (also the DBA’s 2002 Liberty Bell Award recipient), and Tim Fox of Fox & Robertson, were mentioned.

The Rocky ran a profile on Frank Azar and his TV commercials.

Judge John Kane had a guest commentary in The Post about juror questions—he believes in them, and mentioned that Colorado has been in the forefront of jury reform since 1964.

Michael Woodson had a "viewpoint" column in the Denver Business Journal proposing a "special sector run on principles" and one that would "extricate physicians and lawyers from the gamesmanship of the for-profit and political sectors."

In The Post: "Law-school grads balking at low-pay jobs." The story looks at how students use loans to get through law school and the resulting problems. CBA President John Moye discusses this issue in the March The Colorado Lawyer.

Bill Leone, first assistant to U.S. Attorney John Suthers, "declined consideration for a federal judgeship" because the Qwest probe is at a crucial point.

Lovely picture in The News of the 48-foot copper spire being put on the new DU College of Law. It’s scheduled to open this July. See page 23 for other pictures.

John Harms heard the story of a young boy who rescued his mother and organized a ceremony at the National Western Stock Show to honor him.

David Schachter of Sherman & Howard had a story in the DBJ entitled "Case tests Fed’s attempt to curb Internet piracy."

The Colorado Women’s News had a story about Michele Lamontagne, who with John Guinn, left the Kobayashi firm to form a firm where they could spend time with their families and also pursue their legal careers. It’s Lamontagne & Guinn, (303) 507-0870.

In The Rocky: David Palmer, partner with Greenberg Taurig, picked U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch as his hero.

Johnny Barajas has been appointed to the Denver County Court bench by Denver Mayor Webb. He was a District Court Magistrate for the 17th J.D.








Sheldon Friedman will be taking a primary role as mentor to the litigation department at Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy, where he’s practiced since 1960. He will also teach a course in advanced trial preparation at DU College of Law.

James C. Ellenberger has become a director and shareholder of Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti. The firm welcomes Andrew L. Meyers and Aaron J. Hill as associates.

Snell & Wilmer has added Lance Vietzke to the Denver office in the Intellectual Property practice area.

Neil I. Pomerantz has been elected partner in the Denver office of Morrison & Foerster.

John R. "Jack" Harding, Jr., has joined The Harris Law Firm as an associate, bringing to six the number of lawyers in that family practice firm.

Regina Rodriguez, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Colorado, has joined Faegre & Benson as Special Counsel. Four new partners include Charles D. Calvin, Nancy Dickinson, Peter J. Kinsella and Charles W. Weese.

Sherman & Howard announced the election of William A. Wright to membership.

New partners at Patton Boggs include Nada Culver and David E. Brody.

At Davis Graham & Stubbs, new partners are Cindy S. Birley, Catherine A. Hance, Peter H. Schwartz and Geoffrey H. Simon.

Fairfield & Woods welcomes David J. Stephenson, Jr., and Benjamin W. Chase.

Townsend and Townsend and Crew has elevated Chad S. Hilyard and William. F. Vobach to partnership. Associate Kenneth S. Chang has joined the group.


Holland & Hart welcomes Thomas J. Osborne to its intellectual property practice.

Eric J. Voogt is an associate with Inman Flynn & Biesterfeld.

Timothy V. Dix and Michael L. Glaser have joined Shughart Thomson Kilroy.

Kathryn Haight has become a shareholder with Welborn Sullivan Meck Tooley.

Sean D. Baker and Mark T. Clouatre are directors of the Denver-based Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy.

Diana Powell has joined Gutterman Griffiths & Powell as a shareholder.

F.J. "Rick" Dindinger II is a shareholder in Burns, Figa & Will.

McGeady Sisneros announces that Valerie D. Bromley has become an associate.

Stacy D. Mueller has joined the Denver office of Baker & Hostetler. Raymond L. Sutton, managing partner in Denver, has been appointed to the Policy Committee.




Rick Riebesell and Kimberly A. Porter have formed Riebesell & Porter at 1775 Sherman, Suite 1430, Denver, 80203. Phone: (303) 830-9185.

Engel Reiman & Lockwood has relocated its office to downtown—the fifth floor of the Equitable Building, 730 17th Street. Phone is (303) 741-1111.


We spelled Steven G. Greenlee’s name wrong last month. He’s a partner at Montgomery, Kolodny, Amatuzio & Dusbabek.


Michelle Lucero’s new goal is to become the "BBQ Queen of Denver." She and her husband have opened Brickyard BBQ in North Denver at 38th & Stuart. They’re getting raves.…


Victoria B. Kimbrough, the National Federation of Paralegal Association’s treasurer and director of finance, died on Jan. 30. She was 36. Kimbrough was a frequent guest speaker at the CBA CLE’s series for Colorado Legal Support Staff on contract management and Internet resources. She was a past co-chair of the CBA Paralegal Committee.

Contributions can be made in memory of Victoria to the Humane Society of Boulder, 2323 55th Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301.

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