Denver Bar Association
April 2004
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Legal Affairs


On the panel to look into the CU football scandal are some familiar names: former Colorado Chief Justice Luis Rovira, former Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubofsky, attorney with Brownstein, Hyatt and Farber David Powell, and former judge Jacqueline St. Joan (founder of Project Safeguard).

Steve Black, of Holland & Hart, is the new deputy attorney general for natural resources and the environment.

Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar received the St. Thomas More Award when the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of Colorado held its Annual Red Mass and recognition breakfast. Michael Curran received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Scott Levin, senior partner at Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin was elected to Rose Community Foundation’s board. Former State Sen. Penfield W. Tate III and Neil Oberfeld are both on grant-making committees.

Lee Reichert, of Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert, has been elected to membership in the prestigious American Law Institute.

The new University of Denver College of Law building has been named the Frank H. Ricketson Jr. Law Building. Frank Ricketson was a 1919 graduate of the Westminster College of Law that later merged with DU. Ricketson; then went to Hollywood, worked for Howard Hughes, then later came back to Denver as president of Fox-Intermountain Theaters. He was an active community leader. Ricketson died in 1987 at age 91 and left $7 million for the College of Law. This gift matured into $12 million, which was crucial in funding the new building.

DU Law’s moot court teams have won the ABA and the American Trial Lawyers Association regional moot court competitions. They go on to the national competition. The ABA team was coached by Mike "Spider" Lowe and Mike Keating. It was the first moot court competition for both the winning team (Jeff Williams and Alison Zinn) and the judges. The ATLA team was coached by Prof. Karen Steinhauser and Prof. Dan Deasy. On the winning team was Kate Stimson, Ben Winters, Reggy Short and Shawn Gillum.

Mark S. Sexton, president and CEO of Evergreen Resources, was named a member of the board of Mountain States Legal Foundation.

Jim Leonard, partner in Faegre & Benson’s Denver office, was selected by the Downtown Denver Partnership to join the Emerging Leaders Program.


The Denver Post and the Boulder Daily Camera both editorialized against term limits for judges.

Mike McPhee at The Post wrote a front-page story titled "State’s halls of justice crammed." Among many others, he quoted Arapahoe District Judge Juanita Rice, who is in domestic law and lost her entire support staff to budget cutbacks. "No court clerk, no law clerk, no reporter, no bailiff, no interns, nobody to greet the public, just me," she said. "She would arrive at 6 a.m. each day, turn on the courtroom lights, fill the attorneys’ water jugs, answer the phone (70 calls a day) open the mail (100 pieces a day) and pull the files for that day’s docket. Only then would she don her black robe and hear as many as 27 cases a day. On weekends, she brings friends or her husband down to her courtroom to help her catch up." We’ve heard stories like this from many, many judges. The Post ran an editorial that day, "Cuts undermine justice." A story that also ran that day was a big look at the overcrowding in jails.

William R. Lucero was selected by the Colorado Supreme Court as Presiding Disciplinary Judge. He will preside over attorney discipline cases in which attorneys have been charged with violating professional ethical standards.

Law Week Colorado had a story that said in just five years Gov. Owens has appointed almost 100 judges in Colorado.


Moye Giles has merged with Miller Wood, a firm focused on complex litigation. James Miller, Jr. and Paul Wood will be partners and Thomas Eigner and Jake Matter will be in the litigation practice.

Virginia A. Grazer-Abel has joined Sagrillo Hammond & Dineen as an associate.

Faegre & Benson announces that Colleen M. Faddick, Michael S. Freeman and Janet Lawler McDaniel are now partners in the Denver office.

T. J. Maxfield has joined Stewart Title of Denver as associate counsel.

At Sherman & Howard the following associates have been elected to membership: Marcy M. Heronimus, Allison Herren Lee, Kirsten B. Stewart and Cynthia M. Stovall.

Krista L. Tushar is a shareholder with McGloin, Davenport, Severson and Snow.

Fred Winocur

Fredric M. Winocur, formerly of Haddon, Morgan, Mueller, Jordan, Mackey and Foreman, is a partner with Kamlet Shepherd.

Greenberg Traurig welcomes Richard M. Petkun as a shareholder in the Denver office.

Matthew E. Willis has joined Fowler, Schimberg & Flanagan as an associate.

New partners at Hogan & Hartson are: Sarah Kinnick Hilty, David L. London and Charles T. Mitchell.

Robert T. Fishman is Of Counsel to Richilano & Ridley.

Hatch & Moschetti welcomes Mary Maikoetter as Special Counsel.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti welcomes Colin L. Barnacle as an associate in the Denver office. Betsy C. Donat is an associate with Miles & Peters.

Montgomery Little & McGrew announces that Chris Little and John R. Riley have become directors.

James L. Crane is an associate with Baldwin & Brown.

Steven W. Watkins is an associate with Weinberger & Serruto.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to announce the addition of Constance Smith to its estate planning and tax practices division.

Guadalupe J. Sisneros has joined the firm of Fairfield and Woods to practice in the litigation and appellate departments.

Scott Regan has joined EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. as an attorney.

Townsend and Townsend and Crew announces the addition of Melissa A. Haapala as associate in Denver.

Timothy Scull was named partner in Merchant & Gould’s Denver office.

Chad Hilyard

Faegre & Benson has recently added Chad S. Hilyard to its Colorado Intellectual Property practice.

King & Greisen announces the addition of two new associates: Alison Daniels and Jennifer S. Cohen.


Rick Stone, formerly of Holley, Albertson & Polk is now in-house counsel for First Data Properties, managing its real estate legal department. Phone: 720-332-3961.

White and Steele announces that Keith R. Olivera has been named shareholder and William K. Rounsborg has been named an officer of the firm. Lance E. Shurtleff and Merrily S. Archer are associates.

Martha Tierney is a member of Kelly Haglund Garnsey & Kahn.

Powers Phillips welcomes Wendy E. Weigler as shareholder in its litigation group. Visit the firm at or call (303) 297-1900.

Matthew G. Weber has joined Holland & Hart’s Litigation Department as Of Counsel.

Neeti Pawar has become a partner at DiManna & Jackson (the first-ever additional partner in its 20+ year history). She will continue to focus in the areas of family and employment law. She just completed her presidency of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and soon begins her tenure as second vice-president of the Denver Bar.


Anderson & Jahde is moving from Cherry Creek to 2100 W. Littleton Blvd., Suite 300, Littleton 80120. Phone is (303) 782-0003. Also: Stewart James Rourke, formerly with White and Steele, has joined as a shareholder.

John O. Martin and John L. Conklin have formed Martin Conklin. Other attorneys in the firm are: Kathleen M. Shea, Carolyn Sprinthall Knaut, Carole Salamaha, Camille T. Ventrell and J. R. Geraghty. The firm will specialize in medical malpractice defense, health care law, complex litigation and appellate work. Address is 101 University Blvd, Suite 440, Denver 80206. Phone is (303) 321-1980.


We were so sorry to hear of the death of Craig Fleishman’s son.

Jonathan C.S. Cox, 59, member of the DBA, passed away in February.

Richard Hartman, 83, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, served in Berlin under Gen. Eisenhower, practiced law for the Denver Welfare Department, then was in private practice for 50 years, died recently.

Bill Ris
, 88, a founding partner of Wood, Ris & Hames, died in December. He was in the Army Infantry during WWII, then was appointed to the faculty at the Judge Advocate Generals’ School. He was president of the Law Club, the Colorado Bar Association and was given the DBA Award of Merit.

Wayne Williams, 89, former DBA president, died recently.

Thomas Faulkner, 71, a Catholic priest who went to law school, who became an associate with Holland and Hart, partner at Baron, Faulkner & Salazar, and devoted countless hours to pro bono work died recently. He received the DBA’s Volunteer of the Year award and was a Channel 7 Everyday Hero.

Dan Cress

Dan Cress, 44, well-known to CBA convention-goers when he taped all the programs, died Feb. 16. A memorial fund has been established in Dan’s name at the Wells Fargo Bank, 481 Hwy. 105, Suite 214, Monument, CO 80132, to help with medical expenses and education expenses for his son.

To the friends, family and colleagues of these men, we send our condolences.


Docket writer David Erickson is proud of his daughter, Jennifer, pictured here
climbing an icefall in the Canadian Rockies.

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