Denver Bar Association
June 2003
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Legal Affairs


Professor William Pizzi was given the Clifford Calhoun Public Service Award in recognition of his contribution to the CU Law School and the legal community.



Jack Trigg, of Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy, was selected by the DU Alumni Association to participate in the school’s eighth annual Masters Week program, which brings outstanding alumni to campus and allows them to share career insights and experiences with students.

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association honored University of Denver College of Law Dean Mary Ricketson with the Mary Lathrop Award.

Kevin Kuhn, of Montgomery Little & McGrew, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Attorneys and staff of McConnell Siderius Fleischner Houghtaling & Craigmile became the first Gold Level Sponsor of the Domino’s Pizza Make A Wish Half Marathon. Four attorneys from the firm—Michael McConnell, Traci Van Pelt, Ellen Ivy and Meghan Pound, ran the 13.1 mile course.

The Denver Law Club roasted Greg Stutz and Fred Rodgers. Judge Bob Kapelke mentioned that Rodgers was the "love child of Roy and Ginger Rogers, which explains his unique talent of yodeling ‘Happy Trails’ while dancing backwards in high heels." Joe Hodges roasted Greg in a PowerPoint program showing him Docket fashion in a bathtub.


Steve Farber was among six "Fathers of the Year" honorees at the American Diabetes Association fundraiser for the ADA on June 10. 5280 magazine also featured Steve and Norm: "Denver’s most powerful lobbyists are counted not just locally but by governors and presidential hopefuls." This, of course, was not the only mention of these principals or this firm in the last month but we only have so much room.

The Denver Business Journal featured Paul Hilton, Tom Strickland and Dan Shea: "High-profile attorneys raise visibility of Hogan & Hartson." In the issue, David Schachter of Sherman and Howard had an article entitled "Four Rules for Protecting Your Million-Dollar Idea."

Michael Katz, after 25 years in the federal public defender’s office, is retiring. We wish him well!

Rocky Mountain News’ gossip columnist Penny Parker devoted half an April column to the party thrown by Kamlet Shepherd Reichert & Edgington—hosted on "tax relief day" at Morton’s (saying they might become the next Brownstein Hyatt & Farber).

CBA president-to-be Steve Briggs had a long editorial piece in The Post on April 6 about Tabor, Amendment 23, and how we could avoid problems in the future.

Scott Smith, with Greenberg Traurig, was called a "real-life Jerry Maguire" by the Denver Business Journal in connection with his firm representing 16 rookies signing NFL deals.

A really good story by Gary Lozow on what it was like to be called as a juror—when there was "no way" he could have been chosen—was in the Denver Business Journal.




Andrew R. Newell has joined Gorsuch Kirgis as a senior associate. He was with Nichols & Associates in Boulder.

Lee Osman has been appointed by Dorsey & Whitney to head the firm’s worldwide Patent Practice Group. Osman joined Dorsey & Whitney in 2000 after serving with Holland & Hart in its intellectual property group. Greg S. Tamkin has been named partner and Jason L. Johnson and Eric J. Moutz have joined the firm’s Trial Group.

Kennedy & Christopher announces that Lisa Todd, Darlene H. Stone, Jennifer C. Madsen and Brian C. Proffitt have joined the firm as associates. Catherine O’Brien Crum has become a shareholder.



Baker & Hostetler announced that Steven W. Moore, a former assistant city attorney, has joined the Denver office as Of Counsel with the firm’s national Employment and Labor Group.

Gregory C. Langham has been appointed by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado to the position of Clerk of Court, filling Jim Manspeaker’s position.

Sherman & Howard has added four attorneys to its tax department: Bruce R. Muir, John H. Birkeland, Marcie N. Marcus and Thomas E. McCarty. Joining the firm as associates are: Shelby A. Felton, Valli Goss Fisher and Tracy L. Davis.

Opperman & Associates announces that the firm name is now Opperman & Schell. The firm has relocated to the Masonic Building downtown and has added Julie A. Rech.


United General Title Insurance Company has added DBA president-elect-to-be Mary Jo Gross and Judith Bregman to its Legal Department as Claims Counsel.

William H. O’Rourke has moved his offices from the Tech Center to Cherry Creek. New info: 3300 First Ave., Suite 690, Denver, 80206-5809. Phone: (303) 399-5200.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti welcomes Steven E. Segal as a director and shareholder in the Denver office. He was formerly a partner with Cooley Godward.


Alan Friedberg wrote us a note and said that contrary to what was in The Docket anniversary issue, the Young Lawyers started long before The Docket did. He had wonderful memories of being on the YLD council with Candy Sasso, Charles Casteel, Karen Metzger, Jean Stewart, Karen Mathis, Jim Benjamin, Pam Hultin and others. He noted that the YLD was changing over from a primarily social group to a more activist gang, "in the process increasing the budget for which the bar’s wonderful longtime treasurer Omer Griffin never forgave us. Actually, Omer almost always supported our requests because he thought the projects were worthwhile and the money well-spent." Having said this, he added that he was sure he must have been in grade school in 1979.


Attorney Paul Harstad, of Harstad Strategic Research reminds us that he’s entering his third decade of polling on public affairs, referenda campaigns, public relations, and lawyer associations.


Peter J. Morgan is an associate with Baldwin & Brown.

Theresa J. Collier has become an associate with Koncilja & Associates.

Edward D. Brown has become a shareholder with Engel Reiman & Lockwood.

Melissa R. Brown has become an associate with Ruegsegger Thomas.

Spencer J. Crona and Josie M. Faix have joined Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley.

Cheryl A. Toman has joined Sutherland Tarler & Laugesen as Special Counsel.

Nancy L. Pearl has joined the firm now known as Duff, Zinser & Pearl.

James S. Covino has joined Aguirre & Cotman as a partner in the firm’s Denver office.

Hogan & Hartson announces that Daniel F. Shea has joined the Denver office as a partner.

The Law Office of Bradford J. Lam is celebrating its first year anniversary.

Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy congratulates John A. Chanin on his new position of Assistant Federal Public Defender.



Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP announced that John G. Scott has joined the firm’s Denver office as an associate.

Darren R. Hensley and John P.J. Kim, both formerly of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, have opened their own firm: Hensley & Kim. Info: 600 17th Street, Suite 2800 South, Denver 80228. Phone: (303) 634-2285.


Marlin D. Opperman, who received his B.S. and MBA degrees from DU and his JD from DU in 1968, died at the age of 64. He had been an Assistant Attorney General, taught at DU, and opened his firm Opperman & Associates in 1983 and was owner/principal until his death. We send our sympathies to his family, friends, colleagues.

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