Denver Bar Association
April 2003
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Legal Affairs

Dedicated to our pal Phil Dufford (1926-2000)


Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons celebrated its 100th anniversary by giving $100,000 to various nonprofits chosen by its employees. As pointed out in a story in The Denver Business Journal, nonprofits are especially grateful for the money in this time of economic downturn.

Judge Sherman G. Finesilver will be honored at the ninth annual Heritage Award dinner on May 5 at the DCPA Seawell Ballroom by the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives.

The Denver City Council appointed former Denver District Judge Leslie M. Lawson to the Denver Board of Ethics.

The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Law Firm Group, in conjunction with CU and DU law schools, has announced that gay men and women will be included in the Summer Minority Clerkship Program.

Susan R. Fox has a 21-article series running in the Colorado Real Estate Journal called "Commercial Leasing 101."

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The Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association is celebrating its 30th birthday at the annual membership meeting on May 14. For more info, go to

White and Steele celebrated its 50th anniversary this year with a gala at The Pinnacle Club.


We’ve seen Jim Chalat quoted on The Today Show, Inside Edition, newspapers, etc. talking about ski-related cases. Take a look at Jim on page 17!

Rich Baer, general counsel for Qwest, was praised in a Denver Post article.

The Post also featured the Colorado Microenterprise Assistance Program, a collaboration of Denver lawyers, accountants, investment bankers and marketing professionals—a pro bono concept that offers legal help to new entrepreneurs. They quoted Ted White, partner with Moye, Giles, O’Keefe, Vermeire & Gorrell, who brought the idea to Denver.

The News reported that Judge John Kane received a standing ovation after a speech opposing America’s "war on drugs."

The Denver Business Journal had a story on Holland & Hart considering "life after lease."

Another DBJ story quoted and pictured Kevin Hein, who specializes in franchise law for Dorsey & Whitney.

The News reported that Faegre & Benson has leased 72,200 square feet in the Wells Fargo Center (the cash register building), floors 31–33. Starting out as a two-person firm in 1982, Faegre is now the fourth largest firm in Colorado. Also: three former Brobeck lawyers have moved to Faegre: Celia Rankin, Charles Bybee and Shana Solomon.

Water lawyer Melinda Kassen was on the front of the Denver Post Perspective section writing an op-ed piece in a Sunday water package. Mooey Hammond also had an op-ed piece that day speaking for the present water-court system and existing laws.

The Rocky had a story on Andrew Pidcock, an attorney for Snell & Wilmer, about his non-traditional office décor. Oddly, the picture showed only his office window.


Kyle C. Velte has joined Hoffman Reilly Pozner & Williamson.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti welcomes James C. Ellenberger, formerly an associate, now a director and shareholder. He will focus in the real estate area. It also welcomes Mikaela V. Rivera, Michelle M. Murphy, Andrew L. Meyers, Aaron J. Hill and Jennifer L. Warnken.


Cecil E. Morris, Jr. has joined Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey as Special Counsel.

The Docket’s own Doug McQuiston, after 18 years with Taylor & McQuiston (St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. staff counsel) is moving to Safeco Insurance Company’s Denver office, where he’ll start up and manage their new staff attorney office in Denver. He said he’ll miss the wonderful people at St. Paul but is looking forward to this new challenge. Doug’s new office address and phone number are: 14123 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401, (720) 497-9580.

Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy have formed an Appellate Practice Group, chaired by Blain D. Myhre.

Catherine O’Brien Crum has become a shareholder at Kennedy & Christopher.

Jeremy P. Cohen has left Fairfield and Woods and joined Cage, Williams, Abelman & Layden.


Alan Stern has recently been promoted to Assistant General Counsel of Sun Microsystems, Inc., moving to the San Francisco bay area. His new e-mail:

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber has opened a regional office in Albuquerque.

Sagrillo Hammond & Dineen has hired Henry M. Kohnlein as an associate.

Killmer & Lane is "ecstatic to announce Mari Newman has become a partner."

Perkins Coie announces the addition of Robert Miller, former U.S. Attorney for Colorado, as partner, along with Bruce D. Stocks and Roy E. Hoffinger. Lynnne M. Hanson, Garrett M. Tuttle, Frederick T. Winters and Stephanie E. Dunn are Of Counsel.

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Northern Trust Bank has added Carol Buchanan Lay as vice president, senior trust relationship manager. Formerly, Lay practiced law with Atlass Professional Corporation.

John M. Hughes, Jr., a shareholder at Levine, Hughes & Mithuen has earned the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst.

The Rietz law firm has added Christopher Yvars as an associate.

Lee & Hayes, is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Denver. Richard Holzer, Steven Spellman and Damon Rieth are starting the Denver office in a strategic move to better serve new and existing clients in the Colorado region.

Joel A. Mayo has become a shareholder of Montgomery Little & McGrew.

Fairfield and Woods has added Robert M. Vinton as an associate.

Rechlitz and Shimel will be moving to 7670 S. Chester Ave., Suite 210 in Englewood, 80112. Phone and fax remain the same: phone is (303) 691-6956, fax is (303) 691-6957. The firm includes Anthony Rechlitz II, Lisa Shimel, Milnor Senior II, Sheri Kelly and Brian Shoemaker.


Red Mass: The Colorado Catholic Lawyers Guild celebrated its 42nd Annual Red Mass. The St. Thomas More Award was given to Denver County Court Judge Brian Campbell. This award is given to attorneys exemplifying the intellect, integrity and moral courage of St. Thomas More. The Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given to John Conway. For more info, go to

DU’s Jessup International Moot Court Team won the Northwest Regional Competition in Portland, Oregon and advances to the World Cup rounds in Washington, D.C., this month. The team again received the award for the best Memorial (written brief). Helping were Prof. Ved Nanda, Prof. Penny Bryan, Prof. Don Smith, plus attorneys Sharon Healy, Janene McCabe, Bill Garcia, Laurel Burke and Phil Toyna.

At the recent ATLA Regional Trial Competition, 16 teams from eight law schools competed. After three preliminary rounds and a semi-final round, the two teams that advanced to the final round were DU vs. DU. On the team that will advance are: Dan Wartell, Jennifer Gokenback and Loren Brown. They were coached by Professor Karen Steinhauser and attorney Chris Miranda.



We had the wrong phone for the new firm Lamontagne & Guinn. The right one is (303) 407-0870.


Close to 1,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to honor Colorado U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Don Cordova, who died of a heart attack in February. Judge Cordova, born in Trinidad, graduated from Regis College and CU Law. He was an assistant U. S. Attorney, president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar and president of the Denver Bar—among many of his activities. He will be so missed. We send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Patty and his family (four daughters, four sisters, three brothers and five grandchildren).


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