Denver Bar Association
December 2002
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Legal Affairs


Willis V. Carpenter is the first recipient of the Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence, "for dedication and outstanding contributions to Bar Association CLE programs and publications." It was given at the CBA-CLE Faculty and Authors Reception.

Gregory Goldberg, an assistant U.S. Attorney, has been given the Director’s Award by the U.S. Department of Justice. It was presented by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and U.S. Attorney John Suthers at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Bob Hill was elected new chairman of Ocean Journey’s board of directors.

Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that former firm partner Warren Tomlinson posthumously received the Samuel S. Smith award for excellence in law practice management from the American Bar Association. Recipients are recognized for outstanding marketing, management, and leadership in the legal profession.

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association swept the awards given each year to state and local defense bar organizations by the Defense Research Institute at the annual meeting. The CDLA received the Rudolph Janatta Outstanding Achievement Award for its efforts in support of the goals of the defense trial bar, and also received the first-ever DRI Diversity Award for its efforts in promoting diversity within its membership.

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People had their annual open house in November and honored the life of Alexander R. Aitken for his generosity in supporting legal services for people with mental disabilities.

Teryl R. Gorrell of Moye, Giles, O’Keefe, Vermeire & Gorrell, has been appointed to the board of Historic Denver, Inc.

News from Jaudon & Avery: Alan D. Avery is included in "The Best Lawyers in America," and Joe Jaudon has been appointed State Committee Chairman for Colorado in the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Malcolm E. Wheeler has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was inducted recently in New York.


Bill C. Berger, shareholder with Stettner, Miller and Cohn wrote a story for the Denver Business Journal titled "It’s a rare instance when a lawsuit is tossed out of court."

Sherman Finesilver, Tom Dougherty and Patrick Kenney were mentioned in a DBJ article on ADR. The story mentioned the program sponsored by the Denver Bar and the Denver Board of Realtors that offers affordable mediation for parties engaged in real estate disputes.


Gilbert A. Dickinson, Michelle R. Prud’Homme, Craig A. Adams and Robert P. Ingram, formerly practicing as Dickinson, Everstine & Prud’Homme, are changing their partnership name to: Dickinson, Prud’Homme, Adams & Ingram. "While having retired from the administrative aspects of the firm, Rick Everstine wishes it to be known that he is neither dead, nor retired and continues to actively practice with the firm."

Mary E. Moser and John J. Silver have opened their law practice of Moser and Silver, 600 South Cherry St., Suite 715, Denver, 80246; phone, (303) 321-7445.

Benson & Case announces that Aaron Evans has made partner. His practice will continue to emphasize employment law and probate.

Brian E. Martin, a former law clerk for Judges Ruckriegle and Lass, is an associate with Campbell, Latiolais & Ruebel.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti welcomes Neile A. Neider, Mikaela V. Rivera and Michelle M. Murphy as associates in the Denver office. The firm welcomes the return of Michael C. Villano and Darin Mackender.

David A. Turner has joined Doussard Hodel & Markman as of counsel. He will also continue to practice law with the clients of his firm, Turner & Turner.

Sheila S. Parameswar has become an associate with Ciliberto & Associates.

Godfrey & Lapuyade welcomes R. Brian Daniel as an associate.

Gary B. Blum is with Silver & DeBoskey "providing services as an arbitrator, mediator, facilitator and acting as special master."


The Colorado Lawyers Committee has moved to 1875 Lawrence Street, Suite 200, Denver, 80202. Phone: (303) 634-4417. The committee thanks McKenna Long & Aldridge for its generosity in providing space.

McKenna Long & Aldridge has moved its Denver office to 1875 Lawrence St., Ste. 200. This address is a new one for McKenna Long & Aldridge but their phone remains (303) 634-4000.

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Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons has added four associates: Jennifer Clark, Margaret C. Cordova, Tanya L. Thiessen and Hilary D. Wells.

Kennedy Christopher announces that Julie E. Haines and Todd A. Mahlik have joined the firm as associates.

Mary L. Will has joined Campbell Bohn Killin Brittan & Ray as a partner.

Featherstone DeSisto announces that Leah E. Capritta and Robin Lutz have become associates.

Townsend and Townsend and Crew has named Darin Biggy partner in charge of its Denver office. The move will allow Lesley Craig, who opened the Denver office in 1995, to concentrate on new client development and community relations activities.

Dianne Van Voorhees will be staff attorney for the American Indian Juvenile Justice and Advocacy Project, a project of North American Indian Legal Services, Inc. Dianne, a CU grad, is a descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.


Faegre & Benson welcomes Emily Wey and John W. Gaddis, Jr. as associates

Sherman & Howard welcomes W. Brent Vanderbrook as an associate in the tax and probate department.

J. Daniel Rodriguez and Sheila M. Kiernan have joined the Denver office of Littler Mendelson.


Three associates have joined Montgomery Little & McGrew: Tricia A. Matuszczak, who specializes in domestic law; Amy L. Green, a litigator with an emphasis in insurance defense and medical malpractice, and Kari M. Hershey, who specializes in health law, with emphasis in litigation and administrative law.

Pelz & Associates welcomes Andrew C. Bubb as an associate.


David Erickson, historian for the bar associations, marks his 35th year of "providing high quality legal services." He has also finished a fascinating tome on early legal history of Denver, including the bar association. You’ll be hearing more about that soon.

Allen Sparkman, Bruce P. Shaffer and David A. Perlick announce the formation of Sparkman Shaffer Perlick, with offices in Denver and Boulder.

Lee Katherine Goldstein has joined Zupkus & Angell as an associate.

Lisa M. Covington and Kelly K. Robinson have joined Cage Williams Abelman & Layden.

Leslie Lawson, formerly a Denver District Court Judge and later with the Judicial Arbiter Group, is now with Dispute Management, Inc.

Mythily R. Herz has joined the Denver office of Morrison & Foerster as an associate.

Treece, Alfrey, Musat & Bosworth announces that Chris Middendorf Smith has joined the firm as a shareholder and that Gregory Daniels, Matthew C. Hailey, Reza D. Rismani and Timothy S. Polgar have joined as associates.

J. Randolph Earnest is an associate with McGloin, Davenport, Severson and Snow.

Amy Durfee West is pleased to announce the formation of Durfee West.

Beth Klein and Patrick T. Murphy have become partners in the new: Purvis, Gray, Klein & Murphy.

The Gerash Law Office announces the opening of The Uptown Office, 1763 Franklin St., Denver, 80218. Phone (720) 932-5577. Dan Gerash, Karen Gerash and Rick Toray will continue to emphasize personal injury law, criminal defense, family law and appeals.

Schmidt & Horen announces that Peter M. Miterko is of counsel.

Heckenbach Carlton announces that Laura L. Ammarell is a partner.

Kenneth R. Bennington, Philip E. Johnson and Kathleen E. Craigmile, formerly of Bennington Johnson & Reeve and Dirk T. Biermann, formerly of Biermann & Fretz, announce the formation of Bennington Johnson Biermann & Craigmile.


Pendleton Friedberg Wilson & Hennessey announces that Leslie Gartrell Toepfer has recently joined the firm as of counsel. Michelle M. Merz has joined the firm as an associate.


David J. Babiarz, formerly of Overton, Babiarz & Associates has joined Dufford & Brown as a director. Jacalyn W. Peter is an associate.

Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne announces that Annette Broden Richmond is an associate.

Krys Boye has added Kevin M. Ward as a shareholder.

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine welcome Ashley Arroyo, Cathleen Heintz and Jeff Pederson as associates.

Andrew L. Spielman has joined Kamlet Shepherd Reichert & Maes as a partner.

Katrina S. Jones has become of counsel to Chayet, Young & Dawson.

McGeady Sisneros welcomes Timothy A. Kruyer as an associate.

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