Denver Bar Association
November 2002
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Legal Affairs


We saw a large picture of Steve Farber holding a doggie in The Rocky mid-September—he and other lawyers at Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber are lending legal expertise and many contacts to help the Colorado Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals with plans to build a facility in Littleton.

A story by Howard Pankratz in The Denver Post focused on Referendum A., which is the referendum to exempt district attorneys from term limits.

From The News: Former Colorado revenue chief John. J. Tipton has rejoined Baker & Hostetler. He will specialize in gaming law and international and domestic business matters. He was a member of former Gov. Romer’s Cabinet. After a short stint with Baker & Hostetler, he was on the executive staff of casino operator Seven Circle Gaming Corp. in Las Vegas, and has now come back to that firm in Denver.

The Attorney General Forum on Oct. 3, sponsored by the Denver and Colorado Bar Association and the League of Women Voters in Colorado, was covered by both Denver dailies, the Associated Press, the Longmont Times-Call, the Colorado Statesman and others. The DBA is considering a mayoral forum in the spring.

Right after it was announced that court staff has been ordered by the state to take three days off without pay, the Denver District Court judges decided to contribute to a holiday fund for its employees that will be distributed before the holidays. It was an idea proposed by Judge John Coughlin and was approved unanimously. Thanks to these judges for their generosity.


William D. Meyer of Hutchinson Black and Cook, has been appointed as the ABA representative to the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), based in Stockholm, Sweden. ILAC is a global consortium of bar and human rights organizations intended to coordinate international assistance in post-conflict situations. In keeping with these goals, Meyer recently returned from a week-long mission to Algeria for Freedom House and the ABA’s Africa Law Initiative Council. While there, he met with government, bar and human rights representatives, and coordinated plans for a future dialogue on issues arising from a decade of savage violence waged between Islamic fundamentalists and Algerian security forces.


Wheeler, Trigg & Kennedy attorney Paul Hodapp served as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching employment law, legal research and writing and legal ethics at Odessa National Law Academy in Ukraine. His experiences were in the Aug. 26 issue in the National Law Journal. The firm welcomes new associates Michael D. Alper and Ericka F. Houck.


K.C. Veio, a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, has been named to Opera Colorado’s 2002-2003 Board of Directors. He also serves on the boards of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority.


Robert W. Walter, co-founder of Berliner Zisser Walter & Gallegos, has had published (or will soon) five books on small business strategies, financing IPOs and corporate ethics.

Larry Smith, attorney and principal consultant with Law Office Consulting Services, has been named director of the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section. This section helps lawyers and law firms with practice management and law office technology. For more info, go to

Rob Baldwin had a reading at the LoDo Tattered Cover in early October for his new book, "The Water Thief."


John Tredennick has been named chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association. He was with Holland & Hart’s litigation practice for 20 years and later became CEO of CaseShare Systems.

Paul Gordon has moved from Don, Hiller & Gallagher to The Hannon Law Firm "with my best regards for my former employer." Reach him at (303) 861-8800.

Lowe, Fell & Skogg welcomes Brian P. Jumps as an associate of the firm.

McGeady Sisneros had added Timothy A. Kruyer as an associate. His practice will emphasize special districts, municipal law, real estate and land use law.

Duncan Barber and Julie Trent have joined Bieging Shapiro & Burrus as Of Counsel, raising to seven the number of lawyers at the Denver-based firm.

Townsend and Townsend and Crew has moved into Enron’s location in the Tabor Center—now they take up the entire 27th floor.

Susan Eckert has left Brauer, Beuscher, Goldhammer, Kelman & Eckert to open Santarella & Eckert with Joe Santarella. Contact them at 7050 Puma Trail, Littleton, CO 80125; phone (303) 932-7610.

Carrie L. Ciliberto, formerly with Holder & Ciliberto, has opened Ciliberto & Associates, Lincoln Center, 1660 Lincoln St., Suite 1700, Denver, CO 80264. Phone: (303) 861-4300.

The Hustead Law Firm is "pleased to announce that Paige K. Hogan, formerly an associate with Nathan, Bremer, Dumm & Hyers, has joined the firm."

Douglas N. Doig has affiliated with Downey, Miller & Hopp as of counsel.

Miranda K. Hawkins has joined Gorsuch Kirgis as an associate in the employee benefits group.

Norman B. Beecher writes that his firm, Edwards & Taylor, "has changed size & shape recently and we’re moving." The new location: 2851 S. Parker Road, Suite 1200, Aurora, CO 80014. Phone: (303) 750-2303.


Brownstein Hyatt & Farber has added Anastasia G. Khokhryakova and Judy Gooch. Both were formerly with Gorsuch Kirgis.

Kathleen J. Gormley has joined Fairfield and Woods. She will focus on corporate, securities and finance matters.

John C. Plotkin has opened his new law office at 1600 Broadway, Suite 2600, Denver, Co 80202. Phone: (303) 539-1855. You can also find him at

Kaspar J. Stoffelmayr has become a partner in Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott.


Faegre & Benson has expanded its Colorado practice with: Kila S. McKelvery, an associate in the Labor & Employment group; Pamela J. Traylor, an associate in the business litigation group and Katherine M. Kalscheur, an associate in the regulatory litigation group.

Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason announces that Jeffrey J. Peterson has become a shareholder in the firm.

Thomas J. Tomazin announced the relocation of the firm to: the Quadrant, 5445 DTC Parkway, Suite 1036, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

David Lichtenstein has repositioned, resettled and moved his operations to: 1828 Clarkson St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80218.


Concordia Benefits Group has added Randie Thompson to its employee benefits law practice as an associate attorney in its Denver office.

Martha H. Eskesen, formerly with Treece, Alfrey, Musat & Bosworth, has opened her own practice: Martha H. Eskesen at 1127 Auraria Parkway, Suite 201, Denver, 80204. Phone: (303) 573-0919.

Henry J. Rickelman and Ellen Weston Squires have joined The Harris Law Firm, bringing to five the number of lawyers at the family practice law firm.


R. Mack Babcock has joined Ruegsegger Thomas as an associate.

Bjork, Lindley, Danielson & Little announced that Christopher G. Hayes has become of counsel.

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine announces that Tiffanie Stasiak and Kieth Van Doren have become shareholders.

Haddon, Morgan & Foreman has changed its name to: Haddon, Morgan, Mueller, Jordan, Mackey & Foreman. "Everyone’s excited about the change except our receptionist." They welcome Ty Gee as a shareholder and Kevin McGreevy as an associate in the firm.

Quade, Fontana & Bonin welcomes Kevin C. Massaro as an associate.

Baldwin & Brown announces that Cajardo R. Lindsey has become an associate.

Marco D. Chayet, Stephen J. Young and Joseph A. Dawson announce the formation of their new law firm (Chayet, Young & Dawson). Location is 425 S. Cherry St. Suite 350, Denver, 80246. Phone: (303) 355-8500.

Joseph G. Hodges, Jr. has relocated to Suite 500 Law Offices, 3955 E. Exposition Ave., Suite 500, Denver, 80209. Phone: (303) 377-0070.

Gutterman & Griffiths welcome Carolyn E. Moller as an associate.

Martha C. Gerris has joined Lambdin & Chaney as a partner. The firm has moved to: 4949 S. Syracuse St., Suite 600, Denver. Phone: (303) 799-8889.

Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey welcomes Leslie Gartrell Toepfer as special counsel and Michelle M. Merz as an associate.

Hogan & Hartson welcomes George A. Hagerty to the Denver office.


We mourn the passing of former CBA President (’72-’73) Larry Wood, who died in late September. He was an "old school" estate lawyer—wise, careful, measured and thoughtful. We send condolences to his family and friends.

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