Denver Bar Association
May 2002
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Legal Affairs

GOOD THINGS: Robert J. Dieter, Clinical Professor of Law at CU Law, was appointed by President Bush to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation.

Richard Kaufman, with Friedlob, Sanderson, Paulson & Toutillott, has been elected to a two-year term on the Emory University Law School Council, which advises the dean on strategic planning issues.

Faegre & Benson was selected for the professional services category "Dealmakers 2002" at the Denver Business Journal’s Dealmakers Breakfast.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers awarded 100 Hour Certificates to Joel Cantrick, Megan Combs, ZoeAnn Corn, Richard Harris, Denise Mills, Andrew Newell, Carrie Rodgers, Russell Wasley and Heather Weckbaugh at a reception for their dedication to pro bono legal services. To learn more about MVL, call Barbara Chamberlain at (303) 866-9378.

James. A. Dierker, a shareholder at Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, has been elected as the vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bonfils Blood Center.

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Alan Laff, with Laff Stein Campbell Tucker & Delaney, and Scott Levin, senior partner at Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin, are two new members appointed to the Rose Community Foundation Board of Trustees’ committees. Laff will serve on the Aging Committee and Levin on the Child and Family Development Committee. Laff has been very active with Rose, serving as chair of the Community Advisory Board of Rose Medical Center since 1995. Levin is president of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Emanuel.

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Jack Trigg, director of Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy, has been named to the board of directors of the Colorado Civil Justice League. Lee A. Mickus, also a director with the firm, has been named co-chair of the group’s legal advisory board.

IN THE NEWS: Judge Murray Richtel was in the Intermountain Jewish News concerning his experiences as a "quasi-journalist" in Israel.

In a "point-counterpoint" in the Denver Business Journal, Stephen Long, with Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy, took the side of leaving contingency fees the way they are, and Rick Snow, general counsel at J.D. Edwards & Co., and Scott Gessler, member of Hale Hackstaff & Tymkovich; (both are members of the Civil Justice League) advocated a cap on "excessive"attorney fees.

Linda Cohn, Joe Scheideler and Ed Lederman were quoted in the Denver Business Journal story in the March 8 issue. They apparently all agreed that people are not getting as many prenuptial agreements as they were in the past.

The Post reported that Mayor Webb chose Roger Cisneros, retired Denver District Judge and former state senator, and Boulder lawyer and former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubofsky to oversee the audit of 3,400 Denver Police Department surveillance records of peaceful protesters and protesting groups.

Tama J. Kieves, an attorney-turned-writer, was the focus of a feature in the Intermountain Jewish News recently. Her book is "This Time I Dance: Trusting the Journey of Creating the Work You Love," a first-person account of her journey of self-discovery. The News also wrote a nice article about Attorney General Ken Salazar.

The Post had a good article and picture of Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey and how she’s dealing with the MS that was diagnosed in 1994.

For the first time in its history, the University of Colorado School of Law cracked The Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 10 list of the best law schools for Hispanics. The survey ranks CU ninth in the nation.

CHANGES: Kevin W. Hecht and Frank D. Sledge have been selected as shareholder, and Matthew W. Tills has been selected as a non-equity partner at White & Steele.


Matthew J. Russo has been elected a member of Rader, Fishman & Grauer. Russo is a resident of the firm’s Englewood office.

Michael Wozniak has joined the Denver office of Dorsey & Whitney as a partner in its Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy practice group.

Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy recently celebrate the fourth anniversary of its formation as a Denver-based trial firm and also welcomed four new lawyers: Vivian Benrey, Holly Sprenkle, Carey Taylor and Julie Walker. WTK has also signed a lease for 12,000 additional square feet of space at 1801 California St.—now it will occupy the entire 35th and 36th floors of the building.

Brandon Culter recently joined the Denver office of Jackson & Kelly, practicing in the areas of business and estate planning. He was previously with Preeo, Silverman, Green & Egle.

Gorsuch Kirgis welcomes Patricia Lester Clowdus, who joined the firm as Special Counsel in the Estate Planning and Administration Group.

Bradley K. Benson has become a shareholder of Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio.


MORE CHANGES: Eugene A. Lang Jr., former executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Barrett Resources Corporation, has joined Davis Graham & Stubb’s Oil and Gas group as of counsel. The firm’s Brian T. Dolan retired from Davis, Graham & Stubbs after "31 generally wonderful, always interesting years." He has now "repotted" himself and become a principal in Resource Capital Funds, a venture capital firm investing in minerals projects worldwide. Reach him at and (720) 946-1455.

The five-attorney firm of Norton Lidstone has merged into Burns, Figa & Will. New at Burns, Figa & Will are: Michael J. Norton, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, Herrick K. Lidstone Jr., member of the Colorado State Securities Board, Kristen Boublik and Rich Mitchell.


Morrison & Foerster announced that Eric Elliff has been named managing partner at the Denver office.

The Denver office of Patton Boggs announced that Gregory V. Johnson, formerly a partner in Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, has joined the firm.

Ellen Rubright Ivy has joined McConnell Siderius Fleishchner Houghtaling & Craigmile as of counsel.

Kennedy & Christopher announced new shareholder Chad K. Billam, who focuses his practice on the defense of health care providers.

Featherstone DeSisto announced that William L. Gagnon has become a partner of the firm.

Melinda Beck joined Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy in March as an associate, and focuses her practice on conservation law, land use, real estate, and public law and policy matters.



LOCATION: Helen C. Shreves and Beth Henson are now office sharing in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Each will continue her own full-time family law mediation practice.

Terry J. Ploski has relocated to Littleton Family Law Center, 1800 Littleton Blvd., Littleton CO. Phone: (303) 797-0408.

Gregory C. Parham has relocated his practice to: The Parham Law Firm, 7114 West Jefferson Ave., Suite 100, Lakewood, CO 80235. Phone: (303) 231-1030.

NEWS: J. Kent Miller said after reading Brooke Wunnicke’s announcement that she is not retired, he asked that we print his news: "I’m not dead." Apparently he was omitted from the 2002 legal directory because he was deceased. He contacted the directory folks, who said "We’ve now changed your status in our database so you are no longer considered deceased." He is still of counsel to Miller and McCarren and the 2nd edition of his "Colorado Personal Injury Practice—Torts and Insurance" was published a year ago and updated annually. You can reach him at (303) 832-5412, email: or 1075 Humboldt St., Denver, 80218.

CX: Retiring Judge Edwin G. Ruland did not move to North Dakota. Who said that?? He is now in Grand Junction.

THE PARK: If Phil Dufford, the wonderful man who used to write this column, was still with us, he would have taken his annual walk in Wash Park and reported on all the signs of spring he observed. He would have told us all to get out of the office for a bit and see the first yellow buds arising, the pale spray of pink, the grass deepening in hues of green and about all the children who are out there setting an example for us, romping and playing. We miss you Phil.

MORE GOOD THINGS: The Public Relations Society of America, Colorado Chapter, had Linda Cobb Reiley, a media law professor at the University of Denver, and two attorneys from Faegre & Benson, Christopher Beall and Natalie Hanlon-Leh speak at a recent luncheon.

We saw DBA President Bill Walter’s face (and his family) in the Colorado Dealer, the official publication of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. They reprinted the Docket story from last July/August on Bill.

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