Denver Bar Association
April 2002
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Legal Affairs

GOOD THINGS: Colorado’s civil justice system has been recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in promoting a business-friendly environment. Ranked seventh overall, Colorado received high marks in a study examining how corporate decision-makers perceive the state’s civil justice system in terms of its reasonableness, fairness and predictability that impact business decision-making. This is from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which commissioned a study to examine all 50 states’ liability systems. States were evaluated and ranked in the areas of treatment of tort and contract litigation (Colorado ranked sixth), treatment of class action suits (sixth), punitive damages (eighth), timeliness of summary judgment/dismissal (23rd), discovery (ninth), scientific and technical evidence (fifth), judges’ impartiality (second), judges’ competence (sixth), juries’ predictability (13th), and juries’ fairness (seventh). A full copy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce press release and report are available at

The Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF) has six new members of the Board of Directors: Jonathan Asher, Danielle Z. Johnson, Robert J. Mack, Annita Menogan, John Robinson and Elizabeth J. Silva.

Faegre & Benson’s Web site ( was ranked as the number one law firm site in the nation. Internet Marketing Attorney studied all of the National Law Journal 250 firms and provided both rankings and capsule reviews. To read more, see:

Asher Johnson Mack
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IN THE NEWS: Former CBA president Phil Figa and Robert Klugman will co-chair the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program. The program is April 8, from 5-7 p.m. at the DCPA Auditorium Theater. Phil is the son of survivors of the Holocaust.

Joel Judd is seeking the Democratic nomination for the State House of Representatives from District five.

Bill Berger, shareholder in Stettner, Miller and Cohn, wrote a story entitled "Why 2002 Will Be a Significant Year For Employment Law," in a February Denver Business Journal issue.

John Robert Webb, recently Of Counsel with Jacobs, Chase, Frick, Kleinkopf & Kelley and previously with HRO, was sworn in on Feb. 1 as the newest member of the Colorado Court of Appeals. He was chosen to replace Judge Edwin G. Ruland, who retired and moved to North Dakota.

CHANGES: Davis Graham & Stubbs announced that S. Lee Terry, Jr., formerly a partner in the Denver office of Coudert Brothers LLP, has joined the firm’s Finance and Acquisitions Department.

From Paul Levine: "Just wanted to let the Docket know that I have returned from DC, where I was working as a legislative assistant for Congresswoman DeGette on the issues of environment, energy and transportation. I am now serving as campaign manager for Diana DeGette’s re-election campaign."

Sonja S. McKenzie has become a member of Senter Goldfarb & Rice. New associates are: Nina Hammon Jahn, Nicole S. Gellar, Lori D. Sammons and William M. Sterck.

David L. Murphy has become a shareholder of Seaman and Giometti and Jon A. Halaby has become an associate.

Fleishman, Sterling, Gregory & Shapiro announces that Kristi J. Livedalen has joined the firm.

Matthew R. Groves has become a shareholder with Pryor, Johnson, Montoya, Carney & Karr.

Elizabeth A. Woodcock has been promoted to partner at Perkins Coie, and Lynne M. Hanson and Garrett M. Tuttle are now Of Counsel.

Jeffrey S. Brinen has joined Kutner Miller Kearns as Of Counsel.

Linda A. Battalora has joined Dahl & Osterloth.

Deanne C. Potestio and Michael Goodman have become shareholders in Cooper & Clough.

Steven R. Rider has joined Block Markus & Williams as Of Counsel.

Lowe, Fell & Skogg announces that Stephen J. Dietrich and Karen L. Brody have become members of the firm; Jennifer M. Smith and Marcus C. McCarty are associates and Marian L. Carlson is Of Counsel.

Millard & Hunter announces that Merry H. Balson has become associated with their firm.

Brega & Winters welcomes Thomas E. Hellerich to the firm.

Holland & Hart announces that Robert Alan Bassett has joined the firm’s Natural Resources Department as Of Counsel. He is also an adjunct professor at DU Law in international resources law and a lecturer at the Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Dennis Herman wrote a quick note to say that he has moved to San Francisco, leaving Williams, Youle & Koenigs for Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynews & Lerach. He said he didn’t get to tell everyone goodbye and will "miss all the fine lawyers I met and friends I made" while practicing here. He’s taking the California Bar Exam. You can reach him at


Linda Rockwood will be administrative partner in the Denver office of Faegre & Benson.

Mark Fischer has assumed this role in Boulder. Office administrators are Sharon Rowley in Boulder and Sylvia Jackson in Denver.

John Knoeckel, previously with Formus Communications, is now executive vice president and general counsel of The Sturm Group.

Godfrey & Lapuyade welcomes new associate Ashley Arroyo.

Jim Martin, former senior attorney at Environmental Defense and staff member for Sen. Tim Wirth, has been appointed director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the CU-Boulder School of Law.

Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey has elected John C. Haas as a director-shareholder. He practices commercial and general civil litigation, and family law.


Chad King has joined the Denver office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew as an associate.

NEWNESS: Hale Hackstaff Tymkovich has relocated to 1430 Wynkoop St., Suite 300. Phone is: (720) 904-6000.

Miller Wood Welch has relocated to LoDo. Find them at 1660 Wynkoop St., Suite 1160. Phone: (303) 623-6005.

Robert J. Bricmont, Jr. has moved his office to 1763 Franklin St. where he will continue his small business, personal injury and family law practice. He also announces the opening of Franklin Street Legal Suites, executive suites for lawyers. The phone is (303) 861-1171.

D. Sean Velarde has been appointed managing director of Burns Figa & Will.

Bradley Ross-Shannon has opened a practice specializing in civil trials and appeals, and insurance, construction defect, labor, and employment law , and commercial litigation. Find him at The Ross-Shannon Law Firm, Union Tower, 165 S. Union Blvd. Suite 1010, Lakewood, CO80228. Phone is: (303) 988-9500.

MORE CHANGES: Sherman & Howard has added six attorneys to its litigation department: Robert E. Youle, Christopher J. Koenigs, Steven D. Plissey, Brian G. Eberle and Michael B. Carroll, all of whom were with Williams, Youle & Koenigs. Also joining the firm is William. T. Hankinson.

Baker & Hostetler announces two lawyers elected to partnership: Fay Chu Fong, a member of the Business Group, and Stephanie Sue Padilla, a member of the Employment and Labor Group.

Heather M. Zimmerman and Cristin J. Cunningham have become associated with the Denver-based law firm of Stromberg Cleveland Crawford & Schmidt.

Brandon Culter has become associated with Jackson & Kelly.

THANK YOU: After Mikee Kapelke (teacher at West Middle School and wife of Court of Appeals Judge Bob) brought her class to visit the courts and dropped by the Probate Court, the students wrote some thank-yous. Here are some excerpts addressed to Dave Ells, director of Public Legal Education for the DBA: "You can bet that information did not go to waste, and just flow through my ears. It captured me, and taught me to stay on the straight and narrow path." They all thanked him for taking time to do the tour ("when you could have been getting paid . . ."). One boy said he noticed that the accused man in a murder case didn’t look like someone who would kill another person (on TV, you "know by looks if the man really committed the crime"). A young woman wrote: "The fact that people were walking around with hand and foot cuffs on was a realization that crime does not pay, because they certainly didn’t look very happy." Another student said he had had his sights on a NFL football career, but now he’s decided to be a lawyer. Another said that it was the first time she had been to court, "but it wouldn’t be the last."

The final result of the tour: lots of lawyer wannabes.


PASSED: When Former Chief Justice Eddie Pringle died March 1 at 87, the Rocky Mountain News said he was remembered "as an unpretentious man whose legacy is the state’s judicial system, overhauled during his term . . ." Both papers praised his long list of reforms and remembered his famous visits to the press room at the Capitol, where he would answer any question in plain English. The legal community will miss him, and we will all miss the idea of this man who did so much for so many. Rest in peace, chief.

We send our sympathy to the friends and family of Alamosa attorney David Rooney who was killed in a backcountry avalanche near Crested Butte in February. David grew up in Denver, received his law degree from the DU College of Law and had worked with his father, Dan Rooney, in his office before moving to the San Luis Valley.

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