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March 2002
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Davis winner finds balance, successful practice


Mary Hoagland, Daniela Gonzáles and
Allison Ailer look at the seating chart.

Davis Award winner Richard Gabriel
receives the award from DBA President Bill Walters.










The 2001 recipient of the Richard Marden Davis Award is Richard L. Gabriel, a litigation partner at Holme Roberts & Owen (HRO). The award is presented annually by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation and the Davis family to a Denver lawyer under 40 who has combined excellence as a lawyer with creative, civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership in the tradition of Richard Marden Davis at that stage in his career.

Former Davis Award winners pose with this year’s
recipient Rich Gabriel (center). Clockwise from
bottom left: Kathy Odle, David Powell, Celeste C de Baca,
Paul Chan, Allan Hale, Gilbert Roman and Natalie Hanlon-Leh.

Gabriel has distinguished himself as a trial lawyer and as a leader in his firm, serving on HRO’s executive committee from 1999 to 2001 and chairing a number of firm committees. In addition to his legal career, Gabriel donates legal and community services in leadership roles with the ACLU Legal Panel, 50 for Colorado Business Leaders Network, Leadership Denver, Denver Teen Court Partnership, Colorado Judicial Institute and numerous other organizations. He has contributed hundreds of hours of free legal services by representing children for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, which named him a "Champion for Children" in 1997. He coordinates an annual Thanksgiving food drive for Volunteers of America and devotes significant time to organizations for cancer research. Gabriel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and has been with HRO since 1990.

Don Hoagland talks with Amy Mason.

Richard Davis’ family and law firm, Davis Graham & Stubbs, established this award in 1992 to honor Davis’ belief that great lawyers should be professional and community leaders. For almost 50 years, Davis devoted himself to the profession and the community. He served as president of the Denver Bar Association in 1959, and he played key leadership roles in the Colorado Public Expenditures Council, the Museum of Natural History, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Denver Rotary Club, the Denver Art Museum and other organizations.

Last year’s recipient of the Richard Marden Davis Award was attorney Gilbert Roman of Kaiser-Hill Company LLC.

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