Denver Bar Association
February 2002
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Legal Affairs

GOOD THINGS: Harry L. Arkin, principal of Arkin and Associates, was recently reappointed for a three-year term to the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the International Commercial Arbitration Institute of the Peoples Republic of China.


IN THE NEWS: Sheila Gutterman, pictured in The Post, was honored by the Women’s Vision Foundation at the 2001 Tribute to Women in Business luncheon. She was recognized as a "woman who gave up a lucrative career as an event planner to enter law school at age 40 and then devote a minimum 25 percent of her practice to giving back to the community." Faegre & Benson was also honored as a model in hiring, supporting and promoting women. (That same Faegre & Benson, newly merged with Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson, had an open house at their new Boulder office in January.)

Mark Fischer, administrative partner for
Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson’s Boulder office
(right) and John Shively, managing partner
in Denver (left) toast Faegre & Benson’s Boulder
employees upon their merger, effective Jan. 1.

Tom Burns recently stepped down as mayor of Englewood. A story in The Post said that in the seven years he was mayor, he left a legacy (which he accomplished with a coalition of others): lightrail, the arts and a new civic center that replaced the Cinderella City mall. We wish him well as he begins a new career as a national speaker on the art of bringing community involvement to local government.

In the last Denver Business Journal of 2001, DU Law Professor Robert Hardaway and Hal Haddon, partner in Haddon, Foreman and Morgan, did a "point-counterpoint" about military tribunals, with Hardaway being for them and Haddon against. Both men were in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Robert D. Comer, one of the original lawyers at Snell & Wilner, will work for Interior Secretary Gale Norton as associate solicitor for land and water.

A story in the Denver Business Journal by Amy Fletcher, under the title "Lawyers help businesses review, update security plans," quoted Barry Halpern of Snell & Wilmer, which has created a new practice group to deal with terrorism-related issues. Also quoted were Chuck Weese of Faegre & Benson and Trip Mackintosh of Holland & Hart

PASSED: Larry Trattler, 54, died Dec. 28 of a massive heart attack; a memorial service was held at the Whatley Chapel on the DU law campus. A former president of CTLA and vice president of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Larry was well-known, respected and loved. He is survived by his wife Barbara; his sons, Adam, Drew and a son to be born in April; stepdaughter Rhiannon, his brother Ross and his former wife and friend Jeanne Granville. You can send thoughts to the family at Donations can be made to the Trattler Memorial Fund, c/o Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 1888 Sherman St, #370, Denver, 80203. You can also make contributions to Guaranty Bank, attention Ginny Baca.

We also send our sympathy to the friends and family of Bud Morley, Jerry Hess, Thomas O’Brien, Richard Cockrell, who died recently, and Attorney General Kenneth Salazar, on the death of his father.

COULD THEY GET ANY MORE PUBLICITY??? The holiday card featured a firm of six women and two men, all in jeans, sipping martinis, computers unplugged, confetti strewn around, “fervently” wishing Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Woman. Of course that would be the “Bitches from Hell,” now in their more politically correct guise (how can this be?) as “Powers Phillips, a women-in-charge law firm with a few good (?) men.” Spreading the hilarity, they’ve even opened a Carbondale office, staffed, more or less, by Kathy and Jay Powers. The rest will reign from Legacy Tower, 700 17th St., Suite 1600, Denver; phone: (303) 297-1900. For this and other weird info, go to (we notice the bfh designation remains!).

CHANGES: Brownstein Hyatt & Farber have four new associates: Douglas J. Reynolds, Aaron M. Hyatt, Susan P. Klopman and Scott A. Sundstrom.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, is pleased to announce that Munsey L. Ayers, Jr. has become a director and shareholder and will continue to practice in the land use area.

Kent Modesitt, formerly a law clerk for Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey, has become associated with Hoffman Reilly Pozner & Williamson. He will focus on complex commercial litigation and class actions.

Daphne Werth, CU grad, is a new member of the litigation group at Arnold & Porter.

Gorsuch Kirgis welcomes two new attorneys to its real estate department: David M. Suhr and Christopher W. Williamson.

Diana L. Terry has become Of Counsel at White and Steel (bringing the number of lawyers practicing at the insurance and business litigation firm to 38).

Fairfield and Woods has added Tamara A. Hoffbuhr, who will practice in the areas of litigation and banking.

Gretchen L. Prochaska and Irvin E. "Gene" Branch III have joined the Denver office of the intellectual property law firm of Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell is pleased to announce that Geoffrey N. Blue has joined the firm as an associate.

Featherstone DeSisto announces that Jack R. Luellen and Matthew D. Collins have become associates.

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has opened a new office at 1365 Forest Park Circle, Suite 202, Lafayette, 80026; phone: (303) 926-1302. The Boulder-area office will be headed by Holly Baer Krammerer and will handle litigation and business transactional matters.

David S. Woodruff joined Kennedy & Christopher as an associate.

RTD has promoted Erica Weber to associate general counsel. She practices in a variety of areas including personal injury, employment law, workers’ comp, contracts and local government.

DU News: The University of Denver College of Law is the first law school to teach some classes in a foreign language. The first foreign language law class they taught was in Russian; they have now expanded to Spanish. In addition to "International Business Transactions in Spanish," the school offers "Counseling and Negotiating in Spanish," "Doing Business in Mexico" and "Legal Drafting in Spanish." A fifth course is being planned.

NEWNESS: Donald B. Gentry has left Wood, Ris & Hames as Special Counsel to join the new law firm of Donald B. Gentry, 1725 Gaylord St., Denver, 80206; phone (303) 329-9700. He will continue his corporate, construction and utility practice and will also continue to serve Denver as a part-time magistrate.

Ron Sylling, former shareholder in Tilly and Graves, has relocated to 12101 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 207, Aurora, CO 80011 and is practicing law in the Law Office of Ronald O. Sylling. His phone is (303) 363-6455.

CX: The Hustead Law Firm thanked us for running their announcement, but preferred that we spell it right. Once more, The Hustead Law Firm.


Holland & Hart has some new partners in their Denver office: Kevin Johnson (international and domestic business transactions), Katherine A. "Kit" LeVoy (corporate and securities), Christopher Thorne (chairs the water practice group) and Monique Tuttle (labor and employment).

Michael D. Weinberg, a lawyer and financial and estate planner, now offers professional mediation services. He specializes in business, commercial, and trust and estate disputes.

Timothy Bakken has a new office: The Law Office of Timothy R. Bakken, 1900 Wazee St. Suite 210, Denver, 80202.

Kit Cowperthwaite wanted us to set the record straight. While he is president of the Denver Board of Realtors, he does not serve on the Colorado Real Estate Commission.

Hutchinson, Black and Cook announces that Kimberly M. Hult has become a shareholder of the firm.

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