Denver Bar Association
January 2002
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Legal Affairs

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GOOD THINGS: Kathy Peck was named vice president for programs at Rose Community Foundation. She came to the foundation from HRO, where she practiced since 1984.

Former Denver Deputy D.A. Duncan DeVille is taking a year off from the practice of law to serve as a Public Service Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is conducting research in Russian Policy matters.


Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy provided a "safe neighborhood" for trick-or-treating for a group of homeless children on Halloween afternoon. The children arrived at that firm’s offices at 4 p.m. and went up and down the halls, receiving candy, mittens, socks, tooth brushes, gift certificates to restaurants and school supplies. Afterward, they enjoyed cookies and soda in the conference room.


Guthery & Rickles announces that Peter C. Guthery, who represents nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, has been selected to chair the Tax Exemption/

Governmental Entities Council for the IRS’s 14-state Central Mountain area.

For the fifth time in 10 years and the second year in a row, a team of students from the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program has won the graduate division of the Arthur Andersen Tax Challenge, a national competition testing students’ knowledge of federal tax law and tax planning strategies. The DU team brought home a $20,000 first place award, which will be used for scholarships in the program.

In lieu of the traditional holiday party, Beck and Cassinis donated the cost of the party to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Al LaCabe Jr., assistant U.S. Attorney for Colorado and DU alum, and Forrest W. Lewis, partner in Collister & Lewis, have been named fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Special Thanks to Judge Claudia Jordan, Judge Sheila Rappaport and Magistrate Elizabeth Leith for participating in Judges’ Night for the DBA-YLD Law Explorers program, an educational program for Denver area high school students.

IN THE NEWS: The Denver Business Journal announced that Richard Busch, a "contract attorney with security clearances most attorneys lack," was hired by Lathrop & Gage in a story about small businesses that sign big defense contracts.

Good "Monday profile" article in The Post by Arthur Kane about Wally Wortham, Denver’s City Attorney.

A sort-of picture on the cover and a long article inside Westword featured Judge John Kane, with the tagline: "Federal judge John Kane is not afraid to speak out against the War on Drugs. These days, people may be listening."

Herb Fenster of McKenna & Cuneo was pictured in The Post with a story titled: "Denver attorney to defend Norton in Indian-trust suit." The Department of Justice is defending the former Colorado attorney general in her official capacity; Fenster is defending her as an individual.

From the Rocky Mountain News business pages, we learned that Holme Roberts & Owen has an agreement with the U.S. Bobsled Team, in which they provide legal services and, in return, the lawyers get bobsled rides in the Olympic training facility in Salt Lake City. "It’s a good deal for both parties," the managing partner said.

The Rocky also ran a story about DU law student J. Blake Harrison, who is trying to eliminate the state’s "blue laws" that ban the sale of alcoholic beverages by liquor stores on Sundays and Christmas. He’s getting three credit hours for his effort, is being helped by his lawyer/brother Chad and says he’s taking it seriously.

Ray Friedlob of Friedlob Sanderson Paulson & Tourtillott was featured in The News with his collection of autographed pictures with political figures. Most are Republican (his favorite is former President Ronald Reagan), with the exception of Mayor Wellington Webb.







CHANGES: Davis Graham & Stubbs announces that Christopher L. Richardson has been elected by the partners as that firm’s new chief executive officer, to serve a two-year term. He is a partner in the Corporate Finance & Acquisitions Group. Also, seven new attorneys are joining the firm. Ginny Briggs comes to the firm’s income tax, employee benefits & estates group of counsel from Iquantic Buck, Inc., in Lakewood. Three new associates have joined its commercial litigation group: Chris Chrisman, Florence Felix and Pam Vanderpool (who just clerked with U.S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk). Three other associates include

Stacie Gollata (real estate), Daniela Gonzáles ( who will be in environmental litigation), and Allison Ailer (who will be in the labor and employment group).

Ryan M. Christ has joined Cage Williams Abelman & Layden.

Ronald G. Rossi has joined Fleishman, Sterling, Gregory & Shapiro.


Erin Webber has joined the Denver office of Littler Mendelson, the country’s largest employment and labor law firm.

Fairfield and Woods announces these new additions: Debra A. Conroy, who will practice in the areas of Corporate Law, Tax and Estate Planning; Timothy N. Devlin, who will practice in Real estate and Municipal and Special Districts; and Adele L. Conover, who will practice in Litigation.

The Husted Law Firm has added associates Douglas A. Gitlin and Melissa W. Shisler to the firm.

Timothy P. Daly has joined Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy as a member of the Public Law and Policy practice group.


James A. Dierker, formerly at Long & Jaudon, has become a shareholder in Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason.

Bill Blamkowski, formerly with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, has joined Hatch & Moschetti and Special Counsel. He will continue to emphasize commercial litigation and will assist in transactional work.

MORENEWS: There’s been much to do about the writings by "leading experts on tribunals," Spencer J. Crona and Neal A. Richards as they argue that international terrorists should be tried by military tribunals and not the U.S. court system. They warn that federal courts are incapable of handling this new brand of terrorist. The Post wrote an article on them; they had a story in The Rocky Mountain News most recently, and were quoted elsewhere.

NEWNESS: All the newspapers scooped us on the merger of Faegre & Benson and Boulder’s Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson. It’s one of the largest mergers in Colorado legal history. With it, Faegre & Benson will become one of the five largest Denver law firms. Faegre & Benson specializes in business litigation, public securities, trademarks and e-commerce law. Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson has focused on venture capital finance, patent prosecution and patent litigation.

David Cook (left), managing partner
of Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson, and
John Shively, managing partner of Faegre & Benson

Kathleen S. Page has opened a new legal staffing firm in Denver called Strategic Staffing Associates. You can reach her at (303) 407-1496.

MORECHANGES: Kara K. Knowles will practice litigation, product liability and medical malpractice now that she has joined Montgomery, Little & McGrew.

Phillip D. Barber has this plea for help: "Lost our lease! Everything must go!" to his new office at 1675 Larimer St., Suite 620, Denver, CO 80202. Phone: (303) 894-0880; Fax: (720) 904-5755; e-mail:

The CU School of Law Alumni Board is proud to announce the following law Buffs have joined the board: John Carson, John L. Cooper, Peter Dietze, Pat Furman, Michelle M. Lucero, Myra Monfort, Larry Naves, Bill Ritter Jr. and John W. Rosenbloom.

Munsey L. Ayers Jr. has become a director and shareholder of the firm and will continue to practice in the area of land use.

Kerr Friedrich is now Kerr Brosseau Bartlett O’Brien. Andy Friedrich has become Of Counsel, and John O’Brien has become a member. Sheila Saeed is a new associate.

At Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, Stephen E. Csajaghy and Craig R. Welling have joined and practice complex civil litigation. Andrea L. Hill has also joined the firm to practice transactional law.

Kennedy & Christopher announces that Elizabeth J. Hyatt and Jacqueline Y. Engel have joined the firm as associates.

Kit Cowperthwaite was elected president of the Denver Board of Realtors. He serves on the CBA’s Real Estate Section and the Colorado Real Estate Commission.

DBA-CLE Board Member Eugene Zuspann II was elected as fellow of the Amercian College of Trust and Estate Council.

David H. Spencer, project finance expert, joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan as partner.

Stern & Elkind announced that Todd Irwin joined the firm as an associate.


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