Denver Bar Association
December 2001
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Legal Affairs

Most of the following may be true; some partially correct;
some may be slightly libelous. We feel certain you'll let us know.

We received a letter from Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, a Nashville firm, commending Silver & DeBoskey for doing the "right and honorable thing," which "served not only their client’s true best interest, but also that of the public and of our profession as a whole." The writer especially thanked Bruce DeBoskey and Brian T. Moore.

The Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund Board has elected Howard Kenison as vice-chair. Kenison, an environmental lawyer with Lindquist & Vennum, was appointed to the 15-member board by Gov. Owens. As former Deputy AG, he successfully defended the state’s Environmental Impact Statement for the Glenwood Canyon Highway Project and has prosecuted seven Superfund lawsuits, including Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Stephen Shapiro, managing partner at Bieging Shapiro & Burrus, has been appointed by Gov. Owens to the Utility Consumers’ Board. The board provides policy guidance to the Office of Consumer Counsel regarding rule making, legislative projects and general activities and priorities of that office.

Judge Richard Matsch has returned to his courtroom. We wish him well.

Family law attorney Sheila Gutterman received an award in November from the Women’s Vision Foundation for being "Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year." Faegre & Benson is their 2001 Corporate Advocate.

Dan McCune of Kennedy & Christopher has been selected by the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association be the Colorado Representative for the Defense Research Institute.

Richard M. Krumbein, an international corporate attorney in Dorsey & Whitney’s Denver office, has been appointed chair of the Cross-Border Distribution and Manufacturing Committee of the Texas-Mexico Bar Association. He will be responsible for promoting Texas-Mexico relations through business and economic development, coordinating legal seminars, and assisting companies that need advice on cross-border matters.

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People celebrated its 25th year with an open house in November. Congratulations on many years of fine work!

Ken Sullivan, president of Dispute Resolution Professionals, was happy to announce that his company as been appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division, as the exclusive mediator for resolution and liquidation of Chapter 11 matter. For more info. Go to

For the Denver Business Journal’s editor of "Forty under 40" Denver’s up-and-coming Business leaders edition, the following attorneys were included: Christopher Beall, Faegre & Benson; Sean Gallagher, Hogan & Hartson; Joel Glover, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons; Kenzo Kawanabe, Davis Graham & Stubbs; Christopher Little, Montgomery Little & McGrew; Vicki Lovato, Davis Graham & Stubbs; Willie Shepherd, Kamlet Shepherd Reichert & Maes.

Stephanie Kane’s new book "Quiet Time" (reviewed in The Docket in October) also got a wonderful review in The Denver Post. Her reading/signing event at The Tattered Cover was standing-room only and there was a party at the University Club to celebrate the book, given by Jim Lyons and Michael Canges.

In the society pages: Tom Strickland, Sen. Penfield Tate, Rico Munn and Dan Muse attended the fund-raising gala for Planned Parenthood. Also, Christine Arguello and Manuel Martinez were honored at the sixth Fiesta Colorado, where the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce praised five trailblazers.

The Rocky featured Anne Castle prominently as the new chair of Holland & Hart’s management committee.

Michael D. Huttner, Daniel S. Foster and Robert G. Graham were featured on the front page of the Denver Business Journal in November, with the "angle" that they’re young, work in a house in the Golden Triangle, go to Zaidy’s instead of The Palm (and have some good connections). Great way to start, guys.

HRO announced that Matthew J. Rita has joined as a partner in the Denver office. You can reach him at (303) 866-0536 or (We’re most impressed that he had a story in "Disturbing the Peace," an anthology of fiction and non-fiction by Colorado attorneys that is still available at the bar offices and is perfect for gifts.)


Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy has added Richard Petkun as a shareholder and Christine Hayes, Kelly Elefant and Matthew D. Pluss as associates.



Elizabeth Weishaupl is now an Assistant U.S. Attorney doing civil litigation in the areas of employment law, federal tort claim act, bankruptcy, constitutional torts, etc. She said she’ll miss her friends at the AG’s office something fierce, but is "trying to make new friends on the federal side and do good for the people of the United States!"

Heather M. Zimmerman and Cristin J. Cunningham have become associated with Stromberg Cleveland Crawford & Schmidt.

Brett M. Wendt and James. M. Meseck have joined White and Steele, bringing the number of lawyers practicing at the insurance and business litigation firm to 36.

Hutchison Black and Cook announced that Constance Tromble Eyster has joined the firm as an associate. Most recently, she clerked for Justice Michael Bender.

Dawn Watts and Sean M. Knight have joined the Denver office of Ritsema & Lyon.

Lynn Diamond Feiger is now Of Counsel at Lohf Shaiman Jacobs & Hyman. She will lead the firm’s new Employment Law Practice Group.

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Felt happily announced that Beth Ann Parsons has joined the firm’s environment, land use and project development practice group as an associate.

Jennifer M. Smith and Marcus C. McCarty have joined Lowe, Fell & Skogg as associates.

A note: "Denver native and DBA/CBA member Dan Kowalski has relocated yet again. After five soggy years in Seattle, Dan now hangs his sombrero in Austin, Texas, at the firm of Tindall & Foster. You can find him at

Madeline Collison and Joan Bechtold have formed Collison & Bechtold and will continue to emphasize plaintiff’s employment and civil rights matters. The firm is located at 1756 Gilpin St., Denver 80218. Phone: (303) 388-4551.

David B. Higgins, Stephen P. Hopkins, David M. McLain and Sheri H. Roswell, formerly of Long & Jaudon, have formed Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell. The address is 300 Union Blvd., Suite 101, Lakewood 80228. Phone is (303) 987-9870. The firm welcomes Christopher D. Yvars as an associate.

Martens & Norton has dissolved and Dallas D. Norton has opened Norton Law Offices, 10475 Park Meadows Drive, 6th floor, Littleton, CO 80124. Phone: (303) 256-6786.

Cage & North is now Cage Williams Abelman & Layden

Thomas C. Waddle has moved to the ’burbs and opened his own firm at 7910 Ralston Road, Suite 5, Arvada 80002. Phone: (303) 420-3125; e-mail is


McDermott and Hansen changed its name to McDermott, Hansen & McLaughlin and welcomes George E. McLaughlin, who specializes in products liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice and insurance bad faith litigation. The firm stays at its regular place at 1890 Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80206, and can be reached at (303) 399-6037.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti is delighted to announce the addition of these new associates: Brandon C. Shaffer and Julie E. Hultgren, real estate group; Tracy M. Lujan, litigation; and James T. Johnson, land use group.

Godfrey & Lapuyade announces that Michelle A. Pinkowski and Greg Washington have become shareholders and Randee Stapp, Rob Busch and Bill Burk are new associates.

Kennedy & Christopher has added David W. Gerbus and Catherine O’Brien-Crum as associates.

Brent T. Slosky has joined the Denver office of Hogan & Hartson as a partner. He was previously with Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons has added S. Kato Crews, Eric V. Hall and Denise D. Hoffman as associates.

Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy has added five associates: Andrew C.S. Efaw, Darcy M. Goddard, Heather J. Lloyd, Heather Johnson Shull and Michael T. Williams.

DBA Young Lawyers Division Council Member N. Nora Nye, formerly an associate with Max Minnig, Jr. & Associates is now the staff attorney for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, Colorado Council 76. Reach her at (303) 355-6504.

Arnold R. Kaplan, Jay P. Baker, Mark G. Lukehart and Kristin Potter have joined Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in the firm’s Denver office.











In the September edition, we meant to say (but didn’t quite get it right) that Rebecca Wilcox Dow has been named a partner at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in their Denver office. Sorry!


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