Denver Bar Association
October 2001
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Legal Affairs

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The Holland & Hart Foundation just finished its second year—doing things like collecting 10,000 diapers for a Haiti orphanage, reclaiming forests and wetlands, cooking meals for a shelter, building a 6,000 square foot wheel-chair accessible garden for an assisted living facility and presenting seminars of caring for aging family members. Jean and Sam Guyton (retired partner) are leaders in helping others in need.

DU Law Dean Mary Ricketson was the 2001 recipient of the Edwin D. Wolf Award. This award is given annually in recognition of outstanding service by a current or former staff member of the National Lawyers Committee or of one of the eight local lawyers committees.

Bill Ritter and his office were presented with the John Inmann award for outstanding restorative justice programs at the Rocky Mountain Restorative Justice Conference in Keystone in September.

Martin D. Buckley of Berenbaum Weinshienk & Eason has been inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

The Colorado Trial Lawyers have selected new officers: President James R. Christoph; President-elect Ross B.H. Buchanan; Vice President Richard "Mike" Hodges; Secretary Gordon "Skip" Netzorg and Treasurer Murray Ogborn.

Paul F. Hodapp, special counsel to Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy, has been awarded a Fulbright grant and will teach law for the 2001-2002 academic year in the Ukraine.

Tony Ogden is an assistant attorney general in the Business Regulation Unit, Consumer Protection Section of the AG’s office, as senior representative on all matters involving the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and the Smokeless Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Gary Schleuger, a May 2001 graduate of DU Law and 1985 graduate of the DU Daniels College of Business Administration, has been named the Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Government & Industry Relations for the National Education Loan Network.

Happy 20th birthday to the Legal Aid Foundation, which promotes equal access to justice. Since 1981, the Foundation has raised over $7.5 million to fund civil legal services for low-income people in Colorado. Holland & Hart is hosting a reception on Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. to thank past and present board members. Reservations are required; call (303) 863-9544.

William Maywhort of Holland & Hart has become president of the National Lawyers Association.

David Weinstein recently spoke on trademark law, appellations of origin and traditional culture protection at Global Biodiversity Institute’s African Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Law Training Courses in Cotonou, Benin and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Cooley Godward, a firm based in San Francisco, is laying off more than 10 percent of its lawyers nationwide, translating to about 15 associates in the Denver office, according to a story in the Denver Business Journal.

Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, another national firm, has started "time-off programs," which allows attorneys to take up to two months time off, unpaid, but keep benefits, or attorneys can opt to reduce their work schedules.

Long-time Denver firm Long & Jaudon is disbanding, with some of the attorneys breaking off to form a new firm specializing in medical malpractice.

At Cortez Macaulay Bernhardt & Schuetze, as founding partner Miles Cortez becomes executive vice president and general counsel of Apartment Investment and Management Co., others in the firms will be going their own ways. According to Cortez, "Chris Mccaulay is going to work for about six months exclusively for two clients and he’s considering going in-house. Susan Bernhardt is going to become a name partner at Netzorg McKeever Koclanes & Bernhardt. Bob Schuetze will return to Boulder and form a firm with his former partner Glen Gordon. Avi Rocklin is going to join Hill & Robbins. Ira Bornstein is considering a couple of options. Kevin Ahearn is joining Pryor Carney & Johnson." Cortez said he is looking forward to a major career change. "It’s ironic that our firm was having its best year. But Ted Williams hit a home run his last time up to bat and John Elway went out on top. This has been very harmonious for us, and our people were in demand."

Someone from Denver almost always gets in the ABA Journal. Recently, it was Neil Peck of Snell & Wilner. The story topic was "Case Clothed," and described how various people at various firms prefer to dress. Peck always wears custom-made suits, shirts and shoes from London—he once served as honorary British consul. More recent, DA Bill Ritter was pictured in a story entitled "DAs Still Getting Out on Street," in which he discussed community accountability boards and justice councils.

Judge Richard Matsch has been in the news related to his illness—we wish him the best.

Aurora Municipal Judge Richard Weinberg was in The Post discussing a video he made called "Choose to Defuse," aimed at encouraging better communication among teens and to bring the issue of abuse in dating relationships out in the open. "It’s gritty and something teens won’t laugh at," he said.

Wonderful story on attorney and former legislator Russ George in The Post—touting his first year as head of Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Labor lawyer Bill Berger wrote a story for the Denver Business Journal warning employees to be aware of a recent 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

Jim Lyons had a big piece in the Rocky Mountain News with the heading "Prosperity in Peril: Crumbling of Good Friday agreement poses threat not only to peace in Northern Ireland, but to province’s economic renewal."

Attorney Joel Russman co-authored an article in the Denver Business Journal in August about knowing when to call an attorney or a CPA.

Patton Boggs is sponsoring a new spot on KOA (850 AM) called "Seeing Things Differently." The one-minute segment, modeled after Paul Harvey’s "The Rest of the Story" spot will air twice a week.

Veronica S. Parkansky has joined the Denver office of Morrison & Foerster as an associate.


Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, an intellectual property law firm, has expanded its Denver presence, moving to 10,000 square feet in the Denver Tech Center, appointing Michael DeSanctis to managing partner and bringing in biotech expert Richard Nakashima from the firm’s Austin office.

Christian Heath Hendrickson has joined Cage & North.

David J. Moses and Susan Hardie Jacks are Of Counsel to Block Markus & Williams.

Carole Salamaha, R.N., J.D., joined the law firm of John O. Martin, which specializes in medical malpractice defense.


The Denver office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll had many announcements: new associates are Monica C. Guardiola, Jennifer L. MacDonald, Sarah L. Morris and Andrew C. Testerman. Julia Kim Kane will be of counsel. A. Thomas Downey has also joined as of counsel in the Real Estate Department. Tom’s other big news is that he and his wife Lori Fox happily announce the arrival of Cathryn Ann Fox Downey (Cate), who was born April 16. Her first gift was a wooden cradle, designed and hand-made by Tom. He built it in secret at the garage of his former boss, Ken Salazar.

Cate Fox Downey

Michael F. DiManna has joined the McWilliams Mediation Group and will be accepting a limited number of mediation/settlement issues as he continues his 30 years of domestic practice. Joan McWilliams will continue her practice in commercial and domestic dispute resolution. The McWilliams Mediation Group has relocated to The High Street Law Center, 1741 High St., Denver, CO 80218. The phone is (303) 830-0171 and e-mail is

Mike and Gary Jackson will continue in their ongoing practice, having celebrated 25 years of their partnership together in April 2001.

Steven M. Weiser has become an associate with Gelt, Paddison & Zinn.

Shannon M. Keltner has become associated with Green & Freedman.

Steven W. McDonald is the newest shareholder at Berlinder Zisser Walter & Gallegos.

Matt Mayer is the newest attorney to join the Denver office of Snell & Wilmer in their commercial litigation practice.

Matt Mayer

Douglas J. Friednash has opened The Law Offices of Douglas J. Friednash at 1777 S. Harrison St., Suite P303, Denver 80210. The phone is (303) 757-4341. Timothy J. Schafer has joined the firm as Of Counsel, and Andrea J. Kershner has joined as an associate.

Michele R. Lamontagne and John L. Guinn have opened their new office, Lamontagne & Guinn, which will emphasize civil and commercial litigation and criminal defense. Address is 650 S. Cherry St., Suite 650, Denver, 80246; the phone is (303) 407-0870.

Foster & Graham is opening its new law office in the historic Golden Triangle, 1226 Bannock St.. Michael Huttner has joined as Special Counsel and Randall Chin is an associate.

Anderson, Campbell & Laugesen has changed its name to Sutherland, Tarler & Laugesen and will office at 1720 S. Bellaire St., Suite 310, Denver, 80222.

Joaquin G. Padilla and Daniel B. Markofsky have joined the Denver Office of Petersen, Thomas, Slade & Padilla.

Jim Spoja announces his re-entry into private practice. He’s opened his law office at 1226 Bannock St., Denver, 80204-3631; phone (720) 956-1700;

R. Sterling Ambler and Philip V. Keenan have formed Ambler & Keenan. They will emphasize estate planning, probate, trust administration, taxation and real estate. Their address: 950 S. Cherry St., Suite 620, Denver, 80246. Phone is (303) 321-7300.

What we meant to say was that Rebecca Wilcox Dow has been named partner at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.


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