Denver Bar Association
September 2001
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Legal Affairs

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GOOD THINGS: CBA President-Elect John Moye has been appointed professor at Concord Law School, the country’s only entirely online law school. Concord, which opened in 1998, has 57 faculty members and 700 students worldwide. You can visit the school at

The Bendelow Law Firm will be hosting a silent auction and black tie dinner on Sept. 29 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to benefit the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. The funds are for the completion of a 300-bed general hospital in Mutombo’s homeland. For more information call (303) 837-9600 or visit


Robert Zupkus, president of Zupkus & Angell, was appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practitioners.


Jeffrey A. Hyman, shareholder with Lofh Shaiman Jacobs & Hyman spoke at the Association of Trial Lawyers of American.

Tom Mauser received the Civil Justice Foundation’s "Community Champion Awards" for his dedication to public safety and violence prevention at the Foundations Breakfast of Champions in July. The Mauser family lost their son Daniel in the Columbine tragedy; Tom then went on to fight for stronger gun laws. CTLA exec John Sadwith presented the award.

Former DBA board member Rico Munn is running for the Colorado State Board of Education from Dist. 1.

Dan Hoffman was the 2001 recipient of the CTLA Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peter Barron was recognized by Patton Boggs for his work with the Denver District Attorney’s Office in coaching two teams from Regis Jesuit High School in the CBA Mock Trial competition.

Pearson, Milligan & Horowitz’s nine attorneys and nine staff members, along with their spouses, celebrated the firm’s 10th anniversary in style with five days in Puerto Vallarta in late June. After a one-day attorney retreat, the entire staff spent four days enjoying good times.

Greenberg Traurig announces it has been ranked as one of the top firms in the country by Vault’s Guide to the Top 10 Law Firms.

John T. Baker will be leaving Bragg & Baker after 26 years to teach and pursue a pro bono project in Denver. "Doug Bragg and I part as friends with mutual respect and admiration. I will miss the personal injury practice." He said he's looking forward to a new challenge. You can reach John at (303) 329-3855 or, or P.O. Box 460638, Denver 80246.

IN THE NEWS: Big news in the Denver Business Journal: Former CBA and DBA president Miles Cortez is leaving Cortez Macaulay Bernhardt and Schuetze to become executive vice president and general counsel of Apartment Investment and Management Co.

Mark Williams, president of the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) board, and his wife Louise, were pictured in The Post at the Sunset in the Park benefit and auction.

Great story in The Post on prosecutor Frank Moschetti in his role as president for Jefferson County Eyes For Others. The past six years, he and his family have been raising specially bred puppies to become guide dogs.

The Post ran a large story about U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sidney Brooks helping Russia and other emerging nations replace corrupt and ineffective legal systems with laws that give bankruptcy and other protections to businesses. The story was written by Tom McGhee, who replaced Anne Colden in the business department. Tom welcomes interesting story ideas about developments in the legal community.

It was an eye-catching headline in the Denver Business Journal: "Bar cautions against coziness." The story said that the CBA Ethics Committee was warning attorneys about accepting stock options in companies they represent in lieu of cash payments. While not prohibiting the practice, the committee warned there can be pitfalls and conflicts of interest.


CHANGES: Rebecca Wilcox Dean has been named partner at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in their Denver office. Of Counsel lawyer Kathryn K. Heet and associate James Findlater have joined the firm and will practice in the Business & Finance Department.

Caroline C. Cooley has joined Zupkus & Angell as an associate.


Jenna D. Langer has joined Snell & Wilmer as an associate in the Denver office. Frederick G. Meyer and Grace Chung recently joined their Tax Practice Group.

Block Markus Williams has added Susan Hardie Jacks as Of Counsel in the Denver office.


Sagrillo Hammond & Dineen announces that Todd E. Kastetter has joined as Special Counsel and Lana L. Steven is a new associate.


Wayne E. Vaden has joined the Denver office of Baker & Hostetler as Of Counsel.

Christian Heath Hendrickson has joined Cage & North; his practice will emphasize commercial litigation.

Sally Maresh, formerly of DU Law, has moved to Fort Collins as the Legal Counsel in the Division of Student Affairs at Colorado State University. You can reach her at (970) 491-1482 or

Robert N. Spencer has become an equity shareholder of Montgomery Little & McGrew.

NEWNESS: Beth Henson, formerly with Quade, Fontana & Bonin, has opened her own office for family law mediation and dispute resolution services.

John P. (Rusty) Mitzner and Robert L. Allman announce the formation of Allman & Mitzner, Blake Street Terrace Building, 1860 Blake Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202; phone (303) 293-9393.

Krug & Sobel has changed its name to Krug, Sobel & Ritter. The firm welcomes Steven L. Murray as a senior associate.

J. Lawrence Hamil and Charles B. Hecht announce their new affiliation: Hamil/Hecht at 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 600, Denver 80202; phone (303) 830-1383.

Edward B. Olszewski thanks his colleagues at Balcomb & Green and announces the opening of Edward B. Olszewski with an office in Denver and Boulder.

CHANGES: Judith Keene Rosenblum is now working and living in Memphis, Tennessee, due to her husband's desire to live in a really humid, hot climate. Her new address: 6727 Garden Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38120; phone (901) 754-1077. Her e-mail in the same: and she will continue to cover Intellectual Property—if you need local Tennessee counsel who's a member of the CBA.

Eley & Eley and Goldstein & Dodge "having spent the last two decades stealing each other's clients, have merged. "The new firm is Eley, Goldstein & Dodge and" will continue to represent the disabled in Worker's Compensation and Social Security claims. The firm includes Craig Eley, Shelley Dodge, Robert Erickson, Jeffrey Goldstein, Sally MacLuckie, Morgan Rumler and Eric Staton.

Stephen M. Blitz has joined Fleishman, Sterling, Gregory Shapiro as Special Counsel after many years as a senior partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

The firm of Rechlitz and Shimel (Tony Rechlitz, Lisa Shimel, Sheri Kelly and Brent Eisen) welcome Brian G. Shoemaker as an associate.

Michael J. Pankow has become Senior Counsel at Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.

John E. Scipione is an associate at Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers.

Jones & Keller has added Jessica J. Fleck, Lisa A. Zieman and D. Laird Blue as associates.

Sheila Saeed is associated with Kerr Friedrich Brosseau Bartlett.

Todd E. Kastetter (Special Counsel) and Lana L. Steven (associate) have joined Sagrillo Hammond & Dineen.

Richard Gonzales has joined Lindquist & Vennum as a partner.

Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy announces that Paul V. Franke has joined the firm as Special Counsel.

Bjork, Lindley, Danielson & Baker announces that Mark G. Lukehart, formerly at Captain in JAG, is an associate.

Powers Phillips ("a law firm of uppity women and a few underdog males") announces that JoAnne Zboyan has joined the firm as a director and shareholder. See their funny announcement in the August The Colorado Lawyer, page 114.

PASSED: Retired Denver County Court Judge James Urso, 80, died in July. He was known, respected and loved by many. Our sympathy to his friends and family.

Many in the legal community were shocked at the death of Joe Branney, a new partner at Burg, Simpson (and previously with Branney, Hillyard and Barnhart). He had been a teacher in many venues, president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers and was named one of the best lawyers in America since 1983. We send our sympathy to his family, colleagues, and many friends.


CU News: Mekela Goehring has been named this year's Hill & Robbins Public Interest Fellow at CU. The fellowship, awarded to a second-year student from one of Colorado's law schools, is given to promote awareness and encourage students to pursue careers in the public interest sector. She will spend the summer working at Colorado Legal Services on a research project, compiling a portrait of poverty in Colorado.

For the second year in a row, CU Law School is ranked in the top five state law schools in the country (this year they ranked third) and in the top 10 overall for placing graduates in judicial clerkships in the U.S. News & World Report's 2002 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."


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