Denver Bar Association
May 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.

GOOD THINGS: A note: "Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragoneti is delighted that our great friend and colleague, A. Bruce Campbell, has been appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge of the District of Colorado. Congratulations, Bruce, and thank you for your friendship and your many years of service and commitment to our firm and our clients." Campbell, 55, with that firm since 1985, was sworn in in March.

Docket writer Doug McQuiston, who bagpipes with the Michael Collins band, was--as you might expect--incredibly busy around the St. Patrick's Day holiday. Their band led the parade and then entertained all over town. They sold out their CDs and have re-ordered. If you missed them, go to or call Jay Leasure at (303) 696-7239.

Former Docket member Wick Downing has a new children's book, just published in hardback by the Houghton Mifflin Company, called "Leonardo's Hand." It's about a boy called Nard, orphaned and born without one hand. After bouncing from foster home to foster home, he finally moves to a farm where life is hard but very interesting. Pretty soon, Wick will have another book out for grown-ups.

For the second year, a team of five DU Law students won the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot court competition. DU beat 11 other Western schools and will go on to national and international competition. The team consisted of captain Tim Balombin, Janene McCabe, Chantell Taylor, Lucky Vidmar and Mark Donahue. John Powell was the team coach and Ben Coats, Rock Pring and Tim Hurley served as judges for the final practice rounds.

James A. Dierker, owner-shareholder at Long & Jaudon, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Bonfils Blood Center.

Merrie Margolin Kippur is president-elect of the Junior League of Denver. She said she continues her solo practice concentrating in estate and business succession planning formations.

J. Michael Farley will be honored on May 6 by the Archdiocesan Housing Committee, Inc. at the Annual Sister Mary Lucy Downey Ward dinner. He was the first board president and served on the board for 31 years, contributing thousands of hours to ensure quality, affordable housing. He recently retired from Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley.

Holland & Hart opened its mock trial room to some seventh and eighth graders recently. The students heard a reading of a decision at the U.S. Supreme Court on a trip to Washington. When they came back, they were given a case to try. Bill McClearn helped them to identify issues and prepare their arguments. Some H&H attorneys served as judges when the students presented their arguments.

IN THE NEWS: Did they get the cutlines wrong? If you saw a recent issue of the ABA Journal, you might have noticed Jim Carr on the same page as Clint Eastwood in a story about the ADA. Carr looks like he's saying "Make My Day." A few pages later, there's David Masters, with his daughter Allison, who helped him launch a Web site for his solo practice.

Huge story on the Denver Post editorial page about the death penalty, with the "pro" by Adams County D.A. Bob Grant and the "con" by defense attorney Dave Lane.

Gary Jackson was on the front page of The Colorado Journal, with a good photo and a story where he finally acknowledged that he is (was) a nerd. In another issue, DBA president Susan Smith Fisher was featured.

A tiny story--but a big one for the legal community--is that Gov. Bill Owens signed a bill adding 24 new judges to the state system. None will be for Denver.

CHANGES: Richard E. Mishkin has become special counsel to Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason.

Merchant & Gould announces that Thomas Young, formerly with Dorsey & Whitney, has joined the firm as a partner.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to welcome Andrew I. Friedman, Rebecca A. Lewis and Troy R. Olsen as members of the firm.

Roger A. Hauptman has joined the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig as of counsel in the corporate and securities department.

Littler Mendelson has appointed Lawrence W. Marquess as managing shareholder of the Denver office. William F. Schoeberlein is of counsel and Ali J. Farhang joins the firm as an associate. Karrie Zarrick is a new litigation paralegal.

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber is happy to announce that Richard P. Barkley and Peter J. Korneffel Jr. are shareholders in the Denver office.

Dana B. Matthews has joined Hutchinson Black and Cook has an associate.

Rosemary Orsini has become a shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine. Joe Branney has joined that firm and will continue his practice in plaintiffs medical malpractice and personal injury law.

Stephen M. Brett, former executive vice president and general counsel of Tele-Communications (now AT&T Broadband) has rejoined Sherman & Howard.

Treece, Alfrey, Musat & Bosworth has elevated four attorneys--Martha H. Eskesen, James B. Fairbanks, Kathleen Mowry Fairbanks and Margaret D. Keck--to shareholder status, and has added three attorneys--Curtis C. Alfrey, Frieda C. Leonard and Derek Regensburger--as associates.

MORE CHANGES: Jo Ann Weinstein has closed her private practice and has taken a job with Airport Legal Services for the City and County of Denver.

Sawaya, Rose & Sawaya welcomes Scott F. Reese as a new associate and head of litigation.

New partners in the Denver office of Faegre & Benson include: James D. Leonard and Jeffrey A. Sherman (formerly with Otten, Johnson et al.), Ann C. McCullough (returning to the firm after being in-house counsel with Swedish Medical Center) and Adrienne O. McNamara (formerly judicial clerk for Hon. Widown for the U.S. Court of appeals in the Fifth Circuit).


Jennifer A. Schaffner has joined the Denver office of Shughart Thomson & Kilroy.

Kimberly A. Viergever is an associate at the new firm Rietz & Smith, 111 Village Place, Suite 301, Dillon, CO 80435. Phone them at (970) 468-0210.

Ann Wilson, former legal administrator at Ruegsegger Thomas and Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe, is now placement director of Special Counsel's Denver office.

Steve H. Ozawa has joined Clanahan Tanner Downing & Knowlton as special counsel. Lisa V. Ludwig is an associate.

Tim Campbell has joined Elwyn F. Schaefer & Associates as an associate.

JAMS welcomes James L. Stone and Elaine A. Wohlner to their Denver office.

Elissa B. Bercovitz has joined Frie, Arndt & Danborn as an associate.

NEW PLACES: Kim Lacy Morris "wishes to thank her colleagues over the years" at John Robert Holland. She has opened Kim L. Morris, L.L.C. in Golden. Phone: (303) 275-3465.

Joe McMahon, after more than 22 years at Davis Graham & Stubbs, has opened a solo practice of mediation, arbitration and settlement counseling as Joseph P. McMahon Jr., LLC. His practice will include alternative dispute resolution and negotiation assistance, as well as ADR training.

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