Denver Bar Association
March 2001
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Legal Affairs

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GOOD THINGS: Law schools at the University of Denver and University of Colorado have joined the Colorado Pledge to Racial and Ethnic Diversity to create a minority summer clerkship program, only the second of its kind in the country. The program, which will provide 16 paid clerkships at some of Denver’s most prestigious law firms, is patterned after a program in the San Francisco Bay area. "A law firm’s participation underscores not only a pledge to diversity but an action to support diversity, which strengthens the entire legal community. I commend each of these outstanding firms for their leadership," said DU law dean Mary Ricketson. "This will give participating law students of color the opportunity to compete for summer associate programs while providing a built-in recruiting tool for top minority students nationwide for both universities," added Hal Bruff, dean of the CU law school. A law firm committee will select 16 students based on effective verbal and written communications skills, leadership, integrity, aca-demics and other characteristics that indicate potential for success in the legal community. Students who have completed the equivalent of the first year of full-time law study are eligible. The clerkships will begin at the end of May or early June. Participating firms include: Brownstein Hyatt and Farber; Davis Graham and Stubbs; Faegre and Benson; Hall and Evans; Hogan and Hartson; Holland and Hart; Holme Roberts and Owen; Ireland Stapleton Pryor and Pascoe; Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods and Levy; Kutak Rock; Morrison and Foerster; Otten Johnson Robinson Neff and Ragonetti; Perkins Coie; Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons; Sheridan Ross; and Sherman and Howard.

Reba Nance, director of Law Practice Management at the Colorado Bar Association, has been selected to chair ABA TechShow in 2002. It is held yearly in Chicago and is the world’s leading technology conference and exposition that showcases the latest in technology for the legal profession.

Ann Frick is a Charter Trustee for the Board of Trustees of Colorado College. She’s a founding partner with Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley.

Linda L. Siderius, Of Counsel to Long & Jaudon, has been elected to the Colorado State Personnel Board. Siderius, a DU law grad, is a former assistant attorney general.

John C. Plotkin, of Fleishman, Sterling, Gregory & Shapiro, was named membership chair of the ABA’s Section of Litigation Committee on Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use.



Robert Zupkus, partner with Zupkus & Angell, helped present "Use of Jury Consultants" at the Denver Claims Association’s 11th Annual Law Day in late January. At that same conference, associate Bradley Shefrin presented "The Anatomy of a Construction Defect" case.

IN THE NEWS: Good pictures in The Post late January of the reception for new Hispanic judges, hosted by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Holme Roberts & Owen, and Wells Fargo Bank. Some of those pictured were: Judges Carlos Lucero, Leonard Plank and Robert "Beau" Patterson; Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey; Troy Eid, Roland Soler, R.D. Sewald and Isaac Ruiz.

Everyone will miss U.S. Magistrate Bruce Pringle on the bench, but he will be in practice with Zevnik, Horton, a national firm with about 10 lawyers in Denver. Pringle, son of former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Ed Pringle, was appointed to the bench in 1991. After CU Law, he clerked for U.S. District Chief Judge Fred Winner and practiced from 1970 with the firm that became Baker & Hostetler.

CHANGES: DU Law grad John Roche, partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs, has joined Snell & Wilmer in the commercial litigation group. In his pre-lawyer life, Roche played in the National Basketball Association including three years for the Denver Nuggets.

Minor & Brown announced that Elizabeth A. Gold, Brian D. Meegan and Jackson W. Seal are associates and that Lisa A. D’Ambrosia has become a director and shareholder with a practice focus on mergers & acquisitions, and commercial real estate.

ERISA lawyer Cindy Birley has joined Davis Graham & Stubbs as a member, Of Counsel, of the firm’s tax, benefits & estates practice group. Formerly of Kutak Rock, she is accompanied in this move by actuary Rob Johnson, paralegal Richard Merkel and legal secretary Shelly Johnson. She received her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver.

Milan & Malara is expanding: Henry J. Rickelman and James H. Hahn have joined the firm as a shareholders. The firm is now known as Milan, Malara, Rickelman & Hahn.

Tarek F. M. Saad is now a partner in the Litigation Department of the Denver office of Morrison & Foerster.

Luis A. Toro has become a shareholder and Mark A. Redmiles has become Of Counsel to Senn Lewis & Visciano.

A note from Lisa Shimel welcomed Brent Eisen ( to Rechlitz and Shimel as an associate. "Tony Rechlitz, Sheri Kelly, Carolyn Gillies and I . . . continue to enjoy practicing big firm law in a small, yet comfortable environment."

Baker & Hostetler announced that Rebecca C. Alexander is a new partner, and will concentrate her practice in the area of commercial litigation and the negotiation of marital agreements. New associates at that firm are Martha Barnacle Timmers and Holli Hartman.

Holland & Hart combined with Santa Fe firm Campbell, Carr, Berge & Sheridan at the first of the year. The Santa Fe office will be known initially as Holland & Hart and Campbell & Carr. The partners at that firm will become partners at H&H.

For Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley: N. Reid Neureiter and Robert Detrick were named members of the firm, John R. Webb, previously a partner at Holme Roberts & Owen, is Of Counsel. Lori Duwve, Les Caldwell and Jodi Kratz are associates.

MORE CHANGES: Monty L. Barnett and Joseph R. King have been elected shareholders of White and Steele. Keith R. Olivera has been elected an officer at the firm.

Montgomery Little & McGrew welcomes new associates Amy Cook-Olson, William J. Searfoorce, Heather A. Weckbaugh and Jeffrey M. Timmers.

Otto K. Hilbert II (a CU law grad) has been named a shareholder of Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio.

Scott J. Smith has become an associate with Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris & Rieselbach and will focus on tax, trusts and estates.

Barbara S. Banks and Edward Imatani are delighted, overjoyed, and estatic to announce their marriage (in Hawaii on Jan. 22). They will continue their practice of law in wedded bliss as Banks & Imatani, 225 Union Blvd., Suite 310, Lakewood, 80228. They celebrated the 10th anniversary of their law firm in February.

Elizabeth D. Robertson, former law clerk to Judge Kenneth Stuart, has joined Duncan, Ostrander & Dingess. Her practice will emphasize eminent domain, land use and water law.

Shaun A. Christensen is a partner in the Denver office of Lindquist, Vennum & Christensen and will focus his practice in bankruptcy and litigation.






Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy (STK) has added five new attorneys: Dick Oertli is a shareholder in business litigation; Carol S. Raznick is Of Counsel in real estate; Gayle L. Strong will focus on intellectual property practice. New associates include Heather F. Shore and Erin A. Webber.

Gorsuch Kirgis welcomes Stephen Rick as Special Counsel, Kevin Paul as an associate in the Litigation Department, and Thomas Rogers, as an associate in the Employee Benefits and Taxation Department.

A note from Judy Holmes that Larry Marquess, Bill Schoeberlein, Ali J. Farhang and Karrie Zarrick are being welcomed to the Denver office of Littler Mendelson, P.C. Larry is the new managing shareholder of the Denver office and is joined by his long-time partner and friend, Bill Schoeberlein. Ali Farhang has joined as an associate practicing both labor and employment law and Karrie Zarrick has joined as a litigation paralegal.

NEW: Peter W. Rietz and Jere K. Smith announce the opening of Rietz and Smith, 114 Village Place, Suite 301, Dillon, CO 80435. They will specialize in ski defense litigation.

Stern and Elkind has moved to 650 S. Cherry St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80246. Phone (303) 692-0111 and fax (303) 692-0505 are the same.

DU NEWS: DU Law Reunion Weekend 2001 is set for March 29-31, for the classes of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1996 and all alumni who graduated prior to 1951. Activities include visiting law school classes, meeting with faculty/students, informal class get-togethers and an all-class reunion gala at the Marriott City Center on March 30. For more information, contact the law alumni office at (303) 871-6122 or visit the website at for details.

CX: Here’s the right info: Philip B. Cardi and Karen L. Johnston are members of the firm Jackson & Kelly. New associates are Douglas T. Cohen, Kristin Anderson Schmidt and Danielle M. Bonett.

PASSED: Hubert "Fletcher" Thomas Jr. passed away on January 28. In addition to being a well-known Denver lawyer and community leader, the DBA granted Thomas lifetime membership in 2000 for practicing law for 50 years.

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