Denver Bar Association
February 2001
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Legal Affairs

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GOOD THINGS: Steve Farber, president and managing partner of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, is the new chair-elect of the Board of Trustees of Rose Community Foundation.

On Feb. 25, founders of Project Safeguard— Ruffina Hernandez, Bob Hill, Laurie Smith Kaczanowska, Leroy Miller, Sandy Pfaff, Karen Tomb and Patty Price—will be honored at the 20th Anniversary Gala. The Survivor Award will honor Rose Pass. It’s at the Westin-Tabor Center, beginning at 6 p.m. For tickets, call (303) 863-7416.

Jackie St. Joan, clinical director and assistant professor, will be a recipient of Project Safeguard’s Social Change 2001 Award. St. Joan is a founder of the program, which works for justice for abused women. She was recently elected to the board of the Clinical Legal Education Association.

Holland & Hart congratulates 29 of its attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2001.

Michael T. McConnell, partner in Long & Jaudon, and Dan Reilly, partner in Hoffman Reilly Pozner & Williamson, were named fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Both are DU law grads.

James R. Walker, with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Council by that board of regents.

IN THE NEWS: Good story on Denver District Court Judge John Coughlin and another on former Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubofsky in The Colorado Journal in December.

Former DBA President John Castellano had an article in The Colorado Statesman about his history as an elector eight years ago.

The Denver Business Journal had a story on more Denver lawyers opting to work part-time. Stephanie Tuthill from HRO is quoted as is John Blaik, Of Counsel at Sherman & Howard.

A story in The Denver Post pointed out that Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, "Denver’s most politically connected law firm," employed not only Federico Peña after he was mayor and before he was Secretary of Transportation, but also Tom Strickland, Colorado’s U.S. Attorney, and Gale Norton, the new Secretary of the Interior and former Colorado Attorney General. DU Law pointed out that Gale Norton will be the fourth DU law grad in U.S. history to hold a cabinet or cabinet-level

position. Others include: Oscar Chapman, Secretary of the Interior, appointed by President Harry Truman; Charles Brannan, agriculture secretary appointed by Truman in 1948; and former Colo. Gov. John Love, who was appointed energy czar (not a cabinet position but a cabinet-level job that later became energy secretary) by Nixon in 1973.

In suggesting some "people to watch" for 2001, The Post named Lisa Wayne, formerly a state public defender and now in private practice. (In addition to her trial work, the CU grad teaches at Harvard Law, Cardozo Law, and CU Law School, and lectures around the country.)

2001 PARTNERS: Holland & Hart announced its new 2001 partners. Congratulations to Teresa Burkett Buffington, Elizabeth R. Carney, Daniel J. Glivar, Jim Goh, Lee Frederick Johnston, William L. Lawrence and W. Scott Mitchell.

Holme Roberts & Owens welcomes their new partners. Congratulations to Thomas E. Laursen, Elaine L. Sheppe, Louise Betcher Staab, Thomas E. Yearout, Lisa A. Schuh, and Michelle Rose-Hughes.

Dorsey and Whitney announced that David Stark is a partner at the firm.


DU grad Bill Dressel, former Larimer County District Court Judge, has been named president of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev.

DU has received a three-year grant from the IRS’s Low-Income Taxpayer program to help Colorado and Wyoming residents with tax problems. The amount is expected to be about $70,000 a year for the grant period.

DU law graduate John Low, of Sherman and Howard LLC, will receive the Evans Award from the DU Alumni Association during Founders Day festivities, Feb. 23-24. First awarded in 1951, the Evans Award is the highest honor the alumni association gives. It recognizes outstanding professional and humanitarian contributions, and continuing interest in the university.

DU professors Robert Hardaway, Jan Laitos and Alan Chen were all featured in the media during the 2000 election. All three were featured in an election post-mortem op-ed, in the Dec. 17 Denver Rocky Mountain News. Hardaway and Laitos appeared on local TV several times. Hardaway also was interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. His editorial, in support of the Electoral College, also appeared in several U.S. newspapers.

CHANGES: Neil Peck, senior partner and former chair of Davis Graham & Stubbs, left this firm after 28 years to become a partner at Snell & Wilmer.

Julie Wells has returned to the Colorado Women’s Bar Association as its executive director. She was previously the CWBA’s ED from 1994 to 1997.

CX: We messed up Fairfield & Woods’ recent announcement and we’re sorry. Here’s the right stuff: Judith D. Judd and Neil L. Arney have joined the firm Of Counsel and Ann C. Kiley, Anna S. Itenberg, Thomas J. Eigner and Amy M. Marrison are new associates.

MORE CHANGES: Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti announces that Adam J. Goldstein, Michelle A. Raimondo, Debra S. Kalish, Keirstin K. Beck, Daniel K. Calisher and Julie M. Earnest have joined the firm as associates in the Denver office.



Krendl Krendl Sachnoff & Way announces that Lydia A. Mangan, formerly of counsel with Kutak Rock, has become a partner of the firm.

Philip B. Cardi and Karen L. Johnston are members of the firm Johnston & Kelly. New associates are Douglas T. Cohen, Kristin Anderson Schmidt and Danielle M. Bonett.

Robert D. Hoehn and Wendy J. Harring are new shareholders of Clanahan, Tanner, Downing and Knowlton.

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber announces new associates Michele J. Rowland, Jennifer Eiteljorg and Amy Eisenhuth Brimah.

Davis & Ceriani announces that Margaret E. Peper is a director and shareholder and that Valeri S. Pappas and Edward R. Grab have joined the firm as associates.

The firm of L. William Schmidt, Jr. announces that Karen K. Hoiland, formerly with Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley, has joined the firm.

Faegre & Benson announces four new partners in its Denver office: James D. Leonard, Ann C. McCullough, Adrienne O. McNamara and Jeffrey A. Sherman.

Sean Moriarty has joined Atrix Laboratories as vice president of Licensing and Counsel. He can be reached at (970) 482-5868.

Podoll & Podoll announces that Thomas C. Waddle has joined the firm as an associate.


New Chief Financial Officer Ernest S. Malachowski has joined Davis Graham & Stubbs. Russ Rowe will be Of Counsel in the trial group at DG&S. Also, six new associates have joined the firm in recent months: Kristin Lentz, Michelle Shepston, Dustin Ammons, Rachel James, Matt Smith and Emily Hobbs-Wright.

Randy Chin has recently joined Foster & Graham as an associate and can be reached at (303) 333-9810.

Sagrillo Hammond & Dineen announces that Greg Roth and Christine L. Hummel have joined the firm as associates.

Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin announces that Christopher C. Jenkins, Christopher S. Maciejewski and David C. Uhlig have joined the firm as associates.

Brett R. Parnes is a new associate at McCrea & Buck.

Michael J. Schneider has joined The Breggin Law Firm.

Michael C. Bullock has become an associate at Bloom Murr & Accomazzo.

Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason welcomes new associates Rachel P. Dauer and Kerri D. Condie and Gary M. Kramer as a shareholders.

Fleishman, Sterling, Gregory & Shapiro is opening an office in Washington, D.C. James P. Gregory will be resident director.

Castor & Associates has expanded its Denver office and John S. Cowan is an associate and manager of the Denver office.

The Hannon Law Firm announces that Frederick "Fritz" W. Ganz is an associate.

Blain D. Myhre has become a director at Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy.

NEWNESS: Paul D. Rubner, Robert Padjen and Joel Laufer have formed Rubner Padjen and Laufer, 1600 Broadway, Suite 2600, Denver, 80202; phone (303) 832-8500; Web site

David M. Miller and Thomas C. Kearns have joined the firm now known as Kutner Miller Kearns, 303 East 17th Ave., Suite 500, Denver, 80203; (303) 832-2400; e-mail

new firm: The Law Office of O’Toole & Sbarbaro, 226 W. 12th Ave., Denver, 80204; (303) 595-4777.

NEW NAME: Leavenworth & Karp, The Terracentre Building, 1100 Stout St., Suite 470, Denver, 80202; (303) 825-3995.

PASSED: CU Law grad Charles M. Dosh, Jr. died at the end of November 2000. He was a former chairman of the Denver Democrats, on the Colorado Banking Board, the Colorado Insurance Board, the Denver Victims Compensation Board, and a director and chair of the Denver Sewage District Board. Our sympathy to his friends and family.

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