Denver Bar Association
January 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.

IN THE NEWS: Pick up a copy of the January Reader's Digest to see an article by Hon. Sherman G. Finesilver (now specializing in mediation and arbitration) called "The Day I Flunked Out of Law School." It's under "Turning Points," and has wisdom for all.

Great picture of DU Prof. Christopher Munch and his wife Anne in The Denver Post with a story by Anne Colden. The headline: "DU prof pioneer of patent law. Ex-teacher, lawyer has many disciples."

Kudos to Doris Truhlar, who does a great job of getting the Arapahoe County Bar in the paper. This time the story in The Post was headlined "Attorneys submit cotton briefs." Of course, members of that bar were gathering underwear for homeless men at the St. Francis Center. Last year they collected 1,000 pairs of socks.

The energetic Holland & Hart Foundation put out its second newsletter. Fueled by fire from Sam and Jean Guyton, the Foundation has page after page, with beautiful color photos, of the little and big things H&H staff and attorneys are doing for the community. Their aim is to build community while they help others.

Tom Downey, DBA Membership Services Committee chair and state director for the Gore-Lieberman campaign, underwent oral surgery around election day, or indecision day as some of us like to call it. The Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that Downey said he was "popped in the mouth" by Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers.

Hon. Bob Fullerton, DBA Seniors Committee chair, and Barb Chamberlain, director of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, were seen sipping wine at a benefit for Opera Colorado at the Brown Palace.

Phil Figa, Craig Fleishman and Gerald Quiat attended the Anti-Defamation League's annual Society of Fellows luncheon. The three were there to support the league's annual fund-raising campaign.

CONGRATS: John C. Hanley has been elected as Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. Hanley, is executive director of Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner & Williamson.

In November, Christine C. Barr, an associate attorney with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, was awarded the Outstanding Bilingual Volunteer 2000 award from SafeHouse Denver, in honor of the immigration pro bono work she has performed on behalf of battered immigrant shelter residents. She and her husband, Charles Mastin, an international tax associate at HRO, are expecting the birth of their daughter, Gabriela Isabel, in late January.

Grand Lake-based DBA member Sue Ann Fitch was the recipient of the Transit Advocacy Award from the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies, an organization for all of Colorado's bus systems.

Carl Eiberger was honored by Prospect Recreation & Park District for serving 25 years on Applewood Park's Board of Directors. The board dedicated a playground to him for his efforts in obtaining land for the park.

Former Bronco Mike Horan participated in the Mile High Chapter of the Legal Administrators Punt, Pass and Kick Competition. Kids from the Denver area participated in the event, designed as a confidence-building and fun day.

Gov. Bill Owens appointed attorney K.C. Veio to the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority Board of Directors. The authority provides affordable capital financing for colleges, universities, charter schools, private schools and scientific and cultural institutions throughout Colorado.


Mitch Hoffman was named Volunteer of the Year by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is the director of valuation services at SKB Business Services.

LEGAL EAGLES: Cynthia Beyer-Ulrich of Harvey W. Curtis and Associates had 6-pound, 8-ounce-baby Paul Ulrich on Aug. 7, 2000. Congratulations!

CHANGES: Robinson, Waters & O'Dorisio named Douglas R. Ferguson and Harold R. Bruno III as shareholders. Daniel J. Block is a new associate at the firm. Their new address is 1099 18th St., Suite 2600 Denver, CO 80202.

Alan N. Stern is senior counsel in the legal department at Sun Microsystems.

David Littman's firm welcomes Jennifer L. Weaver as a new associate.

Jeffrey R. Fiske is senior counsel at HS Resources, Inc.

Monty L. Barnett is now an officer at White and Steele. Stephen A. Fermelia, Deana M. Hartley, Brett M. Huff, Kate Murphy, David W. Smiley, Angela Ghodstinat and Franz Hardy are associates.

Bailey and Peterson announces new associates Cynthia J. Jones and Laura E. Keegan.

Perkins Coie says its size has doubled with the addition of new attorneys Kim McCullough, Theresa Mehringer and Jeff Cowman as partners and Lynne Hanson, Garrett Tuttle and Donna Bloomer as associates.

Michael C. Bullock is an associate at Bloom, Murr and Accomazzo.

Sagrillo, Hammond and Dineen announces Greg Roth and Christine Hummel as new associates.

The Harris Law Firm welcomes new associates Raellen Foreman and Scott Huyler.

David C. Uhlig, Christopher C. Jenkins and Christopher S. Maciejewski are now a part of Fisher Sweetbaum & Levin.

Andrea Barrett joined the Chicago-based Bates & Carey as an associate.

Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason announced Gary M. Kramer as a shareholder. Kerri D. Condie and Rachel P. Dauer are associates.

Thomas O. McGimpsey is vice president and general counsel at McDATA Corporation.

John Frew, former president of Colorado Ski Country USA, is now senior counsel at Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.






Fairfield and Woods welcome new associates Judith Judd, Thomas Eigner, Neil Arney, Anna Itenberg, Ann Kiley and Amy Harrison.

Brian D. Mulqueen, Richard A. Hardaway, Richard L. Reichstein, Bradley A. Beck and Lisa C. Walter are associates at Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy.

Michael J. Carrigan, former Deputy District Attorney of Denver, joined the firm of Roberts, Levin, Zboyan & Patterson.

ON THE ROAD: Michael Huttner will be out of the country from Dec. 10, 2000 through July 4. E-mail him at

FAMILIAR FACES; NEW PLACES: Jay F. Kamlet and Willie Shepherd have formed Kamlet & Shepherd, which will emphasize real estate, lending, leasing, land-use planning, environmental compliance, administrative, regulatory, municipal and public law, general corporate and commercial litigation. Their address is 730 17th St., Suite 240, Denver, CO 80202; phone: (303) 825-4200; fax: (303) 825-1185;

Steve Feder formed the Feder Law Firm and Paul J. Schmidt is an associate. Their address is 5445 DTC Parkway, Suite 1225, Greenwood Village, CO 80111-3092; phone, (303) 221-7357; fax: (303) 221-7357; e-mail:

Wollins, Hellman & Green announced that Philipp Theune is now an associate with the firm.

Moses Garcia and Charles Lilley have opened their new firm Lilley and Garcia at 1600 Stout St., Suite 1100, Denver, CO 80202; phone: (303) 293-9800; fax: (303) 298-8975; e-mail:

WEDDING BELLS: Dana Collier Smith, the DBA and CBA assistant executive director, tied the knot with CBA-CLE Publications Director Greg Smith on Jan. 1. Her new name is Dana J. Collier Smith. Congratulations!

NEW DIGS: Jeffrey M. Villanueva relocated his offices to 1999 Broadway, Suite 2400, Denver, CO 80202; phone: (303) 295-7525; fax: (303) 295-7511; e-mail:

Jeffrey C. Fleischner opened his office at the Josephine Law Center, 1525 Josephine St., Denver, CO 80206; phone: (303) 316-4725; fax: (303) 316-4794; e-mail:

The Law Offices of Stuart A. Kritzer have moved to One Sherman Place, 140 E. 19th Ave., Third Floor, Denver, CO 80203; phone: (303) 393-1111; fax: (303) 394-2719; e-mail:

John A. Berman has moved to suite 2800 in the Lincoln Center, 1660 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80264. The phone is the same, (303) 832-7645, but the fax, (303) 831-1181, is new. His e-mail address is

MORE CHANGES: Peter Lucas and Garry Appel have formed Appel & Lucas. They say, "We have descended from the heights of the Tabor Center to street level and can now be found at 1917 Market St. in a renovated 1890s tannery." Their practice continues specialization in business bankruptcy, business litigation and real estate law.

Kennedy & Christopher welcome David B. Gelman and Steven A. Michalek as shareholders and Emily V. Pastorius and Valerie A. Garcia as associates.

PASSED: Aurel M. Kelly,77, died Nov. 10. In 1974, Kelly was the first woman appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals, as well as the first woman to be the court's chief judge. She retired from the court in 1990, and Gov. Roy Romer appointed her to the original Colorado Gaming Commission in 1991, which regulates the state's gambling. Kelly received her law degree from Columbia University. Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207.

Ramon P. Colvert, 86, died Nov. 13. He received his law degree from the University of Nebraska and was a partner at Gorsuch Kirgis.

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