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September 2000
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Legal Affairs

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GOOD THINGS: Karen Mathis, president and principal of Hall & Mathis, is chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the association's policy-making body. She is the second woman to be elected chair of the house.

Davis Graham & Stubbs (celebrating their 85th year and soon to move to LoDo) has nine attorneys in top positions for legal, civic and community groups. Dale Harris is president of the Colorado Bar Association. Elizabeth Silva is president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar. Kenzo Kawanabe is president-elect of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Glen Keller is president of the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Alan Loeb is district governor of Rotary International District 5450. Sheldon Smith is president of the Denver Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference. Janet Savage is Colorado Chapter chair of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Don Hoagland is chair of the newly-formed Caring for Colorado Foundation. Dan Friesen is president of the Colorado Storm Soccer Association.

Betty Wytias, an assistant attorney general in the AG's office, received the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Award from SafeHouse Denver. Wytias has worked in many areas, always with her focus on helping victims of abuse.

L. Michael Henry was named acting executive director for the Denver Civil Service Commission. Henry, a CU Law grad, was chief investigative counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel's office and has been a part-time Denver County Court magistrate. He will assist the commission with developing an ethics policy, outlining the parameters of a financial audit and examining the commission's work processes.

Marc Kaplan has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He recently opened his own office at 2300 15th St., Suite 320, phone (303) 458-5500.

Robert Zupkus, partner with Zupkus & Angell, has been selected as a faculty member for the Trial Academy sponsored by the International Associate of Defense Counsel.

Mary A. Brauer, shareholder with Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris & Rieselbach, was inducted as a Charter Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Craig Eley (chair of The Docket Committee), has received the Lance Butler Award from the CBA Workers' Comp Section.

Bob Pepin is the new president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.

July 1 marked the first anniversary of the Colorado Attorneys' Fund for Client Protection. Its goal is to reimburse possible victims who have suffered losses through the dishonest conduct of Colorado attorneys. So far, the board has directed the payment of more than $9,000.

IN THE NEWS: Elizabeth Paris, former partner with Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris & Rieselbach, was on the cover of the Denver Business Journal in July. She has left the firm to be tax counsel on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where she'll be working on preserving the agriculture community's way of life through tax law reform.

Robert Page got covered by The Denver Post while at the Mountain Air Ranch.

John Frew, who spent five years as president of Colorado Ski Country USA, has joined the Brownstein Hyatt & Farber firm.

Great pictures of "Buck" (We usually call him Allen) Bucholtz pitching in the "Over 50 Baseball League" in the Rocky Mountain News in late July. Bucholtz, long active in the DBA, is also a night court traffic judge.

NEW AT DU: Mary Ricketson, a DU law alum, is the interim dean of the University of Denver College of Law. She served as an Assistant Attorney General and a Deputy District Attorney before working in private practice. Most recently, she was executive director of the Colorado Lawyer's Committee, a consortium of 40 law firms providing pro bono legal services to needy Colorado communities.


Otten, Johnson has opened an Aspen office at 112 N. 1st St., (970) 544-4637. J. Bart Johnson is the resident attorney. In the Denver office, Alan Schwartz and Douglas Becker have joined the firm as directors and shareholders. New associates include Gina Hardin, Jason Johnson, Brandee Caswell, James Simko, Amy Hansen and Ali Farhang.

Dorrelyn Dietrich has been named Director of Policy Services for the Colorado Association of School Boards.

Don Cha, Ph.D., has joined the Denver office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

Thomas Mulvahill, formerly with the Denver District Attorney's office, is an associate with Carrigan Chambers Dansky & Zonies.

Jill Rood has joined Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelly.

Steven Dawes has become Of Counsel to Griffiths, Tanoue & Light.

The new name is Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., with the addition of senior shareholder Kerry Jardine. Kerry focuses his practice on mass torts, catastrophic injuries and class action litigation. Rosemary Orsini, whose practice focuses on ADA, insurance defense, general civil litigation and pharmacy law, has also become a shareholder. New associates include Michael Adams, mass torts; Darin Lang, civil litigation, and insurance defense litigators; Andrew Bubb and Phillip Stover. Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson has opened the firm's Washington, D.C. office. The firm will open a Cheyenne, Wyo., office in about 60 days.

Snell & Wilmer welcomes attorneys James Kilroy, Lee Heyer and D.J. Poyfair in its new Denver office.

Perry Goorman has established an additional law office in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Eric Zinn has become a shareholder in the newly named firm of Gelt, Paddison & Zinn. Mark Vogel, director of the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program, has joined the firm Of Counsel. Gina Lambert has joined the firm as an associate.

Dena Silliman, formerly with F. Browning Pipestem & Associates, has become Of Counsel to Wagenlander & Heisterkamp.

Newly-renamed Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio reflects the fact that fellow shareholder Richard Slivka has joined the Denver Broncos Football Club as in-house general counsel. The domain name will be

Laura Trask has joined Zupkus & Angell as an associate attorney.

Karen Samuels Jones has joined Gorsuch Kirgis's real estate department where she will be Special Counsel with fellow real estate attorneys Connie Hyde, Curt Mautna and David Powell.

Sherman & Howard has added Rodney Smith, labor & employment law; Ellen Rosenblum, business & real estate department; and Philip Lowe, litigation department.

Dorsey & Whitney has added Elizabeth Churchwell, Brad Hattenbach, Sandra Potter, Gregory Tamkin and Mark Thomas.

Stephanie Schaben has joined Clanhan Tanner Downing & Knowlton has an associate.

Fleishman, Sterling, Gregory & Shapiro announced that Richard Hess Jr. has joined the firm as director and John Plotkin is special counsel.

Jerry Raskin, founding member and managing partner of Friedlob Sanderson Raskin Paulson & Tourtillott, has withdrawn from the firm and will conduct business consulting.

BIG CX: The Legal Aid Foundation's Web site is This gives an overview of the foundation, which raises funds to support civil legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. The Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF) has a new Web site: There, you can see how COLTAF works and get answers to frequently asked questions.

MORE CHANGES: Deanna Wesetfall is with Castle, Barrett, Daffin & Frappier.

Holland & Hart announces that Edward Flitton III is new managing partner of the firm and Ronald Martin is Strategic Planning Partner. Flitton takes the reins from Mary Ellen Scanlan. Michelle Conklin joined the downtown firm of Zodraw et al. P.C., where she practices in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance claims and commercial litigation.

Matthew Hogan has been named a partner in Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.

Christopher Walsh has joined Hogan & Hartson's Denver office as counsel.

Tilly & Graves welcomes new associates Kirsten Crawford, Lana Steven, Bill Downey and Andrew Kalish.

MORE: Willoughby Law Firm has moved to 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 810, Denver, 80203, phone (303) 839-1770. Erica Johnson and Alisa Campbell are associates with the firm.

King Clexton & Feola has moved to 1670 York St., Denver, 80206, phone (303) 298-9878.

Sean McCurdy and Kent Eichstadt announce the formation of McCurdy & Eichstadt, 1120 Lincoln St., Suite 1306, Denver, phone (303) 832-8870.

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