Denver Bar Association
July 2000
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Legal Affairs

Editor's Note and Warning: Most of the following may be true; some may be partially correct; some may be slightly libelous. We feel certain you'll let us know.

GOOD THINGS: U.S. District Judge Zita L. Weinshienk was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Judge Weinshienk has been a U.S. district judge for more than 20 years and on the state bench for 15 years. She is recognized as a role model for women lawyers throughout the state.

Justice Michael Bender was a featured speaker at the Florida Bar Annual Meeting. He spoke on the "Independence of the American Lawyer."

Steve Choquette of Holland & Hart, winner of this year's DBA Award of Merit, has also been honored with the ABA's 2000 Edmund Muskie Pro Bono Service Award.

The Colorado Lawyers Committee named Faegre & Benson Firm of the Year. Individuals of the Year were: Tom Nichols, Chris Beall, Barbara Blumenthal, Eric Fisher, Kim Ghiselli, Natalie Hanlon-Leh and Steve Zansberg. Outstanding Sustained Contribution went to Bob Hill.

Martin Semple has been elected chairman of the National Council of School Attorneys.

In a recent U.S. News & World Report, CU Law School was named number one state law school in the country and fourth overall for placing graduates in judicial clerkships.

Timothy J. Parsons, partner at Gorsuch Kirgis, will be inducted as a Charter Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Inc. this summer.

Denver District Court Judge Jeffrey Bayless has received the first Judicial Excellence Award given by the Colorado Judicial Institute.

Robert D. Comer of Snell & Wilmer, has received the Environmental Achievement Award from the EPA, Region VIII.

Troy Eid, Gov. Owens' Chief Counsel, has been elected to the American Law Institute, a national legal reform organization.

The ABA Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Project has awarded a mini-grant to the DBA and the DU Institute of International Human Rights Advocacy Center. Their "Asylum Project" will pair DU law students and graduate students with pro bono lawyers in the DBA, to represent asylum seekers and newcomers to the U.S. who face imminent deportation proceedings.

Larry DeMuth Jr. is the recipient of the 9th Annual Eleanor P. Williams Arthritis Award. The award is presented to a Colorado bar member for distinguished service to the legal community and the community at large.

Attorney Susan Thevenet recently went to China for two weeks with a Global Volunteers lawyers team.

Douglas R. Nash has been elected to the Board of the Native American Bar Association. He is head of H&H's Indian Law Practice Group and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe.

IN THE NEWS: "Innovative law firms open in Denver," was the headline on a Sunday Post story featuring Fred Bartlit Jr., Dan Hoffman and their new firms. It also mentioned John Moye as a "leader in innovative law firm management," and the quotable Miles Cortez.

Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Pringle told the Denver Rocky Mountain News he would leave the bench late this year to return to private practice.

Former Denver County Court Judge Celeste C de Baca reports that she's enjoying her new job as Area Human Resource Manager with Coors Distributing Co.

Excellent letter from Sonny Flowers, president of CTLA, in The Post early June, commenting on their series on foster care.

Hon. Sherman Finesilver was the lunch speaker at the annual meeting of Jewish Family Service.

The Denver Post had a picture of attorney Joyce Colson, who helped Jon Nordmark, founder of, organize a seminar for aspiring high-tech entrepreneurs.

NEW OFFICERS: The Colorado Women's Bar Association announces new officers for this year:

Kristi J. Livedalen is president; Lynda A. McNeive is president-elect; Ronda L. Sandquist is vice-president; Pauline A. Brock is secretary; Marie H. Lowe is treasurer; and Jeanne Coleman is historian.

The Law Club announces their new officers for 2000-2001: Dana L. Eismeier, president; Theresa M. Mehringer, vice-president; Kimberley H. Tyson, treasurer; and Colleen Belak and Michelle L. Keist, co-secretaries.

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado announces Frederick J. Baumann, chairperson; David Jankowski, vice-chairperson; Richard C. Nehls, secretary; Michael E. Noyes, treasurer; William E. Walters III, past chair. You can check their Web site at


Dan Hoffman, Dan Reilly, Julie Williamson, Larry Pozner, Barbara Blumenthal and Tobin Kern are partners in the new firm Hoffman Reilly Pozner & Williamson. Associates include Eric Fisher, Wendy Fisher, Adam Vela and Tony Giacomini. They office on the top floor of the Kittredge Building at 511 16th St., Suite 700. "Our fellow members of the bar have always been, and we hope will continue to be, a major referral source for us. Obviously, we will continue to gratefully accept these referrals and pledge that when the case is over, your client will be returned to you."

Brothers Robert J. Deeny and Raymond M. Deeny have expanded Sherman & Howard's Labor & Employment Law practice by opening an office in Phoenix.

Susan R. Fox can now be reached at 707 17th St., Suite 2900, Denver. Phone (303) 291-0500. She continues to emphasize real estate transactional work and broker issues.

Gregory C. Parham, formerly with Yu Stromberg Cleveland, is opening his own law office and will emphasize health law, business and employment matters, civil litigation and estate planning. Call him at (303) 423-3410.

A new firm name: Schoenwald, Sanger, Kudla & Long. They remain in the bar office building, 1900 Grant, Suite #820, and can be reached at (303) 837-9000.

David A. Sprecace has relocated his office to 1999 Broadway, Suite 2305, phone (303) 454-8260.

The address for The Breggin Law Firm has changed to: 1546 Williams St., Suite 101, Denver; phone (303) 329-6610.

Celia F. Randolph announces the opening of her own law practice, where she will emphasize employment and appellate law, and general civil litigation. Her number is (303) 260-6484.

Griffiths, Tanoue & Light has relocated to Writers Square Office Tower, 1512 Larimer St., Suite 550, phone (303) 298-1601.

PASSED: The DBA is greatly saddened by the death of Horace "Bud" Hawkins. He was a valued member of the Legal Fee Arbitration Committee for many years. His wisdom, willingness to serve and sense of the absurd will be greatly missed. Our sympathies go out to Bud's family. His father, Horace Hawkins, was CBA president and a well-known attorney.

CHANGES: Margaret M. McClellan is practicing law in-house in Boulder at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

Wendy K. Von Wald, formerly deputy district attorney in Arapahoe County, has associated with White and Steele. She brings the number of attorneys there to 45.

Kevin A. Cudney is a new partner at Arnold & Porter.

Daniel M. Minzer, formerly of Otten Johnson, is general counsel for Continuum Partners.

William H. Fischer has joined Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren Norris & Rieselbach as shareholder. Grace Chung has also joined that firm and will focus on international tax and general business planning.

Snell & Wilmer welcomes new associates Robert Comer, Kelly A. Evans, Heather J. Lloyd and Randee S. Schwartz.






HRO has added Mark W. Weakley and Susan M. Thevenet as special counsel.

John D. Halepaska has joined Campbell, Latiolais & Ruebel.

Michael Cook, Charlotte Wiessner and Bret Gunnell, formerly of Faegre & Benson, have joined Sherman & Howard's construction and government contracts practice. Martha E. Rudolph has joined the Natural Resources Department.



Katherine Archuleta, who served in Federico Peña's mayoral and U.S. Secretary of Transportation administrations, has joined Davis, Graham & Stubbs. Also, Elizabeth J. Silva, president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, has joined DGS as an associate in the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group.

New associates with Brownstein Hyatt & Farber are Elizabeth R. Imhoff, Tamera D. Westerberg and Shelby L. Katz.

Greenberg Traurig expands its corporate and securities practice with the additions of Alan Simon as shareholder, and Robin Bambach and Vikki Wulf as Of Counsels. This international firm opened its Denver office in February.

Margaret B. Funk has become a partner with King Clexton & Feola.

Bloom Murr & Accomazzo announces that Mark Forrest Bell has become a shareholder, and that Jamie Grant Siler is an associate.

David L. Black and Craig M. J. Allely are partners in Holland & Hart's Litigation Department.

John A. Leonard recently joined Fairfield and Woods.

Gorsuch Kirgis welcomes Randy J. Shefman as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group; Randi Grassgreen, as an associate in the Taxation and Employee Benefits Department; and Carmen Beery as a clerk in the Public Law Department.

Kennedy & Christopher announces that Martha Charepoo Alai has joined the firm as an associate.

Dave Rich is the Director of Business Development and counsel for

Halle E. Reed has joined the Denver office of Morrison & Foerster as a business associate.

Perkins Coie announces the addition of three corporate securities attorneys: Donald Salcito is a partner, and Sean C. Steward and Stephen E. Abrams are associates.

THANKS: A woman in Broomfield wrote to tell us how caring and professional John Steele, with Lohf, Shaiman & Jacobs, was. He helped her with legal advice, she said, and also gave her "hope and faith in my fellow men. . . His kindness will help me with future endeavors."

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