Denver Bar Association
June 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.

One of the most enduring and endearing Docket Committee members died May 8. During his life, Phil Dufford was many other things--a Colorado Court of Appeals judge, Colorado Bar Association president, DU Law Professor, husband to Kathy, father to Kim, Julie, Andy and Jody--but we called him our own. For many years, he wrote this "gossip" column and did feature stories on exceptional attorneys.

He leaves the legal community bereft of his gentleness, kind heart, humor, and good example.

We will pay him a proper respect in the July/August issue.

IN THE NEWS: A story in the Sunday Denver Post (April 30) described Cheryl Markson, now head of Friends of Children of Various Nations, and husband Denver Judge Paul, in their efforts to adopt a Vietnamese orphan. Altogether, the Marksons have adopted 10 children from various countries.

Walter Gerash received the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar's Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, public defender Sharlene Reynolds will receive the criminal defense bar's 16th annual Jonathan Olom Award.

John Echohawk, founder and executive director of the Native American Rights Fund, was featured in The Denver Post in a story by Kit Miniclier.

Thanks to The Colorado Journal for its excellent coverage of our BBB honorees. In the same issue, was a story about Ben Coats being named to the Colorado Supreme Court; a story by Bob Connery of Holland & Hart on environmental law; and, unfortunately, a story about the results of the February bar exam, which saw 92 percent of CU's and only 59 percent of DU's students passing, down from last year's test where 97 percent of CU and 85 percent of DU's graduates passed.

More good works by the Colorado Lawyers Committee were featured in the Denver Rocky Mountain News recently as they struck a $190 million deal which will help repair crumbling school buildings. Forty law firms representing 1,000 lawyers contribute to the CLC's pro bono work.

A Post story spotlighted the diplomatic efforts of Jim Lyons, special adviser to President Clinton on Ireland, who has made 35 trips to Ireland to negotiate peace.

Les Berkowitz, who specializes in technology law, was featured in a recent edition of The Intermountain Jewish News.

John Kane wrote a guest commentary for The Post making the case for innovation in the court system, saying "The Colorado Supreme Court has lit the candle; it is up to the rest of us to stop cursing the darkness."

Andrew Cohen wrote a piece for The Post on the Columbine lawsuits.

The Intermountain Jewish News and The Colorado Journal both ran pictures of Tom Kim and Chris Little in connection with the DBA's successful "Roll Out the Barrels" food drive which raised more than 4,000 pounds of food, $600 and involved the participation of more than 75 law firms, companies, courts and agencies.

The Denver Post did everyone a favor by printing a guide to reading the April Docket, explaining which articles you could trust and which ones you couldn't. Also, have you noticed the excellent coverage of Denver's legal community by Ann Colden at The Post?

GOOD THINGS: CU Law has formed an Entrepreneurial Law Center and appointed Prof. Dale Oesterle, CU's Monfort Professor of Commercial Law, as director of the center.

DU alum Dennis W. Hartley has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Alice Madden, director of Alumni Relations for the CU Law School is running for state representative in House District 14.

John N. Roberts has been named Vice President of Denver Investment Advisors LLC.

Mary L. Groves, of Holme Roberts & Owen, has been elected to serve as a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. She is the third lawyer in Colorado to be elected.

Jack Trigg, director and founding shareholder of Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy, is the new president-elect of the Lawyers for Civil Justice.

LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae sponsored a reception for Edwin Meese III, put on by The Federalist Society, Gov. Bill Owens and Judge Robert Miller.

D. Rico Munn is being honored as an Outstanding Young Alumni for 2000 by Midland Lutheran College.

CHANGES: Merrily S. Archer, former trial attorney with the Denver District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has joined King Clexton & Feola as an associate.

Lynne M. Hanson and Garrett M. Tuttle have become directors of Smith McCullough, and Donna J. Bloomer and Daniel J. Block are associates.

Rechlitz and Shimel has hired Nicolette M. Pohlers and Carolyn Gillies as associates - this brings the firm to five attorneys, including Anthony J. Rechlitz II, Sheri L. Snyder and Lisa K. Shimel.

Greg Jordan, Kevin J. Kanouff and James L. Nickelson have joined the Denver office of Dorsey & Whitney.

Panasci, Hogan, Pfeifer and Pertcheck

Jones & Keller announces that attorneys Ernie Panasci, Deborah Hogan and Kerri Pertcheck, and paralegal Stephan Pfeifer, all formerly at Slivka Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, have joined their firm.

Kim E. Laakso has become Of Counsel to Cortez Macaulay Bernhardt & Schuetze.

HRO has added Charles D. Maguire, Jr. as a partner. He was formerly a partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Waller.

Leonard J. Santisi and Fatina N. Purdie has joined Dorsey & Whitney.

Petrie, Bauer, Vriesman & Hecht announces the addition of Andrea N. Hix and Lisa A. Lee.

Bendelow & Darling announces it has hired a new associate, Chad M. Wallace, former law clerk for Judge Robert S. Hyatt.

Michael E. Brewer jas joined the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project as its staff attorney.

Tax attorney John R. Garland has been named a principal of Engel Reiman & Lockwood.

Kennedy & Christopher announces that Nancy D. Miller has joined the firm as Of Counsel and Dana Nichols has joined as an associate. Also, Mark. A. Fogg has been elected president of the firm.








Two veteran attorneys, Scot Anderson and Dave Stacy, have joined Davis Graham & Stubbs. They also welcome five new associates: Jenna Langer, Justin Nelsen, Todd Kleinman, Rebecca Hudson and Adam Cohen.

Holland & Hart welcomes new associates Christine M. Crase, Cynthia L. Dahl, Irene F. Gallagher, Anthony P. Gangemi, April P. Gatesman, Nina Lopez, Michael P. Roch, Michael C. Santo, Kelly J. Wilhelm and Walter F. Eggers.

Bernard F. Gehris recently joined Fairfield and Woods. He will focus on agriculture and water law.

Gutterman Carlton & Heckenbach announces the formation of a new division: Appellate Practice chaired by Marie Avery Moses (a DU alum).

Estate planning attorney Carol Warnick has joined Holland & Hart and will work out of the Denver and Casper offices.

NEW: Snell & Wilmer has opened its newest office in Denver in The Tabor Center, 1200 17th St., Suite 1950, Denver 80202. They will offer "a wide range of business law services, including business transactions, intellectual property, employment and business litigation." Some of the attorneys with the new office include Timothy G. O'Neill from the firm's Phoenix office; Lee G. Meyer, formerly with Patton & Boggs; D.J. Poyfair and James D. Kilroy, previously with Freeborn & Peters.

With appreciation toward their mentor Stanley Lipkin, Rosemary Zapor and Deborah E. Read formed Read and Zapor. You can find them at 1888 Sherman St., Suite 403 in Denver 80203. Their phone is (303) 866-0990.

Also new is Emily Embleton, born to Laura and Dale the day before the Barristers Ball. Laura is an attorney with Continuing Legal Education in Colorado and has been very involved with the Young Lawyers and projects such as the Barristers Ball.

MOVES: Daniel F. O'Neil (O'Neil Law Offices) is at 1155 Sherman St., Suite 113, Denver, 80203. Phone is (303) 832-7025.

John C. Schaefer has relocated his law office to: One Monaco Park, Suite 500, 6795 E. Tennessee Ave., Denver, 80224. Phone is (303) 322-5250.

Bucholtz & Bull has moved to 5575 DTC Parkway, Suite 230, Englewood, CO80111. After 35 years, Alan H. Bucholtz, has "semi-retired" from active law practice.

Linville, Ambler & Keenan will move to 950 S. Cherry St., Suite 620, Denver, CO 80246. Their phone number is (303) 321-7300 and the fax is (303) 321-1899.

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