Denver Bar Association
April 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.

IN THE NEWS: CU law professor and author Mimi Wesson was written up in the books section of the Denver Rocky Mountain News recently. And speaking of books, Bruce Ducker was at the Tattered Cover in March doing a reading from his sixth novel, "Bloodlines," and signing copies.

Former Denver District Attorney Norm Early will be starring in "Judgment Day," a TV pilot that crosses a court drama with a talk show. Early's first book will be out in April.

Stephanie O'Malley, an attorney at Patton Boggs, had a nice article in The Colorado Journal for Black History Month.


Holme Roberts & Owen, in conjunction with the Volunteers of America, provided more than 1,000 Thanksgiving baskets to low-income families--this was their 14th year of helping.

Sponsors for the Western Fantasy Gala (Denver's largest fundraiser goes to Volunteers of America programs) included Sherman & Howard, Brownstein Hyatt Farber, and Holme Roberts & Owen.


Chuck Borgman, a shareholder with Mulligan Kenison & Appel, was recently chosen as president of the Executive Real Estate Roundtable.

Did you see the card from the gang at Kelly Haglund Garnsey & Kahn? Eleven of them are posing, all in white, looking very angelic. The card read: "See more of us at"

Tom McNamara, a partner in Davis Graham & Stubbs Commercial Trial practice group, has been named co-chair of the American Bar Association's International Litigation Committee's Working Group on Trans-National Discovery. He is currently involved with an ABA-sponsored pro bono project to harmonize international arbitration laws in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Last fall, Nicole Elias, a commercial real estate associate at Holland & Hart, and Malcolm B. Seawell, the managing member of Seawell, Gilbertson & Buckmelter, were married. Nicole now goes by Nicole Elias Seawell.

NEWS FROM DU: Professor Roberto Corrada has been selected as a Carnegie Scholar for his innovative teaching in the area of labor law. He is the third DU professor who has received a Carnegie Scholarship. Professors Janette Benson and Cynthia Fukami were honored in the last two years.

Dean Nell Newton chaired a panel of educators and practitioners at the ABA midyear meeting entitled, "The Decline and Fall of the Monolithic Bar and What It Means for the Law Schools."

Shari Shink of the Rocky Mountain Child Law Center at DU, has earned a Wasserstein Fellowship at Harvard University.

DU Law Moot Court Board will holds its Barrister's Competition April 7-10. For information on that competition, call (303) 871-6757.

In late February, we heard that DU's Jessup International Moot Court team (Janene McCabe, Tim Balombin, Donald Lake, Christine Sohar and Chantell Taylor) won the U.S. Western Regional Competition and will head to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national and international rounds.

CLIMBING: Debbie Dunker, a contract attorney for the A.G.'s office, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,339 feet) on July 6 in an effort to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Sponsors will be able to get live updates of "Climb for the Cure" on Call Debbie for information on sponsoring her: (303) 866-6481 or (303) 722-6874.

CHANGES: Sherman & Howard announces the election of seven attorneys to member status: Peter A. Cal, Joseph M. Dencker, Emily F. Deimig, Christopher R. Mosley, Gregory J. Ramos, Heather Fox Vickles and Peter J. Whitmore.

At Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, Brian H. Gentner has become Special Counsel, and Elizabeth B. Dickson and Marc C. Diamant are new associates.


John Schultz joins KPMG as senior manager in the Compensation & Benefits Tax Practice.

Laurie Hawley (she does employment law) and her dad Bob Hawley (who does oil and gas law) are shutting down their office at 650 S. Cherry. Bob is moving his office to his home and you can reach him at (303) 355-9675. Laurie also will have a home office: (303) 322-3562. But first, Bob and his sweetheart Betty will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary by sailing to Tahiti.

New partners at the Denver office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew are: Darin J. Gibby and David E. Sipiora.

Max Minnig, Jr. & Associates is pleased to announce that N. Nora Nye has joined the firm as an associate.

Terence M. Ridley and Hugh Q. Gottschalk, formerly of Otten Johnson, are new directors at Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy.

Story in the Denver Rocky Mountain News announced that Ireland Stapleton is adding seven attorneys. Ty Holt is a new partner and brings two associates, Adam B. Linton and Whitney C. Traylor, from his former construction law firm. Barbara K. Ruh is a partner, specializing in estate law planning and Frank J. Schuchat, most recently with HRO, is a partner and international Trade Law attorney. Steve Bachar and Christopher G. Hayes are new associates.

Harry H. Hollines, formerly of Patton Boggs, has joined Verio Inc. as Associate Counsel, Web Servivces and E-Commerce.

Kristi J. Livedalen is a new associate with Fairfield and Woods. She is the president-elect of the Colorado Women's Bar Association.


Bradley N. Shefrin has joined Zupkus & Angell as a senior associate.

Melissa Trainum has joined the firm of Ritsema & Lyon, practicing workers' compensation defense in its Denver office.

Charles W. Bess, formerly a partner at Davis & Cerian, has become a shareholder and director of Ducker, Montgomery & Lewis. Kevin J. Kennear is a new associate.

Mick Rembold, formerly General Counsel for Antero Healthplans, has joined the firm of Agresti & Associates.

Cathryn Saylor Peterson is branch manager for Interim Legal Professionals business unit.

Michael R. Miller has been named a shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren Norris & Rieselbach. Michael E. Dell, who is from Denver and had been working at that firm's Milwaukee office, is now back in the Denver office.



ETC: Michele R. McCandless is new director of development and public relations for the Legal Aid Foundation and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation.

A short (but envy-producing) note confided that Joseph Murr took the entire firm (Bloom Murr & Accomazzo) to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for four days at the end of January to celebrate a good year. "We recommend the wonderful seafood special at El Andariego. . .the Marigalante pirate ship dinner cruise also provided a fabulous party evening for all. Thank you, Joseph!"

NEWNESS: Alan G. Hill and James C. Tienken announce the formation of Tienken & Hill. Their new office is at 726 Front St., Suite B, Louisville 80027, phone (303) 673-9373.

Fisher & Sweetbaum announces that Scott L. Levin has joined that firm as a shareholder and the firm has changed its name to Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin. E. James Wilder has joined as an associate.

Miller & Welch announce that Paul R. Wood is a member of the firm and the name has changed to Miller Wood Welch.

MORE CHANGES: Michael G. Martin, formerly a partner at Baker & Hostetler, has become a partner with the Denver office of Kutak Rock. Craig N. Johnson and Matthew J. Rita have also been named partners. New associates include: Louie A. Cohen, Shannon K. Jackson, Kimberly Koontz and Gino A. Maurelli.








Allison Herren Lee, formerly an associate with Sherman & Howard and a former clerk for Justice Rebecca Kourlis, has joined Netzorg & McKeever.

James D. Hinga has been named JAMS Director of Professional Services in its Denver office.

Martha H. Eskesen is now with Treece, Alfrey, Musat & Bosworth.

Cooper & Clough announces Paul A. Faraci is a shareholder and Michael Goodman and Lisanne N. Leasure are new associates.

Charles E. Harrison has been named legal director for WorldWerx Inc., a telecom software company.

Michael J. Decker is now an associate at McClain, Drexler & Matthews.

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