Denver Bar Association
March 2000
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Legal Affairs

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

IN THE NEWS: You couldn't get much more good press than former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. Named "Citizen of the West," he had huge stories in both Denver dalies' Sunday editions, recently (my favorite quote: "Would you liked to be called Whizzer?"). The party/dinner where he was given the honor was also covered with quotes of praise from attorney and president of the National Western Stock Show Pat Grant, Gov. Bill Owens and many others.

Congratulations to Wally Wortham, who replaced Dan Muse as city attorney. Helen Raabe will be the new deputy city attorney.

Dan, Dan and Larry. WOW!

Taking Steve Berson's place as State Court Administrator is Judge Gerald Marroney (10th Judicial District), who was just named Outstanding Judicial Officer at the 12th Annual Employee Recognition and Incentive Program Awards.

David Treadwell, former Broncos kicker and now affiliated with Montgomery Little & McGrew (he's a DU law grad), will be a sports anchor with Channel 31.

Christmas in January, a project by the DBA Young Lawyers, got great play on both Channel 9 and Channel 7 --Laura Embleton was featured talking about the program that gathers toys, clothes and other things for foster children.

Attorney Harold Baer, who's also managing editor of The Colorado Wine News, was in a regular Denver Post feature about what people keep in their fridge. Basil sorbet?? Five kinds of mustard?

Denver Bar Association treasurer Vicki S. Porter was featured in the ABA Journal in January. The story was about her unique business cards--which look a lot like baseball cards. "The card may not appeal to everyone," she said, "but I don't want clients without a sense of humor." Imagine!

Interesting story by Karen Abbott in the Denver Rocky Mountain News entitled "Supreme Rivals." It was about Colorado Solicitor General Michael McLachlan and Jay Sekulow going against each other in the U.S. Supreme Court on the "bubble" law.

Sean McGuire and his dog Roscoe got a whole page in a recent edition of Westword.

The biggest news in this community, of course, is the salaries some firms are paying new associates. Go to to see more (and add your own, if you dare).

GOOD THINGS: Steve Harhai, who has done much work for the bar associations, was selected as Fellow of the Year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. His firm was recently profiled in the "Best Practices" section of Law Practice Management magazine, which highlighted his high technology systems. (Check out his website at

Denver County Court Judge Brian Campbell, Jeff Koy and Chris Radeff were on a panel recently during a day-long seminar at the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center

concerning "Representing Children and Foster Parents."

John Moye received an honorary degree at the recent DU College of Law commencement. Moye was a law professor at DU from 1972-1979, served as associate dean from 1974-76, and was honored as professor-of-the-year four times and outstanding faculty member in 1978.

Cherry Hearn Neuman has received a three-year appointment as co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation committee in the ABA's Litigation Section. Also, she has moved to netLibrary, Inc. in Boulder as corporate counsel.

Ed Timmins has been elected chair of the Denver Public Schools Foundation, which provides mentoring, leadership and educational enrichment opportunities to economically disadvantaged DPS students. Cole Finegan has been elected vice chair and Hon. Robert Fullerton has been elected secretary of the Foundation.

MORE NEWS FROM DU: Laura Dean is the new Alumni Relations Director, replacing Ann Polumbus, who did a wonderful job for the college. Patty Powell has been promoted to Director of Career Services. Tax Clinic students will be helping low-income people, for whom English is a second language, prepare their tax returns (they've even gotten some federal money this time around and will be able to represent the same people in IRS disputes). About 30 law students are tutoring in the elementary schools as part of Pres. Clinton's "America Reads" program.

CX: New partner at Holland & Hart was spelled wrong last month: The correct spelling is Stephen P. Villano.

Scott Robinson's phone number was wrong in the last directory and wrong in this one, so jot down his correct phone: (303) 573-3882.

CHANGES: Otten Johnson partners Blair Lockwood, Douglas Wright, Karen Barsch, John Marcil, James Leonard and associates Jeff Sherman, Jeff Traylor and Nathaniel Ford have moved to the Denver office of Faegre & Benson.

Stephen B. Schuyler has joined Wolf & Slatkin.

Lee Lindsay, formerly a partner at Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers, has joined Warnquist and Associates as staff counsel for Travelers Insurance.

Burns, Figa & Will announced that D. Sean Velarde has become a shareholder. Jay JuneKun Choi, has become an equity shareholder. Kristal L. Bernert and Matthew B. Dillman recently joined the firm as associates. Candace Cole Figa has become the Managing Director of the firm.





Davis, Graham & Stubbs announced Jennings J. "Jay" Newcom was elected to the partnership, as were Jonathon D. Bergman and Barbara J. Mueller. Melissa E. Whitman is a new associate in the corporate/securities group.

Former Colorado Securities Commissioner Philip A. Feigin has joined the Denver office of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons as Special Counsel.

Ronald C. Gorsché has joined the Denver office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris & Rieselbach has relocated to Mellon Financial Center, 1775 Sherman St., Suite 2100, Denver 80203. Their phone ([303] 831-4805) remains the same.

The Denver office of Patton Boggs announced Cole A. Wist is a partner and Willie E. Shepherd is Of Counsel.

Daniel P. Kapsak has opened the Kapsak Law Firm and will be at 1610 Hover Road, Suite 203 in Longmont.

J. Anthony Ogden is now with Overturf & McGath.

Dorsey & Whitney announced Tucker K. Trautman has joined as a partner in the Denver office's commercial litigation group.

Frank C. Porada has become a partner at Featherstone DeSisto.

Paul Karlsgodt has joined Baker & Hostetler as an associate in the Denver office.

Benson & Case announces (to "the world or at least The Docket readers. . .") that Michael P. Dulin has joined the firm as an associate with a focus on intellectual property and high technology companies.

FROM PHIL: Phil Dufford (Dufford, Brown and author of this column for a looong time) said to say hello to his (many) friends. He still goes to his office occasionally, but usually spends his days painting, building ship models and working on an extensive collection of miniatures. He said he thought his most recent pictures were some of the best he's done.


MORE CHANGES: Holland & Hart welcomes George J. Cerrone Jr. to the firm as Of Counsel. He was most recently Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver.

John Holt, longtime CBA treasurer, has joined Steenrod & Darling, as Of Counsel. His practice will focus on estate planning, trust and estate administration, guardianships and conservatorships, and mediation in these areas.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has named Steven K. Talley a corporate partner.

An e-mail note: "Please join the celebration of the opening of James M. Allen, LLC. Criminal defense attorney James M. Allen hung his shingle at 1640 Grant St., Suite 150, and invites everyone to call or stop by and say hello. Joining James are immigration and criminal defense attorney Diego G. Hunt, former Arapahoe County Division 7 Clerk and Paralegal-Extraordinarie Jennifer N. Grote and MBA/JD Eric A. Nunemaker who takes the February Bar! All wish to congratulate Eric on the birth of his son and first child, Oliver Paul in December."

When Cyprus Amax Coat Company merged into RAG American Coal Company, Greg A. Walker assumed the positions of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Later this year he will relocate to the new North American headquarters near Annapolis, MD. Corwin (Cory) Bromley has assumed the position of Assistant General Counsel and will remain in the Colorado offices.

Friedlob Sanderson Raskin Paulson & Tourtillott announced that Matthew G. Paulson, RaLea A. Sluga and Timothy R. Spiel have become associates.

Carl F. Eiberger has relocated and can be reached at 14330 Fairview Lane, Golden, CO 80401; phone (303) 278-0707.

Clanahan Tanner Downing & Knowlton announced that Joseph M. Brooker has become a shareholder, Terry G. McInturff is Special Counsel and John P. Clancy is a new associate.

Phyllis V. Wan has become a partner with Hogan & Hartson.

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