Denver Bar Association
February 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: Congratulations to Robert L. McGahey Jr., the newest Denver District Judge. McGahey was a partner with Anderson, Campbell and Laugesen before going with American Family Insurance in 1998, where he was a senior claims attorney. He’s a DU Law grad.

Another attorney saves the day: Former cop and now an assistant city attorney Russell Stone subdued a gunman on a bus he was riding after work. Stone said he just responded to his 21 years on the police force—but we know he’s a hero (and he starred in both Denver dailies).

Mentioned by The Denver Post as "Coloradans to watch in 2000," were attorneys U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Watanabe, John Echohawk, State Rep. Penfield Tate III and Rep. Tim Foster. In that same issue was an interesting story by new Post reporter Ann Colden about the changes in law practices in Denver and the "trend" in lawyers changing firms, looking for the "right blend of workload, pay and intellectual challenge."

Denver City Attorney Dan Muse has been appointed to the Denver water board by Mayor Webb. Muse officially stepped down from the City Attorney position at the end of January. We send him good wishes in whatever new ventures he undertakes.

Congratulations to Paul H. Chan, recipient of the Richard Marden Davis Award.

Nice story on U. S. Bankruptcy Judge Sid Brooks in The Colorado Journal. The Journal, where you can almost always read good news about attorneys, will soon be offering a monthly profile on an attorney active in pro bono work.

In the Jan. 2 Rocky Mountain News, Ronald O. Salley, attorney and senior vice president of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, was profiled in a feature called "In My Office." His office, of course, went from the basics at McNichols to luxury at the Pepsi Center.

In a story about future trends in various areas, the Rocky looked at the field of law on that same Sunday. Robert C. Dorr, of Dorr, Carson, Sloan & Birney, was quoted: "The whole area of intellectual property law in the Rocky Mountain region is just exploding."

Former CBA Pres Jerry Conover was a speaker at a workshop called "The Cost of Conflict," at the Conflict Center.

GOOD NEWS: Arlene S. Cohen Miller was elected chair-elect of the Creditors’ Rights Section of the Commercial Law League of America.

Sheldon E. Friedman was re-elected to a second term as president of The Legal Center, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation and services to people with disabilities and older people in Colorado. Friedman is chair of the litigation department of Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy.

Robert C. Widner of Gorsuch Kirgis is this year’s recipient of the "Outstanding City Attorney of the Year" award from the Metro City Attorneys Association.

Gov. Bill Owens appointed Sean R. Gallagher of Hogan & Hartson as the representative for the 5th Congressional District to the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating commission.

NEW FIRMS: Henry J. Rickelman wants friends and colleagues to know he has started his own law practice, emphasizing civil and administrative litigation and appellate practice. He can be reached at (303) 949-7099 and in mid-February will have an office at Trinity Place, Suite 1500, 1801 Broadway, Denver 80202.

Charles J. Kall, formerly of Holme Roberts & Owen and the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Patrick F. Kenney, formerly of Fairfield and Woods and Beem & Mann will be opening Kenney & Kall Mediation Services, 3515 S. Tamarac Drive, #200, Denver 80237; phone (303) 757-5000.

Attorneys and staff of former Doherty, Rumble & Butler announce the formation of Mulligan, Kenison & Appel. Their new office is at 2400 One Tabor Center, 1200 Seventeenth St., Denver, 80202. Reach them at (303) 572-6200.

CHANGES: Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons announces that Marc J. Musyl, Cindy Coles Oliver, Michael D. Plachy and Susan S. Sperber have become partners with the firm.

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

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber announces that Timothy R. Beyer has become a shareholder of the firm and that Peter J. Korneffel, Jr. has become Of Counsel.

Kenneth T. Sullivan, president of Dispute Resolution Professionals announces additions to that panel: Hon. Charles D. Pierce, Elaine Wohlner, R.N. and J.D. and Michelle Conklin.

Haligman Lottner Rubin & Fishman announces that Terri B. Cohen, K. Harsha Krishanan and Phillip K. Larson have become shareholders of the firm. New associates include Richard M. Hess, Jr., Elizabeth J. Silva, Michelle Hargis Dillard, Nathan P. Humphrey, Eric V. Snyder and Brian Leone.

After a decade-long association with Gorsuch Kirgis, Andrew Cohen has left that firm to continue to pursue his interest in law-related journalism. He serves as national legal analyst and commentator for CBS News, as the legal affairs analyst for Denver’s WB2-KWGN, and as a commentator and columnist for several other media organizations.

Patton Boggs announces the addition of three lateral associates: Ileana Aguinis, James K. Kewis and Stephanie Y. O’Malley.

A note from Garry R. Appel: "After more than 150 years of existence, the Minnesota-based law firm of Doherty Rumble and Butler has dissolved. We are pleased to report that the attorneys in DRS’s Denver office have not met a similar fate. Instead, we have all stayed together. The new firm name is Mulligan Kenison & Appel. We continue to occupy the same office space in the Tabor Center." All numbers are the same, he said, and the practice will continue to represent clients primarily in the areas of real estate, environmental law, bankruptcy and business litigation.

Davis, Graham & Stubbs has formed a Franchise Practice Group, led by John McCabe, and will market its services to the franchise community.

H. F. "Rick" Riebesell, formerly of Hall & Evans, will join Berryhill Cage & North and will continue to emphasize business planning, estate planning and business litigation.

Holland & Hart welcomes these new partners in their Denver office: Mark D. Ebel, Thomas O’Donnell and Steven P. Villano. New associates in the Denver office are: Timothy W. Gordon, Thomas P. Howard, Katherine A. LeVoy, Kenneth L. Schwab, Jeffrey K. Stahlhut and Jeanette K. Wotkyns. Susani N. H. Dixon has been appointed Director of Diversity & Professional Development. This is a new position. She will be available to business executives and law firm leaders who are seeking a consultant to address diversity in the workplace (call her at (303) 295-8334). Jude Biggs has been appointed to lead the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. A DU grad, Biggs is chair of the Employment Law Subsection of Construction Law Section of the CBA.

Kenneth C. Groves is Of Counsel at Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris & Reselbach

Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy elected four new directors for 2000. They are Theresa L. Corrada, David F. Goossen, Pamela A. Johnson and David L. Kuosman.

Caplan and Earnest welcomes Shelly Merritt Miller as an associate with the firm. She will emphasize estate planning, probate, tax and corporate law.

Thomas C. McKee is a new shareholder with Welborn, Sullivan, Meck & Tooley.

June Baker Laird is with McElroy, Deutsch & Mulvaney.

New to the firm of Treece, Alfrey, Musat & Bosworth are Prentice Ehret and Nicholas Kemp.

Pamela L. Mosher is an associate with Rumler Law Corporation, business, tax and estate planning specialists.

LEFT TOWN: A note from Deanna Westfall (formerly Zallen) said that after six years, practicing as a bankruptcy associate in Denver, most recently with Rubner & Kutner, she has moved to Ohio to be a special assistant to President John W. Garland at Central State University. Her new e-mail is

MORE CHANGES: Joe Dischinger has become a member of Grimshaw & Harring. Joe practices environmental and water law. An active bar association member, Joe headed the Judicial Administration Committee for years, has served on the CBA’s Ethics Committee and Board of Governors, and received the DBA’s 1998 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award for the hard work he put in to make the Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center a reality.

Randolph S. Atwater has joined Inman Flynn & Biesterfeld as Special Counsel.

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