Denver Bar Association
January 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: Steve Choquette, Holland & Hart attorney and co-chair of the DBA’s Legal Services Committee, was pictured on the front page of The Colorado Journal speaking at the Colorado Supreme Court hearing on the aspirational pro bono rule.

Don Hoagland, retired from Davis, Graham & Stubbs, was pictured and quoted in the Denver Business Journal in a story about Caring for Colorado, which was created as a way for Blue Cross Blue Shield to pay back years of tax exemptions it received as a not-for-profit organization.

Story in the Denver Rocky Mountain News about how various couples met featured Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter and his wife Jeannie on the cover of the Spotlight Section; inside were Judge Larry Naves and Channel 7 Anchorperson Bertha Lynn; Charles Casteel, partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs and his wife Lauren, development director at the Denver Foundation.

Frank Moya, who has been a reporter at both Denver dailies and is now a criminal defense attorney, was featured prominently in the papers. He saw a woman being stabbed in front of the Arapahoe County Justice Center. Moya, using his "fancy Italian loafers," ran over, kicked the man and saved the day. Way to go Frank.

Karma M. Giulianelli, featured in a front page picture in a November Denver Business Journal, is now with Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, after leaving the Justice Department. She was one of seven attorneys who tried the government’s anti-trust case against Microsoft.

Manuel Martinez and Dean and Carolyn Salter, (both Dean and Manuel work at HRO), were pictured in La Voz at the Second Annual AT&T Gala de las Americas. Martinez was co-chair with Pat Cortez of Norwest Bank.

GOOD NEWS: Jon Asher, executive director of Colorado Legal Services, has been selected as one of two recipients of the Anti-Defamation League’s Civil Rights Award. Since his graduation from Harvard in 1971, Asher has devoted his career to providing legal services for the poor in Colorado.

Judge John Leopold recently received the Award of Judicial Excellence given annually to a Colorado District Court Judge by the Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in recognition of long-standing judicial excellence and support of the judicial system. The chapter also announces that Brian G. McConaty and Gary B. Blum have been inducted as members.

District Attorney Bill Ritter was given the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Award from Safehouse Denver during their recent gala. Bill is an active member of the CBA’s effort to educate about and end family violence.

Steven Shapiro is president-elect of the Brain Injury Association of Colorado.

Harry M. Sterling is the co-chair of the Denver International Film Society, which recently sponsored the 22nd Denver International Film Festival.

Judge Stephen Phillips will be the new chief judge for Denver District Courts. Phillips was an assistant U.S. Attorney before coming to the bench in 1983.

Past DBA President Tom deMarino is now Chief Prehearing Administrative Law Judge for the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Our congratulations to Tom on this new job and on his recent marriage to the wonderful Wendy.

Charles E. Berry (better known as Chuck, Speaker of the House from 1991-1998), special counsel with Holme Roberts & Owen, was elected to the Board of Directors for Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry. Jeffrey T. Johnson, Holland & Hart, was elected Chair of CACI.

BEGINNINGS: Alan E. Richman and Michael W. Jones have formed Richman & Jones. Mike was formerly a partner at Hall & Evans and Alan was a partner in Richman & Henson. Andrew G. Rippey has joined them as an associate. Their office is at 1600 Broadway, Suite 1900; phone (303) 830-1717.

Krendl, Horowitz and Krendl is now: Krendl Krendl Sachnoff & Way. Former DBA President Cathy Krendl, her husband Jim, Lee Sachnoff and Sherri Way (Lee and Sherri have been with the firm ten years) now have a transactional boutique. They remain in the same offices at the Republic Plaza, #5350; telephone (303) 629-2600. Jay Horowitz, who has started a litigation boutique, is in the same building.

Bob Borquez and Katherine Karuschkat have formed Borquez & Karuschkat, 1337 Delaware St.; (303) 571-1770. They would love to hear from you at

Carole K. Jeffery has opened a litigation boutique, "providing contract legal services for sophisticated trial practices." Office: 600 17th Street, Suite 950, Denver, 8020; (303) 260-6456.

Nathan Longenecker, Mark Wielga, Scott Hardt, all formerly of Dorsey & Whitney, and Elizabeth Temkin and Kris Tita, both formerly of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, have formed Temkin Wielga & Hardt, located in Lower Downtown.
We received this happy note:"Jeff and Melissa Edelman returned from their adventure to Moscow, Chelyabinsk and Troisk in the Russian Federation with Samuel Matvei Edelman, date of birth Nov. 21, 1998. We wish to report mother and son doing well, and dad survived the journey."

PASSED: Only a few weeks after the Seniors Committee of the DBA gathered at the University Club to honor Barkley Clanahan, everyone was saddened to hear of his death. He was 85 and in his past had been a special agent in the FBI, serving as an assistant to

J. Edgar Hoover. He helped form the Denver firm Clanahan, Tanner, Downing and Knowlton. He served on many boards and belonged to many community organizations. He was well known and well loved; we send our condolences to his family.

We received a note from Terry Tomsick: "I’m sorry to report that my mother Onalee Brown, Esq. died on 9-9-99. She practiced law in Denver since her graduation from CU School of Law in 1947; she was a sole practitioner concentrating in the areas of probate, tax and real estate law. I think she and I were the first "mother-daughter" law graduates of CU. (I graduated in 1976). No, we never practiced together." Our condolences to her family and friends.

CHANGES: Gerald L. Bader, Jr., Joseph H. Mellon and Alan J. Schmitz have joined Shughart Thomson & Kilroy’s Denver office as shareholders. New associates at that firm include Patrick J. Casey and Cynthia Tredwell-Miller.

Rhonda M. Livingston is now a mediator for JAMS in Denver.

Davis, Graham & Stubbs has expanded several practice groups with the addition of seven new attorneys. Pam Sbar will work in complex environmental remediation and litigation. The trial group has added Sonaly Kirkley, Vicki Johnson and Chad Williams. Josh Maxfield is the newest associate in the corporate and securities group; Melinda Wiggins is a new associate in the real estate group and Todd Olinger is an associate in the energy group.

HRO has formed a new "team" in Boulder to focus on the needs of high technology and emerging growth companies. Nancy J. Gegenheimer, Charles B. Bruce, Sandra T. Carr, Kent A. Fischmann, Colin G. Harris, Christopher J. Kulish, Jill K. Rood, Jill Rose Tappert, John B. Wood and Vikki L. Wulf will be in that office.

Christopher A. Doering has joined the Kobayashi Law Firm as an associate.

Leslie Gartrell Toepfer is leaving Silver & DeBoskey to accept the position of General Counsel to Triton Investment Company.

Catherine L. Sjoberg has joined Slivka Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio as an associate.

Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason announces that Jeffrey J. Peterson and Lori F. Welty are new associates.

Adam Vela and Jennifer A. Hall are new associates with the Denver office of McKenna & Cuneo.

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber announce Kurt B. Colburn, Richard A. Hardaway, Alisa B. Burns, Jeffrey J. Schroeder, Brett M. Perry and David A. Greher have become associated with the firm.

Barsness, Hopp & Flesch has changed its name to Hopp & Flesch. Diego G. Hunt is a new associate, Nancy A. Nowak (formerly Nancy Simmons) is Of Counsel and Wesley W. Hoyt has changed his association with the firm and is Special Counsel. They wish Chad J. Barsness success in his new endeavors.

New associates at Brega & Winters are Lara Spencer Smith and Samantha (Franklin) McNulty.

Gail H. Nichols has joined the Litigation & Natural Resources Department at Sherman & Howard.

Paul Hilton, former partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, is now a partner at the Denver office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.

Hall & Evans has reshaped its Executive Committee. Daniel R. Satriana Jr. will serve as Chief Executive Officer, Samuel David Cheris as Chief Financial Officer and Patricia Jean Clisham as Chief Marketing Officer.

Kristi J. Livedalen has joined Fairfield and Woods as an associate. She is president-elect of the Colorado Women’s Bar.

Schoenwald, Sanger & Kudla was not listed under "Medical Malpractice" in the Legal & Financial Directory. To contact the firm, call (303) 837-9000.

CX: Sorry we got Carolynne White’s number wrong. We’ll try again: (303) 831-6411. She’s now with the Colorado Municipal League.

Also, Eddie Day was not the last elected Supreme Court Justice. He was elected in 1966, along with Paul Hodges, Don Kelley, Otto Moore, Eddie Pringle, Bob McWilliams and Leonard Sutton. In 1966, the Colorado Constitution was amended to use the merit system, but it was also the last year our judges were elected.

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