Denver Bar Association
June 2004
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Legal Affairs


The Chambers USA Guide is out and many firms in Colorado are
mentioned. The commentary is fun to read on the individuals (ranked by their peers) and the firms. Go to: to see how they fared. We’ll just say
congratulations to all who were written up—we don’t have room to publish all the names.

The staff at Metro Volunteer Lawyers wants to thank Fran Fontana, Barbara Quade and Al Bonin for their generous donations of furniture to MVL. It’s a tremendous improvement!

Robert W. Walter at Holland & Hart has been appointed as a member of the Standing Advisory Group to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Two recent awards for Faegre & Benson: E.I. du Pont de Nemours has honored the firm with its annual challenge award and the firm received the Sager Award for "a sustained commitment to the hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys."

The American College of Trial Lawyers inducted four Coloradoans as fellows during its recent meeting. Congratulations to Dale Harris, partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs; Frederick J. Baumann, senior partner at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons; Hugh Q. Gottschalk, vice-president and managing director for Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy, and Michael S. McCarthy, partner at Faegre & Benson.


CU Law Dean David Getches wrote a piece for the editorial page of The Post on the state of education.

DU Law prof Ved Nanda had an op-ed piece in The Post entitled "Stopping Global Atrocities."

Law Week Colorado
featured DU Law students in the Environmental Law Clinic getting additional protection to a threatened frog species. They partnered with the Center for Biological Diversity and local Puerto Rican environmental advocates. "Worldwide amphibian populations are in a state of rapid decline. Amphibians are considered an important indicator of environmental damage." A legal settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was reached and now a recovery plan for the Puerto Rico rock frog will be prepared.

Kristin Bronson of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons was featured in the Colorado Real Estate Journal.

David Schachter of Sherman & Howard wrote about E-voting for the Denver Business Journal. Joe Dencker, also of Sherman & Howard, helped write an article entitled "Set your children up for success" for the DBJ.

Dennis Archer, president of the American Bar Association, spoke at the DU festivities recently and was covered in The Post.

The Denver District Attorneys Forum at the bar association was covered by both The Post and the News.

Sharon Healey, a lawyer for the Asylum Project at DU, was quoted in a Denver Post piece on jailed immigrants.

Jeremy Makarechian was featured in an article in Colorado Biz about the boom and bust of dot coms.

In all the legislative brouhaha about impeachment and judicial term limits (etc.), we thank those lawyers who took the time to write to the newspapers (Lee Reichert at Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert and Norman Provizer, professor of political science at Metro State) and more we may not have seen. We also appreciate those at both Denver dailies who came out in support of our good system.

Penfield Tate III, partner in Trimble Tate Nulan Evans and Holden, three-term state legislator, was named a "Father of the Year," by the Colorado Father’s Day Council.


Marguerite Sadler announces that "After years of writing contracts for other people and helping clients to buy and sell their own businesses, then recuperating from year-end closings by spending spring break in France, I finally decided to act on my own entrepreneurial dreams, and am pleased to announce my acquisition of Provence West, Ltd., a US-based agency that
specializes in vacation home, villa and apartment rentals in France." She’ll continue her affiliation with Campbell Bohn Killin Brittan & Ray. She can be reached at, or at 303-674-3726.

Donner Dietrich
Stephen J. Dietrich
, formerly of Lowe, Fell & Skogg, and Amber Donner,
formerly of Tabas Freedman & Soloff of Miami, have joined Greenberg Traurig as Of Counsel.

The Hustead Law Firm announces that Jennifer J. Gifford and Douglas A. Gitlin have become shareholders.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti welcomes Amy L. Nafziger as an associate in the Denver office.

Danielle S. Urban has left Kutak Rock and is now with Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.

Constance L. Rogers has joined Fairfield & Woods in the real estate department.

John Zodrow has launched a new corporate website:


Duff, Larson & Pearl announces: Todd S. Larson "has finally agreed to become a member" and that Linda Zinser has resigned and they wish her continued success. Brian L. Fruhwirth has joined as an associate. Also, this is the new name of the firm, which includes Barbara A. Duff, Todd S. Larson and Nancy L. Pearl. The old name was Duff, Zinser & Pearl.

Dewhirst & Dolven has added Georgianne Pavlica as Special Counsel.

Thomas, Pollart & Miller announces that Shane A. Wetmore has joined the firm and the name has changed to Thomas, Pollart, Miller & Wetmore.

Clifton, Hook & Bovarnick welcomes Chad A. Atkins to the firm’s Denver office.

Kristina James has become a partner in McNamara & Martinez.

Elizabeth Walker has joined Johnson & Ayd as an associate.

Allison A. Gerkman has joined Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne as an associate.

Frieda C. Leonard and Mark A. Pottinger have joined Treece, Alfrey, Musat & Bosworth as shareholders.

Michael R. Miller has become an officer of Ireland Stapleton.

Lisa E. Frankel, Shari D. Caton and Matthew A. Swanson have joined Pearson, Horowitz, Poskus & Burnett.

Socha Perczak Setter & Anderson welcomes Robert C. Angell and Kenneth S. Fredericksen.


T. Raber Taylor, 93,"fought for justice, education and civil rights, taking one landmark case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was knighted by Pope Paul VI for his work with the poor and he taught young doctors about medical and legal ethics," as
written in the News. He is survived by his wife of 65 ½ years and seven daughters.

John Reid Lichtenfels, 55, a founder and principal of Lichtenfels, Pansing, & Miller, was a graduate of Notre Dame and DU Law. In The Post story, he was called "high energy," "compassionate," with a positive outlook, someone who loved his family, friends and contributed much to the community.


Does your car drive itself to Starbucks every morning? Do the words "double latte" come as easily as "let’s have lunch"? You could be one of those addicted souls written up in the Wall Street Journal. Going for a bolder taste, the WSJ said, specialty coffeehouses pile on the caffeine—Starbucks, on average, features 320 milligrams per cup. You get less caffeine when you cook coffee at home, 56% less at places like 7-11 or the doughnut shop. The company was a little skittish in calling what happens "addiction," but if you’ve tried going without, didn’t you get a headache?

Health officials seem to think coffee is okay. (For more comparison: a Coke or Pepsi will give you about 50 mg; brewed tea, up to 70 mg.; a NoDoze tablet, 100 mg. per tablet, and a chocolate bar about 30 mg.) As the story commented: No wonder those Starbucks’ lines are so long.


As threatened, we are now starting a series of pictures of Diane’s grandson, Oliver. Even though he’s an Aspen kid, he’s showing his Alabama roots in this pic. To prevent more of this nonsense, you need to send in your own photos to

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