Denver Bar Association
July 2004
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Legal Affairs


Elizabeth A. Starrs
, former DBA president, and Stanley L. Garnett have been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Michael Carrigan, of Holland & Hart, was nominated to serve on the CU Board of Regents.

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s 2003 Case of the Year Award was awarded to Paula Greisen and David H. Miller of King & Greisen.

Hon. JoAnn Vogt was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by the Colorado College at their commencement on May 17.

Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Jane Michaels, former DBA president, has been inducted into the International Society of Barristers.

Kenzo Kawanabe, partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs, was honored by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association with the Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Snell & Wilmer announced that Kevin Hein has been recognized as a "Legal Eagle" by Franchise Times, an honor given to 100 of the nation’s premier franchise attorneys. Also: Jeff Brimer was recognized as one of "The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers" by Who’s Who Legal.

Leon Layden
, with the Cage Williams law firm, has been rated by attendees of CLE International as one of the "best CLE International presenters of 2003."




Lee Reichert
has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Congratulations to these attorneys who were included in "Best of the Bar" awards by the Denver Business Journal at a recent ceremony. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jefferson County District Judge R. Brooke Jackson. Other winners, with their categories, included: Antitrust Law, Robert Hill, Hill & Robbins; Family Law, Barbara Salomon, Cage Williams Abelman & Layden; Government Law, Mark Meagher, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Insurance Law, Bradley Levin, Roberts Levin & Patterson PC; Labor & Employment Law, John Husband, Holland & Hart; Medical Malpractice Law, Stephen Hensen, Tiemeier & Hensen PC; Natural
Resources/Environmental Law, Paul Phillips, Holland & Hart; Pro Bono Law, Edwin Kahn, Kelly, Haglund, Garnsey and Kahn; Tax Law, Neil Goff, Lowe, Fell & Skogg; Trust & Estate Law, Jeremy Cohen, Cage Williams Abelman & Layden P.C.; Water Rights Law, Anne Castle, Holland & Hart LLP. Look at the June 11-17 edition of the Journal for finalists and some good stories on these respected attorneys. Our thanks to the Denver Business Journal for putting on such a good event.

Senior Administrative Law Judge Edwin L. Felter, Jr., Colorado Division of Administrative Hearing, has recently had his law review article, "Special Problems of State Administrative Law Judges," re-published in Law and Justice: Journal of the United Lawyers Association.

New officers for the Colorado Women’s Bar are: President Julie Anderson, President-Elect Janet Drake, Vice President Emily Anderson, Secretary Susan Klopman, Treasurer Sheri Betzer and Historian Sherri Murgallis.

Northwestern University Press has released new editions of the Luis Montez novels by Manuel Ramos. These editions include an introduction by Ilan Stavans, noted academic, critic, writer and editor, as well as prefaces to each of the books by some of Manuel’s favorite authors: Alfredo Vea, Gary Philips, John Straley and Marianne Wesson.

Al LaCabe Jr., Denver’s Manager of Safety, was the keynote speaker at DU Law when 320 degrees were awarded at commencement on May 15.

Clerk of the Colorado Supreme Court Mac Danford retired in June after almost 20 years of service. We wish him well!

Hogan & Hartson was mentioned in a big editorial in the Rocky, with their support program involving $30,000 over three years for Cheltenham Elementary plus volunteers’ time in the school. Also, a news story was headlined "Law firm makes investment, adopts west Denver school." The Post also had a good story with photos.

Amy Durfee West wrote about finding legal resources on the Web for the Colorado Real Estate Journal.

Chris Little, DBA President-Elect, was elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

An informal committee of employees at the U.S. Attorney’s Office has published a 143-year history of that office, That Justice Shall Be Done.


Both Denver daily newspapers reported Steve Farber’s kidney transplant, was made possible by his son, Gregg, who donated his kidney for
surgery. We wish him the best in his recovery.

Steve Wright, of Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy, was highlighted in the Rocky Mountain News for honoring his parents as his heroes.

Ronald Wilcox wrote an editorial for the Rocky about attorneys’ fees.

Two DU professors, Nancy Reichman and Joyce Sterling, have written a study, "Gender Penalties Revisited," about female lawyers still making much less than male lawyers.

Good stories on problems with Colorado’s year old "tort system" of auto insurance by Bill Johnson in the News and Diane Carman in The Post.


Fairfield and Woods is pleased to announce the addition of Joseph B. Dischinger in the firm’s Environmental and Water Law department.

Thad W. Renaud has joined Gorsuch Kirgis as Special Counsel in the Public Law Department.

Christian J. Rataj and Shay Whitaker have joined Milan & Malara as associates.

Michelle B. Ferguson has joined Ireland Stapleton and will be practicing in its Employment and Special District groups.

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber announced that Mark M. Oveson has been named Of Counsel. Also, BHF has added Nancy Strelau and Matthew J. "Mike" Kavanagh, both formerly of Kutak Rock.

Montgomery Little & McGrew announced that Charles L. Mastin II and Krystal K. Woodbury have joined the firm.

George M. Rowley became an associate at McGeady Sisneros.

Holland & Hart announced that Kenneth C. Winterton joined the firm’s Business Department in the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Kathryne C. Gwinn has joined McConnell Siderius Fleischner Houghtaling & Craigmile as an associate.

Wheeler Trigg Kennedy welcomes Steven M. Kelso, Alma M. Lugtu and Amy E. Gresh as associates.

Faegre & Benson announces a new associate in the Intellectual Property group, Nina Y. Wang. Also, it added two biotech Ph.D.s to its Colorado Intellectual Property team, Dr. Richard Nakashima and Dr. Roberta "Bert" Hanson.


Sarah Earle Killeen has joined Cozen O’Connor as an associate.

RealLegal has promoted Rebecca A. Askew to General Counsel and Director of Market Development.

Albert M. Bonin,
formerly of Quade, Fontana & Bonin, has joined The Lewis Law Firm in Washington, D.C.

The Harris Law Firm has recently added Tawni Cummings and Alexandra White as associates.

Godfrey & Lapuyade announced that Steve Shumacher and James Johnson have become shareholders, Sue Pray is special counsel and Michael Dulin is an associate.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti announced the addition of Benjamin S. Genshaft as associate.

Holmes Roberts & Owen announced the addition of Bob J. Vizas, Meryl Macklin¸ Richard Mooney and Kenneth R. Whiting, Jr.

Kristin R. Hanson has joined Lowe, Fell & Skogg as an associate.

Benson & Case welcomes James H. Porter and Theodore F. Radkiewicz.

Tax attorneys Peter C. Guthery and Stephen P. Rickles have joined Gorsuch Kirgis.

Petrock & Fendel has added Scott Mitchell Huyler, formerly of Markusson, Green & Jarvis, and Matthew Steven Poznanovic, former Assistant Attorney General, as associates. Carmen S. Hall is Of Counsel.

Adam Vela and Jonathan M. Ward have joined Snell & Wilmer.

Musgrave & Theis announces partners Bobbee J. Musgrave, Steven J. Perfrement, B. Lawrence Theis, Tracy L. Ashmore, and associates Paul J. Lopach, Anupama Chaturvedi Connor and Stephen D. Rynerson.


Kristopher L. Gotzmer has joined Perkins Coie as an associate.

The Ryan Law Firm announces that Kellie Ryan has joined as IT Director and Heidi P. Van Huysen is an associate.

Ritsema & Lyon welcomes Angela M. Harte and R. Brian Daniel.

Albert J. Givray, Barbara A. Grandjean, William V. Power and Lawrence M. Zavadil have become members of Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley.

Cage Williams Abelman & Layden has named Patricia A. Thatcher and Kelly K. Robinson partners.

Lindquist & Vennum has added: James E. Nelson, Stuart N. Bennett, Scott T. Rodgers, Eric B. Liebman, John G. Nelson and Patrick G. Compton.

Dworkin, Chambers & Williams has added Angela L. Bailey and Sharlene J. Aitken as associates.


Cooper and Kolko, an immigration firm, has relocated to 17th and Grant Building. 303 E. 17th Ave. Suite 585, Denver, 80203.

McConnell Siderius Fleischner Houghtaling & Craigmile have relocated to Denver Corporate Center, Tower I, 4700 S. Syracuse, Ste. 200, Denver, 80237.

Trish Barron has left Engel & Reiman after 13 years and has opened her own practice focusing on trust administration, estate planning, probate and elder law. Reach her at (303) 759-5141 or

Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis is at 7979 E. Tufts Avenue Pkwy., Suite 1300, Denver 80237.

Karuschkat Law has moved to new quarters at Riverpoint Building, 2300 Fifteenth St., Suite 200, Denver, 80202. Katherine Karuschkat and Lacey Anderson welcome Kelly Southerland to the firm.

Beth Klein and Cathy Klein have formed the Klein Law Firm, LLP at 1120 Lincoln St., Suite 1304, Denver, 80203. Contact them at (303) 448-8884 or



Killmer & Lane has changed its name to Killmer, Lane & Newman.

Senn Visciano Kirschenbaum changed its name to Senn Visciano Kirschenbaum Merrick. Laura Redstone and Joel Rosenstein have returned to the firm Of Counsel.

The firm of Foster, Graham & Huttner has changed to Foster, Graham, Huttner & Calisher, with the addition of Stacey S. Chapman as a new associate.


We hold John Castellano, former DBA president, in our thoughts as he undergoes dialysis.

We’re glad to see Judge John Kane resuming his work and in good spirits.

Welcome back to Jim Chalat, who, while in Austria to give a lecture on American Ski Law to the European Convention for lawyers connected with ski and avalanche law, broke his right arm skiing. He was at the top of a
glacier, coming off a windy, icy peak when his skis slipped out from under him. He’s okay now, having suffered mainly from humiliation and embarrassment, he said. This is the last picture he took before he fell. For info on the conference, go to


R. Sterling Ambler, 72, a DU law grad, was very active in bar activities, including Elder Law, Real Estate Law, Taxation Law, and Trust & Estate Sections, and the Statutory Revisions Committee. He was a chair of the DBA Waterman Fund. Ambler was a life-long skier and belonged to the "Over the Hill Ski Gang." On the last day of his life, while in the hospital, he worked with his partner on some committee matters.

Retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Ann Clark, 65, a CU law grad, was the first woman lawyer hired by Holme Roberts and Owen in 1965. She later became a partner at the firm, another first. She left in 1974 to join the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and served until retiring in 2000. She was a director of the Waterman Fund, active member of the Federal Judicial Committees for Supporting Personnel and Human Resources, and a member of the Tenth Circuit Judicial Council. She was known for her vitality, her love of large dogs, and stories of her worldwide travels.

Our condolences to the friends and family of two special people.


Ella Carter McGahey

Jonathan Gunnar
Asphaug and Benjamin
Sanford Asphaug

Jemma Guyton







We asked and you delivered—photos of those precious little ones! The stars: darling Ella Carter McGahey, pictured at seven months, in a Halloween costume purchased by her
doting grandfather, Judge Robert McGahey. Then we have adorable Jonathan Gunnar Asphaug (born October 2001) and Benjamin Sanford Asphaug (born last September 13), nicknamed "Dodos" and "the Boodle," sons of attorney Rolf Asphaug and his wife, Jane. Last, but not least, Jemma Guyton, granddaughter of Jean and Sam Guyton.

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