Denver Bar Association
October 2004
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Legal Affairs



Jennifer Harvey
of Holland & Hart was one of those honored for representing families before the federal government’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The program was called "Trial Lawyers Care," and was the largest free legal representation program ever undertaken. ATLA honored the volunteer lawyers at its convention in Boston recently. Congratulations.

Robert Hardaway did a signing and reading at The Tattered Cover in August for his new book Alienation of Affection, a historical novel based on the true story of the sensational 1911 murder at Denver’s Richthofen Castle.

Gutterman Griffiths & Powell has published Collaborative Law: A New Model for Dispute Resolution available from Denver’s Bradford Publishing.

Marc Musyl, a shareholder at the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig, has joined the Advisory Council of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the Business School at DU.


Jerry Conover was featured in Time magazine at the end of August for starting "Hope for Generations," a group that’s asking attorney seniors who don’t need their Social Security benefits to hand them over for a great cause—several children’s projects. He’s quoted as saying: "Our goal is to take what is seen as an entitlement and use it for those who don’t have as much."

Denver attorneys Jo and Ed Timmins had their home featured in the Rocky Mountain News’ Home Front section, "an unusual mix of beaux-arts style and Frank Lloyd Wright details."

Family law attorney April Jones was profiled in The Post in August.

Lorenzo A. Trujillo, new assistant dean at CU Law and president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, was featured in the Rocky, with his group, the Southwest Musicians. Trujillo was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Hilos Culturales for his work in preserving 17th- and 18th-century music and dance of Colorado and New Mexico.

Quite a few Denver lawyers and judges were seen on the six-part ABC series "In the Jury Room." The shows, some of which were on Colorado trials, followed different cases from start to finish, including watching the jury deliberate.


Beck Franke Larson-de Paz

New people at Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy include Maria Massaro, who joins the Real Estate and Transactional Practice Group, Barbara Ann Dalvano, with estate planning, taxation and business transactions, and new partners Melinda M. Beck, Paul V. Franke and Bonnie Larson-de Paz, all with the Real Estate and Transaction Practice Group.

Flo Phillips
sends greetings as she moves to Akron, OH with BWX Technologies. Her email is

Kristy M. Hartl has joined Burns, Figa & Will as an associate.

Moye Giles welcomes new litigator Burkeley N. Riggs.

Michael O. Frazier has joined The Ross-Shannon Law Firm as an associate.

Joanna C. Kitto has joined Perkins Coie as an associate.

Hogan & Hartson announced the addition of nine attorneys: Alan Schwartz, who joins the firm’s Denver office as a partner, and Stuart Altman, Carl Berglind, Nathanael Christensen, Christopher Humber, Elizabeth "Bonnie" Pietsch, Chalyse Robinson, Keith Trammell, and Tamera Westerberg, as associates.


Hall & Evans welcomes Christopher C. Dopke, Cathleen H. Heintz, Cristin J. Mack and Harry H. Souvall as associates.

Kennedy, Christopher, Childs & Fogg is pleased to announce that Michael Gates, Guy R. Cerasoli, Miles L. Buckingham, Michael A. Freimann and Brett M. Wendt have joined the firm as associates. 

Kristin Mix and Tom DeVine have joined Snell & Wilmer.


Carolynne White
, after being legal counsel for the Colorado Municipal League for about five years and at Denver Water for five years before that, has joined Brownstein Hyatt & Farber. "To those who ask me about ‘switching sides,’ now that I represent developers instead of cities, my response is . . . that developers and cities are—or at least should be—partners. My practice will focus on creating public private partnerships for quality development."

Christian Onsager, more recently general counsel to The Broe Companies, Inc. has returned from "sabbatical" to form his own firm, Onsager & Staelin with his friend, former Texas attorney Earl H. Staelin. The firm does all things commercial, including insolvency work and more.

CTLA new officers are: President Skip Netzorg, President-elect Murray Ogborn, Vice-president J. Keith Killian, Secretary Darin Schanker and Treasurer Daniel Patterson.

Martin Conklin is pleased to announce that Amy K. Bailey has joined the firm as an associate.

Kevin M. Ward has left private practice to become the Regional Counsel for the Army’s Western Regional Environmental Office in Denver.

Joshua M. Protass
has joined Fairfield & Woods as an associate. Rita M. Connerly has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

Hoffman Reilly Pozner & Williamson announces the addition of Marcus J. Lock to the firm.

Lisa M. Wendt has joined Minor & Brown as an associate.

Koncilja & Associates announces that Amy R. Grasman has joined the firm as an associate.

Greenberg Traurig announces that Frank C. Debick and C. Ben Huber have joined its Denver office as

Stephen D. Gurr
has joined Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert as a partner.

Jeffrey F. Davis has joined the Denver office of Littler Mendelson.

Morgan & Morgan has morphed into Morgan & Cunningham, with H. Bryan Cunningham joining the firm as a principal.


Jeff Scott, who specializes in civil litigation and securities arbitration, has opened a satellite office in Frisco, CO at 619 Main St., (970) 668-4933. His Denver office is at 1700 Broadway, Suite 2100, (303) 832-6500.


Jane Woodhouse McLaughlin, one of Colorado’s first female lawyers died July 21 at the age of 89. As a member of the state House of Representatives, she worked to reform the state’s mental health system and in a Post article, described herself as, "the people’s lawyer."

Edward B. Almon, 80, died Aug. 7. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court in 1952; he was a trustee of the Marlar Foundation, and a lifetime member of both the CBA and DBA.

Robert "Bob" Bonham died Aug. 5 at the age of 85. He was awarded the Distinguished Business Alumni Award from CU and the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from DU, and was a lifetime Trustee of the Denver Zoo.

Mark Welch, 59, died Sept. 1. He was an active member of the CBA’s Real Estate Section.


According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health and safety. If you don’t get adequate sleep, you accumulate a sleep debt that can be difficult to "pay back" if it becomes too big. The result: sleep deprivation that has been linked to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behavior, decreased productivity, and safety issues in the home, on the job, and on the road. So rest up!


We’re sorry about misspelling Francy Milner’s name in Sept. Legal Affairs. She is vice chair of the board of the Colorado Judicial Institute.


They just keep on comin’!

Paige Susan Nahlin DiStefano

Sue Fox sent this picture of her granddaughter, Paige Susan Nahlin DiStefano, born June 20 to Amy Fox DiStefano and David DiStefano, in Bangkok. The happy grandparents made the trek for her birth! The name, Nahlin, is the Thai word for lotus blossom.


Sibling love is shown between Bob McGahey’s grandchildren, Isiah (age 7) and his sister Brooks, born June 28.

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