Denver Bar Association
November 2004
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Legal Affairs


Attorneys listed in the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty under 40”
(rising stars in our community who will be shaping the future) include: Adam Agron, Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, Steven Bachar, Hogan & Hartson; Charles Bruce, Holme Roberts & Owen; Nathaniel Ford, Faegre & Benson; Tom Franklin, Townsend and Townsend and Crew; Kevin Hein, Snell & Wilmer; Lee Osman, Dorsey & Whitney; Ian Saffer, Townsend and Townsend and Crew; and Frank Sledge, White & Steele.


Tim O’Neill greets students at the
Northeast Montessori Center.


Arnold & Porter was ranked among the top 20 law firms on American Lawyer’s A-List ranking and on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for,” in 2004. Congratulations.

Steve Farber, managing partner of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, received the Del Hock Lifetime Achievement Award from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The award honors an individual “whose wisdom, involvement and leadership ultimately determines the destiny of a community.”

The Snell & Wilmer’s Charitable Foundation has “adopted” the Northeast Mile High Montessori Center and will be donating $35,000 over three years, plus hundreds of volunteer hours annually to
the center. The money will allow underprivileged children to receive needed early childhood educational services,
and preparation for kindergarten. The typical family is a single mother with
two children and an average annual income of less than $20,000.

Brian D. Zall has been appointed as a Fellow to the American Bar Association.

Morrison & Foerster is celebrating 25 years in Denver.

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Karen Ashby was named to the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Nancy B. Elkind, partner in Stern and Elkind, received the Denver Business Journal’s “Outstanding Women in Business” award in the professional category.

At their annual seminar in August, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association raised $500 for the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation.

Barbara J. Kelley of Kamlet Shepherd has been inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Fellow Alumni Officers.



Donald and Susan Sturm, owners of Denver-based American National Bank, gave $20 million to the University of Denver College of Law—this is the largest single donation in the 112-year history of the law school. The College of Law will be named in honor of Donald Sturm, a 1958 graduate.

Steve Weinstein was the “guess who” person in an issue of the Intermountain Jewish News.

Ned Minor, president/CEO of Minor & Brown, was featured in the business section of The Denver Post— “family man, lawyer and civic-minded citizen, in that order.”

In a reaction to a lawyer-bashing political ad, Andrew Cohen was quoted as saying: “John Adams was a lawyer. Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer. There are plenty of decent politicians in Congress and state politics today who are lawyers. . . .”

With the headline “Lawyer, activist sees color of justice,” The Denver Post did an article on Adrienne Benavidez, executive director of Colorado of Justice, Inc., a group that will engage in public policy advocacy and legislative analysis and help train new community leaders.


Winokur Livolsi Hebert Voorhees



Holland & Hart announces that Danielle Voorhees and Meghan Winokur have joined the firm as associates in the Litigation Department; Hillary Hebert is an associate in the Business Department; Nicole Livolsi is an associate in the Indian Law Practice Group; Christina Gomez is an associate in the Labor & Employment Group; and Randy Schefman is an associate in the Business Department.


Louise Bouzari has joined the law firm of McClure & Eggleston as Of Counsel, effective June 30, 2004. Louise will continue to specialize in education law and commercial litigation, and can be reached by phone at (303) 294-0822 or by e-mail at

Hensley Kim & Edgington has hired Registered Patent Attorney Richard J. Holzer, Jr. as a new partner.

Austin Hamre has become a shareholder in Duncan, Ostrander & Dingess, where his practice continues to emphasize water law.

Perkins Coie announces that Christopher J. Piazzola has joined the firm as an associate in its corporate finance group. Piazzola is a CU grad and clerked for Justice Bender.

Erica L. Johnson has joined Ambler & Keenan as an associate, and her practice will emphasize estate planning and probate.

Robert B. Young and Tara L. Acton have joined Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason.


Hecht Schaller


Wheeler Trigg Kennedy has added two associates: Alissa S. Hecht, whose practice will focus on franchise and complex commercial litigation, and litigator David J. Schaller.

Baldwin & Carpenter welcomes Jeffrey W. Wu as an associate.

Burkeley N. Riggs has joined the Moye Giles litigation group.

Joan McWilliams of the McWilliams Mediation Group is on sabbatical during November and December, but will mediating again beginning in January 2005. Phone is (303) 830-0171 and e-mail is




Sawtelle Walker O'Rourke Berg


Faegre & Benson has added Jim Sawtelle and Todd Walker to its 115-person litigation group. Also, the firm has created an employee benefits group in Colorado, staffed by Renée W. O’Rourke, a partner, and Brenda R. Berg, an associate.

Snell & Wilmer
welcomes Daniel S. Wittenberg to its Medical Device Practice as a partner.

 Timothy E. Reilly has joined Fairfield and Woods. He practices complex civil litigation and specializes in the areas of construction and real estate.

Scot M. Peterson has joined Cage Williams Abelman & Layden.

Theodore W. Brin has added Joseph H. Lusk as Of Counsel. They’re enjoying posh new offices in lower downtown.

Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell has added Josh Fine as an associate.

Senter Goldfarb & Rice announces that Carleigh L. Elkus has become associated with the firm.


Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin announces that Christopher A.
is an associate in the litigation department.

Michelle L. Prince has joined Ruegsegger Simons Smith & Stern as an associate.

From Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons: Sandy Murphy has joined as Special Counsel; newly named partners are Thomas J. Dougherty II, Mark A. Meyer, Troy R. Olsen, Thomas M. Rogers III, Gilbert M. Román and Jesús M. Vasquez.

Elizabeth Dahill, executive vice-president with Gibson Arnold, has become a shareholder. Elisha Breiner, general counsel; Kendra Strommen, associate; Lisa Torvik, associate; and Denise Bruegger, associate, have joined the firm.

Methner & Associates announces that Robertson B. Cohen has joined the firm as an associate.

Elizabeth Roone Rita has joined Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert as an associate.

Justin J. Prochnow and Stephen B. Perkins have joined the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig.

Margaret Bauder Garcia has joined Ritsema & Lyon in Denver.


Kline Alvarado Veio




Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert has moved to 1515 Arapahoe Tower 1, Suite 1600, Denver 80202.

Brent Kline, Rob L. Alvarado and Kent Christopher (K.C.) Veio have formed Kline Alvarado & Veio. “The entrepreneurial, Denver-based professional corporation will focus on the areas of public finance and commercial law.”

Cathy A. Klein, R.N. and Beth Klein have formed Klein Law Firm and will continue their litigation practice—the office is at The Chancery, 1120 Lincoln St., Suite 1304, phone (303) 448-8884.




Gerald Stapp, 78, former Denver city councilman, president of the Denver Water Board, founder of the Harvey Park Improvement Association, DU grad, died in September.

Cathlin Donnell, 58, Radcliffe (B.A.) and University of Chicago (J.D.), died in early October. She was in the DA’s office, U.S. Attorney’s, worked at Kelly Haglund and helped found Donnell Davis & Salomon. Most recently, she had been a consultant on legal communication and worked with the bar association and the courts on improvements in the legal system. Donations can be sent in Cathlin’s
memory to: The Dolores Project (an emergency shelter for women), P.O. Box 1406, Denver, CO 80201-1406.



Another CAN kid! Karson Williams was born to Lisa and Chad Williams on July 9 at 5:32 a.m. He was 7 lbs. 2 oz. and 20.5 inches long!

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