Denver Bar Association
December 2004
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Legal Affairs


Former president Ben Aisenberg (DBA, CBA, CTLA) was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Sam Cary Bar Association annual gala. Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber was given a corporate award. Five law students were given $2500 scholarships—and much fun was had by all.

Collins, Cockrel & Cole announced that Bob Cole was recently appointed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation.

Ted Borrillo, retired Denver attorney, has completed his third collection of poems, "In My Spare Time." His two earlier poetry publications are "Beyond Loneliness" and "Random Thoughts for Rainy Days." Ted recommends the challenge of retirement. His books are available at The Tattered Cover. (He’s also a wonderful speaker about the challenges and opportunities of retirement.)

Elizabeth M. Steele is the new Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF). She previously served as vice president/general counsel of Jones Intercable, Inc. and prior to that, was a partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs.

Seven lawyers were named to Leadership Denver’s 2004 program: Jennifer Harvey, Holland & Hart; Tammi Holloway, SDC Services Corp; Jim Johnson, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti; Mashenka Lundberg, Holme Roberts & Owen; Matthew Pluss, Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy; Jep Seman, Corporate Advocates, Inc.; and Diana Terry, White & Steele.

Starrs Mihm & Caschette are celebrating their first year. This firm, 1675 Broadway, Suite 1800, includes Elizabeth Starrs, Michael Mihm, Richard Cashette, Ross Pulkrabek and Justin Blankenship.

Fairfield and Woods was happy to announce that Joe Dischinger, former DBA President, received the Colorado Children’s Champion award from the Colorado Early Childhood Professional Coalition. This is for Joe’s long journey (with collaborators) to get the Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center established and running.

Loyal E. Leavenworth has been elected president of the Executive Board for the Colorado Municipal League.

Greg Austin of Holland & Hart, Thomas Lyons of Hall & Evans and Michael Shea of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Denver Police Foundation. Lyons also serves as secretary to the Class A Directors and Shea serves as chair of the community advisory board.


Snell & Wilmer’s Brent Anderson was appointed by Gov. Owens to the Colorado State Banking Board.





Bill Johnson, in his RMN column, paid tribute to Mark Grueskin at Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy and the many, many other firms and attorneys who volunteered to be legal observers in this year’s election.

The Post announced that the National Latina/Latino Law Student Association would bring about 300 minority law students to DU for the group’s eighth annual conference. Of Colorado’s some 20,000 registered attorneys, about 500 are Hispanic. The story quoted Lorenzo Trujillo, president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

After mold contamination closed the Elbert County Courthouse, they moved operations to an exhibition hall. Judge Angela Arkin was pictured in the Rocky talking with two officers in the makeshift courtroom.

Dick Holme wrote an article for the Denver Business Journal titled "Less expensive lawsuit? Try new simplified procedure."

Both papers did feature stories on Cathlin Donnell, who died in October after a 13-year battle with breast cancer. Her friends gathered at the Pinnacle Club to celebrate her life.

Kelly Robinson, partner with Cage Williams Abelman & Laden, wrote a story for the Denver Business Journal titled "Do I have to pay for employees’ vacation time? And other questions raised by the Colorado Wage Act."

Marshall Fogel, of Fogel, Keating Wagner, Polidori and Shafner, was
featured in the Rocky Mountain News under "In My Office." His office reflects many interests, including baseball (he has a bat used by Babe Ruth), Western art and collectibles, etc.

The Post headline read: "Lawyer sees cop-case work as way of changing system." The lawyer is Tim Rastello of Holland & Hart, who "won the two largest payouts in Denver’s history for alleged police misconduct. . . ."


Margaux Trammell and Steve Zemanick have joined Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley as associates in the Corporate Group.

Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Meshach Rhoades has joined the firm as an
associate in the Litigation Department. 

Montgomery Little & McGrew is pleased to announce that Carmen N. Reilly has joined the firm as an associate and will practice general litigation, including Construction Defect and Medical Malpractice Law.

Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Christine M. Arguello has joined Davis Graham & Stubbs as a partner. She will continue to emphasize commercial and employment litigation and internal investigations into workplace matters.

Burns Figa & Will welcomes Colleen R. Belak as Of Counsel.

Stern and Elkind welcomes Brad J. Hendrick as an associate.

Moye Giles welcomes Melissa Mong and Jamie Orcutt.

Jennifer Glucksman Feingold is a new associate with Foster Graham Huttner Calisher.

Sterling & Gregory announces that John Plotkin has joined the firm. He has more than 20 years’ experience in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution.


Asarch Collins
Fernandez Snider


Weinberger & Serruto has added Edward Dale Parrish and Todd J. Narum, formerly of Parrish, P.C. and the new firm name is Weinberger Serruto & Parrish. The office is at 857 Grant St., (303) 831-7610.

David L. Lockwood has joined Schmidt & Horen as Of Counsel. Patricia A. Barron has also joined the firm. She was formerly with Engel & Reiman.

Ducker, Montgomery, Lewis & Aronstein welcomes David H. Stacy as a director and shareholder specializing in employment law and litigation.

Tadd F. Wilson has joined Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, in its Denver office.

Daniel R. Delaney is an associate with Bloom Murr & Accomazzo.

Faegre & Benson has added four new associates in the Denver office: Jonathan S. Asarch in the Corporate Group, Jennifer Daniel Collins in the General Litigation Group, Benjamin S. Fernandez in the Intellectual Property Group and David Snider in the Health Care Group.

Lamontagne & Guinn has added Debra K. Wilcox as a shareholder and the firm’s new name is Lamontagne & Wilcox. "The firm extends its best wishes to John L. Guinn as he establishes his practice in Portland, OR." He will remain Of Counsel to the firm.

Michelle R. Brandt, Mechelle Y. Faulk, Michael R. Bottaro and Mark E. Honhart have joined Dufford & Brown as associates.

Lottner, Rubin, Fishman, Brown & Saul announces that Richard W. Pruett, Laura Dougherty and Mike Barry have joined the firm as associates.

Gawne VanLandschoot

Nina M. Gawne and Leah P. VanLandschoot have joined the Denver office of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons as associates.


Virginia ("Ginny") Frazer-Abel has formed the Law Offices of Virginia Frazer-Abel, in Denver, offering services in elder law, estate and tax planning and public benefits. The office is at 1866 Vine St., Denver, CO 80206; (303) 320-0654.

Thomas M. Mathiowetz has formed his own firm at 3801 E. Florida Ave., Suite 400 in Denver; (303) 756-2500.


George Keely, 78, died in late October. He was a longtime member of the Business Law and Tax Law section, a DBA and CBA member, and retired from Fairfield Woods in 1990 as senior partner.

The brilliant, funny, dedicated, and always sociable Dick Schmidt, 80, past president of the DBA, a DU law school grad, general counsel for the American Society of Newspaper editors for 35 years, died in October in Washington, D.C. The First Amendment and all his friends and family are poorer for his death.

Wayne Stockton, 59, of Sage & Vargo, died in September.

Pete Watson, 81, who founded what is now known as Nathan, Bremer, Dumm & Myers, died in September. Judge Christina Habas wrote, "He was an enormous influence on my career, and had, I suspect, a similar impact on a lot of others." He was instrumental in beginning the Inns of Court in Colorado, was a Past National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


Joseph Fanganello recently attended the Ethics Seminar at CU and the topic of ‘principle’ came up. "It reminded me of a statement of my father-in-law, Bernard Duffy Craig (who practiced law in Kansas City for over 50 years). He described those cases as a ‘matter of principle’ where the client states: ‘I’m going to fight this case to the last drop of my lawyer’s blood.’"


The last "for a while" from the McGahey camp. Ella, whom we’ve seen before in a Halloween costume, with her new baby brother, William Tyler McGahey, born Sept. 7.

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