Denver Bar Association
January 2005
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Legal Affairs


Gary Lozow
has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Those honored have a minimum of 15 years trial experience; they are investigated and then invitations are extended to lawyers who have "mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality."

Kim Willoughby was awarded the Tim Gill Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award from the Colorado Business Council. She was also made a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Dan McCune
, of Kennedy, Christopher, Childs & Fogg was named Mid-Region director of the Defense Research Institute ("Voice of the Defense Bar"), a 21,500 member civil defense lawyers association. Matthew Biscan, of Clisham, Satriana & Biscan, is Secretary Treasurer.

David Weinstein moderated an International Trademark Association roundtable, "Trademark Enforcement and Pre-Litigation Strategies."

Fairfield and Woods had an open house in remodeled offices in honor of its 70th anniversary.

A team from DU’s Graduate Tax Program went to the third annual National Tax Study Competition—they came in second. Congratulations to the students and the professors who coached them.

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law received a $400,000 gift from Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company. Coupled with gifts already given in memory of former Colorado Gov. John A. Love and his estate, the gift creates a fund of more than $500,000 to endow the Gov. John A. Love/Great-West Life Endowed Scholarship for Public Service. Preference will be given to law students with a strong interest in being involved in public service in Colorado.

David A. Sprecace was appointed Associate Municipal Judge by the Englewood City Council.


RMN columnist Mike Littwin wrote a column about serving on a jury that judged a check forgery case. The column was realistic, reflected the reality of being a juror and he mentioned "kindly Judge Sheila Rappaport."

Mentioned in the Denver Business Journal was The Young Fund, a new organization of young professionals who support the children and families of The Children’s Hospital. Attorney Ann Aronovitz Citrin of Morrison and Foerster is the founder and chair. Stacy Carpenter was the contact person for the second annual "Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen" fundraiser.

The Denver Weekly News had a bunch of photos and lots of copy on the Sam Cary Bar celebration. With honorees, scholarship recipients and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, it sounded like a wonderful event.

Ann Schrader of The Post wrote a story about the employees of the First J.D. courthouse gathering items to be sent to troops in Iraq—good photo, too, of Magistrate Jack DeVita and Becky Kraefft packing boxes.

The Colorado Business Magazine, after naming their "best ofs," invited readers to comment. Brownstein Hyatt Farber was named best law firm and solo Perry L. Goorman, "a third generation Coloradan who has practiced law in the state for 27 years," was named best individual attorney.


Pamela Gagel, just back from a grand trip to China, is now Of Counsel at Lamontagne & Wilcox. You can reach her at or (303) 407-0870.

Houtsma Malik Duettra

Paul Gordon has opened his own practice and will continue to focus on legal malpractice mediation and litigation. Reach him at

Faegre and Benson has added three associates: Matthew Houtsma, Nadia Malik and Jennifer Duettra.

Celeste Cdebaca has returned to Metro as a part-time adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department. This past summer, she began a contract for the Colorado Parole Board as an administrative hearings officer, conducting Parole Revocation Hearings.

Campbell Bohn Killin Brittan & Ray announces that Jennifer L. Lufman and Martin Cochran have joined the firm as associates.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti welcomes Jack D. Pappalardo, Of Counsel, and Kimberly A. Martin, Kristin K. McCandless, Eric S. Martin and Robert P. Attai as associates in the Denver office.

Godfrey & Lapuyade announced that Stephanie L. Thomas, Ian R. Mitchell and Ray E. Warren have joined the firm as associates.



Margaret Keck has joined Thomas, Pollart, Miller & Wetmore. Telephone is (720) 488-9586.

Becker Bell Racanelli
Wartell Wennogle Woodvine

McGeady Sisneros welcomes Russell W. Dykstra as an associate and Anne K. LaPorta as Special Counsel.

Rosanne M. Hall and Karen J. Mathis are partners at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. Hall will practice commercial law, corporate litigation and represent secured auto lenders and other creditors in bankruptcy matters. Mathis will practice in the areas of estate planning and probate law, as well as business, real estate and transactional law. Mathis is a candidate for President-Elect of the ABA, election to be held in August 2005. Other changes in that firm include the addition of Shelley A. Becker, Shannon M. Bell, Vito A. Racanelli, Daniel A. Wartell, following his clerkship with Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, Daniel C. Wennogle, and Melissa Woodvine as associates.

Dorsey & Whitney welcomes John T. Kennedy as a partner.

Abell Crossett Harvey
Hundhausen Gallagher Goldberg

Holland & Hart has added these partners: Matthew Abell in intellectual property; Jennifer A. Crossett in estate planning, tax and wealth transfer; Shane Harvey in real estate and land use; Arthur Hundhausen in tax; Irene F. Gallagher in employee benefits; Gregory E. Goldberg in commercial and land use litigation, corporate compliance and appellate practice. Paul Phillips is chair of the Management Committee. H&H was ranked the top firm in Denver for associates’ satisfaction in a recent survey by The American Lawyer.

Holly Shilliday
has joined Snell & Wilmer to lead its new bankruptcy practice.

Tamara Pester has left her position as associate counsel at First Data Corporation to launch Counsel Connect, a legal recruiting firm focusing on the permanent placement of attorneys. She can be reached at (303) 350-4720 or


Burns, Figa & Will has expanded with the addition of Merc Pittinos as an associate who will work in environmental and water law areas.


35% of 475 pet owners take their pets to holiday parties, according to an informal survey by Pet Supplies Plus. 14% said they’ve skipped parties because their pets were not invited. (From the Rocky Mountain News, Nov. 15.)


Lisa L. McDaniel has become a shareholder with Katz, Look & Moison.

Lynne Weitzel has formed her own firm and will concentrate on family law. Reach her at (303) 740-7422 or

Benton J. Barton has joined Hall & Evans.

Tom DeVine, Jr. has joined Spies, Powers & Robinson as an associate.

New associates at Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin are Wade Warthen, commercial litigation, and LeeAnn Werbelow, transactional.

David M. Jones has become an associate with Pryor, Johnson, Montoya, Carney & Karr.

Ronald H. Thompson has relocated his practice and office to 4100 E. Mississippi, Suite 1800, in Glendale. Phone: (303) 991-8000 or

Underhill and Underhill has found a new home: 5340 S. Quebec St., Suite 306, in Greenwood Village. Phone (303) 721-7112. Jennifer Elle Tauer has become an associate with the firm.

Gerash Toray & Gerash announces the Eric M. Steiner, M.D., J.D., has joined the firm Of Counsel.

Lyle A. Wallace has joined Minor & Brown as an associate.

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority honors James A. Roberts, general counsel and director, as he leaves after 30 years. Charles L. Borgman has been appointed to take his place.

A new firm name: Sander Ingebretsen Miller & Parish. They wish R. Daniel Scheid the best at his new firm: Lewis, Meyers & Scheid.

Rebecca K. Wagner has joined Kaplan Law as an associate.

Hogan & Hartson welcomes Jacqueline S. "Jacki" Cooper in litigation, Jennifer L. Morris in government regulation and environmental practice, and Richard J. Mattera in corporate, securities and finance, as associates. Robert C. Troyer has joined as a partner.

Blake Pickett and Jason Heep are associates with Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley.

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