Denver Bar Association
March 2005
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Legal Affairs

R.J. Coyle and
John Sadwith

Congratulations to the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, which raised $24,000 for the Red Cross International Response Fund for relief efforts in Tsunami-stricken
south Asia.

Bryan Cunningham, with Morgan & Cunningham and a homeland and national security expert, was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, one of the highest civilian intelligence medals awarded by the U.S.



Michael L. O’Donnell
, chair of Wheeler Trigg Kennedy, is chair-elect of The Network of Trial Law Firms.

Kevin C. Flesch was honored as past president of the Central Visitation Program at a recent fundraising dinner.

From Jack FitzGibbons: "Adrienne and I were married on April 10 at the Denver Country Club. My four kids (two boys/two girls and respective spouses) and her four kids (two boys/two girls and spouses) were in attendance, as well as a couple hundred others. We honeymooned on a cruise through the Mediterranean, ending up in the Greek Isles. It lasted a month."

Kudos to Sun-Young Chi Hendrick, director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network and CBA-YLD Outstanding Young Lawyer.

Neil Oberfeld has joined Rose Community Foundation’s board of trustees.

Cathy Havener Greer, member of Wells, Anderson & Race, was recognized in the University of Oxford executive Education Alumni Bulletin for her contributions to the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.





It was sad news to hear that Gorsuch Kirgis is closing its doors after nearly 60 years service to clients and the community. We salute the firm for what it’s been and we wish the best for everyone as they make a transition to other places.

Lots of stories about Denver’s Chief Judge Jeff Bayless talking about jurors being able to call in to see if they are needed before coming downtown.

David L. Masters was profiled in the ABA’s journal for general, solo and small firm sections. He described himself as a "high tech country lawyer geek." His best advice, from a Montana law school professor was: "Get the money up front, and sometimes your clients will not tell you the truth."


In a column by Tina Griego at the RMN, she talked about help she’s received from Donna Lipinski with some immigration questions.

Kimberlie K. Ryan of The Ryan Law Firm, appears monthly on the 9News Morning Business Segment to discuss employment law issues. The segments usually are available for viewing on at the Mornings@9News link.



Perkins Coie has elected Stephanie E. Dunn and Mary L. Will to partnership.

Charlene Krogh has joined Lewis Meyers & Scheid as an associate.

Wells, Anderson & Race welcomes Sarah E. Smyth and William L. Gagnon as associates. 

KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, has elected John K. Schultz to its partnership.

George Robertie and Adam Moore have joined The Harris Law Firm as associates.


Steven O. Sims
has joined Brownstein Hyatt & Farber as Senior Counsel. He is a former Senior Water Counsel and First Assistant Attorney General for the Water Unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Springman, Braden, Wilson & Pontius welcomes Kristi Bunge and Britten Hale as partners and shareholder.

Jeffrey O. McAnallen has joined Block Markus & Williams as Of Counsel.

Brian L. Martin has joined Duncan, Ostrander & Dingess and his practice will emphasize Eminent Domain and Water Law.


New partners at Baker & Hostetler are: Paul S. Enockson, Paul G. Karlsgodt and D. Rico Munn, all in the Litigation Group. Gregory C. Walsh has joined as an associate.

Enockson Karlsgodt Munn

Davis Graham & Stubbs has named three new partners: Janette L. Ferguson, Victoria V. Johnson and Jonathan W. Rauchway.


Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley announces that Sheryl L. Howe has become a shareholder.

Barbara G. Jensen has become a partner with Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Epstein.









Faegre & Benson announces that Christopher P. Beall, Don D. Cha, Trip DeMuth, Michael A. DeSanctis and Regina M. Rodriguez have become partners in the firm’s intellectual property and litigation groups. Robert G. Lewis and Jeffrey A. Beuche have joined that firm’s energy group.

Timothy Scull has been promoted to shareholder at Merchant & Gould’s Denver office.

Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin is happy to announce that Edie M. Suhr has been made a shareholder.

Rumler Tarbox Lyden Law Corporation is pleased to announce that James A. Jablonski, formerly of Gorsuch Kirgis, has joined the firm as a senior litigator.


John E. Taylor
has joined Dickinson, Prud’homme, Adams & Ingram.

Socha, Perczak, Setter & Anderson announces that Jeanette S. Elrich, Griffith A. Kundahl, Jennifer L.B. Brockel and Thomas A. Clark have joined the firm as associates.



Sherman & Howard announces the election of Greg Densen, Jeff Kesselman, Patrick Scully, Scott Shaver and Brian Zall to membership.





Holland & Hart welcomes Kelly Dickson Cooper to the firm’s estate planning and wealth transfer practice group, and Diego Hunt to Torts and Insurance Practice. Rebecca Dow is the new practice group manager of the firm’s Real Estate practice group. John Maxfield is new manager of the Tax practice group.

Todd L. Vriesman has joined Montgomery, Kolodny, Amatuzio & Dusbabek as Of Counsel; Max K. Jones, Jr. and Brooke H. Woodward are associates.

The Hustead Law Firm announces that Byeongsook Seo, formerly with Gorsuch Kirgis, has joined the firm.

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell announces that W. Berkeley Mann, formerly a partner with Senter Goldfarb & Rice, has joined as Special Counsel; Reid B. Betzing is an associate.

Amy E. Cook-Olson and William J. Searfoorce, Jr. have become shareholders of Montgomery Little & McGrew.

Benson & Case has added business attorney Ronnie Fisher to its staff.


New associates at Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert are: Brian T. Rodeno, Katherine A. Roek and Michelle B. Roche.

Zachary E. McCabe is an associate with Ogborn, Summerlin & Ogborn.

Lindsay Unruh is an associate with Hoffman Reilly Pozner & Williamson.

Hogan & Hartson welcomes Scott McInnis, former U.S. Representative of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, and Bill Ritter, former District Attorney, as partners. Stuart M. Altman has been elevated to counsel and Scott A. Berdan to partner.

Charles F. Brega, Eric B. Liebman, Stuart N. Bennett, Scott T. Rodgers and Patrick G. Compton have joined Lindquist & Vennum.

Burg Simpson announces new associates: Stephen M. Johnson, Max Yefimenko, Stuart Jay, Joanne Rupprecht.

Cyrus Rajabi has joined Jones & Keller as an associate.

David K. Isom has joined the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder.

Dudley P. Spiller and Heather Hawker, formerly partners with Gorsuch Kirgis, have joined Pearson, Horowitz, Poskus & Burnett. Kristin R. Hanson has also joined.

James W. Faber, formerly of Hall & Evans, has joined Dufford & Brown as a director.

Jackson Kelly announces these additions: Trisha L. Culp and Roger T. Williams as associates, Michael P. Matthews and David A. Thayer, as Counsel.


Walters & Joyce has become Walters Law Firm, with former DBA President Bill Walters and Julia T. Waggener, Of Counsel. The firm remains at 2015 York St., with new e-mails: and The firm "extends its best wishes to Craig D. Joyce who joins Fairfield and Woods."

Barbara Quade has moved her law and mediation office to: 9090 S. Ridgeline Blvd. Ste. 105, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129. Phone: (303) 987-1127.

New firm: Reinhardt & Podjasek, 3551 S. Monaco Pkwy., Suite 195, has been formed and will provide services in the areas of general business law, taxation, estate and asset protection planning, intellectual property licensing and real estate.

Hugh Pixler announces the formation of The Law Office of Hugh S. Pixler. He will continue to specialize in employment law and litigation. The office is at 410 17th St., Ste. 1300; phone: (303) 892-0900.

After "19 years as a Deputy and Chief Deputy District Attorney with the 18th J.D. Attorney’s office," Richard Bloch has formed his own firm, 600 S. Cherry St., Ste. 305. Phone: (303) 321-5850.

Catherine Olson Brown has formed her own firm and will concentrate on immigration law. Reach her at (303) 322-2117 or

Wishing friend and partner Robert Lewis the best with his new firm, the new name is: Ducker, Montgomery & Aronstein, One Civic Center, 1560 Broadway, Ste. 1400; phone (303) 861-2828.


Winston Wolvington, 81, a judge for 16 years, noted for his fairness and sense of humor, died in late January. He and his wife traveled extensively and volunteered for many years with the Colorado Mountain Club.

William R. Ross, 75, a member of the CBA and DBA since 1968 and a former member of the International Law Section, died in January.


Michael and Michelle Gates are the proud new parents of a son, Nicholas, born Dec. 15, 2004, at 12:49 p.m. He was 6 lbs., 11 oz., and 20 in. long. All are doing well. Michael is the vice-chair of the DBA Young Lawyers Division.

Just for Laughs

From David Erickson: In February, we flew to Ft. Lauderdale where we
rented a car and drove down the Florida Keys through beautiful weather and lovely scenery. In Key West, we arranged for a room in a small hotel, "Authors," persistently called "Arthur’s" by the locals. We asked the proprietor if many authors stayed at the hotel and she said not many, and the ones that did come were rather odd. We rented ancient
bicycles to tour the city and visited all of Ernest Hemingway’s haunts, including his favorite bar, Sloppy Joe’s.

We chartered a floatplane and flew south over clear, shallow waters to the Dry Tortugas, where we hoped to snorkel among the reefs of these barren islands. However, strong winds and choppy waters thwarted the plan, so we toured the remnants of a gigantic Civil War fort before flying back to Key West.

In search of the perfect spot for "high wine," we located a pier at the southernmost part of the city providing an unobstructed view of the setting sun. A large sign said it was "Open to the Public," so we locked our bikes and ascended two flights of stairs to the main level. Here we found ourselves in the middle of a large outdoor bar surrounded by nude people. We made a hasty descent after Jeanne pointed out the camera in front of us, and the small sign that said we were on the Internet, live-stream.

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