Denver Bar Association
April 2005
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Legal Affairs


The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association has chosen two promising law students as the first recipients of the Timothy P. Schimberg scholarship, which recognizes and assists minority students attending law school in the state. CU’s recipient is Diane Lee; DU’s is Derek Blass.

Hunter & Geist donated $3,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in the Bar’s name.

Docket Committee Chair Alicia McCommons and Kutak Rock partner Craig Johnson were married last October. The photo is from their honeymoon — drinks at the famous Bloody Mary’s restaurant on the French Polynesian Island of Bora Bora.

Steve Kaplan and Diane Barrett were appointed by the mayor to co-chair the Denver Zoning Code Task Force. Carolynne White will be a member of
the committee.


At its alumni banquet, CU School of Law honored Stanley Garnett, Robert J. Kapelke, Alice Madden and posthumously, Christopher A. Miranda, for distinguished achievements.

Denver County Court Judge John Marcucci was praised in a Denver Post article.

Denver District Judge John N. McMullen is
presented with the American Board of Trial Advocates’ judicial excellence award by the Honorable Christina Habas, of Denver District Court and president of the Colorado Chapter of ABOTA.

Kenzo S. Kawanabe
of Davis Graham & Stubbs was named to the Rose Community Foundation’s Education Committee.

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association honored all judges and especially U.S. Magistrate Patricia Coan and Denver District Judge John Coughlin at its 20th Judicial Reception.

Huge article in the Style section of The Post on Rep. Terrance Carroll (did you know he has been a police officer and has a divinity degree from Iliff?)

ABOTA: The new executive committee for the American Board of Trial Advocates: President Dennis W. Brown, Vice President Gary Blum, Treasurer Elizabeth A. Starrs, Secretary Stephen W. Wahlberg, Membership Chair Gary M. Jackson.


Steve Farber, founding partner and president of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, had a wonderful column in The Post about his kidney transplant (with the donation from his oldest son) — he’s spreading the word about organ and tissue donations. Best wishes to him.

We’d be remiss in not noting that Craig Silverman and Dan Caplis have been on talk radio shows almost every day and every night regarding the Ward Churchill matter.

Gwen Benevento has been named chief counsel to Gov. Bill Owens. She replaces Cynthia Honssinger, who accepted the position of chief deputy attorney general.


Kevin A. Cudney
and Michael R. McGinnis have become shareholders at Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.

Marc R. Carlson has joined Lambdin & Chaney as Of Counsel.

Eric Dady has been promoted from Senior Attorney to General Counsel of Questar Market Resources.

Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason is pleased to announce the addition of four shareholders to the firm: Ellen E. Stewart, Stephen A. Weinstein, Peter C. Guthery and Stephen P. Rickles. Daniel Lacomis will also be joining the firm as an associate.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons welcomes Michael J. Keenan as an associate.

Craig R. Maginness
has become Of Counsel with Musgrave & Theis after 13 years as a counsel and business executive with Johns Manville. Prior to joining JM, he had been a partner at Sherman & Howard.

Moye Giles welcomes business attorney Corrina A. Kumpe.

William A. Keefe has joined Poulson, Odell & Peterson as a member.

Samuel L. Levy, former managing shareholder of Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy, has joined Greenberg Traurig as a partner.


Townsend and Townsend and Crew have elevated Tom Franklin and Ian Saffer to partner in the Denver office.

Kevin J. Van Donselaar, former deputy D.A. in Adams County, has joined Heckenbach Carlton Ammarell as an associate.

Thomas A. Dougherty has joined Merchant & Gould as an associate.

Darin K. Mangnall is an associate with Charles L. Fife & Associates.

Michael R. Miller has become a shareholder and director of Ireland Stapleton.

Holland & Hart welcomes Evan Randall to the firm’s real estate practice group.

Daniel J. Block has been designated as special counsel to Robinson, Waters & O’Dorisio.

Brian P. Jumps has become a member of Lowe, Fell & Skogg.

Leslie Stratton has become managing partner of Tiemeier Hensen.

Grund & Nelson welcomes Don A. Thorpe to the firm.

Scott A. Clark has been named a shareholder of Burns, Figa & Will.

Kate Mackey
has joined 10 ’til 2 as legal placement director.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Schwartz has joined as an associate in the Denver office and will practice with the firm’s real estate group. 

Brad Hamilton, formerly of the Brad Hamilton Law Firm and, prior to that, VP and General Counsel of Qwest Digital Media, has joined the law firm of Jones & Keller as Of Counsel. 

David A. Greher is an associate with Collins Cockrel & Cole.

McKenna Long & Aldridge announce that Raymond Friedlog, Shayne Madsen, Paul Seby and John Kellogg are partners; Richard Kaufman and John Tatlock are Of Counsel; and Terri Rithner and Ralea Sluga are associates in the corporate and real estate practices.

With the return of Bennett W. Raley, former Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in the Department of the Interior, the firm is now known as: Trout, Raley, Montaño, Witwer & Freeman. Lisa M. Thompson has joined as an associate.

Merry H. Balson, formerly of Gorsuch Kirgis, has become an associate with Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley.

Kristen E. Shillington and Linda S. Kreusel are associates with Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis.

Sherman & Howard welcomes three new attorneys to its Denver office: Matthew J. Hogan, Sarah P. Tasker and Scott P. Dill.

Scott E. Gessler, formerly with Hale Friesen, has joined Hackstaff Law as a partner.

Robert S. Goldstein and Anastasia G. Khokhryakova have joined Hogan & Hartson in the corporate, securities and finance practice group.

David A. Reeves, Donna Kirk and Suzanne S. Goodspeed have all been elevated to partner at Messner & Reeves.


Former Docket gang-member Floy Jeffares and David Whitehead
welcomed daughter Quintry Rebecca Joyce Jeffares-Whitehead in November. Sister Antares, 4, and brothers Leon, Brian, and Shannon are all happy about the new arrival.



John J. Campbell has opened his firm at 4610 S. Ulster St., Ste. 150, Denver, 80237.

After 20 years at the same location, Senter Goldfarb & Rice has moved to 1700 Broadway, Suite 1700, Denver, 80290.

Chandler Law Firm has relocated to 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 265, Englewood, phone (303) 773-0101.
E-mail Kimberley A. Chandler at or Maya W. Monen at

W. Berkeley Mann, will be moving to his new location at 300 Union Blvd. Ste. 102 in Lakewood 80228. The firm welcomes Harvey Flewelling, Jennifer M. Palmer and Eric M. Ziporin.

Andrew Sandomire and Gabriel N. Schwartz have formed The Law Offices of Sandomire & Schwartz at 1055 Logan St., Suite 1508, Denver 80203. Phone: (303) 863-9398.

Jessica L. West and Wil C. Smith have formed Smith & West, 1860 Black St., Suite 420, Denver, 80202. Phone: (303) 391-0100.

Malcolm Murray, Gerald Dahl, Charlie Kuechenmeister and Thad Renaud (all formerly of Gorsuch Kirgis) have formed Murray Dahl Kuechenmeister & Renaud. Patrick Wilson (formerly with Faegre & Benson) has joined the group as special counsel and Carmen Beery (formerly of Gorsuch Kirgis) has joined as an associate. The firm will continue to represent clients in local government, land use, condemnation and other litigation matters. MDKR’s offices are located in the A.H. Root Building, 2401 15th St., Suite 200, near Confluence Park in downtown Denver. Phone: (303) 493-6670.

Patricia Lester Clowdus has formed her firm and is located at 650 S. Cherry St., Suite 850, Denver 80246. Phone: (720) 941-0332.

Troy W. Clarence is a new law office at 4643 S. Ulster St., Suite 800, Denver 80237. Phone is (720) 228-4130 or e-mail

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has opened a Denver office with: James W. Sanderson, William B. Tourtillott, Brian M. Nazarenus, Carolyn F. Burr, David M. Powell and Randall F. Komisarek as shareholders and William H. Caile has joined as an associate. The office is: 1775 Sherman St., 21st floor, Denver 80203. Phone: (303) 863-7500.

Stettner, Miller and Cohn has moved to: Independence Plaza, 1050 17th St., Suite 700, Denver 80265. Phone is (303) 534-0273.



John Scott returned safely home from Iraq recently and was released from active duty with the Marines on February 4. He has teamed up with his lovely bride of 18 years and is now spending most of his professional time selling real estate as a broker and Realtor with the DTC office of Keller Williams Realty.




"David H. Wollins and Jonathan J. Hellman announce that effective, Feb. 1, 2005, they have formed David H. Wollins, P.C. and Jonathan J. Hellman, P.C., respectively, in which they shall continue their practices of law. Although Wollins & Hellman, P.C. has ceased the practice of law, the change is primarily designed to streamline the administrative aspects of their respective practices. David and Jonathan will continue to share office space, collaborate on ideas and achieve excellent results for their clients."



Mort Davis remembers when his former partner Jeff Laski decided to go see the St. Louis Cardinals play in the World Series. When he got there, he told the Cardinal’s management about the critically-ill son of one of his clients and that the boy’s main wish was to see the Cardinals play. They flew the boy and his family out, put them in the management box, and were wonderful to the boy and his family.


Tom Richard Dolven, 46, a products liability attorney who started Dewhirst and Dolven, died in a ski accident in February.

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