Denver Bar Association
May 2005
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Legal Affairs


For the second time in three years, the final round of the ATLA regional student mock trial competition came down to the team from DU law school and the other team from DU law school. They’ll compete in West Palm Beach against winners from 15 other regions. Congratulations to both teams and to coach/professor Karen Steinhauser!

The first Chris Miranda Advocacy Institute was held at DU with 18 lawyers and students in this special program targeted to people of color. This is a joint project of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Asian Pacific American Bar, the Colorado Hispanic Bar and the Sam Cary Bar, along with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The program honors the
memory of Chris Miranda, a skilled and compassionate trial lawyer and tireless volunteer.

Beth Klein has been appointed to serve as a Trustee for the Town of Erie. She has also received the NITA Faculty Designation in Martindale-Hubbell based on her high reviews and many public programs taught.

The talented, tap-dancing son of Mary and Steve Phillips, Thaddeus Phillips, was in town a week in March for a show at the Buntport Theater, called "¡El Conquistador!" The Philadelphia Inquirer called his show "funny, clever and fast-paced and polished."

Steven M. Masiello
, of the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, spoke to the National Contract Management Association World Congress 2005, one of the largest annual meetings of government contractors.

CU Prof Charles Wilkinson recently had a reading of his new book, Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations.

Davis Graham & Stubbs is now the exclusive member of Lex Mundi for Colorado. Lex Mundi is a worldwide association of independent law firms that facilitates the exchange of information about the global practice and development of law.

Holland & Hart partner Dennis W. Brown has been elected president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization of the country’s leading defense and plaintiff trial counsel.

Faegre & Benson and Metro Volunteer Lawyers are expanding the successful Denver Post Decree Clinic to Jefferson County. The pro bono program helps the community’s low-income parents modify their original divorce order. Thanks to these volunteers for working in an often-difficult area!

Dan Dunn of HRO and Janet Savage of Davis Graham & Stubbs were named "2005 League of Justice Honorees," by the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.

DU Law hosted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with an audience of 600 students in attendance.


Advanced medical directives have been much in the news. Denver lawyers responded quickly to reporters’ calls — our thanks to Mark Masters, Carl Glatstein, Jennifer Gormley and many others who answered the barrage of questions, went on the radio and TV, wrote pieces for the newspaper. Way to get the good word out!

Former CU Law Dean Gene Nichol has been named president of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Monty Moran, formerly of Messner & Reeves, will take over as president and chief operating officer of Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Former CBA and DBA president Jerry Conover (our most recent DBA senior roastee) was in the news again with his idea of donating Social Security checks that you don’t need, to a foundation aimed at helping children.

Could it get much better than a headline that says, "Lawyer a ‘goddess of law’"? It was by the wonderful James Meadow at the RMN and about the wonderful Kathleen Lord who managed to score two victories in one day. Lord, a public defender, was lauded by many.

Attorney/journalist Andrew Cohen has been shuttling back and forth between California, New York and Colorado covering the Michael Jackson, Terri Schiavo and terror law cases for CBS News and CBS4. His work has been published lately in the LA Times and Denver Post (big piece called "Schiavo was calm eye of the perfect storm" and he said his online legal column "CourtWatch" scored its most-ever hits last month thanks to the Bernard Ebbers and Robert Blake verdicts and the aforementioned stories. You can see his articles at or

Two interesting court stories: One is a pilot project to create a "homeless court" in Denver, with judges and officials trained to deal with their unique experience. Another pilot project is a "model court" which will focus on improving court practices in child abuse and neglect cases. Judge Karen Ashby, presiding judge of Denver Juvenile Court, will lead the project.

Judge John Kane had a good op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled "Personal Safety and Public Justice."

Excellent insert in the Denver Business Journal in March called "Focus on the Law: Under the Dome, Legislators, lobbyists take a look at liability issues."


Rick Thorgren, chief operating officer and general counsel for the Tennyson Center for Children, sent us a long letter praising the volunteer work of Darrell Waas of Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti. Waas was a board member of the center then concluded they needed legal services and went to work. "Darrell has been generous with both his time and his considerable talents … (he) is a wonderful example of what is right about the legal profession."


Brownstein Hyatt & Farber has added four attorneys to its litigation practice: Ryan W. Brackley has joined as Of Counsel; Janet Stansberry Drake, Jennifer S. Taff and Christopher C. Zenisek are associates.

Brackley Drake
Taff Zenisek
Peter W. Ito
has joined Baker & Hostetler as a partner in its Denver office in the Litigation Practice.

Cecil E. Morris has been elected a director/shareholder at Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey. Edward M. Allen has joined as Special Counsel and Bruce A. Fowler has joined as a senior associate.

Cozen O’Connor recently named Brad W. Breslau managing attorney for
its Denver office.

Scott R. Bialecki has become "Of Counsel" with Sheridan Ross where he advises clients on intellectual property, antitrust and Federal Trade Commission matters.

Allen Fowler Morris

Roberts Levin & Patterson, an insurance policyholders’ rights law firm, has named Michael J. Rosenberg a shareholder and Julie Taylor Gilmore an associate of the firm.

Ezekiel (Zeke) J. Williams has joined Faegre & Benson’s Denver office as Special Counsel in the litigation group.

Featherstone DeSisto announces that Carol W. Simon and W. Curtis Graves have become associates.

Davis Graham & Stubbs has expanded its trusts and estates practice with Stephen M. Brainerd, who has joined the firm as a partner.

Jenifer Ross-Amato has joined RTD as an associate general counsel, specializing in employment law. Jenifer chairs the CBA Young Lawyers Division and is formerly
with Davis Graham & Stubbs.

Intellectual property litigator Gregg I. Anderson has joined Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in its Denver office.


Mari Perczak announces the formation of her firm at 4950 S. Yosemite St., Suite F2 #361, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Phone is (303) 547-0755.

It hasn’t moved, but Isaacson Rosenbaum is now just that — a firm with a shorter name. You can still find them at

After 20 years at the same location, Senter Goldfarb & Rice has moved to 1700 Broadway, Suite 1700, Denver, 80290. Jennifer M. Palmer and Eric M. Ziporin are now members of the firm and Harvey Flewelling and Jeff Holappa are associates.

E. James Wilder is excited to announce the opening of his new office. Formerly with Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin, his practice is now at 10200 E. Girard Ave., Suite C255, Denver, 80231; phone (303) 695-6600.


Defense attorney David Joyce, 54, was killed in an auto accident March 24. He was praised by many, in a Denver Post article, for being kind and warm-hearted, and a wonderful lawyer for his clients.

Other DBA members who passed away recently include James T. Hickey, 40, a member since 1987; Graham Susman, 100, a DBA member since 1939, Fred L.Witsell, 72, and Raymond Gengler, 97, a member
since 1946. 

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