Denver Bar Association
June 2005
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Legal Affairs


For the fifth year, a lawyer from Faegre & Benson has won the Burton Award for Legal Writing. Steven D. Zansberg, partner in the intellectual property/media law practice, and Pamela Campos, summer associate, have been named among the 30 winners nationwide. They co-authored Sunshine on the Thin Blue Line: Public Access to Police Internal Affairs Files.

At the recent Colorado Lawyers Committee Annual Luncheon, Gregory B. Kanan
of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons was given the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award.

Kevin Crandell
, a partner with the law firm of Holland & Hart, was inducted into the Space Hall of Fame on April 7, during the annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

Kathleen Negri’s new book Mom, Are You There? offers a unique perspective on Alzheimer’s and caregiving. It is available for purchase at and costs $17.

John Maxfield, partner at Holland & Hart, has become a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Hon. Michael J. Watanabe was honored by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association with its Minoru Yasui Community Award.

Former DBA staffer Dave Ells (public legal education) loves to bike. He was out recently, snapped his rear derailer, and was faced with the prospect of carrying his bike home. Luckily, he was rescued by attorney Jack Levine (himself a confirmed biker), who put Dave’s bike on the car rack, drove him home and even let the dirty, sweaty Dave sit on his leather seats. Good deed!


Former DBA Pres Hubert Farbes was one of the authors of "Justice Center long overdue — vote yes," that ran in the Denver Business Journal.

Still some follow-up articles on advance medical directives following the Schiavo case — a letter by Spencer Crona was in The Denver Post. And, again, thanks to Mark Masters and Carl Glatstein for taking the media calls.

CU Law Prof Paul Campos is a regular columnist for the News and continues to write wonderful articles.

A pro/con in The Post about the felony murder law was done by Pat Furman (fix it) and Dan Grossman (leave it alone).

There was John Moye, standing in his new office, featured in the Business Journal, and talking about aiming to have 50 lawyers in his firm by next year.

Interesting op-ed column by Marie Cocco. Her first graf: "At last we can be sure what defines a ‘judicial activist.’ It is any judge who does not actively pursue the political agenda of the far right."

Kip Shuman had a good interview in The Post about class action suits.

The recall of judges was brought up in the Senate, but quickly quashed. Among those speaking against it were CBA President Steve Briggs and Denver District Judge Cathy Lemon. Steve’s testimony was reprinted in Law Week Colorado. Jim Witwer wrote a nice letter to the editor refuting John Andrew’s column on recalling judges.

Karen Abbott of the News wrote a lengthy and good piece on "runaway juries."

Larry Pozner is among the "class of 2005–06" chosen to write columns in The Denver Post under the banner "Colorado Voices."


The Denver office of the law firm of Perkins Coie is proud to announce that Craig J. Knobbe has joined the firm as an associate in its business/franchise group.

Gary M. Clexton, formerly Of Counsel, has joined the legal family of Miller & Steiert as a shareholder.

The Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber has added Lauren E. Schmidt, Steven W. Wall and Cynthia J. Walls. The firm added Amy Redfern as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Government Relations Group.

Perkins Coie announces that Megan E. Irwin has joined the firm’s national environment and natural resources practice as an associate in Denver.

Timothy R. Olson has joined the Denver office of Jackson Kelly as an associate in its Occupational Safety & Health Group.

Hall & Evans is pleased to announce that Peter C. Middleton has joined the firm as an associate, practicing civil litigation with an emphasis on healthcare matters.

Darling, Bergstrom & Milligan would like to announce that Brandi J. Pummell, formerly of the litigation department of the Office of University Counsel for CU, has joined the firm.

Randy Funk has joined Sherman & Howard’s Denver office as a member in the Business & Real Estate Department.

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Myers Saxon Wittenberg

Wheeler Trigg Kennedy has added Bryan D. Cross, Ben W. Lieberman, Andrew H. Myers, Sean G. Saxon and Katherine W. Wittenberg.

Ambroziak and Associates announces that Joanna C. Kitto, most recently of Perkins Coie, is joining as partner. The firm will be renamed Ambroziak Kitto.


McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter has added two new associates, J. Ryan Kirchoff, whose practice will focus on insurance services, and C. Adam Foster, who joins the defense practice group.

Moye Giles welcomes five new attorneys: Carrie Rodgers is a partner in Litigation; Jennifer Gokenbach, Sara Walsh and Shannon Bell are associates in Litigation; all formerly with McElroy, Deutsch. Leigh Augustine will be Special Counsel.

Joseph F. Bermudez recently joined Cozen O’Connor’s Denver office as a member of the insurance litigation department, and Christopher S. Clemenson joined as an associate. Both formerly practiced at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.

Holland & Hart announces that Mary Tribby, formerly Vice-President and Chief Regulatory
Counsel of AT&T, has joined the firm as Of Counsel and will practice in the litigation department focusing on telecommunications issues.


Ron Ledgerwood sent a note that he’s been serving as the Assistant AG for the State of Yap for the last six months, after three years of teaching at universities in Slovakia and Bulgaria and working with the American law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. You can reach him (Oddly, Ron follows former Denver attorney Joe Sinisi in this job.)


Brian S. Popp has opened his own law office and will continue to focus in the areas of family law, landlord tenant matters, criminal defense and general civil litigation. He can be reached at (720) 225-9135 or by e-mail at He wishes his former partners at Nicholls Nicholls Biles & Bowers the best of success in their new endeavors. James R. Christoph has an office available in Denver for mediations and arbitrations, located at 16th Street and Market.


The Colorado Division of Administrative Hearings is moving from its current location at the Chancery Building in mid-June 2005. They anticipate all hearings scheduled on or after June 23 will take place at the new location, 633 17th St. (17th and California). Hearings will take place in the courtrooms on the 14th floor in the new building. Parties appearing for hearings should go directly to the 14th floor and check in with the security guard there. New mailing address is: Division of Administrative Hearings, 633 17th St., Ste. 1300, Denver 80202. Phone: (303) 866-5789; fax: (303) 866-5909.


John R. "Jack" Kennedy, general counsel for RTD for 20 years, died at age 75 of lung cancer. He was praised for "wisdom and grace under fire …with an incredible legal intellect and instinct."

Spencer I. Brown died in April at age 55. He lived and worked in Denver for more than two decades, before moving to Miami about 18 months ago. Steve Farber was quoted in the Rocky as saying, "What a tragedy. He was a great lawyer. He was very genuine and focused."

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