Denver Bar Association
November 2005
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Legal Affairs



Robert F. Hill
, CU Law Class of 1970, received the University of Colorado School of Law’s highest alumni honor during the Back-to-Boulder Homecoming celebration in October. The William Lee Knous Award recognizes outstanding achievement and sustained service to the law school. 

Philip Johnson (Outstanding Alumni Award), Linda Olson (Alumni Professionalism Award) and Prof. Jan Laitos (Excellence in Teaching Award)were honored at the DU Law Stars dinner in September.

Jerry Malman accepted a seat on the board of directors of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel.

Donald K. Bain received the Doak Jacoway Award for Volunteer of the Year from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law celebrated the "topping off" of the new $46 million Wolf Law Building in September as the last beam was placed on top of the structure. Nancy and John Wittemyer donated $1 million to the construction. The building is expected to be completed in June 2006.

Nancy and John Wittemeyer


Robert A. Weiss, president of Alyn-Weiss & Associates, Inc., has been appointed to the core marketing committee of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association.

Michael S. Burg has been appointed to the State Liaison Committee in the Vioxx Products Liability Multi-District Litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

David Bost has been selected as a co-Exemplary partner by the Colorado Association of Partners in Education (CAPE) for his outstanding work with the Denver Public Schools.

Arnold & Porter was named to Working Mother’s "100 Best Companies" 2005 list.

Cozen O’Connor hosted the Rocky Mountain Subrogation Workshop at the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center. Denver attorneys Brad W. Breslau, Richard R. Rardin, Sarah E. Killeen, Joseph F. Bermudez, Christopher S. Clemenson, Thomas M. Dunford and Jennifer A. Poynter were presenters.

According to The American Lawyer’s "2005 Pro Bono Report," Holland & Hart has the highest rate of pro bono participation in the country.

Correction: Nine Denver attorneys won the Denver Business Journal’s "Forty under 40" award. David Wm. Foster, of Foster Graham & Calisher, was inadvertently omitted from the list.


The Docket is featured on for Judge John Kane’s 2002 article, "GOLF: Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden."


Michael Beatty
was highlighted in a article as one of only a few corporate counsel to have argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Sherman & Howard attorney, Paul McCue, wrote an article on the Americans with Disabilities Act for the Denver Business Journal.

The Denver Post featured a story about Bob and Doris Truhlar’s daughter, Holly, who was injured in 2004 while trying to stop a drunk student from driving. A year later, Holly is recovering and hopes to study law.

Stern and Elkind made the news because of their firm’s soiree invite, which featured a photo of Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo on the cover above this line: "He’s Not Invited To Our Open House." The inside continued, "But You Are. Please join Stern and Elkind as we celebrate 20 years of practice in immigration law."

Jennifer Harvey Weddle made Julia C. Martinez’s "Affairs of State" column about the Ute Indians private voting rights. Said Weddle: "We’re working to ensure access to voting for native people. The possibility of new voting machines is really exciting."

Docket chair Daynel Hooker, a Louisiana native, was featured in The Post after waiting for more than a week to hear from missing family members: "My mom called me screaming, telling me that they’d found them alive and I cried. It was a tremendous roller

Michael S. Burg was interviewed on Fox 31’s Good Day Colorado in response to the August 19, 2005 Texas Vioxx verdict. On the same topic, he was quoted in the Rocky Mountain News, Salt Lake Tribune, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, as well as on Channel 7, Channel 4, and Channel 9’s nightly news programs.

You heard it here first: Last month we highlighted Andrew J. Field’s book, Mainliner Denver: The Bombing of Flight 629. The Denver Business Journal did a two-page spread on Field’s book.



Holland & Hart announces that Musu Brooks, a former clerk for Justice Kourlis and Justice Coats, has joined the firm as an associate in the Denver Tech Center office.

Thomas J. Osborne, Jr.
and Brad J. Hattenbach, both registered patent attorneys, have joined Hensley Kim & Edgington as part of the firm’s intellectual property practice. Isaac T. Warren has joined the firm’s corporate practice. Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, is pleased to announce that Jay W. Philp, Anna P.B. Mallett and Cara D. Hinshaw have joined the firm as associates.




Jester and Gibson, is pleased to announce the addition of Sunny L. Craig, who will be assisting the firm with matters of civil litigation and real estate law.

Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla & Sloane, is pleased to announce that David S. Woodruff has joined the firm, emphasizing in medical malpractice and serious personal injury litigation.

Timothy Odil and Stephanie Eppler Giese have joined McKenna Long & Aldridge as associates.

Moye White, named James Burghardt as Managing Partner, replacing John Moye, who will step down to dedicate more time to his corporate legal practice and business development for the firm.  

Sean M. McDermott has become a member of McDermott, Hansen & McLaughlin, after nearly seven years as a Deputy Public Defender in El Paso, Pueblo and Arapahoe Counties.


Barbara McDonnell, vice president for Legal Affair and Vocational Education Administration at the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), has been named CCCS executive vice president.

Hogan & Hartson announces the addition of long-time Colorado government relations specialist Virginia Morrison Love.


Jennifer Bippus
has joined Snell & Wilmer as an associate.

Greg R. Lindsay has joined Montgomery Little & McGrew, as an associate, continuing his litigation practice, with an emphasis on
construction claims, representing
contractors and engineers, insurance coverage disputes, and professional negligence claims.

Brent D. Chicken has joined Poulson, Odell & Peterson as an associate. 

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is pleased to announce that Seth A. Katz, formerly of Seeger Weiss LLP in New York, has joined the firm as a shareholder. Steven G. Greenlee and James G. Gaspich have joined the firm as Special Counsel.



Elizabeth J. Dietrich
has reopened eJD Search, a legal recruiting and consulting company. eJD Search’s focus is the permanent placement of attorneys with premier firms and
corporations in Colorado. Libby is happy to be back working with attorneys here in Denver (and around the country). Call (303) 634-2200 or visit

N. Nora Nye is pleased to announce the formation of Nye & Associates, LLC, which will focus on employment, labor, social security disability, and privacy law. 1556 Williams St., Ste. 201 Denver, 80218-1635. Phone: (303) 399-4420; e-mail:

Diane Hartman, former Director of Communications for the CBA and DBA, didn’t stay retired long. She and Fred Brown, longtime editor, chief of the Capitol Bureau and political columnist for The Denver Post, have formed a consulting firm, Hartman and Brown. Check out Good luck to them!


James Henry Mosley, passed away Sept. 10 at the age of 87. A Colorado native, he practiced law for more than six decades, earning his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Denver.

Donna Arthur died last December, she was 49. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado and was involved in the Environmental and Water Law Sections of the CBA.


Kawanabe Kids

Aya June Kawanabe was born to Kenzo and Irene on Sept. 21. She was 21 inches, 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

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