Denver Bar Association
December 2005
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Legal Affairs

Most of the following may be true; some partially correct; some may be slightly libelous. We feel certain you’ll let us know.

The photos in November’s Docket were not up to par. An attempt by our printer to be more eco-friendly with a new ink setting resulted in images that were too dark. They apologize. See The Docket online ( to view last month’s photos with more clarity.



Julie C. Tolleson of King & Greisen has been named the 2005 Professional Woman of the Year by the Colorado Business Council, Colorado’s gay and lesbian Chamber of Commerce. 

The president of the American Judges Association has appointed Hon. Mary Celeste to the six-person executive committee for the AJA. She is a
current member of their board of

Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine kicked off its year-long "Buildable Hours Campaign" in October, when eight Burg Simpson shareholders and employees spent their Saturday building a home with Habitat for Humanity for a local family.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers from Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine.

The national firm of Faegre & Benson donated $200,000 toward the University of Colorado School of Law’s new Wolf Law Building. 



Attorneys Kevin P. Hein and Jeffrey A. Brimer were the only two lawyers in Colorado
recognized by their peers on a list of the country’s top franchise lawyers published by the franchising industry’s leading trade magazine, Franchise Times in April 2005.



Attorney Daniel W. Patterson, a founding shareholder of Denver law firm Roberts Levin & Patterson, will be listed in the 12th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for personal injury litigation. The latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America® will include six lawyers from Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons LLP: Mike Sullivan — Alternative Dispute Resolution; Fred Baumann — Commercial Litigation; Tennyson Grebenar — Banking; Greg Kanan — Commercial Litigation; Jim Lyons — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Jim Walker — Tax Law.



Holland & Hart was ranked twentieth of the top 50 law firms in marketing and communications by Marketing The Law Firm

Snell & Wilmer associate attorney Adam Vela has been named general counsel at Cimarex Energy Company.

The attorneys of Benson & Case would like to thank their staff and families for helping run a water station during The Race for the Cure on Oct. 2.

Four law firms are among the 30 companies named as finalists in the Denver Business Journal’s Best Places to Work program: Greenberg Traurig; Musgrave & Theis; Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons; Wheeler Trigg Kennedy.

Penfield Tate, a partner in Trimble, Tate, Nulan & Evans, and a former state legislator, was appointed to the Denver Water Board on Tuesday by Mayor John Hickenlooper.


The DBJ profiled Otten Johnson Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti in recognition of 20 years of practice.

Keith Trammel was named in the Rocky Mountain News for his role in planning "Brew at the Zoo."

An article by reporter Howard Pankratz in The Post featured Colorado Trial Lawyers Association president, Murray Ogborn’s message about the myth of frivolous lawsuits in the U.S.

The Villager wrote about David Frosh, who plans to run for mayor of Centennial.

Cathy Krendl was quoted in the RMN about LoDo condo plans: "The question is, can this city afford to make it easy to remove historical boundaries?"

David Kaplan was featured in a Post article, "Defender wins praise for
handling of office."

In The Post’s "Seen" column, Karen Leaffer was named for presenting a check to the Center for Women’s Health Research.

Steve Farber was featured in the RMN for founding the Transplant Foundation to boost the number of people who register to donate their organs.

A Post editorial quoted David Fine in a commentary on Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers.

The DBJ’s "Power Book" highlighted the accomplishments of the following attorneys: Tom Strickland, Robert Bach, Harold Haddon, William Leone, Jim Leventhal, David Little, Mitch Morrissey, John Suthers, Penfield Tate and Mark Williams.

The Post featured an interview with Rick Kornfeld, who represents Richard Ness in a case alleging environmental crimes in Indonesia.




Marian C. "Mimi" Larsen has joined the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge as an associate attorney.




Heather Bias, Ryan C. Carson, Oleh L. Sniezko and Margaret D. Wilson have joined Snell & Wilmer as associates.

Fran Fontana and Sarah Quinlan are pleased to announce the addition of Kari Moreno as an associate at Fontana & Associates




Merchant & Gould, and Welsh & Katz, a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm, announced that they will merge, effective Jan. 1. The combined firm, Merchant Gould Welsh & Katz, will have more than 160 attorneys and six offices located in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Seattle and Washington, DC.



Lambdin & Chaney, is pleased to announce the addition of three associates: Laura Trask Schneider, Mark Honhart and Richard Ferro.

William T. Slamkowski has joined Hensley Kim & Edgington in the real estate and litigation practice groups.

The Harris Law Firm announced the addition of Margaret E. Walker as an associate.

Joan Burleson has joined the firm of Darling, Bergstrom & Milligan.








Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to announce five new associate attorneys: Jaclyn Casey, Jessica Grether, Lydia Holzman, Miro Kovacevic, and Alex Myers. Joel Fry and Edward Gleason have been named partners of the firm.

Jason Melichar
, formerly of Davis Graham & Stubbs, joined Cozen O’Connor as an associate in the insurance department.



Pamela A. Sillars
has joined Brownstein Hyatt & Farber as a legislative consultant in the firm’s government relations group. Three new attorneys have joined the firm: Kyle M. Hall, Eric S. Martin, and Jonathan G. Pray.


Isaacson Rosenbaum has added former State Sen. Mike Feeley and State Rep. Terrance Carroll.




Hill and Robbins is pleased to announce that Jennifer H. Hunt has become a shareholder, Avi S. Rocklin is Of Counsel on a full-time basis, and Ingrid C. Barrier, formerly of the Denver District Attorney’s Office, has joined as an associate.

Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin is pleased to announce that Carleigh L. Elkus and Andrew J. Gibbs have joined the firm’s litigation department as associates.

Kathryn (Katie) A. Reilly has joined Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley as a litigation associate.


Hogan & Hartson announced that Michael Theis has joined the firm as a litigation partner in the firm’s Denver office.



Hackstaff Gessler is pleased to announce that Hugh C. Thatcher and John T. Snow have joined the firm.

Faegre & Benson added two associates: Brandee Caswell and Molly McCoy

Featherstone DeSisto is pleased to announce the addition of two new associates, Nicole M. Larsen and Rebecca A. Savage, to the team.

Montgomery Little & McGrew proudly announces that Katrina A. Skinner has joined the firm as an associate.


Sean Moynihan
has finished his clerkship for Judge Arthur P. Roy of the Colorado Court of Appeals, and now is working as an assistant attorney general in the criminal appeals unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Molly A. Allen
and Allan R. Mena have joined The Hustead Law Firm.


The October issue of The Docket represented that Terrance R. Kelly is the incoming president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is not. Four years ago, Mr. Kelly excused himself to go to the bathroom during a meeting of the Colorado Chapter of the AAML, and was elected the chapter’s treasurer during his absence. Since then, he has been funneled through the various chapter offices until his recent installation as chapter president. Tribute mistakenly sent to Mr. Kelly has been sold and the proceeds retained for a rainy day.


Reid J. Elkus and Donald C. Sisson are pleased to announce the formation of Elkus & Sisson, P.C., specializing in general civil litigation, criminal defense, family law, landlord/tenant, personal injury, employment and business law. Address is 1444 Blake St., Denver 80202. Phone: (303) 567-7981/7982; website:

The Law Offices of Sandomire and Schwartz have relocated to 662 Grant St., Denver 80203. Phone: (303) 863-9398; Fax: (303) 831-9374; website:

Hatch & Moschetti has changed its name to Hatch Jacobs with the addition of Jill M. Jacobs as a member and Gary C. Moschetti as counsel to the firm. Harvey L. Kramer has also joined the firm, which has relocated to 950 17th St., Ste. 1700, Denver 80202. Phone: (303) 298-1800; Fax: (303) 298-1804; website:

Don, Hiller & Galleher has changed its name to Don, Galleher & Saliman. The firm congratulates David L. Hiller on his appointment as State Issues Counsel to Sen. Ken Salazar.


Noah Rubright passed away after a tragic fall Oct. 1, while he and his wife, Amy, were vacationing in Italy. He received a dual J.D./M.B.A degree from CU in 2003 and was most recently working for the University of Colorado Real Estate Foundation. He was 35.

Long-time CBA/DBA member, Arthur T. Smith, died Oct. 8. He was 96. Mr. Smith was a member of the CBA Natural Resources & Energy Law Section.

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