Denver Bar Association
January 2006
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Legal Affairs



Rodney C. Atherton
, a partner at Snell & Wilmer, has been appointed to the Board of Governors for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC).

David Erickson’s latest article, "Two Alternatives to Litigation: An Introduction to Arbitration and Mediation" has been accepted for publication in The Dispute Resolution Journal, the flagship publication of the American Arbitration Association. The article was co-authored by Peter Geoffrey Bowen, Ph.D.

Dan McAuliffe, deputy director for the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, was the legal advisor to Commander and Lt. Gen. Russel Honore during


Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He received the Joint Service Achievement Medal from the Secretary of Defense for his service.

Kevin Hein has been appointed to a position on the Supplier Forum Advisory Board, a panel of the International Franchise Association (IFA).


Colleen Faddick, a partner in Faegre & Benson’s health care group, was named by Nightingale’s Healthcare News as one of 15 outstanding young healthcare lawyers in the country. 


Jeffrey A. Brimer has been elected president of the Colorado Lawyers for the Arts (CoLA).




Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Michael Carrigan was selected as a 2006 Marshall Fellow.


Carol Warnick was elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).



Robert T. Connery
will be the next president of the Holland & Hart Foundation.

Richard M. Krumbein has been elected a U.S. director of the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association (USMBA).

Julie Herzog was a finalist in the Mile Hi Leaders category in the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Awards. 


Cozen O’Connor members Joseph F. Bermudez and Brad W. Breslau, and associates Christopher S. Clemenson and Jason Melichar conducted two three-hour seminars on claims-handling ethics at the Zurich North America Care Center in Colorado Springs for approximately 40 claims representatives from eight states.

Retired District Court Judge John W. Coughlin was awarded the 2005 Colorado Judicial Institute Judicial Independence Award.

Colorado CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, gave awards to two Judicial Department employees: Magistrate Kathleen Janski, CASA Judge of the Year; and Theresa Spahn, Child Advocate of the Year.

Bayless & Dennis W. Brown, partner in Holland & Hart

The Colorado Chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) presented its Judicial Excellence Award to Chief Judge Jeffrey Bayless, of the Denver District Court.

Former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Erickson, has established an annual scholarship
benefiting students at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The Erickson family donated a lead gift of $100,000 to establish a charitable annuity trust in honor of Justice Erickson’s father, Arthur X. Erickson.

Hubert Farbes was appointed to the board of Denver Health and Hospital Authority by Mayor Hickenlooper.


Judge John Kane’s favorite holiday toasts were highlighted in The Denver Post: "Here’s to those who wish us well, and those who don’t can go to …" and "May you be buried in a coffin made of solid oak, whose acorn we plant a hundred years from today."

A Post story on "Puggles" (that’s a pug-beagle mix) mentioned Valeri Pappas, who’s on a waiting list to receive a pup.

Leonard Frieling, chair of the CBA’s criminal law section, was quoted in the Wisconsin Gazette regarding Colorado’s "Make My Day" law.

Kimberlie Ryan was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about workplace "English-Only" rules. Said Ryan: "It’s not about whether people should learn English. It’s about not using language as a weapon of harassment."

The Post’s "Style" section featured a few lawyers: Dennis Jackson, who attended a prelude to the Denver Debutante Ball honoring the women who have chaired it; KC Veio at the Denver Public Library’s Booklover’s Ball; Norm Brownstein, at the Opera Colorado’s "Night in Seville"; Jim Leonard at the Red Wagon Ball; and Retired Judge Bob Fullerton’s at the L’Esprit de Noel to benefit Central City Opera.

Brian Leitch, partner at Arnold & Porter, was profiled in the Post’s Sunday business section.

The Denver Business Journal featured Moye White’s "Bulldogs in the Rockies" program, which seeks to place undergrads from Yale in summer internships in Denver.

Judge James Breese’s photo was in the Rocky Mountain News for attending the "Wings Over the Rockies" men’s event.

A RMN story, "Family of attorneys keeping water flowing to community" featured the Akolt family, four generations of lawyers to represent the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Co.

A RMN story about the "order of the exhausted roosters," a group of retired businessmen, mentioned David Fogel as "one of the youngest in
the room."

Bradley N. Shefrin wrote an article about employment laws for the DBJ.


Jennifer C. Alldredge has joined Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio as an associate attorney in the family
law group.

Zachary C. Warzel has joined Roberts Levin & Patterson as an associate.

Block Markus & Williams is pleased to announce that Donald Dean Allen, formerly Of Counsel with Holland & Hart, has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

Kelly K. Calocci has joined legal staffing service Special Counsel as a Placement Director.

Charles Liken has become HR Director & General Counsel with Anctil Business Solutions, Inc.

Cynthia Treadwell-Miller and Brian C. Proffitt have joined Foster, Graham & Calisher.

Wells, Anderson & Race is pleased to announce that Tanya T. Light has become an associate and David G. Mayhan has become a member.













Holland & Hart is pleased to announce the additions of Vivian Barrios, Griffen Bishop, Becky Bye, Jocelyn Campanaro, Sam Edwards, Daniel Harpole, Melissa Martin, Chelsea May, Anthony Navarro, Dan Pabon and Shana Pennington.






Anthony M. Ryan
and Andrew J. Hayden have joined the Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin’s transactional department as associates.

Benson & Case is pleased to welcome Larry Jacobs as a partner.

Rebecca W. Watson, former assistant secretary for lands and mineral management at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), has joined Hogan & Hartson as a partner.

Grund & Nelson congratulates Trenton J. Ongert on passing the Bar and welcomes him as an associate.









Brownstein Hyatt & Farber announces the addition of six new attorneys: Andrew C. Elliott, Neil M. Goff, Rikard D. Lundberg, Carleton H. Hutchins, Carey R. Gagnon and Ashley B. Wingfield.


Kidneigh & Kaufman is pleased to announce that Nevin A. Seeger is now Of Counsel to the firm, and will specialize in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation.

Jaudon & Avery is pleased to announce that S. Jane Mitchell has become a partner.Philip diZerega has joined the Patent Law Offices of Rick Martin as an associate.Susan Graham Barnes and Dawn-Carole Harris have joined Socha, Perczak, Setter & Anderson as associates.

Lee Katherine Goldstein has joined Lindquist & Vennum.

Niccole L. Brennan has joined Cage Williams Abelman & Layden.

Matthew J. Casebolt has joined Rumler Tarbox Lyden as an associate.

Andrew J. Schwartz, Anna P.B. Mallett, Jay W. Philp and Cara D. Hinshaw have joined Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti.




Donald C. Sisson
and Reid J. Elkus formerly of Senn Visciano Kirschenbaum Merrick, P.C., are pleased to announce the formation of Elkus & Sisson, P.C., a litigation practice specializing in criminal defense, family, complex commercial, corporate and personal injury law. 

Stern and Elkind announces that, after 9 years as an associate and partner in the firm, Emily J. Curray is taking an enhanced role as named partner of the firm. As of Jan. 1, the firm will be known as Stern Elkind & Curray LLP.

Lathrop & Gage will open an office in Denver. Joining the new office as partners are Phillip S. Lorenzo, Gregory S. Brown, Michael J. Roche, and Michael G. Martin. Keith Ray joins as Of Counsel.

Kim Willoughby and John Eckelberry have formed Willoughby & Eckelberry, LLC, a practice emphasizing domestic relations law.

Karuschkat Law, P.C. has moved up in the Riverpoint Building to 2300 15th St., Ste. 425, Denver 80202. Katherine, Kelley, Lacey and Candice are jazzed to announce Ann Sussman has joined their legal ensemble.


The Semi-retired’s Breakfast Club met for the second time at Racine’s on Nov. 21. In attendance were: Marshall Snider, Marla Williams, Barb Salomon, Nancy McConnick, Wick Downing, Mary Phillips, Arlene Abady, Diane Hartman and Joan McWilliams. There was much too much laughter for such a serious group. If you’d like to get on the e-mail invite list, contact Diane (the mom) at or (303) 832-5758.


Lawrence M. Henry died Oct. 25, at the age of 90, after a long illness. A Denver native, he attended Manual High School, and Regis College and earned a law degree in 1939 from the University of Denver Law School. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1940 and was known as the "Baby Legislator," the youngest person elected to the Colorado Legislature. He was U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and was with the law firm of Atler and Zall for several years.

Richard L. Schrepferman died Nov. 7. He attended the Denver Public Schools and graduated from East High School in 1946. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1950 and from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1953. Richard practiced law in Denver with the law firm of Holme Roberts and Owen where he specialized in commercial litigation.


Jory Anna Guelzow was born Oct. 30 to Kim Willoughby and Jon Guelzow. Jory was 6 lbs., 8 oz. and 18.5 in.

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