Denver Bar Association
September 2006
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Legal Affairs

by Stacy Chesney


Five attorneys and one staff member from Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti rode one of The Triple Bypass, a 122-mile endurance feat that takes riders from Evergreen to Avon and over three mountain passes. Participants were: Todd Fredrickson, Steve Segal, Jim Ellenberger, Jay Philp, Cheryl Malcolm and Eric Morcom. They raised $1,085 for Rebuilding Together Metro Denver.

Denver Probate Court Presiding Judge C. Jean Stewart received an Angel Award for her volunteer work with students at East High School. She also was honored at the first annual University of Denver Law Review alumni banquet. In the 1970s, she was the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the Denver Law Review.

Bruce A. Montoya Richard K. Kornfeld Barbara Johnson-Stern

Bruce A. Montoya, partner at Messner & Reeves, has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Richard K. Kornfeld, who is defending a Newmont Mining Corp. executive accused of pollution in Indonesia, has been inducted into the International Criminal Court.

Barbara Johnson-Stern has been elected to the board of directors of the Arapahoe County Bar Association.

Holland & Hart was ranked among the top 10 firms in the nation based on pro bono participation according the The American Lawyer's 2006 Pro Bono Report.

Ken Broda-Bahm Robert Keatinge Vance O. Knapp

Ken Broda-Bahm was named president of the American Society of Trial Consultants.

Robert Keatinge co-authored the recently-published Keatinge and Conaway on Choice of Business Entity.  

John Zakhem of Doyle Zakhem Suhre & Lilly has recently been re-elected as chairman of the State Personnel Board. 

G. Stephen Long, managing partner at Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, won the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s "Case of the Year" award for his work on Bass v. Richards, a First Amendment case involving the right to political speech.

Vance O. Knapp has accepted a position on the Law Alumni Board of the University of Colorado Law School.

Sheldon E. Friedman, a shareholder with Isaacson Rosenbaum has written The Litigator's Guide to Electronic Evidence and Technology.

Liane Heggy has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Foundation for Public Health & the Environment.  

Tara L. Dunn, an associate at Hogan & Hartson, was cited by the Delaware Supreme Court in its June 8 opinion, In re The Walt Disney Company Derivative Litigation, 2006 WL 1562466, *24 (Del. June 8, 2006).

Denver CASA Summer Sizzler at bd's mongolian barbeque raised more than $900! Thanks to Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison and Lewis; Beth Karshmer; Mary Jo Gross, Ben Hamilton (Denver Broncos); Chad Brown (Seattle Seahawks); Commander Deborah Dilley from DPD — District 6; Councilwoman Jeanne Robb; Sportscaster Steve Gottsgaen; Sports Agent Peter Schaffer; Matt and Jeny Crouch; Kathleen M. Brady, and Randy and Norma Moore from DCPA; and Kathy Lee of Lewis and Floorwax.

Robert Zupkus, principal of Zupkus & Angell, was elected vice chair to the Officers Committee of the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division committees.


Bill Keating and wife, Mary, were named in The Denver Post’s "Seen" section for attending the Memories in the Making Art Auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Also "Seen" were Tom Strickland at the Mizel Museum’s annual dinner and Marla Williams at the American Jewish Committee event to honor Wells Fargo chief Tom Honig.


Shari Willis, with Bachus & Schanker, gave a gift of hope to children suffering from physical and mental disabilities when she donated more than $120,000 in assets from the non-profit Katlyn’s Hope, to Challenge Aspen.

Shari Willis Angela DeVine Davina C. Maes Jennifer L. Thompson


Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll is proud to announce Paul W. Scott has been elected to partner in the firm.

Messner & Reeves announces new partners Matt Groves, Randal Kirk and Michael Skorupka. New associates are Mike Mills, Amy Van Vurst, Sarah Niemic, Rob Hinckley, Stefanie Bennett, Michelle Harden, Jennifer Divine, Frank Debick, Valerie Bromley and Denise Clem.

Moye White is proud to announce that attorney Angela DeVine has joined the firm’s Litigation Group.

Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Davina C. Maes has joined the firm as an associate.

Netzorg McKeever Koclanes & Bernhardt is pleased to announce that Kevin L. Opp has joined the firm as an associate.

Jennifer L. Thompson has joined Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine as an associate practicing medical malpractice, pharmaceutical, and medical device mass tort litigation.

Ridley, McGreevy & Weisz is pleased to announce that Darlene A. Bagley has joined the firm.

Gail D. Zirkelbach John L. Watson

Jackson Kelly is proud to announce that Gail D. Zirkelbach has joined as Counsel.

Steven Abelman, name partner at Cage Williams Abelman, joined Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.

Thomas E. Hames left his position with Overturf and McGath in September 2005 to join the staff counsel office of Travelers Insurance Company, Ray Lego and Associates, located at I-25 and Orchard.

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that John L. Watson has joined the firm as a shareholder.


Commercial litigator Carlos Leal has been named special counsel to Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio.

Colorado’s former purchasing director, Richard Pennington, has been named of counsel to McKenna Long & Aldridge’s government contracts practice group.

Lee Lindsay, formerly senior vice president of the legal/claims practice for Aon Financial Services Group in Denver has transferred to London to assume the role of director of the legal/claims for Aon's worldwide D&O practice.

Richard Pennington Melinda M. Beck

Grund & Nelson is pleased to announce that Bruce B. McLarty has joined the firm as of counsel to continue his construction, commercial, and insurance litigation practice.

Melinda M. Beck, a leading authority on land use and conservation issues, has joined Faegre & Benson’s real estate practice group as special counsel.

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

Steve Farber was elected to the corporate board of Citywide Banks.

Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin is pleased to announce that Jon F. Sands has been added as a named shareholder. The firm name will be Fisher, Sweetbaum, Levin & Sands, P.C.


To announce the move from their more humble Golden Triangle surroundings to 17th St., the folks at Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher created a snappy video to announce the change of venue. Take a look at They also got a mention in Penny Parker’s column in the Rocky.

Holland & Hart produced a TV show called "Business Class," a branded entertainment piece spotlighting innovative Rocky Mountain companies, to air exclusively on Wild Blue Yonder, Frontier Airlines’ free in-flight TV channel, starting in July.


Nathan Baum died June 25 at the age of 85. He was a member of the CBA, DBA and Real Estate Law Section since 1949. He was past-president of Congregation Emanuel; the first chairman and co-founder of the Synagogue Council of Greater Denver; and a past member of the mid-west Regional Board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Peter L. Holm died June 20; he was 78. He had received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University. He was involved in many organizations including United Way, Rotary Club, and the RNC, and was an avid skier and golfer.

Robert Stailey died July 1 at age 59. He had been a member of the CBA and DBA since 1975, as well as the Business Law, Real Estate and Trust & Estate Sections. He donated much of his time to various non-profit organizations including: QuaLife Wellness Community, Boy Scouts of America, Historic Denver and Denver Rotary Club.

CBA and DBA Past-President Leonard Campbell passed away July 16 at age 88. He practiced law at Gorsuch Kirgis for nearly 60 years. He was involved in many Bar committees, including the CBA Court Liaison Committee, the Bench Bar Committee, the Community Action Network Committee, and the Judicial Liaison, Litigation and Water Law Sections.

CBA and DBA member James M. Nelson passed away in July; he was 88.  He had been a long-time member of the Trust & Estate, Elder Law, Taxation Law, Real Estate and Business Law Sections. He also was a member of the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi, the Colorado Society of CPA's, and past president of both the Denver Tax Counsel.


DBA Executive Director Chuck Turner and wife Debbie are happy to share the news of their newest granddaughter, Allison Elizabeth, born July 14, (Bastille Day). She was 6 lbs. 9 oz. Other proud family members are parents Brian and Martha (Hite) Turner; sister Caroline, age 2.5; and uncle David Turner.

Allison Elizabeth

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