Denver Bar Association
April 2007
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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.



Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to announce that Michael D. Nosler was awarded a 2007 Colorado State University Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Rodney L. Smith has been elected chair of the board of directors for the Colorado Safety Association, a non-profit occupational safety and health issues organization.


Margaret Walker has been elected chair of the Denver Collaborative Divorce Professionals group.

Women’s Transportation Seminar Colorado, the state chapter of WTS International, named Regional Transportation District General Counsel Marla Lien as its Woman of the Year for 2007.

James M. Mulligan, of Fairfield and Woods, has been named chair of the board of the Aurora Economic Development Council.

Judy Matlock was a featured speaker and program planner for the Special Institute on Federal and Indian Oil & Gas Royalty Valuation and Management in Houston.




The Center’s Legal Initiatives Project awarded its 2007 "Barrister of the Year" award to Mari Newman, a partner with Killmer, Lane & Newman.

Erin McAlpin Eiselein was a featured speaker at The COALSM eDiscovery Summit.




Marcia Chadwick Holt
spoke at a national symposium in New Orleans on the topic, "Post-Mortem Planning and Estate Administration."

Ken Fellman of Kissinger & Fellman was a panelist at the National League of Cities discussion on local governments’ interest in telecommunications technologies and strategies.

The Denver Business Journal’s 2007 Forty Under 40 winners include: Mark


, Scott Browning, Michael Drapkin, Amy Hansen, Hendrik Jordaan, David London, Thorvald Nelson, Neeti Pawar and Jeffrey Sherman.

Tom Strickland was named co-chair to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s Colorado presidential campaign.


Former Denver DA Norm Early was described by Rocky Mountain News columnist Penny Parker as a "hunka-hunka man." He was an emcee and auctioneer at the Judi’s House fundraiser, and her comment reflected his missing mustache.

Denver Post columnist Jim Spencer quoted Robert Hopp in a column about home loans.

Nancy Elkind was quoted as an immigration law expert in a RMN story about construction firms hiring immigrant workers: "It’s a very complex economic question, not just a lot of sleazy people trying to take advantage of the system." She also was quoted in a Daily Reporter-Herald story related to immigration issues.

Karen Steinhauser provided insight on a Greeley Tribune story about the transfer of the prosecution of a case to a different judicial district.

The Post featured a guest commentary from Martha Tierney about Amendment 41.

Burkeley Riggs wrote a column for the DBJ about litigation in the "electronic age." James Booth contributed to the article.

A RMN "Spotlight" interview with Colorado Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien quoted her as saying, "I admire the way attorney Frances Koncilja dresses — she dresses to kill!"

Larry Unruh wrote a column for the DBJ about team-based client services.

The RMN reprinted Frank Schuchat’s humorous take on Sarbanes-Oxley that ran in The Docket in January. You read it here first!

John Sadwith and Chris Koupal were quoted in a DBJ story about the connection with the snowy weather and increase in hospital treatments.

Scott Levin is chair-elect of the Rose Foundation. His mug was in the RMN.

An online CBS4 story about DNA in the death of Darrent Williams quoted Phil Cherner, "They conceivably found fingerprints in the suspect vehicle and they’re trying to put people in the vehicle or exclude them as people that were in the vehicle."

Dawn Bookhardt was quoted in The Post about Denver Public Schools.


Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll is pleased to welcome Andrea G. Leider as an associate in the business and finance department.

Fairfield and Woods recently named three new directors of the firm: Rita Connerly, Craig Joyce, and John Leonard.




Dean Harakas has been appointed executive director of marketing and strategic development at Sherman & Howard.


Sheridan Ross is pleased to announce that Miriam Drickman Trudell has become a shareholder and John C. Stolpa has become an associate with the firm.

Scott Berdan has joined Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert as a partner to head its securities and corporate finance practice, and to expand the firm’s mergers and acquisitions and private equity capabilities.

Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Beat Steiner is the new chair of the firm’s Resort, Lodging, and Leisure Industry Group; Kevin Bridston is the new chair of the Construction and Real Estate Litigation practice group; and Steven M. Gutierrez is chair of the Labor and Employment practice group. New partners in the firm are: Christopher Balch, Michael Carrigan, Timothy Gordon, Brian Kinnear, Thor Nelson, Berkeley Vogelsang, Carol Warnick and Matt Weber. Jonathan Anderson has joined as of counsel. Prior to
joining Holland & Hart, he served as chief counsel to former Gov. Bill Owens.





Colleen R. Belak has become a shareholder with Burns Figa & Will.


Nicole Westbrook
has joined Shughart Thomson & Kilroy as part of the Business Litigation Group.

Poskus, Caton & Klein is pleased to announce that Aaron D. Frishman has joined the firm as an associate.

Jennifer S. Cohen has joined Minor & Brown as an associate. 


Deana R. Dagner
is a partner at Grund, Dagner & Nelson. Dion M. West and Ben Swartzendruber have joined the firm as associates.

Scott D. Sweeney and Christian J. Schmidt have joined The Hustead Law Firm.

Martha Merrill-Hall has joined McConnell Siderius Fleischner Houghtaling & Craigmile as of counsel.


McKenna Long & Aldridge is pleased to announce that Steven M. Masiello was promoted to partner.

Mark Bailey is an associate at Reilly Pozner & Connelly.



Beth Klein
has opened her Boulder office at: The Kellcourt Building, 1909 26th St., Suite One C, Boulder, 80302. Phone: (303) 448-8884; Fax: (303) 861-2449.

Henry ("Harry") J. Rickelman has moved Rickelman Law Office to 1731 Gilpin St., Denver, 80218. Phone: (303) 861-8606; Fax: (303) 861-8623; E-mail:

Douglas M. Hamilton, Michael A. DeSanctis and Don D. Cha have formed Hamilton, DeSanctis & Cha, a law firm focusing on the intellectual property legal needs of established and emerging growth companies. Find them at 8555 W. Belleview Ave. G21-139, Littleton, 80123. Phone: (303) 284-5103; Fax: (303) 362-0575.





Chris Hardaway is posted to Afghanistan and has a new e-mail: Those planning their summer vacation in Kabul are invited to stop by for a view of the sunset through the concertina wire and a glass of grape juice. He misses all his colleagues in Colorado. Kabul is 12-and-a-half hours ahead of Denver so e-mail early in the morning so as not to wake him.


Milton Morris died Feb. 2 at the age of 91. He was a prominent real estate attorney and a partner in Feder, Morris, Tamblyn & Goldstein. His obituary in the RMN stated, "Colleagues remembered him as generous with his expertise and teaching business law at DU for 11 years." He also was an avid watercolor painter and photographer.

Kenneth C. Groves, 70, passed away Feb. 18. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1960, and practiced in Denver for more than 40 years. He was admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1978. His son, K.C. Groves, said: "Ken loved the practice of law. He cared deeply about his clients. He was a formidable adversary. And to many, he was a mentor and a loyal friend."


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