Denver Bar Association
May 2007
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Legal Affairs


Davis Graham & Stubbs has been ranked number one in giving among Denver area law firms for total employee contributions to Mile High United Way for 2006, donating more than $98,000 to its programs of Mile High United Way.

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the University of Colorado Wolf Law Building, built by Saunders Construction, Inc., a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. CU Law’s environmental law specialty program was ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


The attorneys and staff at The Harris Law Firm teamed up with The Adoption Exchange and CBS Channel 4 for a telethon to raise awareness and money for the Adoption Exchange, and to help local kids in foster care find permanent and loving adoptive families.

James T. Markus of Block Markus & Williams was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in Washington D.C.



The Denver Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms, an organization of highly credentialed boutique law firms, elected Gordon W. Netzorg to be president of the Colorado Chapter. Immigration lawyer Emily Curray has been named vice president.

William W. Hood III has been selected by Gov. Ritter as a Denver District Court judge.


Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov has been elected to the national board of directors of McKenna Long & Aldridge.

Gregory J. Smith has joined the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as director of publications. He also serves as president-elect of the Association for Continuing Legal Education and will assume the office of president Aug. 1.


Harper Lutz Zuber Potenza & Associates is pleased to announce that managing member Melinda Harper has been selected for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s Certified Public Accountants Panel of Neutrals.


Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is proud to announce that Gregory B. Kanan has been elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Dan Wittenberg
, partner of Snell & Wilmer, has been named to the Board of Directors of WOW! Children’s Museum in Boulder, where he will work to help further the mission of WOW! through visionary planning and fundraising efforts.


Hogan & Hartson partner Phyllis V. Wan will receive the Award for Distinguished Service from the Black, Latino, Asian Pacific-American Law Alumni Association of her alma mater, New York University School of Law.

Neil Peck has been appointed to the Council of Distinguished Advisors of The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.




Three Davis Graham & Stubbs partners were featured speakers at national conferences: Jeff Pilkington spoke at a Defense Research Institute teleconference; Robert W. Lawrence spoke at the Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop in Florida; and Scot Anderson was part of a panel of experts for the Coal in the West Conference.


C. Suzanne "Sue" Mencer, a senior policy advisor with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was elected to the Denver Police Foundation’s Board of Directors.


Carrie Ann Lucas was profiled by the Los Angeles Times for her specialty, which is representing disabled parents like herself.

Denver Post columnist Al Lewis quoted Paul Wood, Tony Leffert and David Stark in a column about the Nacchio trial, "Jurors robbed of story in its entirety."

Bruce Ducker got a nod in Bill Husted’s Post entertainment column: "Check out attorney/novelist Bruce Ducker’s story in Winter 2007 Hudson Review. ‘Findurman’s News’ is the story of a man who writes the newspaper of his life. It’s on the Web too at" Also getting mention: Mitch Morrissey for an appearance on 60 Minutes.

Former city attorney Cole Finegan was the hook in a Post story about long waits and cancelled flights at DIA.

Dan Recht, Will Hood and Paul Wood were quoted in a Rocky Mountain News story about jury selection in the Nacchio trial.

Ned Minor was mentioned in the Post’s "Seen" column — he emceed a benefit for the Colorado I have a Dream Foundation. Also "Seen:" Sheila Gutterman and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Russell Carparelli at a Colorado Judicial Institute reception, along with Larry DeMuth, Mary Birk, Jim Nelson and Mike O’Donnell.

The Denver Business Journal profiled Colorado attorneys addressing global climate change. Quoted in the article were James Holtkamp, Denise Kennedy, Chris Neumann and Tom Davidson.

Frank Azar was profiled in the DBJ.

Steve Whitmore’s mug landed front page of The Post as he soaked up sunlight on the 16th Street Mall.

The Post’s camera also caught Jim Thomas doing a good deed as he donated change to a parking meter that gives money to the homeless.

The Intermountain Jewish News featured Jay Kamlet and his family, who will be honored at a banquet in May.

A Post story about Denver’s Homeless Court pictured Judge Claudia Jordan, and quoted Judge Doris Burd.


Holland & Hart is pleased to welcome John Combs to the firm’s Immigration Practice Group. Anthony Shaheen joins the firm as a partner in the Environmental and Resources Litigation practice group, and Jan Harris joins as a partner in the Oil & Gas practice group.




Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe is pleased to announce that James J. Killean has become a director and shareholder of the firm.


Formerly a patent attorney for Faegre & Benson, Damon Rieth has joined Hensley Kim & Edgington, practicing in the field of intellectual property law.

Mitchel T. Behr has joined Kutak Rock, focusing on real estate finance, leasing, land use and development, zoning issues and real estate workout matters within the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Department.


Amy Hedges Rubright
has joined Polidori, Franklin & Monahan as an associate.

Oster & Martin is pleased to announce that John Lubitz and Scott Hyman have joined the firm as of counsel.

Doyle Zakhem Suhre & Lilly, LLC has added partner Rodney C. Atherton and is now Zakhem Atherton, LLC.



Hatch Jacobs is delighted to announce that Mark F. Bell has joined the firm as a partner.

Fairfield and Woods announces that Caroline C. Fuller is the firm’s new managing director. She joined the firm in 1986.

White and Steele proudly announces that Robin L. Bowers


has been named an officer of the firm. Molly Walsh Ennis, John P. Streelman and Heather K. Kelly have joined the firm as associates.

Snell & Wilmer announces Jared E. Berg has joined as part of the product liability litigation practice where he will focus on products liability, personal injury and wrongful death defense.

Snell & Wilmer has expanded its intellectual property practice group, which will be headed by Tom Dougherty.

Murray Dahl Kuechenmeister & Renaud is pleased to announce that Christopher M. Price has joined the firm as an associate.

Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle is pleased to announce that Robert B. Berube and Russell T. Manning have become partners of the firm.

Patton Boggs has named Melissa Mong and Kate Schroepfer as of counsel.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announces that Amy Venturi has joined the firm as the community relations manager.

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell is pleased to announce that Martha (Marty) Brown Howarth has joined the firm as special counsel.


Scott F. Llewellyn has become a partner at Morrison & Foerster.

Bloom Murr & Accomazzo is pleased to announce that Eric R. Coakley has become an associate.

Bradley N. Shefrin, a construction defense and employment litigation attorney, has joined Pryor, Johnson, Carney, Karr, Nixon.


Lindquist & Vennum, has added three attorneys: Tiffanie Stasiak joined as a partner in the construction litigation practice, along with associate attorney Michael Bonifazi; and Matthew McElhiney joined as a partner in the real estate practice group.




Morrison & Foerster selected Steven M. Kaufmann as global chair of its 490-attorney litigation department.

The Hustead Law Firm is pleased to announce that Christopher D. Yvars has joined the firm.


Patton Boggs has relocated to the Qwest Building, 1801 California St., Suite 4900, Denver, 80202. All of the firm’s phone numbers will remain the same, including the main line:
(303) 830-1776.


Jon Ward has left Snell & Wilmer to start his own practice, concentrating on plaintiff’s personal injury, products liability, wrongful death and workers’ compensation. Find him at: The Law Office of Jonathan M. Ward, LLC, 1525 Josephine St., Denver, 80206, Phone: (303) 399-3800; fax: (303)322-6459.



Tessa and Sophia Rossi


Ronald G. Rossi, of counsel at Greenberg Traurig, and Catherine A. Woods, an associate with McGeady Sisneros, welcomed their newest addition, Tessa Isabella Rossi on Dec. 18. Tessa weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 oz., and happily joined her sister, Sophia (4), and half-siblings Benjamin, Megan, Erin and Damon.



William Dean Clark



William Dean Clark was born on March 27 to proud parents Heather Folker, Marketing and Advertising Manager of the Denver Bar Association, and Michael Clark. He was a healthy 6 lbs. 1.4 oz. and 18.5 inches long.



James H. Turner, 82, passed away March 3. He was a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations since 1953. A Yale Law graduate, he joined Gorsuch Kirgis, and later formed Turner & Turner, P.C. He retired in 2002.

Andy Loewi passed away April 8 at the age of 56. He was an attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, and member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. His obituary in The Denver Post quoted Cole Finegan, "Once you became a friend of his, you had no better friend than Andy." Gov. Ritter intends to proclaim May 15, Loewi’s birthday, as "Andy Loewi Day."


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