Denver Bar Association
June 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.


The Regional Transportation District is pleased to announce that Lori L. Graham, formerly a state assistant attorney general, has joined RTD as associate general counsel specializing in real estate and other FasTracks-related matters.


Scott Martinez
was appointed to the Bell Policy Center’s Board of Directors.


Burns, Figa & Will has formed a Wealth Preservation Group.

Howard Kenison, partner with Lindquist & Vennum, was appointed by ABA President Karen Mathis to a three-year term on the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law.

Davis Graham & Stubbs partners Laura Riese, John Jacus and John Elofson were panelists for a national oil and gas industry roundtable, "Measuring Return on Environment," in Houston.





Neil M. Goff
, a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was reappointed chairman of the board for the Visiting Nurse Association. Mark Leonard, also a shareholder in the firm, was recently named president of Operation Walk Denver’s board of directors.

Holland & Hart was recognized as a leader in law firm marketing by several national organizations: "Your Honor Awards" by the International Legal Marketing Association; first place by PRNews’ 2007 annual Legal PR Awards; and ranked 12th in the nation for legal marketing and communications according to Marketing the Law Firm.



Scot Anderson
and Deborah Friedman were lead participants for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to announce the remittance of the last donation of $50,000 to fulfill its $150,000 pledge to the Colorado University Law Building Campaign. In recognition of the donation, a room in the new Wolf Law Building was designated the "Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. Reading Room and Federal Collection."

Perkins Coie named Bob Miller managing partner of its Denver office.


Kelly Haglund Garnsey+Kahn is now Kelly Garnsey Hubbell + Lass because Norm Haglund was appointed to the District Court Bench.

Brian K. Holland has joined Recht & Kornfeld as a shareholder, continuing to focus on criminal law and federal civil litigation.

Moye White is proud to announce that it has added James R. Cage and David A. Laird, previously of the law firm of Cage Williams, to its practice.

Zakhem & Atherton

John S. Zakhem
and Rodney C. Atherton have formed Zakhem Atherton, LLC, a five-attorney law firm that practices governmental affairs and election law, business and civil litigation, wealth preservation, tax planning, real estate, criminal defense, and business law.

Tom F. Shebar and Gretchen M. Elsner have joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as associates.



Sheri L. Kelly
is now Of Counsel with Block Markus & Williams.

Greenberg Traurig announced that Bradley K. Benson has joined the real estate practice group as of counsel.

Damon Rieth, formerly with Faegre & Benson, has joined Hensley Kim & Edgington as a registered patent attorney


practicing in the field of intellectual property law.

Lucy Schlauch, Rebecca Klock and Ian O’Neill joined Holland & Hart’s Business Department.





Jackson Kelly is pleased to announce that Shayne Madsen has joined the firm.

Andrew I. Sultan and Lawrence G. Katz have been named members of Jacobs Chase. Trent J. Martinet has joined as an associate.

Berina Ibrisagic has joined Stettner Miller as an associate, focusing on representing employers in labor and employment law matters.




Godfrey & Lapuyade is pleased to announce that shareholder Michael Dulin has been named head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Lori Pappas has been named head of the Estate and Tax Practice Group, and James Johnson is head of the General Litigation Practice Group.





The Denver Post published David Sprecace’s guest commentary, "Columbus should be celebrated," in favor of Columbus Day.

A Denver Business Journal story about trial consultants featured Holland & Hart’s mock courtroom.

The DBJ also wrote an article that featured three Denver law firms that ranked at the top of an industry customer satisfaction survey of national oil and gas companies: Holland & Hart; Holme Roberts & Owen; and Davis Graham & Stubbs.

Dan Caplis was mentioned in the Rocky Mountain News gossip column for attending the Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show.

Ted Trimpa, partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck was quoted in Diane Carman’s Post column, "Rehab for Springs anti-gay image is a slow dance."

Jennifer Wisniewski, previously a partner at Snell and Wilmer, has joined Kutak Rock’s Corporate and Real Estate Department.

A Rocky story about Take Your Child to Work Day featured the attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck who held a moot court case of Goldilocks v. The Three Little Bears. Bryan Schwartz was pictured as he portrayed Goldilocks — blond curly wig and all!

Tom Kelley and Steve Zansberg have left Faegre & Benson to open a Denver office for the national law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz. Chris Beall, also of Faegre & Benson, and


Ashley Kissinger
from Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz will round out the new Denver office.


John Scott has hung out his shingle in Old Littleton. He signed a lease, so he’ll be there a while. Find him at 1800 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, 80120. Call (303) 797-9640 or e-mail


Lee Norman Bowden died April 3 at his home atop Yegge Peak. He was 40. According to his obituary, Bowden was a world traveler, had a variety of interests and made many friends. He graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1997.

Retired attorney and civic leader Robert P. Davison of Englewood died April 22. He was 86. He specialized in mineral law and was an active member, director, and past-president of the Colorado Mineral Law Association, and a member of the Board of Editors that wrote the American Law of Mining. Robert P. Davison was also a visiting lecturer at the Law School at the University of Colorado.

Fred Vondy died April 20, at the age of 80. He had been a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations since 1955. He also belonged to the Business Law and Real Estate Sections of the CBA.

James Edward Bye died April 24, at the age of 77. His 53-year career was with Holme Roberts & Owen, as a tax and estate attorney. He also taught law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where a scholarship for diversity bears his name. His obituary stated, "A philanthropist in word and deed, Jim consistently raised the bar for giving in his firm and in Denver."

Goorman wedding


Long-time DBA member Perry L. Goorman married Denver Fire Department Lt. Jacqueline Larson on April 19. Pictured are the two on their wedding trip and honeymoon to Beqa Island, Fiji.




Eli James Ferguson was born to Michelle Ferguson and husband, Doug, (albeit a bit early!) on Saturday, April 28, at 6:17 a.m. He weighed in at 6 lbs. and 11 ounces, and was 19 1/4 inches long.

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