Denver Bar Association
July 2007
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Bonnie Schriner and her search and rescue dog, Delta, deployed with Colorado Task Force I Urban Search and Rescue FEMA/DHS to help search for survivors at the Greensburg, Kan., tornado. She also was named in a Rocky Mountain News article about the rescue effort.



The Colorado Judicial Institute has announced its new board members: Sandra L. Blackstone; Hon. Steve C. Briggs; Hon. Russell E. Carparelli; Mark A. Fogg; Hon. Robert P. Fullerton; Anne Garcia; David P. Hersh; Otto K. Hilbert; Meyer M. Saltzman; and Tim Smith. CJI’s new board officers are: Gale T. Miller, chair; Elinor Greenberg, vice chair of public education; Robert "Bob" Miller, vice chair of judicial excellence; James E. Scarboro, vice chair of judicial



effectiveness; Leslie A. Pattern, treasurer; and Lance Tanaka, secretary.

Five Denver law firms were singled out by Corporate Board Member magazine as those that directors of public companies would turn to for help: Holland & Hart; Holme Roberts & Owen; Davis Graham & Stubbs; Sherman & Howard; and Faegre & Benson.


Edgar L. Neel
, president of Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey, has been selected by the Denver City Council to serve on the Denver Board of Ethics.

Holland & Hart announced its Summer Associate Diversity Scholarship and Academic Year Diversity Law Clerk Program. The first is a $10,000 scholarship for second-year law students at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law beginning summer 2008. The Diversity Law Clerk Program will hire clerks to work part-time at the firm during their second or third year of law school.


The National Legal Aid & Defender Association has awarded Roderick A. "Rick" Palmore its 2007 NLADA Exemplar Award.

Lino Lipinsky, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge, has been elected Board Chair of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

Holland & Hart LLP was ranked as one of the top trademark firms in the nation


by Intellectual Property Today.

Bryan Biesterfeld, a shareholder at Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.

James R. Wade was honored by the National College of Probate Judges at their conference in Williamsburg, Va.


Karen Steinhauser was named regional board chair-elect for the Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League.

Lea Ann Fowler, a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was recently appointed to the Parkinson Association of the Rockies board of directors.



Michael Friedman’s first novel, Martian Dawn, was published by Turtle Point. Publishers Weekly called it "sly" and "a scrumptious literary trifle." Critic Ed Park (The Village Voice, The Believer) named it one of his 10 favorite novels of 2006. Stay tuned for a Docket book review.


C.J. Chapman
was appointed to the Urban Peak Board of Directors.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons launched its new website:

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law won the American Bar Association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy.

Fairfield & Woods

Fairfield & Woods was ranked eighth among companies in Denver County for participation in DRCOG’s Bike to Work Day on June 27. DBA Past-President Joe Dischinger would like to challenge all firms to participate in the "Business Challenge" next year. Learn more at


Sam Cheris received the 2006 Association of Corporate Counsel — Colorado Chapter Pro Bono Achievement Award for "commitment and dedication to providing legal services to the community."

The Colorado Lawyers Committee awarded the following attorneys/firms with honors at its 28th Annual Awards Celebration: Christopher Lane, Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award; Sean Connelly, Individual of the Year; and Arnold & Porter, Law Firm of the Year. Community Contribution Awards for work on the Homeless ID Task Force went to: Sean Connelly, Timothy R. Macdonald, Susan L. Boothby, Dennis L. Carder, Deborah DeBoutez, David M. Gillilan, James W. Hubbell, Edwin S. Kahn, Nancy Morehead, Stefania C. Scott, Thomas W. Snyder and Lindsay A. Unruh.


Mark Barnes
, a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was appointed to the Metro Denver Health and Wellness Commission executive committee.

Nancy Cornish has been elected to the board of directors of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, where she will serve as co-chair of the Professional Advancement Committee.



Brad Shefrin
of Pryor Johnson Carney Karr Nixon, P.C. co-authored an article with PR Specialist Sydney Ayers in the Denver Business Journal regarding the risks to employees of posting personal information on blogs and social networking sites.

Kimberlie K. Ryan was profiled by Law Week Colorado for her and co-counsel Whitney C. Traylor $3.175 million jury verdict, in a sexual harassment case against The Larry H. Miller Group of car dealerships. The case also made the front page of the Automotive News, the leading trade publication for the auto industry.

A Denver Post story, "Holding up the tradition," featured Steve Polidori and Melodie Polidori Harris, the son and daughter of Gary and Ruth Ann Polidori, as the "collective brain behind Polidori Meat Processors, the family business that has grown its product line to include chorizo, breakfast sausage, bratwurst and meatballs, in addition to hot and mild Italian sausage."

Brad Tucker was featured in an "Answerland" column in the Vail Daily about bike-riding rules.

Frances Koncilja, along with Rep. John Salazar, and Joe and Jim Koncilja, got a nod from The Pueblo Chieftain in an editorial about their work to have a historic train ride as part of the state fair this year. The Challenger 3985 is one of the world’s largest operating steam engine locomotives. This will be its first trip ever between Denver and Pueblo. The train trip is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25. It will leave Denver’s Union Station at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at Pueblo’s Union Depot by 11:30 a.m.

Warren Troupe was quoted in a Post story about SEC requirements of corporate perk disclosure.

The Rocky featured Donald J. Mares in a "Business Extra." He said the valuable advice he received in his career was, "Make an investment in your human capital and you will reap incredible rewards."

Kurt Lewis was featured in a Post arts & entertainment story about the "cultural renaissance" of the Five Points neighborhood. He sold his house to open a new live theater, Crossroads at Five Points Theatre.

The Rocky’s Society column pictured Rep. Terrance D. Carroll, who attended the 61st Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Dinner.

Bill Husted’s column in The Post named Judge Robert Fullerton as one of the notables at former society writer Dawn Denzer’s memorial service.

A Post article about potential litigation in regard to the Andrew Speaker TB case quoted Eric Steiner, Daniel Gerash and John Sadwith as experts.

Harvey Steinberg commented to CBS4 about the Aaron Thompson prosecution.




Holland & Hart welcomed Shawn Rodda as of counsel in construction and project development law. Rochelle Rabeler has joined as an attorney practicing insolvency and representing creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Pro-Build Holdings Inc. announced the appointment of Mark B. Butterman as vice president and general counsel.

Hall & Evans is pleased to announce that Jessica D. Perrill and Lance E. Shurtleff have joined the firm as associates.

David Rigsby was promoted to vice president and general counsel of Fiserv Investment Support Services.

Elizabeth C. Lewis has begun her association with the firm of David A. Sprecace, P.C. Her practice will emphasize federal, state, and local tax controversy and litigation, and business litigation.

Ann Hered has joined Kutak Rock’s tax department.

Gregory E. Sopkin, former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and James D. Albright, former assistant general counsel for Xcel Energy Services Inc., are joining global law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey to launch a regional energy practice.

Suzanne M. Meintzer, formerly with McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, joined Cozen O’Connor as an associate in the insurance department.


Former District 38 State Representative Joseph P. Stengel Jr. has joined Benson & Case as an associate specializing in government relations and civil litigation.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Ronald C. Gorsché has joined as of counsel in the firm’s intellectual property and technology group.


Roberts Levin & Patterson has changed its name to Roberts Levin Rosenberg, following the departure of Dan Patterson who has become a mediator. The firm is headed up by shareholders Thomas Roberts, Bradley Levin and Michael Rosenberg.

United Western Bancorp, Inc. announced that Jeffrey R. Leventhal has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. He replaces Theodore J. Abariotes, who is leaving the position to devote more time to his family business.


Patton Boggs has moved to 1801 California St., Suite 4900, Denver, 80202. Phone: (303) 894-6125; fax: (303) 894-9239.


Ted Trauernicht
and Sonia Evans have formed Trauernicht & Evans LLC, a business litigation firm providing e-discovery and corporate litigation management services. Website:; phone: (303) 297-1400.

The Law Offices of Teddi Ann Miskulin, P.C. has opened a second office at 30 Benchmark Rd., Avon, 81620. Phone: (970) 471-9009. The offices specialize in family law matters and mediation.


Silvana Del Piccolo died May 11 at the age of 67. Her obituary described her as international lawyer, pianist, skier, gardener, swimmer, hiker, tennis player, yoga enthusiast and community supporter.

Sheri Miller, wife of past-president Wes Miller, passed away on May 21.

Larry Manzanares passed away June 22. He was a graduate of Harvard Law School and a judge in Denver for 15 years. He served in leadership roles with many community organizations, including the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, LARASA and the Mi Casa Resource Center for Women. He received the Judicial Excellence Award in 2006. To share memories of him, visit

Weddle Baby


Jennifer Harvey Weddle gave birth to son Madden on May 31. He was 9 lbs., 12.3 ounces.

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