Denver Bar Association
September 2007
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Legal Affairs

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Anne Castle
was named by Gov. Bill Ritter as a member of the newly created South Platte River Basin Task Force. Gov. Ritter appointed Anthony Navarro to the Board of Real Estate Appraisers and Scott Martinez to the Collection Agency Board. Andy Spielman was appointed chair of the Regional Air Quality Council. Neil Peck has been reappointed to a second three-year term on the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Hall and Evans congratulates Awilda R. Marquez on her appointment by


Mayor John Hickenlooper to be the Director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licensing.

Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Marci Fulton has been named the firm’s 2006 Pro Bono Associate of the Year.

Holland & Hart was ranked among the top 10 pro bono firms in the nation by The American Lawyer’s Pro Bono Scorecard.

The Holland & Hart Foundation is a winner of this year’s College of Law Practice Management InnovAction Awards.


Lyle A. Wallace, with Minor & Brown, has been selected to the Leadership Denver Class of 2008, a program that brings together 50 top leaders in business, non-profits and government.

Fairfield and Woods has formed a new GreenTech Law Group. DBA Past-President Joseph B. Dischinger is the practice head.


Michael D. Plachy
, a partner with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, has been appointed to the 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission.

Holland & Hart celebrated its 60th anniversary in July.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to announce that associate S. Kato Crews is a member of the Board of Directors for The Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region.


Patton Boggs’ custom-published magazine, Capital Thinking, was honored with the 2007 Best Law Firm Publication Award, by the Burton Foundation and the Association of Legal Administrators.

Four Colorado law school students received the Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellowship award: Lucia Wolff and Mary Jo Lowrey from the University of Denver, and John Bergmayer and Warren Myers from the University of Colorado.

Martin Semple has been named to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ board of trustees.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck was awarded a Bronze Quill and Award of Merit from the Colorado Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators for its recruiting brochure, Take Note: A Guide to Your Next Step.

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

Ken Fellman spoke at the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates conference, as well as the Association of Idaho Cities in Couer d’Alene conference in June about issues related to community broadband networks, cable franchising and a changing regulatory environment.


The Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado’s new board members are: John Fleming Kelly, Lisa Culpepper, Vicki Jaynes, Ann Salek, Scott Helker, Elisa Willard, Sonja Becker, Joseph Greenberg and Joyce Bowman.

Christopher L. Richardson has been re-elected as the Chief Executive Officer of Davis Graham & Stubbs.


Cage Williams has dissolved and 12 attorneys have joined Sherman & Howard in Denver: Mark Williams, Jordan Fox, Kelly Robinson, Ed Adkins, Victoria Chenault, Christian Hendrickson, Niccole Brennan, Lorenzo Trujillo, Melissa Kerin, Jon Lien, Scot Peterson



and Patricia Thatcher.

Danielle Moore and Carla A. Scarpone have joined The Harris Law Firm as associates. 

Gibson Arnold & Associates welcomes Roxanne Jensen as director of lateral partners & law firm mergers.

Holland & Hart welcomes Billi McCullough and Maureen McInerney to its Project Development and Finance practice, and William Caile, who will focus on natural resource and water issues. Geoff Barry has joined the firm as of counsel.




Rebecca J. Maxey has joined Kutak Rock in its Corporate and Real Estate Department.



Mike Foster
is managing member and Gretchen Callas is assistant managing member of Jackson Kelly. Al Emch, who has been the firm’s managing member since 2002, will return to his practice as a full-time litigator.

Kieran Lasater and Teresa Baird have joined Fairfield and Woods.


Jonathan Abramson
has become a shareholder with Kissinger & Fellman.

Daphne O’Connor is head of Arnold & Porter’s Denver office.

Hogan & Hartson is pleased to announce that three associates have joined the firm: Ami Galani and Danny Hart Jr. work in the firm’s corporate, finance and securities practice; and Nic Heinke works in the firm’s litigation practice.




David M. Beller, formerly with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, has joined Recht & Kornfeld as an associate.

Laura B. Alms has become an associate at Inman Flynn Biesterfeld Brentlinger & Moritz.

Adam K. Feldman and Robert B. Low have joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as of counsel. Tom Romer has joined as a shareholder. Raul Abad, Lori Baker, Ashley Krause and Leah VanLandschoot have joined as associates.





The Denver Business Journal featured the new Deans’ Diversity Council, and featured Cynthia Hyman, Beto Juárez, Kenzo Kawanabe, Christine Arguello and Damian Arguello in the story.

Dan Recht and David Lane were quoted in a Denver Post story as experts on the death penalty.

John Shively and Gale Miller shared their expertise with the Rocky Mountain News in a story about the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt Whole Foods’ planned purchase of Wild Oats.

The DBJ feature, "The young guns" profiled "young" attorneys who are breaking out on their own: Brian Budman, Tom Franklin, K.C. Groves, Kari Hershey, Russell Kemp, Brian Popp, Dino Ross and John Zakhem. Also quoted was veteran attorney Ed Flitton.

William O’Rourke was mentioned in Bill Husted’s Post column for writing a letter to Mayor Hickenlooper in protest to the outlawing of dogs at popular coffee shops in Cherry Creek. He pleaded: "intercession of our dog-loving, coffee-loving Mayor, to bring common sense and your considerable resources to help resolve this problem."

Also mentioned in Husted’s column was Christopher Parent, who advised a local pizza lounge owner to change its name from Pi, to avoid legal troubles from a restaurant in the new Hilton with the same name.

Ashley Jordaan was quoted in the Rocky’s "Business Extra" for the advice she received from her mentor, Rich Young: "You must view your legal career as a marathon, not a sprint."

Two lawyers were quoted in a Rocky story about Mike Shanahan giving a player a lie-detector test: Colin Barnacle and David Lichtenstein.

Attorneys writing features for the DBJ: Jeff Brown about a new FTC Franchise Rule; and Sheldon Friedman, "You’d better watch your cyber language, or else." Jeffrey Brimer was featured in a DBJ story about Colorado franchisers.


Choquette & Simons

Steven C. Choquette
and Valerie L. Simons, both formerly of Holland & Hart, have formed Choquette & Simons LLP, a firm focused on civil trials, appeals and alternative dispute resolution in the areas of commercial litigation and business disputes, personal injury, education and civil rights. Find them at 600 Grant St., Suite 201, Denver, 80203. Phone: (303) 863-7000; Fax: (303) 474-6885; Website:

After 26 years of providing legal services through his own firm, Bill Walters, DBA past-president and president elect of the Colorado Bar Association, will become of counsel to Kelly|Garnsey|Hubbell+Lass. His new contact information is as follows: William E. Walters III, Kelly Garnsey Hubbell + Lass LLC, 1441 18th St., Suite 300, Denver, 80202-1255; phone: (303) 296-9412; fax: (303) 293-8705; e-mail:

Kenneth McRae has opened the first Denver office of Cordell & Cordell. Find it at 7887 E. Belleview Ave., Suite 1100, Denver, 80111. Phone: (303) 221-3237; e-mail:; website:


Hensley Kim & Edgington has been changed to Hensley Kim & Holzer, LLC. Rick Holzer, who joined the firm in 2004, has played a crucial role in the growth of the firm and it is now reflected in the new name.

McGeady Sisneros, P.C. has moved to 450 E. 17th Ave., Suite 400, Denver 80203-1214. Phone: (303) 592-4380; fax: (303) 592-4385.

Stern Elkind & Curray and Carter & Alterman have merged. With 10 attorneys, 15 paralegals and a staff of more than 40, the new firm, Stern Elkind Curray & Alterman, is the largest law firm dedicated to immigration in the Rocky Mountain region. Find them at 650 S. Cherry St., Suite 900, Denver, 80246. Phone: (303) 692-0111; website:


Theodore J. Kuhlman passed away July 2 at the age of 88. Ted specialized in probate and civil litigation and during the last 12 years of his career, he practiced with his son Kenton as Kuhlman and Kuhlman, P.C. He was a 50+ year member of the American, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He was a member of the Order of Daedalians, Mile Hi Mercedes Benz Club and Distinguished Flying Cross Society.


Baby Wiletsky

Mark Wiletsky
, of Holland & Hart, and Danielle Wiletsky, of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, welcomed Elena Grace Wiletsky to the family on April 6. Elena weighed nearly 8 lbs. and was showered with hugs by big brother Abe.

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