Denver Bar Association
November 2007
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Legal Affairs


Van Voorhees

Dianne A. Pacheco-Van Voorhees
, former associate at Smith & Jolly, is the new executive director of Metro Volunteer Lawyers. She is a third-generation Colorado native and a descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School.

DBA President-Elect Mark A. Fogg received the "Impresario Award for Distinguished Directorial and Producorial Excellence in the Relentless Pursuit of Professionalism" at the August Board of Trustees meeting. Fogg received the award for overseeing the production of the professionalism vignettes and written materials that will be used at professionalism CLE courses.

Dick Reeve, general counsel and deputy district attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, was elected chair of the Colorado Lottery Commission.


Davis Graham & Stubbs received the first Qwest Diversity Leadership award, honoring the firm’s long-time efforts promoting diversity in the legal profession. Christine Arguello, managing senior associate and university counsel at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received the inaugural Qwest Diversity Trailblazer award.

Three DBA members were honored at the DU Law Stars dinner in October: Peter D. Willis, of Kutack Rock, "Outstanding Alumni Award"; Constance C.


, executive director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, "Alumni Professionalism Award"; and Mary Kay Hogan, legislative director for Gov. Bill Ritter, "Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Young Alumni Award."

Thomas B. Romer, a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was appointed to the Denver Art Museum’s board of trustees development committee.



Rikard Lundberg
, a Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck associate, was appointed to the board of directors of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of Colorado, Inc.

James Rollin Miller, of Moye White, was a featured speaker the Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on the use of statistics in fair credit litigation.


Holland & Hart received the World Trade Center Denver’s Strategic Partner Award.

Daniel Wittenberg, partner in Snell & Wilmer, has been appointed as co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Products Liability Committee.

Martye M. Kendrick, an associate in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was


appointed to the Excelsior Youth Foundation board of directors.

Thomas Rice and Marc Colun made a presentation to the law enforcement executives enrolled in the 2007 University of Colorado Criminal Justice Masters Degree Program.

Morrison & Foerster was recognized by Colorado Parent magazine as a finalist for the 2007 Colorado’s Best Companies for Working Families award.

Lorri Salyards, executive director of Moye White, received the David Award, presented by the Mile High Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.


Brook Wunnicke was featured in a Rocky Mountain News Labor Day spread, "Working over time," for continuing to practice law at the age of 89.

Real estate attorneys Ronald Thompson, Robert Goodman and John Head were quoted in a Denver Post article about mortgage fraud.

Ruth C. Malman had a nice before-and-after mug in the Intermountain Jewish News in the "Guess Who" column.

Gary Lozow was featured in Al Lewis’ Post column, "Denver lawyer could prove a valuable witness," about the prosecution of securities attorney Melvyn Weiss.

Lawyers with avatars? Dave Elchoness was highlighted in a RMN story about the trend of doing business in the virtual world. He has created his avatar and law firm in Second Life, a virtual world created in 2003.

Carrie Ann Lucas and Kevin Williams were profiled in a RMN article about professionals with disabilities who struggle to be gainfully employed while needing to receive Medicaid. Said Lucas, "The system … forces you to be poor."

Kristin Bronson, attorney at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons and president of the CREW Network trade group, was highlighted in a Denver Business Journal in a feature about women in real estate.

Todd Fredrickson and Bart Johnson of Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti co-authored an article for the DBJ on the changing legal environment in resort communities and how legal issues in resort environments differ from those one deals with in a regular urban environment.

Matthew Crouch was featured in a story in the Northglen-Thornton Sentinel for his role in the North Stage Players’ play, "12 Angry Jurors." Crouch was a new actor to the troupe, and portrayed the foreman. Said Crouch: "On stage, there is confusion, a feeling of frustration and then realizations as 12 people with their own histories try to figure out the guilt of a young man. This is what attorneys … do not see. We are not privy to a jury’s interpretation of the evidence."

Trumpet-playing attorney Richard Gabriel was highlighted in a RMN business column, "Even high-profile attorney needs some brass to play at Coors Field." He said, unlike in 1998, he wasn’t asked to play the national anthem at this year’s Rockies playoff game.


Denver Post reporter Howard Pankratz is alive and well — not retired as last month’s article, "A Newspaper Reader’s Lament," may have alluded (and we’re happy about that!). Pankratz is going strong, now assigned to The Post’s "Breaking News" team.


Engel & Reiman and Fleishman & Shapiro expanded the scope of their practices by affiliating with one another on a special counsel basis.





Andrew J. Carafelli
and Douglas J. Kotarek have become members with Hall & Evans, and John T. Osgood and Timothy M. Murphy have joined the firm as associates.

Hester M. Parrot has joined Kutak Rock as an associate in the Public Finance Group. Robert S. Fischer has joined the firm’s real estate department.

Gorrell Giles is pleased to announce that Corrina A. Kumpe has joined the



Michael Drumm has joined Snell & Wilmer as part of the franchising practice group.

Jonathan Dhillon and Margot Summers Edwards have joined Holland & Hart as associates.



Recht & Kornfeld announced that Heather R. Hanneman joined the firm as a shareholder focusing on civil litigation.

J. Cruz Fresquez and Kasi C. Gray have become associated with Baldwin & Carpenter.

Joshua S. Glasgow has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as an associate.

Zakhem Atherton is pleased to announce the addition of Douglas J. Mitchell, formerly of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, as a new partner.


Simon Semenoff has opened an office at 17th Street Plaza, 1225 17th St., Ste. 3030, Denver 80202. Phone: (303) 295-0600; fax: (303) 295-2250; website:

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell has relocated to Cherry Creek: Heartland Bank Building, 100 Garfield St., Ste. 300, Denver 80206. Phone and fax will remain the same.


Longtime DBA/CBA member Jay W. Tracey Jr. died in Cambridge, Mass., on Sept. 11, at the age of 82. Tracey was a partner in Holland & Hart for more than 20 years. According to his obituary in The Denver Post, his passion was singing. He was an alum of the world-famous men’s a cappella group, "Whippenpoofs of Yale," whom he taught the fight song of the Meloneers of Rocky Ford High School, Tracey’s alma mater.



Anna Briella Stevens, was born to Kelli and Doug Stevens (former DBA–YLD chair) on Sept. 11. She was 7 lbs. 13 oz. and 20 inches long.


Thanks to Art Pansing for his generous contribution to the October compilation article "Tips for New Associates." And to Hon. Will Hood for his prescient advice, "Don’t run with the scissors." Kudos to the three other Docket readers who shared their tips but wished to remain anonymous.


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