Denver Bar Association
December 2007
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Legal Affairs


David Fine was sworn-in as Denver’s new city attorney.

Lorenzo A. Trujillo, assistant dean and professor at University of Colorado Law School, and attorney at Sherman & Howard, was selected by the Hispanic National Bar Association as the 2007 Latino Lawyer of the Year.


Jim Lyons was honored at Seeking Common Ground’s second annual "Circles of Change" breakfast, for his work to promote peace in Northern Ireland through economic development.

Philip Gordon was honored with the "most popular article in the United States" Content Award for September by Mondaq for his co-authored editorial, "Employers Face New Compliance Challenges as Massachusetts Becomes the 39th State to Enact a Security Breach Notice Law."

The Denver Business Journal named Cliff Stricklin its "Industry Leader" for the 2007/2008 Power Book naming metro Denver’s top business newsmakers. Nine other attorneys were honored: Emily Curray, Michael Dino, Lynn Hendrix, Bruce James, James Lyons, Bill Ritter, John Suthers, Darrell Waas and Lawrence Wolfe.


Gene Commander, a shareholder at Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, has been selected chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership.

Rehan Hasan, an associate attorney at Fairfield and Woods, has joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado’s Board of Directors.

Holland & Hart launched its new Academic Year Diversity Law Clerk Program. The first program participant, Nancy Ko, began her clerkship with the firm. Maranda Compton received the firm’s first annual $10,000 Summer Associate Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Ko

Maranda Compton


Lyle A. Wallace
, of Minor & Brown, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce.

Matt Weber, a partner at Holland & Hart, was a featured speaker at the Annual Conference of the Florida Association of Health Plans in Palm Beach on the use of risk adjustment in setting Medicaid capitation rates.

President George W. Bush nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed Kristine



M. Miller
 as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development. 

Gene R. Thornton has co-authored Employment Termination Sourcebook, published by the Society for Human Resource Management. 

Jim Bull has published a novel, Ephiphaneia. The title is derived from Greek, meaning, "The sudden manifestation or perception of the essential meaning of something or an intuitive grasp of reality." Each character encounters his or her own epiphany in the course of the story.

Inc. magazine ranked Hensley Kim & Holzer second in Denver as one of the fastest growing private companies in the category of "Business Services," and 35th in the nation in the same



William Slamkowski, of Hensley Kim & Holzer, was named to the City Club of Denver Board of Directors.

Gutterman Griffiths was selected as the only family law firm to be featured in Forbes magazine as part of its "Colorado Legal Outlook" section.


Robert Bricmont sent a letter — or, rather a song — to the Denver Post lamenting his Rockies ticket woes, entitled "Take Me Out to the Cleaners."

Todd Fredrickson was quoted as a legal expert in a Denver Post column, "Authors love office romance."

Dan Grossman penned a guest column for the Rocky Mountain News entitled, "A national primary?"

The Post featured the smiling faces of Rep. Terrance Carroll and Roger Cisneros at a LARASA award luncheon. Norm Early, Mitch Morrissey, Steve Siegel and Jack Trigg were "seen" at SafeHouse Denver’s 30th anniversary party.

The spotlight was on Neil Oberfeld in the RMN for his attendance at the Bridge Project’s Annual Gala.


Fennemore Craig added David McCrosky to its intellectual property practice and Daniel Glasser to its commercial litigation practice.



Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine is pleased to announce that Meghan C. Quinlivan and James W. Hart have joined the firm as associates.

David M. Rich has joined Onsager, Staelin & Guyerson as of counsel, focusing on corporate, general business, bankruptcy/insolvency and travel industry law.


Kyle Seedorf
has joined Snell & Wilmer as part of the product liability litigation practice group, where he will focus on product liability and tort defense. Anne E. Kelly has joined the firm’s commercial litigation practice group.

Hill and Robbins is pleased to announce that Nathan P. Flynn has joined the firm as an associate.

Lisa A. Hogan has rejoined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a


shareholder. Jordan A. Arnot, Blair Daniels, Sarah L. Martin, Matthew Nyberg and Karl Schock have joined the firm as associates.

Rachel Polikoff has joined Faber Bantz as an associate focusing on real estate, securities and environmental law.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to welcome Joshua F. Bugos, Nicole K. Gorham, Lindsay L. McKae, Jeffrey D. Phipps and Kristine L. Poston as associates.








Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Paul Kyed, Ph.D., has joined the firm as a member of the commercial litigation group. Tanya Milligan has joined the firm as a labor and employment litigator.

Sherman & Howard has hired eight new associates: Lynda Atkins, Christian Brann, Haley Burton, Angela Gasperini, Jody Kepler, David Rontal, Teri Scott and Angie Whitford.




Long-time receptionist Penny Young is now the membership assistant, focusing on membership questions, address changes and dues issues. She also will be assisting with data entry and accounting.

Amber VandenHout, with the DBA for five years, is now the membership specialist. In this new position, Amber will continue her work of managing our membership database.



Receptionist/Administrative Assistant Andrea Mueller has been with the DBA for more than seven months, bringing law firm experience to the job.

Alice Justus works alongside Andrea as receptionist/
administrative assistant.

In August, Tara Miller took on the communication specialist



position helping with publicity and event-planning. She also is the assistant editor of The Docket.

Heather Clark (formally Heather Folker) was promoted to assistant director of marketing after being with the bar associations for seven years. She is responsible for display advertising in The Docket and The Colorado Lawyer, as well as obtaining sponsorships for CBA and DBA events. She is the



liaison for the Community Action Network and helps with graphic design.

Earlier this year, Shelley Joksimovic joined as the director of marketing. She worked for the ABA and several other nonprofits before joining the DBA staff.

The newest staff-member is Program Coordinator Kerry Hammond, who most recently worked for CLE International. Kerry will provide administrative assistance to Chuck Turner and Dana Collier Smith.

Stop in and meet the newest members of our CBA crew and congratulate those who have recently been promoted!


The death notice for Jay Walter Tracy Jr. should have noted that he was a member of the Whiffenpoofs, not the Whippenpoofs. Thanks to John Cardinal Parks for bringing it to our attention.


Denver-based regional law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck will merge with the California law firm of Hatch & Parent effective Jan. 1. The merged firm will be based in Denver and will retain the name Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Baby Fiona


Jodi Blomberg and Tim Macdonald welcomed Fiona Cook Blomberg Macdonald to the world on Aug. 29. She was 7 lbs., 7 oz. Fiona is pictured enjoying the final regular season game of the Rockies with mom.


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