Denver Bar Association
January 2008
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Legal Affairs



Gov.Ritter appointed Holland & Hart attorney James Tarpey to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. 

Jean Dubofsky, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice, will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame on March 11.

Constance Talmage, executive director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, won the Edwin D. Wolf Award for extraordinary leadership given by the Lawyers’


Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Ron Zall, of counsel to Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, was honored at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. by the National Association of Corporate Directors as a founder of the organization and for 30 years of active service to the organization. 

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck was awarded a Gold Award in the MarCom


Awards 2007 competition for its recruitment brochure, "Take Note: A Guide to Taking Your Next Step." The firm’s Michael W. King was appointed to the board of directors of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation.

Michele Rowland of Perkins Coie presented to Sky Vista Middle School the topic, "Death penalty review by the U.S. Supreme Court: Does death by lethal injection violate the Eighth Amendment?" 
Bob Miller, Perkins Coie, and Donna Hilton, Food Bank of the Rockies

Perkins Coie celebrated its 10 year anniversary in Denver. To show its gratitude to the Denver community, the firm made a $5,000 donation to the Food Bank of the Rockies on behalf of its clients.

The Denver Business Journal 2007 Best Places to Work finalists were Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll; Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert; Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti; Wheeler Trigg Kennedy; and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Barbara Biondolillo, former chair of the CBA Paralegal Committee, was appointed to serve on the Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance.


Donald Alperstein made an appearance in a German newspaper after his trip to Laupheim for a fencing World Cup. He was quoted, "Wir in Denver machen gerade eine vergleichbare Aktion — mit Kühen." Translations welcome.

DBA/CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner was quoted in a Denver Post story called "Make exercise a travel companion." He stays fit by running during his trips. "When you travel to the same cities with some frequency, you can make friends with fellow runners or just go exploring on your own."


Scott Robinson
was featured on "SNAPPED!" an Oxygen Network documentary that highlighted the 2003 murder of Cody Boyd — a sensational case involving an alleged love triangle, death threats, claims by the deceased that he was a hit man, cocaine, an arsenal of weapons, and more. Robinson tried the case to acquittal.

James M. Mulligan, director of Fairfield and Woods, was quoted in a Post story about duplex agreements.

Catherine Ricca, a partner at the female-owned firm of Miletich & Ricca, was profiled in the Denver Business Journal. In addition to practicing law, she plays the flute in the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.

Larry Atler was "Seen" in The Post at the fundraising dinner for Mental Health America of Colorado. Michael Touff and Jim Lyons were captured on camera at the 34th Annual Men’s Event that raised money for AMC Cancer Research Center.


Montgomery, Kolodny, Amatuzio & Dusbabek is pleased to announce that Lori K. Bell and Max K. Jones Jr. have become partners.


Dustin Kitson has joined Snell & Wilmer as part of the Commercial Litigation practice group. Jessica Yates has joined the firm as an associate of the Commercial Litigation practice group.

Moye White is proud to announce that it has added five new attorneys to its Transaction Section: William "Bo" Anderson, Jackie Benson, Patricia J. Rogers, Lorni Sharrow and Ken Tolle.





Carlson, Hammond & Paddock is pleased to announce that Roger L. Phillips, former Law Clerk of Judge Taubman of the Colorado Court of Appeals, has joined the firm.

Mastin Law Firm is pleased to announce that Lisa L. Culpepper has joined the firm as special counsel. Dawn-Carole Harris has joined the firm as a contract attorney. 



Glendon L. Laird
, formerly of White and Steele, has joined McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter as a partner.

Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey is pleased to announce that Timothy J. Parsons has joined the firm as special counsel.

Natural resource attorneys Fred MacDonald and Rob Thompson joined Beatty & Wozniak.

Steve Farber’s son, Brad Farber, was sworn in as a Colorado attorney in October. He practices law in Washington, D.C. at the firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti is pleased to welcome RaLea Sluga, John Mosesso, Melissa Davis, Bill Kyriagis and Aviv Segev as associates.







Stern Elkind Curray & Alterman has added deportation defense attorney Kelly Ryan as an associate.


Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Ashley K. (Johnson) Wald has joined the firm as a member of the business department. Nine new associates also have been added: Katie Crenshaw, Annie Chu Haselfeld, Keeya Jeffrey, Robyn Kashiwa, Steven O’Dorisio, Jonathon P. Martin, Brooke H. McCarthy, Malissa Williams, and Anne Austin Zeckser.

Hogan & Hartson announced eight new associates: Randy J. Shefman, Alexander C. Clayden, Anna K. Edgar, Christopher O. Murray, Stephanie N. Berberich, Jason C. Nelson, John S. Wroldsen and Jeffrey R. Vincent.




Matthias M. Edrich
has joined Peck, Shaffer & Williams, focusing on public finance law and nonprofit financing transactions.

Frank C. Debick and Abraham J. Laydon have joined Fairfield & Woods as associates.

Michael H. Berger has joined Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley after 25 years as a principal of Koff Corn & Berger. The firm also announced the addition of six new associates: Zachary D. Detra, Nicholas A. Langefels, Brooke Elizabeth Mallette, Andrew W. Myers, Elizabeth E. Pinckard and Marianna Moss.







After three years as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia, Ron Ledgerwood has hopped islands to become an Assistant Attorney General in the Republic of Palau. He can be reached at or at the Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 1365, Koror, Palau, 96940.



Sherman & Howard has added Rebecca Anderson Fischer to its Executive Committee.

Jason R. Dunn, former Colorado deputy attorney general and assistant solicitor general, has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. David Asarch has joined the firm as an associate.

Perkins Coie is pleased to welcome Douglas L. Sawyer as a


senior associate in its national litigation practice.

Jeremy I. Ferrin has joined Poulson, Odell & Peterson. 


Holland & Hart’s Immigration practice group has launched an Immigration Law blog,, which contains information covering new regulations and policy changes that may affect employers’ ability to transfer, hire, and retain workers as well as recent developments in employment eligibility and verification programs.



Nicholas J. Enoch, with the Phoenix-based law firm Lubin & Enoch, has announced the opening of an office at 999 18th St., Suite 3000, Denver 80202-2499. Phone: (303) 595-0008. Enoch will engage in all phases of complex labor and employment law representation with an emphasis on representing labor unions.

Myer, Swanson, Adams & Wolf, P.C. has relocated to 1350 Lawrence St., Suite 100, Denver, 80204-2061. Phone, fax and e-mail addresses remain the same.

Paul G. Quinn, former Assistant U.S. Trustee for Colorado, and D. Bruce Coles, former partner with Fish & Coles, have formed Quinn & Coles, P.C. Find them at Ptarmigan Place, 3773 Cherry Creek North Dr., Suite 620, Denver 80209-3820. Phone: (303) 355-2630; fax: (303) 355-2773; and


Baby Vorndran

Baby Shaw

and Paul Vorndran announce the birth of their daughter Zoe Quinn Vorndran on July 14, 2007 (Bastille Day). She was 6 lbs., 5 ounces and 19 inches long. (As of this picture, she was more than 12 lbs. and two feet long!)

Ruby Elizabeth Shaw was born to Amy Hedges Rubright and Jess Shaw on Sept. 24, 2007. She was 7 lbs., 13.5 ounces and 20.5 inches long.

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