Denver Bar Association
February 2008
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Picture This: DBA Happenings


Seniors Know How To Party!

The Seniors Committee met Dec. 14 to celebrate the holidays and catch up with colleagues and friends. More than 35 people showed up for the event, and a trivia and "Name That President" game kept the seniors on their toes. It concluded with a recap of what everyone was up to and what they will be doing in 2008.

John Criswell, Luis Rovira and Larry DeMuth enjoy cocktails and laughs before lunch.

Don McMichael explains the rules of a game.


Seniors enjoyed a hot buffet and games at the holiday party.


Blue 42, Set, Hut, Hut, HIKE!

On Nov. 4, led by quarterback Marc Walters, the team Collateral Attack won its third football league championship in the last five years by defeating last year’s champion, The Untouchables, 28-6. The DBA Lawyers’ Football League was created in 1968. Each year, the league’s champion is awarded the Madden Trophy in tribute to the league’s founder John Madden III.

The league plays its games commencing the first Sunday after Labor Day and concludes the second Sunday in November. Interested players and teams for the fall 2008 season may contact the league Commissioner, Vic Stazzone, at stazzmann@yahoo.com. The Docket will announce the commencement of the football season in its June issue.

Photo: (Top row) – Mark Walters, Robert Joga, DaVone Chandler, CJ Chapman, James Allen, Jeff Gaston, Mickey Silberman. (Bottom row) – Greg McClure, Judge Al Harrell (coach), Kevin Robinson, Colin Barnacle, Jason Reitz. (Not pictured) – Matt Striegel and Malik Duncan


Prominent Denver attorney, civic leader, and DBA Past-President Garth C. Grissom, of Wheat Ridge, died peacefully on Dec. 27, surrounded by his family.

He pursued post-graduate studies at Harvard Law School and Cambridge University in England on a Rotary scholarship. After serving in the United States Army, he returned to Harvard Law School and graduated in 1957.

His law career, which spanned 50 years, was characterized by unwavering ethics and clear, direct communication. Grissom found his vocational passion early and enjoyed practicing law up until the age of 75, working his entire career at the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard.

Grissom was active in the Denver Bar Association, serving a term as its president from 1985–86, and helping to provide pro bono legal assistance to the Denver community. His years of service were recognized in 1994 when he was awarded the prestigious DBA Award of Merit.

He also was a major contributor to the Denver civic community, serving one term as president of the Denver Rotary Club and participating in the organization’s activities for 34 years.

Grissom loved to hike, hunt and fish, and made regular trips throughout North America to pursue his angler passion. He enjoyed his family and was a pillar of support to them throughout his life.

Grissom is survived by his wife Elena, sons Colin, Grady, Cole and Kent, and daughters-in-law Abigail, Lynda and Laura, grandchildren Brooke, Grady, Sydney, Cassidy, Elena and Hilary, brother Pat, nephew Mark, and niece Charlotte. He is preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Bernice, and his brother Grady.

In lieu of flowers, you may send contributions to the Denver Bar Foundation, 1900 Grant St., Suite 950, Denver, CO 80203. These contributions will be allocated to the Metro Volunteer Lawyers — formally Thursday Night Bar, a program that Grissom helped found in 1966 to provide pro bono legal services in the community. Contributions also can be made to the Denver Rotary Club Foundation for their youth programs, 1900 Grant St., Suite 850, Denver, CO 80203.


From the mouths of members and DBA staff…

What is your cure for cabin fever?

"I strap on the cleated running shoes and run or walk every place I need to go. Last winter, I snowshoed into my office!"

— John Baker

"Two words: hot tub!"

— Michelle Gersic
DBA Staff

"I would give anything to have cabin fever!"

— Melissa Nicoletti
DBA Staff


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