Denver Bar Association
September 2008
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Legal Affairs

On May 5, Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Joseph H. Thibodeau to the Colorado Aeronautical Board, a seven-member body responsible for the development of aviation in Colorado.

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter announced that law firm partner, Karen J. Mathis, president of the American Bar Association (2006–07), will serve the CEELI Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, as executive director and chief operating officer for a year, commencing Sept. 1.


Karen Steinhauser
was named chair of the Anti-Defamation League’s regional board.

Bob Keatinge of Burns, Figa & Will was the recipient of the 2008 Lubaroff Award.

David G. Scott, a Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck associate, was recently named to the America Scores Denver Board of Directors. Martha Fitzgerald Bauer, of counsel at the firm, was recently appointed to the Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) Board of Directors. John A. Helfrich, an associate, has been named to the American Lung Association of Colorado Board of Directors. C. Suzanne Mencer, a policy director, was recently appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC). Michael Strand, an associate, was recently named to the Howard Dental Center Board of Directors.

       Scott               Bauer              Helfrich             Mencer             Strand


Fairfield & Woods congratulates Brent T. Johnson for 16 years of dedication to The Yoga Group, Inc. The firm congratulates Craig D. Joyce for being named DU’s Outstanding Alumni Law Star.

Foster Graham Milstein Miller & Calisher is proud to announce that Jennifer L. Shannon, a member of the firm, has been accepted to University of Colorado at Boulder Law School.


Holland & Hart commends the White House’s nomination of Greg Goldberg to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Denver.

Attorney Ken Fellman of Kissinger & Fellman was designated the president-elect of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).


C. Richard Pennington
, a government contracts lawyer at McKenna Long & Aldridge, was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association presented Michael O’Donnell, chairman of the civil litigation defense firm Wheeler Trigg Kennedy, with an award for “the highest standards of competency, ethics and professionalism.” This is only the seventh time in its 55-year history that the CTLA, whose members are plaintiffs’ attorneys, has given this award to a defense lawyer.

Attorney Dick Reeve was re-elected chairman of the Colorado Lottery Commission. Reeve, who was first elected chairman in 2007, will serve until July 2009.

Davis Graham & Stubbs announced that Matthew R. Perkins, Albert J. Givray and Andrew I. Sultan joined the firm’s corporate finance and acquisitions practice as partners.

      Perkins             Givray             Sultan

Hensley Kim & Holzer, a firm representing companies of all sizes in the areas of business, securities, intellectual property, litigation and real estate law announced the addition of Jenna Syrdahl.


Holme Roberts & Owen announced the addition of three attorneys — Scott R. Bialecki, Mark L. Yaskanin and Paul S. Cha.

Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe has named attorney Michelle B. Ferguson as shareholder/director.


Litvak Litvak Mehrtens & Epstein is proud to announce that Diane Michele Carlton joined the firm as special counsel.


Kim L. Ritter
was named a director at Minor & Brown.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers announced Andy Hart is the new Family Law Court Program Coordinator.

The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced  Michael T. Chatwin and Tyler L. Sande joined the firm as associates. The firm also announced that Jean Pavek joined the firm as director of attorney recruitment, and Zhonette M. Brown has joined the firm as a shareholder.

     Chatwin             Sande            Pavek

Attorneys Timothy D. Scott and Lyle A. Wallace joined Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, where they will be shareholders and directors with the firm’s business transactions


and tax practice group.

Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey is pleased to announce that M.


Turner Field
joined the firm as an associate.

Sean Moynihan announced that he left the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to become a deputy district attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office.


Alicia Martin joined The Harris Law Firm as a marketing associate.

Charlotte N. Sweeney and Joan M. Bechtold announced the formation of their new law firm, Sweeney & Bechtold. Charlotte and Joan will continue to represent plaintiffs in discrimination, wrongful termination and other employment matters.

The law firm of Grund, Dagner & Nelson added Michael P. Curry and Joan S. Allgaier as litigation associates.

Holme Roberts & Owen announced the launch of their new Intellectual Property, Technology & Media Practice Group.


Kimberlie Ryan
was quoted in The Wall Street Journal in Sue Shellenbarger’s “Work and Family Mailbox” column in June, which addressed pregnancy discrimination.

Law Week Colorado named the top 12 women attorneys in Colorado. They are: Ellen Stewart, Linnea Brown, Sherri Heckel Kuhlmann, Iris Eytan, Betty Carter Arkell, Angela Ekker, Diane Vaksdal Smith, Barbara H. Glogiewicz, Maj. Laura Calese, Carolyn Burr, Cathy Gale and Rebecca Love Kourlis. 


DBA staff member Brian Willson and his wife Yoon welcomed their first child, a boy named Oscar. He weighed in just below seven pounds and was 20 inches long.

Gary Harrop
, the chief operating officer of Isaacson Rosenbaum has passed away. Gary was an associate member of the CBA and a former chair of the Mile High Chapter of the ALA. 

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