Denver Bar Association
January 2009
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Legal Affairs

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Colorado State University System Board of Governors has appointed Michael D. Nosler to serve as general counsel for the Colorado State University System.

CU Law School received a $5 million gift from Richard F. and Rick E. Schaden to bolster experiential education. The endowment, donated by the Schaden Family Fund, will enhance Colorado Law’s clinical programs, externships, appellate and moot-court competitions and voluntary pro bono work. The law school will hire a senior professor to oversee the school’s experiential education programs and allow more students to participate.


Holme Roberts & Owen is pleased to announce that Sheldon H. Smith, a partner in the firm’s Compensation and Benefits Practice Group, was elected to serve as president-elect of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.

Matthew D. Maxwell, a Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck associate, was named to the Colorado Honor Band Association’s Board of Directors. Martha Fitzgerald Bauer, of counsel at the firm, was appointed to the Families First of


Colorado Board of Directors.

Kenneth Sam, corporate partner at Dorsey & Whitney, was named to the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Board of Directors and will serve on their Community Concerns committee, which explores civil rights and other issues between legal and community organizations.

McKenna Long & Aldridge is proud to announce that Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov, a partner and chair of the Denver Litigation Department, was elected to the Board of the Faculty of Federal Advocates.

At its annual dinner on Oct. 29, Historic Denver presented the Ann Love Award to L. Michael


, the staff director of the Denver Board of Ethics, for his longtime citizen activism in protecting landmarks and landmark districts in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to announce that partner, S. Kato Crews, was appointed by Governor Ritter for the Colorado Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the purpose of which is to increase knowledge and awareness of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy on democracy and equal opportunity.


The firm also is pleased to announce that associate Kristine L. Poston was selected as a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Sherman & Howard’s Andrew W. Volin was named Lawyer of the Year by the Colorado Civil Justice League. He, along with firm attorneys W.V. Bernie Siebert and Mark W. Williams, were inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America.



Michelle Albert
joined the Denver office of Arnold & Porter as an associate. Albert received her JD in May from the University of Colorado Law School.

The Boulder-based Colorado public records and nationwide background check firm Background Information Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that attorney Vincent J. Pascarella joined the firm as vice president.

Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason announced that Peter B. Scull is now a shareholder in the firm and that Victoria B. Bantz joined the firm as special counsel. The firm also is pleased to announce that Robin L. Nolan and Todd R. Scardina joined the firm as associates.



The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Katayoun Azizpour Donnelly, Jeffrey D. Felder and Ian J. Kellogg joined the firm as associates. The firm also announced that Irene F. Gallagher joined the firm’s corporate and business group as a shareholder focusing on ERISA and employee benefits.

Fay Chu Fong has joined Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker &


Hutchings as a partner in their business and securities group.

Dorsey & Whitney named S. Wade Johnson partner in the Intellectual Property practice group. Also, Mike Weiner joined the firm as a partner in the corporate group.

Fairfield and Woods announced that Peter L. Edwards joined the firm as a


director in the corporate department. 

Gutterman Griffiths is pleased to announce that David A. Lamb has joined the firm as a senior associate

Rich Harris and The Harris Law Firm are pleased to announce that attorney Kevin Massaro was promoted to of counsel, and attorneys Alexandra White


and Michael Cheroutes, Jr. were promoted as partners of the firm.


Holland & Hart is pleased to announce that Leah Martinsson returned to the firm’s Denver office as of counsel. The firm also announced that Catherine Guzelian is a new associate practicing in the natural resources department.


Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that Brian V. Caid has joined the corporate practice group in the Denver office.

Ritsema & Lyons announced that Larry D. Saunders has joined its Colorado Springs office, specializing in workers’ compensation defense. The firm also is pleased to announce that T. Paul Krueger II and Margaret "Mimi" Metzger were named shareholders in the firm’s Denver office.

Robinson Tweedy is pleased to announce that Meghan C. Hungate joined the firm as an associate attorney.



Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons is pleased to announce that Hilary D. Wells and David P. Kunstle were named partners with the firm.

Stettner Miller announced that Elisa I. Chen joined the firm as an associate.


Dorsey & Whitney attorney Erin Hogan was quoted as a trademark and brand management expert in the Denver Business Journal’s Nov. 28–Dec. 4 issue in the story "What’s in a name? Maybe big trouble for businesses when it comes to Internet domains."

The Frankl Law Firm announced that associate Brett Buchheit’s article about the economics of alternative energy was published in the Texas Environmental Law Journal Vol. 38, No. 2, Winter 2008.


Baby Kerala

Tony Ryan
, DBA YLD member, and his wife Melissa Ryan, an attorney at Moye White, announce the birth of their baby girl, Kerala Mary. She arrived Nov. 19 at 1:48 a.m., and weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21.5 inches. 

Baby Carsten

Melissa Ogburn
, member of the CBA Board of Governors and Executive Council and CBA YLD Executive Council, and her husband, Chad, welcomed a baby boy to the world on Sept. 10 at 4 a.m. Carsten Lee weighed in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 19 inches.


Fast on the Draw



New lawyers  Bo Nerlin and Vince Gonzales were praised by Metro Volunteer Lawyers for breaking in their new attorney registration numbers the day after their swearing in ceremony on Oct. 27. They signed up for the Denver family Law Court Program Clinic on Oct. 28. Nerlin had been working on a case with assistance from Terry kelly. Gonzales worked to prepare a client for a permenant-oredrs hearing with Kathleen Schoen, DBA staff member.



Longtime Denver lawyer, Thomas J. Kerwin, died on Nov. 14 at the age of 78. He began law practice in Colorado in 1960 with the Hodges firm. Tom enjoyed drama and music, including performing with the Law Club shows, in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and even appeared in a cameo role as Clarence the angel in "It’s a Wonderful Life."

Several hundred people attended the Dec. 3 funeral of Barbara C. Quade, family law expert and respected volunteer for Metro Volunteer Lawyers and Continuing Legal Education. Look for a tribute to Barbara in the February issue.


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