Denver Bar Association
March 2009
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Legal Affairs

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Michael Burg of Burg Simpson was named to the Board of Directors of the Mizel Museum by businessman and philanthropist Larry Mizel who, with his wife Carol, continue to be the museum’s major benefactors. The museum teaches awareness and respect through Jewish life and culture, immigration, art, lessons of the Holocaust, the award-winning Bridges of Understanding, workshops and internationally recognized exhibitions.


Griffith Centers for Children announced that Peter D. Willis, a partner at Kutak Rock, was elected the president of the Board of Directors for 2009. Since 1927, Griffith Centers for Children has provided academic and therapeutic programs for more than 22,000 at-risk Colorado children, and this year alone, Griffith will help 1,600 youth and their families overcome the traumas of abuse and neglect.


Jason R. Dunn
, an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was named to the newly formed Colorado Meth


Project Advisory Council. Lynda A. McNeive, a firm shareholder, was recently named to the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s Board of Trustees.

Holland & Hart attorney Evan Randall, and Isaacson Rosenbaum attorneys Ryan Christ and Nick McGrath earned accreditation as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Professionals. They are among only five lawyers in the state to achieve such status.

     Randall            Christ               McGrath



Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons announced that Ruby Thapliya was selected for the RJ&L Michael D. Nosler Scholarship for 2009. The firm established the Scholarship in 2006 to honor and recognize RJ&L’s past managing partner, Michael D. Nosler, who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity in the legal profession, and supported the firm in its commitment to making the legal profession more diverse, inclusive, and reflective of the communities in which we live and work. The firm also announced that Justin D. Cumming, a partner with the firm, was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Western Stock Show Association.

Sherman & Howard attorney Lorenzo Trujillo was among five recipients of a 2008 "¡Scouting Vale La Pena! Service Award!" from the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The award was given at a luncheon on Dec. 8.

Boulder Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin received the second annual John F. Truhlar Champion of Mental Health Award. She was honored for her outstanding contributions to the mental health


community. Bailin has long been an advocate and supporter for the mental health community.

Timmins law firm announced that Coulter M. Bump was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to serve on the Small Business Council, which makes recommendations to the governor for regulatory and statutory changes needed to encourage the initiation, stability and growth of small business enterprises.


Change in the Denver law community has come in the way of the newly merged law firm of Polsinelli Shughart, formerly Shughart Thomson & Kilroy.

Baker & Hostetler announced the addition of Tina U. Amin as an associate in its Denver office. She earned her law degree from the University of Colorado, where she served as Editor of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.

Kim I. McCullough, a franchise attorney, and Jeffrey Cowman, a franchise and commercial litigator, have joined Ballard Spahr as partners, along with Lynne M. Hanson and Garrett Tuttle as of counsel. They follow corporate and tax attorney John L. Ruppert and M&A and finance attorney Michele J. Rowland, who joined the firm as partners earlier in the year.

   McCullough       Cowman            Hanson           Tuttle                Ruppert          Rowland


Brian Ignat
joined Dorsey Whitney as a patent agent. His practice includes all areas of patent prosecution, with a special emphasis on electrical and computer-related devices. Prior to becoming a patent agent, he worked as a systems engineer for Symbios/LSI Logic.

Fairfield and Woods announced that Charles F. Brega joined the litigation department as a director. The firm also announced that three of their attorneys have been promoted to director: Tamara A. Hoffbuhr, Timothy E. Reilly and Michael H. Smith.

    Hoffbuhr              Reilly              Smith  


Ford & Harrison, a national labor and employment law firm, announced the addition of Matthew J. Rita as a partner in the firm’s Denver office. He is a former partner of Holmes Roberts & Owen in Denver.

Hatch Jacobs announced that Christopher J. Conant and Daniel P.


joined the firm’s real estate and lending group.

Hensley Kim & Holzer announced that Thomas J. Osborne, Jr. became a member of the firm. His practice focuses on identifying, obtaining and managing intellectual property rights.


Holland & Hart elected partners Chris Balch and Michael Brennan to the firm’s five-member Management Committee.


Balch and Brennan will take the places of outgoing committee members Carl Barton and Don Degnan.

Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert named two new partners — John D. Mereness, in the litigation practice group, and Denise D. Riley, chair of the labor and employment practice area. The firm also appointed Brian P. Jumps to serve as managing partner. He is a partner in the firm’s real estate practice group.

    Mereness             Riley             Jumps

McKenna Long & Aldridge announced that the firm has elected Sandra Wick Mulvany to partnership.

Moye White announced that four of its attorneys, Rebecca B. DeCook, David Laird, Jake Matter and Dominick Sekich were named partners. The firm also announced that former partner Chesley K. "Bud" Culp, III rejoined the firm. Culp most recently served as vice president and assistant general counsel for the Quizno’s Corporation and was responsible for managing all of its North American litigation.

     DeCook             Laird              Sekich               Culp


Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti congratulates Mikaela V. Rivera, formerly an associate at the firm, on her promotion to shareholder. Her practice will continue to focus on commercial litigation and eminent domain. The firm also welcomes new associates Dimitri Adloff (litigation), Jared K. Hassan (business transactions and tax) and Kaydee C. Smith (real estate and land use).

     Adloff               Hassan             Smith

The Denver-based law firm of Sherman & Howard announced that Reed Morgan joined the firm and will practice in the area of commercial litigation.

Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio named family law attorney Jennifer C. Alldredge as shareholder. Alldredge’s practice will continue to focus on family law matters, including divorce, adoption, parental responsibilities, modification of child support and other post decree matters.


McKenna Long & Aldridge announced the new location of its Denver office. The address is 1400 Wewatta St., Suite 700, Denver, 80202. The phone number is (303) 634-4000.

After 13 years in the Tabor Center, the intellectual property law firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew is moving its Denver office to LoDo. The 230-attorney firm, including 35 lawyers and 85 employees in Denver, has outgrown its current space and opened for business in a newly constructed, nine-story office building at 1400 Wewatta St.



The partners of Wheeler Trigg Kennedy are saddened to announce that their partner and friend Mark Kennedy died on Jan. 11 while skiing in Canada.

Brent A. Martin, a DBA member and passionate volunteer for the Denver Mock Trials, passed away on Friday, Jan. 16. He was 45 years old.

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