Denver Bar Association
September 2009
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Legal Affairs


Martha S. Nachman, an attorney at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, was named to the board of directors of Urban Peak, an organization that provides shelter and services to homeless and runaway youth.


Denise S. Maes
, shareholder at Berenbaum Weinshienk, was appointed general counsel for the White House Office of Administration.

Jeff D. Joseph, senior partner at Joseph Law Firm, was elected to the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Board of Governors. AILA is the national bar association of 11,000 immigration lawyers. Joseph will serve a three-year term and is one of 21 elected directors of the association.


Denver attorney Dick Reeve was elected to his third term as chairman of the Colorado Lottery Commission.

Elder law attorney Kathleen Negri was selected to be a Health and Aging Policy Fellow, sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies, and is relocating to Washington, D.C. for a one-year fellowship.

The Nelson Law Firm announces that Mark W. Nelson and Colleen S. Pennella, after working closely together for nearly five years, have made it official and are now husband and wife. Colleen will continue her civil litigation practice with Nelson and the other attorneys at the firm.


White and Steele announces that Brett M. Wendt was elected for a three-year term as a Colorado State Representative for the Defense Research Institute.

Betty J. Wytias, senior assistant attorney general and Domestic Violence Policy advisor in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, was appointed to a one-year term on the ABA’s Commission on Domestic Violence.

Holland & Hart partner Anne Castle was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as



Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announces the following: Lori R. Baker, an associate, was named to the Board of Directors for Environmental Learning for Kids; Carolynne C. White, a shareholder, was named to the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training Board of Directors; Mark J. Mathews, a shareholder, was named to the Himalayan Dental Relief



Project’s Board of Directors; Michael R. McGinnis, a shareholder, was named to St. Anthony Health Foundation’s Board of Directors; and Ronald C. Gorsché, of counsel, was named to the Colorado Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement Board of Directors.



John Hake, James Hart and John Lintzenich announce the formation of Hake Hart & Lintzenich. HHL focuses on property, corporate, and other transactional work, as well as estate planning. They can be reached at (303) 872-9129 or


Jared K. Hassan
announces the opening of the Hassan Law Firm. The firm assists clients in the areas of business law, real estate, estate planning, litigation and simple criminal matters.

Benson & Case welcomes James D. Evans as a partner in the firm. He has practiced for more than 30 years and will continue to focus on complex estate and trust planning and litigation, as well as offering Client Law School education classes.


Bloom Murr & Accomazzo announces that D. Trey Jordan is an associate of the firm.

Fairfield and Woods announces that Jason B. Robinson joined the litigation department as an associate attorney. Robinson will focus on complex commercial and environmental litigation.

Gifford Stevens announces that Asher M.B. Ritmiller joined the firm as


an associate.

Kutak Rock recently hired Chad T. Nitta to join the litigation practice group. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, breach of license and misappropriation of trade secrets.


Reilly Pozner announces that Farrell Carfield joined the firm as an associate. Carfield’s practice will focus on civil and commercial litigation.

Ritsema & Lyons announces that Brett R. Parnes joined the firm and will specialize in workers’ compensation defense.

Ruegsegger Simons Smith & Stern announces that Marcus J. Zarlengo joined the firm as an associate.

Sheridan Ross is announces that Tadd Wilson is an associate with the firm.

Walta, Gehring, Harms & Dingle, a trial and appellate practice, opened its doors at 1912 Logan St. in Denver. Phone: (303) 953-599; fax: (303) 996-8973; Web site:; E-mail: The firm focuses on contract support for attorneys, criminal defense, personal injury and professional disciplinary matters.


Grund, Dagner & Nelson relocated to 1660 Lincoln St., Suite 2800; all other contact information remains the same.

The Denver office of national law firm Polsinelli Shughart signed a 12-year lease for space in an innovative new building, and relocated to the historic LoDo District in September 2009 to accommodate the firm’s continuing growth in Denver. The building is located at 1515 Wynkoop St. Web site:



Denver attorney Moshe Luber passed away on April 27. He was a shareholder of Lohf Shaiman Jacobs Hyman & Feiger and continued his practice as a tax attorney until his death.



Baby Kaleb

Christine McManus
, director of communications at the DBA, and her husband Keith, announces the birth of their son, Kaleb Josef. He was born at 8:33 a.m. on July 1. He weighed in at 9 lbs. 3 oz. and is 20.5 inches long.

Phil McGrane, an active member of the AALS committee of the DBA, and his wife Angella, welcomed their daughter Mackenzie Marie to the world at 10:33 a.m. on June 17. She weighed in at 8 lbs. 4 oz.

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