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December 2009
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Barbara Melior Jacobi was appointed for the second year to be the co-chair of the Alternate Defense Commission.

Wells, Anderson & Race congratulates Suanne M. Dell on receiving the 2009 St. Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild. The award is given annually to one Colorado attorney demonstrating the intellect, integrity and moral courage of St. Thomas More.

Jack Luellen, a member at Beatty & Wozniak, was re-elected to a two-year term to the Board of Directors of NAMI-Colorado, the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and currently serves as treasurer.


Kim Casey, a partner at Kutak Rock, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. NABL educates members and the public about state and municipal bond law, and provides advice on the federal, state and local levels with respect to legislation,


regulations and rulings effecting state and municipal obligations.

Sam Cheris was elected chair of the Board of International Hearing Dog, a nonprofit organization providing hearing dogs to deaf and deaf-blind individuals throughout the country.

Beth Wilkins

The Harris Law firm announces that Beth Wilkins, a paralegal with the firm, was awarded the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award from the National Federation of Paralegal Association.



John V. McDermott, a Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck shareholder, was named to the Exempla Healthcare Board of Directors. Nicole R. Ament, a shareholder, was named to the Kempe Foundation’s Board of Directors. Also, Steven M. Sommers, a shareholder, was named to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Board of Directors.



Rehan K. Hasan
, a Denver-based a corporate lawyer and business advisor for small and medium-sized businesses, started Hasan, LLC, a corporate law firm offering a broad range of corporate legal and strategic business services.

Thomas N. George joined Grimshaw & Harring as an associate. George practices in the areas of special district and municipal law, real estate development and litigation.





Darrell Waas, Pattie Campbell, Mikaela Rivera and Kathryn Hopping formed the firm Waas Campbell Rivera. The address is 1350 17th St., Suite 450, Denver, CO 80202; phone: (720) 351-4700.


Sherman & Howard announces that Kevin Holst joined the firm’s real estate practice as an associate.

Steese & Evans announced it opened Washington, D.C. offices and changed its name to Steese, Evans & Frankel. Chuck Steese and Kevin Evans are joined by Jonathan Frankel, formerly a partner at WilmerHale, and John Janecek, formerly Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force and counsel at WilmerHale.


Kutak Rock announces the recent hiring of Thomas W. Snyder to the litigation practice group. His practice focuses on complex energy and telecommunications litigation. He also is actively involved in the community, including serving as a board member for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, General Counsel for Sobriety House, Inc., and manager of pro bono legal services at the Stout Street Clinic.


Jennifer D. Duettra joined Thompson & Thompson as an associate. Duettra’s law experience includes state and federal civil trial work, primarily in the areas of construction litigation, contract disputes, fraud, intentional interference with business relations, piercing the corporate veil and collections.

Hall & Evans named Peter Middleton and Brian Molzahn as the firm’s


newest partners. Additionally, Bryce Allen, Brad O’Brien, Michael Paul and Katelyn Werner joined the firm as associates.

The law firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons welcomes Holly C. Ludwig as an associate in the firm. Ludwig is focusing her law practice on commercial litigation, insurance, and real estate law.

Faegre & Benson launched an energy, clean technology and climate practice group, the Minneapolis-based law firm announced on Tuesday. More than 50 attorneys from the Boulder,


Denver, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Shanghai and London offices will collaborate to provide services in the new energy, clean technology and climate sectors, with the group called the NECTC team.

The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announces that Kalisha Chorba joined the firm as an associate in its litigation group.


Murray Dahl Kuechenmeister & Renaud announces the relocation of their firm to The Historic Sugar Building, 1530 16th St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202; phone: (303) 493-6670; fax: (303) 477-0965.

Soren Mars


Meeting his deadline, Soren Mars was born to Tracy Rackauskas and Ben Dinsmore on October 25, 2009. Tracy is a legal editor with The Colorado Lawyer. As only Tracy can describe him: "He’s an awesome dude, really cool, and mellow as can be."

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