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September 2010
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Legal Affairs


Kath Schoen

The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence and Arnold & Porter honored Kathleen M. Schoen, CBA director of Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice, with the Sharon Corbitt Award on Friday, Aug. 6, in San Francisco. The award recognizes contributions by lawyers from all areas of practice, including nonprofits, large firms, solo practitioners, corporate counsel and judges who demonstrate exemplary service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

John Chanin

Denver County Court Presiding Judge Mary A. Celeste was appointed to the Colorado State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Lindquist and Vennum attorney John A. Chanin was named President-Elect of The Faculty of Federal Advocates.

Livingston Keithley of Kelly, Stacy & Rita was appointed to the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and continues to serve as chairman of the Frontier District.

Stern & Curray announces that partner Emily Curray was appointed to the board of directors of the avalanche safety organization Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Craig Fleishman

Fleishman & Shapiro announces that Craig Fleishman was elected as a member of the Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado.

The Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art announces that Andrea Koppenhofer was named the new President of its Board of Directors.

Steve Masiello

Lisa Monet Wayne was sworn in as President-Elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Steve Masiello, a partner in the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, earned the credential of Certified Management Accountant from the Institute of Management Accountants. 


S. Kato Crews Kristine Poston Nicole Gorham
Crews  Poston Gorham

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons announces that partner S. Kato Crews was elected to the Board of Directors of Colorado Humanities; associate Kristine L. Poston was elected to the Board of Directors of Family Tree; and associate Nicole K. Gorham was elected to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Lawyers Committee.Carolyn Burr and James Noble of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite were named co-chairs of the firm’s Water Energy Resources and Environment Practice. 

Carolyn Burr James Noble
Burr  Noble


David Rontal Elizabeth Paulsen
Rontal  Paulsen

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announces the following: David Rontal was appointed to the Hillel of Colorado board of directors; Elizabeth Paulsen was named to the Girls Inc. board of directors; Jeff M. Knetsch was appointed to the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado board of directors; Lauren E. Schmidt was named chairwoman of the Denver Dumb Friends League board of directors; Margaux Trammell was named to the

Tom Romer

Freedom Service Dogs board of directors; and Thomas B. Romer was named to the National Western Stock Show Association.



Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Bill Ritter Stephanie Villafuerte was named the new executive director for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.


Scott Barker

Barkley Martinez welcomes attorney Annie Christoff to the employment litigation section of the firm.

Bennington Johnson Biermann & Craigmile announces that Lisa L. McDaniel joined the firm as a member and head of the practice in estate planning, estate administration and elder law.

Patent attorney Chad King joined Denver-based intellectual property law firm Swanson & Bratschun as a partner.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell announces that Scott S. Barker joined the firm as a partner.


George Curtis

Ford & Harrison added Shella Neba as an associate in its Denver office.

Former SEC Deputy Director of Enforcement George Curtis joined the Gibson Dunn’s Denver office.

Gifford Stevens announces that Leigh C. Anderson joined the firm as an associate. Anderson’s practice focuses on civil litigation defense. The firm also wishes Adam Daurio continued success as he leaves to become the Executive Director of the SaddleUp! Foundation.


Porya Mansorian Sherri Catalano Ross Hoogerhyde
Mansorian  Catalono Hoogerhyde

Gordon & Rees announces the addition of three associates to the Denver office: Porya Mansorian joined the Healthcare Practice Group, Sherri Catalano joined the Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Ross Hoogerhyde joined the Bankruptcy Practice Group.

Gutterman Griffiths welcomes senior associates Bradley V. Varmo and Elizabeth M. Sexton. Both will handle all family law matters, including high conflict divorce, parenting challenges, post decree and juvenile issues.



Hamilton Faatz & Waller announces that Greg James Smith joined the firm as a shareholder. He will manage the new "Health Care Practice Group" and will be a member of the "Business Practice Group."

Stephen Vertucci

Rich Harris, president and managing partner of The Harris Law Firm, announces that Stephen Vertucci, a family law attorney with the firm, was promoted to partner.

Michael Berger was named general counsel to Jacobs Chase. Berger practices commercial litigation, appellate litigation, employment litigation, intellectual property litigation and legal ethics, including the representation of lawyers in disciplinary proceedings.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart announces that Jennifer L. Gokenbach joined its office as Of Counsel.

Patton Boggs announces that Stephen P. Nash, a health care lawyer, and Sven C. Collins, a litigator, joined the firm’s Denver office as partners, along with two associates: Mimi Hu and Michi Tsuda.


Daniel Frost

Perkins Coie announces that Irvin (Gene) Branch joined the firm’s Denver office as a partner and is part of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice.

Poulson, Odell & Peterson announces that James P. Parrot joined the firm as an associate.

Snell & Wilmer announces that Daniel R. Frost joined the firm as a partner and will focus on construction law.



Jessica Hoffman

Jessica Hoffman announces the opening of her new mediation and trial strategy firm, Hoffman Brylo Consulting. The practice specializes in running focus groups and mock trials designed to leverage a case for mediation or trial, editing opening statements and closing arguments, etc. Phone: (303) 653-2233; e-mail:; website:

Megan M. Sherr, Catherine H. Puttman, Tanya L. Akins and David A. Lamb announce the opening of their new family law firm Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb. Phone: (303) 741-5300.

Faraci Wolanske has relocated its offices to: 1512 Larimer Street, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202. Telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same.


Baby Ogburn Baby Englert
Ogburn  Englert


Melissa Ogburn, attorney at Lasater and Martin, announces the birth of her daughter, Brielle Sireda Ogburn, born on July 20 at 9:32 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Ericka Englert, a 2010 COBALT graduate, announces the birth of her daughter, Ruby Frances Englert, on July 23 at 12:49 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. and was 20.5 inches long.

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