Denver Bar Association
December 2010
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Legal Affairs

Most of the following may be true; some partially correct; some may be slightly libelous. We feel certain you’ll let us know.


Richard B. Benenson, a shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, recently was named to the Anti-Defamation League Regional Mountain States Board of Directors.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson, an attorney at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley and former Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has been named the A.T. Smith/Gerald J. Schissler Distinguished Natural Resources Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. 

Community First Foundation appointed Marla J. Williams as its new chief executive officer on Nov. 15.

The Colorado–Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society conferred emeritus status on former board trustee  

Janet Savage

Janet Savage, attorney, Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP, for her commitment, outstanding contributions, and past board service.   

Trevor Bartel

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to announce that associate Trevor G. Bartel has been selected as a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce—Chamber 101 program—an exclusive program for individuals who show promise as the future leadership of metro Denver and a way for young professionals to gain an inside view of the Chamber while giving back to the community.

Charles Goldberg

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is proud to announce that Pope Benedict XVI has granted Charles Goldberg the Benemerenti ("To a Well Deserving Person") Medal. The award was conferred by Archbishop Charles Chaput during Mass on Nov. 7 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Goldberg is the first such recipient of this award from outside the Catholic community in more than a quarter century. 

Johnathan Pray

Jonathan G. Pray, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, recently was named to the Historic Denver Inc. Board of Trustees. As a board member, he will help the nonprofit preserve historic structures and neighborhoods in Denver through implementation of programs and oversight of staff.

Denver bankruptcy attorney Matt McCune was honored by the Denver Police Department and The Daniels Fund on Oct. 26 for coming to the aid of a woman who was being attacked by her boyfriend. When McCune, who was out walking his dogs, tried to intervene, he was stabbed in the neck. He is recovering and back to work, according to news reports.

Larry Theis

Holme Roberts & Owen LLP and Larry Theis, a partner and Chair of HRO’s Executive Committee, were selected as the 2010 leadership competition award winners from the Center for Legal Inclusiveness at its annual roundtable on Nov. 4. Theis implemented an action item that called for his law firm to make inclusiveness a same-level priority as other firm business initiatives.

As the competition award winner, Theis’ charity of choice – Make-A-Wish Foundation – received the $5,000 cash award.

Michael King

Michael W. King, a shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was recently named president of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation Board of Trustees.


Sherman & Howard announces that four new associates have joined the firm. Caroline Bess, Lindsay Hopper, Jason Miller, and Jake Spratt.

David Hyams

The law firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to welcome David M. Hyams as an associate in the firm’s Denver office.

Philip A. Pearlman has joined Grimshaw & Harring, P.C. as Special Counsel. Mr. Pearlman practices in the area of bankruptcy law.

Allen & Vellane, P.C. is please to announce that Kevin M. Aoun and Jordan Factor have joined the firm. Auon, as an associate attorney and Factor, as special counsel.

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC is pleased to announce that Heather Anderson, Brady Iandiorio, and Chad Johnson have joined the firm as associates. The firm’s practice continues to emphasize construction law and general civil litigation. 

Emily Droll Emma Keyser
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Avi Loewenstein Eric Aldrian
Loewenstein Aldrian

The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Emily L. Droll, Emma R. Keyser, Avi Loewenstein, and Eric T. Aldrian have joined the firm as associates. Aldrian will work in the firm’s Las Vegas office and the other three will be based in Denver.

The Hustead Law Firm is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Gunnison has joined the firm.

Polsinelli Shughart PC congratulates Allison R. Nelson and Nicole A. Westbrook, who were promoted to shareholder status on Nov. 1, the start of the firm’s fiscal year. Both women practice in the Denver office of Polsinelli Shughart and previously were associates.

Marilyn Chapell

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC is pleased to announce that Marilyn S. Chappell has been named special counsel, and that Karen R. Wells, Kristin R. Anderson, and Michelle K. Brand have joined the firm as associates.

Denver-based insurance recovery and bad faith law firm, Roberts Levin Rosenberg, has added Marixa Frias as an associate attorney.


Charles Knight

Venture Law Advisors, LLC, (VLA) announced its formation; providing business counsel and legal services for Colorado’s emerging and growth companies. VLA’s founding principal is Charles K. Knight, a business executive and attorney.

White, Bear & Ankele Professional Corporation is pleased to announce its move to "The Streets at SouthGlenn" at 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 2000, Centennial, CO 80122.

Are you the mystery flier?

A University of Texas–Brownsville professor traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago in October met a Denver lawyer and had a stimulating conversation on the flight. If you are this man and would like to reconnect with the Indian woman whom you had an intellectual and humorous encounter, please contact The Docket Editor at to be put in touch with her.

Thanks to those who celebrated Pro Bono Week

Kicking off Pro Bono Week, Oct. 24–30, a special morning Law Line 9 was held Oct. 25. We want to thank , Terrence Burke, Charles Garcia, Erica Longnecker, William O’Rourke, and Mandy Yick for volunteering their time in the early hours that morning.

On Oct. 28, Faegre & Benson, LLP hosted a Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network U-Visa Training for volunteers of Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

On Oct. 30, volunteer lawyers met at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Aurora to speak to the Burmese and Nepalese communities on topics including immigration, employment, criminal, workers’ comp, and landlord–tenant issues. This informational clinic was sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. We thank: Ilene Bloom, Harry Budisidharta, Catherine Chan, James Chiu, Nick Fogel, Iris Halpern, Dennis Kaw, Rita Kittle, Matt O’Brien, Siddharta Rathod, Kelly Ryan, and Kristi Walton. Special thanks to Aurora Central High School junior and Mock Trial Team star, Shiva Sapkota. Shiva personally brought the Nepalese community and also delivered proficient verbal and written translation.

Letters by DBA President Stacy Carpenter and Denver Access to Justice Committee Chairs Alison Daniels and Jennifer Levin were sent to firms to acknowledge National Pro Bono Week as a time to thank members of the Denver legal community who donate thousands of hours in free legal services, and to those volunteers who take cases at Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

If you are a Denver Bar member and you’ve moved, been promoted, hired an associate, taken on a partner, received a promotion or award, or begun service on a new board, we’d love to hear from you. Talks, speeches, CLE presentations and political announcements, due to their sheer number, cannot be included. In addition, The Docket does not print notices of honors determined by other publications (Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers) Notices are printed at no cost but must be submitted in writing and are subject to editing and space available. Send all notices to Kate Mills at by the 10th day of the month. 

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