Denver Bar Association
January 2011
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Legal Affairs


The Denver Foundation honored former Colorado Bar Association President Fredrick K. “Jerry” Conover with its 2010 Philanthropic Leadership Award in November. Conover helped found Hope for Generations, a Denver Foundation fund for early childhood development, in 2002. In the past five years, the fund has awarded more than $500,000 for this purpose. The Philanthropic Leadership Award is awarded annually to a person in the legal or finance community who helps guide others in making philanthropic decisions. 

Paul Chan

Paul Chan, former Denver Bar Association President and current Colorado Bar Association President, has been named a trustee of the Boettcher Foundation. Chan, who is general counsel for the University of Denver, is an alumnus of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship Program. He is the first former Boettcher scholar to be named a trustee of the foundation.

Former Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey was awarded the Distinguished Judicial Leadership Award from the Colorado Judicial Institute at its annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on Nov. 18. Mullarkey was    

Mary Mullarkey

honored for her efforts to improve the administration of justice; develop a statewide case management system; establish e-filing systems for trial courts and develop the Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System, which allows criminal justice agencies to track offenders through the legal system. 


Gloria Heyer

Otten Johnson Firm Administrator Gloria Heyer was recognized by the Byrne Urban Scholars this week for her unwavering commitment to helping at-risk youth graduate from high school. Byrne Urban Scholars recognized Heyer at its Class Act Dinner, bestowing its highest honor, the Mentoring Impact Award, for her 16-year commitment to the organization. She also was selected as the December 9Who Cares Award Winner by 9News.


Ann Hered

Ann Hered of the Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP has been accepted to the Transit Alliance Citizen’s Academy, a program designed to inform participants about the link between transportation, community development, and sustainability in metro Denver.  

Paul Hanley

Grimshaw & Harring is pleased to announce that Paul Hanley has been appointed chair of the Colorado Community College System Foundation Board of Directors.


Jaclyn Casey Kristine Poston
 Caey  Poston

Jaclyn K. Caseyand Kristine L. Poston have been selected as Fellows of the Colorado Bar Foundation. Selection as a Fellow is recognition of a lawyer as one whose professional, public, and private career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession, and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association.




Michael Frandina

Mark Grueskin, one of Colorado’s top election lawyers, has joined Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons LLP.

The Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP recently hired Michael M. Frandina to join the litigation practice group. He will focus on representing plaintiffs and defendants in general civil litigation. He is admitted to practice in Colorado and New York. 

Mitch Hoffman

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. is pleased to announce the addition of Jonathon P. Martin, as a new associate to its product liability team.


Darius Dugas

Willoughby & Eckelberry, LLC is pleased to announce that Darius T. Dugas has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Harper Lutz Zuber Hofer & Associates, LLC (HLZH) is pleased to announce that Mitchell S. Hoffman, CPA/ABV, has joined the firm as an associate, specializing in business valuations of ownership interests, securities, and intangible assets. 


Local law firm Kissinger & Fellman P.C. is pleased to announce the hiring of Paul D. Godec. Godec is experienced in complex civil litigation.

Ruegsegger Simons Smith & Stern, LLC is proud to announce that Denise D. Canada and Henry M. Kohnlein have joined the firm.


Lee Tawresey

Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that Courtney Lee Tawresey has joined the Firm’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups. Tawresey brings extensive experience in litigation, including business, real estate, employment, construction defect, and complex litigation.

Allen & Vellone, P.C. is pleased to announce that Kevin M. Aoun and Jordan Factor have joined the firm—Auon as an associate attorney, and Factor as special counsel. The Docket regrets any misspellings in the December issue announcement.



Tiemeier & Stich, pleased to announce its move to the newly renovated former Ronald McDonald House located at 1000 E. 16th Ave., Denver, CO 80218; phone (303) 531-0022. Tiemeier & Stich, P.C.’s practice continues to emphasize medical malpractice defense, Board of Medical Examiners defense, construction litigation, real estate litigation, and other general civil litigation matters. 

Glenn Malpiedehas recently returned to Colorado after 12 years in Chile, South America, where he held the position of Senior Manager with Chile’s largest audit/consulting firm, and was in charge of the international section of its Business Services Outsourcing Division. He has opened his own practice in Estes Park, specializing in professional business services.

Joe Galera announced the formation of his new law firm, The Law Office of Joseph W. Galera, LLC, specializing in employment law and other general litigation matters. His office is located at 1725 High St., Suite 5, in Denver. Phone: (720) 375-3131; e-mail:; website:


Baby Kessler
Hope Gravit

Colorado Bar Association Public Legal Education Director Carolyn Gravit and her husband Michael welcomed their daughter, Hope Julia, on Sept. 23. Hope weighed nine pounds, eight ounces and was 21 inches tall.

Colorado Bar Association receptionist Jill Kessler and Milo Evangelista welcomed their daughter, Aristea, early on Nov. 4. Aristea weighed five pounds, 12 ounces and was 18 inches tall.

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