Denver Bar Association
February 2011
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Legal Affairs


Amy Miletich

Amy L. Miletich has been appointed the Vice Chair of Employment Law Committee of Defense Research Committee. The Defense Research Institute, also known as DRI, has more than 20,000 member attorneys, and is the nation’s largest group of defense lawyers.

The Colorado Managed Care Collaborative (CMCC), a non-profit organization focused on advancing the professional practice of managed care, welcomes Cindy Pechon, attorney at law, as its legal advisor.

Bradley Knepper

Sheridan Ross intellectual property attorney and shareholder Bradley Knepper has been appointed to Colorado Photographic Arts Center board of directors.

Founded in Denver in 1963, the center was the first venue in the region to foster the art of photography and continues to be a vital force through its ongoing exhibition programming.

At a school-wide assembly, attorneys and staff from the Denver office of Patton Boggs LLP delivered 350 books and 350 pairs of mittens to Denver Public Schools School Partner: Garden Place Academy (GPA).

For the fourth year in a row, the employees of the law firm have donated time and money to purchase supplies needed by the school. Through bake sales and other fundraisers, Patton Boggs works with GPA year-round to help fund Reading is Fundamental book fairs, field days, and holiday gifts. This year, in addition to these efforts, the employees donated 350 books for the library.

Jaclyn Casey
Kristine Poston

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to announce that associates Jaclyn K. Casey and 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. 

Bradley Knepper


Anton Law Group is pleased to announce that Emanuel N. Anton has been selected by his peers as the recipient of the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2010 Gary McPherson Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, for his professional accomplishments, commitment to civic leadership, and inspiration to others.



Mark Grueskin

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to announce that Mark G. Grueskin has joined the firm as partner in its Denver office.

Grueskin’s practice focuses on state and local governmental relations, public sector ethics, election and campaign finance law, agency regulations, and the drafting of legislation and ballot measures in a variety of areas.

Pardis Farrokhyar

The Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP recently hired Pardis O. Farrokhyar, an associate, to join the national public finance practice group. She will provide counsel to issuers and underwriters in both tax-exempt and taxable financings for school districts, municipalities, and airports. She is fluent in Farsi and is admitted to practice in Colorado.

Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C. is pleased to announce that Anna Burr, formerly with the Chicago firm of Ripes, Nelson, Baggot & Kalobratsos, P.C., has become associated with the firm.

The Denver-based trial law firm of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP is pleased to announce that Miko Brown and LaMar Jost have been named partners effective Jan. 1. 

Amanda Pfeil

Brown focuses her national litigation practice on defending product designers, manufacturers, and retailers in product liability and commercial matters.

Jost handles product liability, mass torts, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation cases at the trial and appellate level in federal and state courts.

Fleishman & Shapiro P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Amanda R. Pfeil, to the firm’s legal team. Pfeil focuses her practice in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, and domestic relations. Prior to joining Fleishman & Shapiro, Pfeil clerked for Hon. Jerry N. Jones at the Colorado Court of Appeals. She is licensed in Colorado.

With the addition of Denise D. Hoffman and S. Kato Crews as Partners, Mastin Law Firm, PC, is now Mastin Hoffman & Crews PC. Hoffman has a master’s in taxation from New York University School of Law, and represents individual, nonprofit, and corporate clients in all aspects of tax planning and controversy resolution. Crews is a litigator and represents clients in a range of civil and commercial disputes.

Nicole Nies

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to announce Nicole R. Nies has been named partner with the firm.

Emily C. Teel has joined Mastin Hoffman & Crews PC as an associate attorney. Teel earned her J.D. from the University of Denver in 2010.

David Powell

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), welcomes David D. Powell, Jr. to the firm’s Denver office as a shareholder. Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Powell was a shareholder in the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, for more than eight years and served as chair of the firm’s employment practice group.

Faegre & Benson is pleased to announce Marc C. Levy, Mary V. (Mindy) Sooter, and Daniel D. Williams have been named partners. Levy practices in the intellectual property group in the firm’s Denver office. Sooter practices in the intellectual property group in Boulder. Williams practices in the litigation group in Boulder.

Faegre & Benson also announced it has promoted Roberta Hanson from associate to special counsel. Hanson practices in the intellectual property group in Denver.

Four associates likewise have joined Faegre & Benson. Katie Gray, Gordon Hadfield, and Caroline Lee have joined the firm’s litigation group in Denver. Brandan Oliver has joined the firm’s finance and restructuring group in Denver.


Kimberly Bruetsch
Tim Shea

Denver-based full service law firm, Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C. has added Kimberly A. Bruetsch and Timothy M. Shea as shareholders.

Bruetsch will continue to focus her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration, appeals, commercial transactions, and employment law.

Shea will continue to focus his practice on real estate, banking, and commercial transactions.



Dorsey & Whitney is pleased to announce its move to LoDo at 1400 Wewatta St., Suite 400, Denver, CO 80202.

Machol & Johannes, LLC is pleased to announce its move to the Johns Manville Building at 717 17th St., Suite 2300, Denver, CO 80202. 

Brad Friedman

In honor of obtaining his license to practice law 25 years ago, attorney Brad Friedman recently launched The Friedman Group, LLC to help attorneys, CPAs, and other professionals enhance their online presence, build their social networks, and generate revenue. For info visit

The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is expanding its presence in the West with the opening of a new office in Phoenix. Its new address is 40 North Central Ave., 14th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Douglas R. Griess is pleased to announce the opening of his new law practice, The Griess Law Firm, at 1512 Larimer St., Suite 600 in Denver. The practice emphasizes business law, nonprofits, real estate, intellectual property, and litigation/arbitration.


Attorney Emily Ann Berkeley died from a serious skydiving accident on Dec. 19. She was 38.

Berkeley, a fourth generation Coloradan, attended Denver schools and graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois. She then traveled the world and lived in Athens, Greece, for two years, came home and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law.

She and her husband, Lee Hamilton, shared a passion for skydiving. Berkeley had more than 1,400 jumps and was pro-rated.

Berkeley is survived by her husband, parents LeRoy and Theresa Berkeley, sister Elizabeth (Brian Crain), grandparents Robert and Gloria Berkeley, many aunts and uncles, and cousins. A service was held on Dec. 23. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Max Fund or any charity that benefits animals in need.


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