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March 2011
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Legal Affairs


Stephanie Villafuerte

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association awarded Stephanie Villafuerte the Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award for her commitment to the Hispanic community and personification of the principles of the legal profession.

Avi Loewenstein, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, recently was elected to the Water for Waslala Board of Directors. As secretary, Loewenstein will maintain the organization’s major records and help guide the board’s development as its mission evolves.

Onsager, Staelin & Guyerson, LLC is pleased to receive the Judge Donald E. Cordova Pro Bono Award by the Faculty of Federal Advocates for the second year in a row. The award is given every year to honor a firm or attorney that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services through Faculty of Federal Advocates Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program. 

Michael Guyerson
Andy Johnson


Michael Guyerson and Andrew D. Johnson were individually recognized for their personal effort and commitment to providing pro bono legal services to these debtors.

Amy L. Benson, a shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, recently was appointed to the Warren Village Board of Trustees. As a board member, Benson will contribute to the strategic direction of the organization and solicit contributions to its mission. 

Miles Dewhirst

Miles M. Dewhirst was selected for membership in the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). ADTA invites only one defense trial attorney to be its prime member per one million in population for each city, town, or municipality across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Karen Chapman, Chairperson of Sherman & Howard and a member of its Business Practice

Karen Chapman

section, was recognized for her key contributions to the jet fuel industry at Armbrust Aviation Group’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Karen received a "Distinguished Achievement in Aviation" award for her contributions to solving many complex problems affecting the aviation industry over the years.

Gordon & Rees has appointed Denver partner Franz Hardy to serve as chair of the firm’s national Diversity Committee. In 2004, Gordon & Rees created a Diversity Committee to further support and promote diversity efforts within the firm, the legal profession, and the community at large.


Rikard Lundberg, Noelle Riccardella, W.H. Allen Shelden, and Margaux Trammell have been elected shareholders in the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Lundberg and Trammell are members of Brownstein’s corporate and business group; Riccardella is a member of the firm’s real estate group; and Shelden is a member of Brownstein’s hospitality and real estate groups.

White and Steele, PC is pleased to announce that James M. Meseck and Lena K. Moeller have been named shareholders of the firm and Jennifer Jaskolka-Brown has been named an officer of the firm.

Kelly Berg

Tuthill & Hughes LLP is pleased to announce that Kelly R. Berg has become a partner of the firm. Her practice focuses on the tax and corporate issues affecting nonprofit organizations, and she regularly advises individuals, estates, and trusts with respect to tax and fiduciary issues.

Baker & Hostetler LLP announced today the return of partner Rico Munn to its Denver

Rico Munn

office. Munn, who joined the firm in 1996, had been a successful corporate and commercial litigation attorney for more than a decade when he was asked to serve in various cabinet positions for Gov. Bill Ritter. He will resume his practice at Baker Hostetler focusing on public law, commercial litigation, and regulatory matters.

Denver native Daniel M. Kowalski has joined The Fowler Law Firm in Austin, Texas. He continues to edit Bender’s "Immigration Bulletin for LexisNexis," along with the daily blawg, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin—Daily Edition. In 2010, he was named a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Justice Journalism.

Cassie Boggs has returned to Denver from Barrick Gold in Toronto and has joined Resource Capital Funds as General Counsel.

Attorney Douglas B. Koff has joined the Denver-based law firm, Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C. as Special Counsel.

Koff will continue to focus his practice on real estate, commercial leasing, and business representation.

Baker & Hostetler LLP announced today that Casie D. Collignon and Cory M. Curtis have been elected to the partnership.

Collignon is a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates her practice in class action defense and commercial litigation.

Curtis is also a member of the Litigation Group and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation.

McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling & Craigmile, LLC, a group of trial lawyers who focus on defending professionals and professional organizations in malpractice matters, has changed its firm name to McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling, LLC.

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP partner Craig Hemenway has been promoted to head the Denver Patent Group. Lee Osman will still remain as firm-wide Patent Group head.

The firm also is pleased to announce the addition of two new associates, Josh Engel (patent) and Kerry van der Burch (trial).

Dennis Walker has moved his practice and joined the firm of Irwin & Boesen, PC, after many years as a sole practioner. He will continue to work for individuals, groups, and businesses in commercial litigation, contracts, negotiations, insurance disputes, employee benefit claims (including ERISA litigation), personal injury, civil rights, employment matters, and real estate.

Featherstone Petrie DeSisto LLP would like to announce that Emma Garrison has become an associate of the firm. Garrison has experience in environmental law, and currently focuses her practice on commercial litigation.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), continues to grow its Denver office and welcomes Jim Goh as shareholder and Austin Smith as associate.

Goh’s practice focuses on employment litigation, class action defense, and occupational safety and health matters.

Smith has significant experience in labor and employment litigation matters.

Brooke Colaizzi
Maria Harwood

Sherman & Howard LLC is pleased to announce the Jan. 25 election of Brooke Colaizzi, Maria Harwood, and Bridget Sullivan from the Denver office to membership in the firm.

Colaizzi is a member in the Labor and Employment Law Practice, Harwood is a member in the Public Finance Practice, and Sullivan is a member in the Tax and  

Bridget Sullivan

Probate Department.

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the addition of Brian K. Furgason as a new senior associate to its Business & Finance team.

Furgason has significant transactional experience, including advising both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border), real estate-related transactions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters.



Louisa M. Ritsick announces the formation of Ritsick Law LLC, located at 44 Cook St., Ste. 100, Denver, CO 80206; phone: (303) 264-7627; e-mail: The firm specializes in estate and tax planning and probate and trust administration.

Steve Csajaghy is one of two partners in the new firm Condit Csajaghy, LLC. He was formerly a partner with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP. The firm’s new address is 695 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 270, Denver, CO 80246.

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP has moved from Republic Plaza to 1400 Wewatta St., Ste. 400, Denver, CO 80202.

Jack Reilly and Ellen Reilly of The Reilly Intellectual Property Law Firm, P.C. have partnered with Group14 Engineering in developing and sharing offices in the first LEED Platinum certified building in the world. As an office, they take a holistic approach to reducing their entire ecological footprint, including a yearly waste audit, an advanced recycling and food composting program, limiting office supplies, product consumption, and extreme indoor water savings.

Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. has moved to 600 S. Cherry St., Ste. 1105 in the Cherry Creek area. The practice specializes in DUI and criminal defense.



Baby Partilla


Meagan (Pitt) Partilla and Ian Partilla are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Shaina Ellen, on Dec. 27, 2010. Big sister, Jorah, is especially excited about Shaina’s arrival. If Shaina follows in her mother’s footsteps and becomes an attorney, she will be the 29th attorney in the family.


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