Denver Bar Association
April 2011
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Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs


Howard Kenison
Chuck Goldberg
Carroll Terrance
Alan Chen
James Spaanstra

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law has named its Law Stars recipients for 2011. They will be honored at a gala event on Sept. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Receiving awards this year are: Howard Kenison, JD’72, Outstanding Alumni Award; Charles “Chuck” Goldberg, JD’64, Alumni Professionalism Award; Terrance Carroll, JD’05, Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Young Alumni Award; and Alan Chen, Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees recently elected trustee James Spaanstra to serve as chair of the board through Dec. 31, 2012.


Cynthia Wellbrock

Spaanstra, who initially was appointed to the board of trustees in 2008, is a partner in the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP. He has been in private practice for more than 30 years.

Cynthia E. Wellbrock of The Law Office of Cynthia E. Wellbrock recently was appointed to the Board for Adoption Alliance, a nonprofit agency that prepares families for the joys and challenges of parenting adopted and foster children through awareness, education, partnerships, and placement services. As a board member, Wellbrock will contribute to the strategic direction of the organization and solicit contributions to its mission.


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.

Denver Attorney Eugene F. Megyesy, Jr., has been appointed to serve as the senior advisor to Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary.

Megyesy will advise on foreign relations, nonprofit/charitable activities, and will office in the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest.

Emily Droll, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was elected recently to the Arts Street Board of Directors. As a board member, Droll will help foster and grow the mission and reach of the organization. Her background in the arts yielded a strong connection to the organization, primarily its mission of bringing access to the arts to underserved youth.

James Lyons

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to announce that James M. Lyons is the recipient of the 2010-11 Outstanding Service to the Profession Award from DePaul University College of Law.

The award recognizes College of Law alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen field or specialty—be it judiciary, public interest, the business community, or the legal profession. 

Caroline Fuller


Heather E. Schell, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was recently appointed to the Sense of Security Board of Directors. As a board member, Schell will help the organization advance its mission to provide assistance for Colorado breast cancer patients in treatment.

The American College of Bankruptcy announced Tuesday that Caroline Fuller, Director at Fairfield and Woods, P.C., was inducted as a Fellow of the College on March 18 in Washington, D.C.

Fuller is one of 40 nominees from the United States and abroad to be inducted in the 22nd Class of College Fellows. All are being honored and recognized for their professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency.

Nicole R. Ament, a shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was recently named chair of the Board of Directors for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. As chair, Ament will counsel the board as they strive to evolve and enhance the local business community.



Jolene Blair

The law firm of Montgomery, Kolodny, Amatuzio & Dusbabek is pleased and proud to announce that Jolene C. Blair, former District Court Judge of the 8th Judicial District, has become of counsel to the firm. Blair’s practice will emphasize commercial, professional liability, and general civil litigation in the firm’s Fort Collins office.

Carolyn Abrahams
Geoffrey Anderson
Tammy Alcock


Sweetbaum, Levin & Sands, P.C. is pleased to announce that Geoffrey P. Anderson (formerly of Burns, Figa & Will, P.C.) has joined the firm as a shareholder, and will continue to practice in the areas of real estate litigation, commercial litigation, and real estate transactions. Tammy M. Alcock has been made a shareholder in the firm. Susan A. Scholl (formerly with the Colorado Department of Regulatory

Affairs, Division of Real Estate) and Hilary A. Anderson have joined the firm as associates, and Carolyn Gruber Abrahams has been elected managing shareholder for the firm. 

Ryan Nelson


Mountain States Employers Council has added attorney Ryan Nelson to its Colorado Springs office. Nelson is serving as a staff attorney specializing in employment law.Nelson joins Mountain States from Darling Milligan Smith & Lesch, where he served as an associate attorney.


Derek Donahoe

Polsinelli Shughart PC is expanding its Science and Technology practice with the addition of associate attorney Derek Donahoe to its Denver office. Donahoe is the third patent attorney to join the science and technology practice in recent months. He focuses on intellectual property and patent prosecution and litigation, with an emphasis on electrical and computer-related devices. 

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Bill C. Berger has joined the firm as a shareholder in the corporate and business group. In this role, Berger will apply his extensive knowledge of employment law to the firm’s growing practice area. 

Patrick Boucher
Per Laren
Daniel Sherwinter

Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick M. Boucher, Per H. Larsen, and Daniel J. Sherwinter recently have joined the firm.



Jennifer Madsen
Terry Cipoletti
Miles Buckingham
Laura Wassmuth

Kennedy Childs & Fogg, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jennifer Madsen, Terry Cipoletti, Miles Buckingham, and Laura Wassmuth have been elected shareholders effective Jan. 1. Madsen’s practice focuses on professional liability defense, employment, and appellate law. Cipoletti’s practice focuses on defense of licensed health care professionals and hospitals in litigation, credentialing, licensing matters, civil rights defense of public entities, and health care professionals in the correctional care setting. Buckingham’s practice focuses on legal malpractice, homeowners’ association work, and civil rights defense. Wassmuth’s practice focuses on representing hospitals, healthcare providers, and medical organizations in general liability and medical matters. 



Legal Resolution Center (LRC), a leading provider of mediation and arbitration services in the Rocky Mountain region, is moving to new offices in Arvada, effective April 1. The offices are now located at 7828 Vance Dr., Suite 108, Arvada. The phone numbers for LRC will remain the same.

James Wilder

The Denver-based law firm of Taylor|Anderson, LLP, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in San Diego, Calif. Taylor|Anderson also has an office in Scottsdale, Ariz., and focuses on efficient and effective trial of significant claims. For more information, please visit Taylor|Anderson at

Travis B. Keenan and E. James Wilder have joined to form the firm Wilder & Keenan, P.C.,

Travis Keenan

located at 10200 E. Girard Ave., Suite C255, Denver, CO 80231; phone (303) 695-6600.  The firm specializes in community association law.

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