Denver Bar Association
May 2011
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Legal Affairs


Professionals in Workers’ Compensation (PWC) held their annual awards banquet on March 4. The award for Outstanding Respondent Attorney was presented to Paul Krueger of Ritsema & Lyon. The Outstanding Claimant Attorney award went to John Sbarbaro of Law Office of O’Toole & Sbarbaro.

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) presented its first-ever Inclusiveness Awards on March 14 at CLI’s bi-annual Dean’s Diversity Dinner at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Larry Theis

Larry Theis, chair of the Executive Committee of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, was selected for the CLI Leadership Award.

Nicole R. Ament, a real estate shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, recently was appointed to the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Board of Directors. As a board member, Ament will use her background in real estate to help the nonprofit achieve its goals.

Edward Gleason


Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP is pleased to announce that Edward A. Gleason has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the college is extended to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.

Faegre & Benson partner David Stark has been appointed by Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender to the newly formed Commission on the Legal Profession. Stark will serve as the chair of the working group on the relationship between the legal profession (judiciary, bar, and legal academies) and the community. The working group will focus on access to justice, delivery of justice, and education of the public.

Jason Miller


Sherman & Howard announces that Jason Miller, an associate in the firm’s litigation practice, has been named to the City of Lakewood’s seven-member Board of Appeals.

Ashley B. Wingfield, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, recently was appointed to the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Board of Directors. As a board member, Wingfield will help organize educational, fundraising and recreational events as well as contribute to policy initiatives. A family connection to brain injury inspired her to give back to the Colorado brain injury community.

Baker & Hostetler LLP is pleased to announce that Holli L. Hartman has been named to the Corporate Advisory Board of the Cancer League of Colorado. Hartman specializes in employment law.



Tara Skraida

Reutzel and Associates is pleased to announce that Tara L. Sakraida has rejoined the firm as of counsel. The Firm’s practice continues to emphasize real estate and land use law.

Akerman Senterfitt announced the expansion of its intellectual property practice with the addition of four attorneys in the firm’s Denver office. George Matava and John Burke will be joining the firm as shareholders, Darla Graff joins as of counsel, and Kelly Lusk joins as an associate.


Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan has moved in-house to Google, Inc. as policy counsel, Open Internet, in Mountain View. Patrick is currently commuting and continues to teach as an adjunct professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at CU-Boulder. 

Hon. Art Kafrissen

The Legal Resolution Center (LRC) is pleased to announce Hon. Art Kafrissen as the newest judge to join LRC.

Kafrissen is a former judge with the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District. He will be based in LRC’s Aspen office.

Kristin Caid

The Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP recently hired Kristin Caid, of counsel, in the public  

Jack Luellen

finance group where she will be assisting clients as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel on public finance transactions. In addition, the firm hired Jack Luellen, of counsel, to join the commercial litigation team, advising clients in the areas of oil and gas, natural resources, and energy.

Sherman & Howard announces that Matt Walker has joined the firm’s Denver office as an associate in the ERISA and employee benefits practice.

Walker brings four years of diverse experience in the practice of law, having served most recently as labor counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions on the Committee on Education and Labor.

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Strand as an associate to its real estate, environmental, energy, and finance team.


Spencer Crono

Strand’s practice encompasses counseling clients on the entire spectrum of real estate transactions—from acquisition, financing, entitlement, and development to design and construction and then leasing, marketing, and sale.

The law firm of Brown & Hulbert, LLC is pleased and proud to announce that Spencer J. Crona, formerly of Wade, Ash, Woods, Hill & Farley, P.C., has become of counsel to the firm. Crona’s practice will continue to emphasize estate and trust litigation, guardianships and conservatorships, and estate and trust administration.


Elizabeth Merritt

Miles & Peters is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Merritt has become a senior associate at the firm. Her practice will continue to focus on regulatory compliance, business planning, provider contracting, reimbursement issues, and commercial transactions.

Rob Magouirk

Additionally, Robert Magouirk and Peggy E. Kozal have joined the firm as associates. Magouirk will focus on transactional matters, regulatory compliance issues, and administrative and licensing matters. Kozal will focus on appeals, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, financial fraud defense, institutional licensing, and regulatory compliance matters.


Peggy Kozal

Paul Thompson has joined Dorsey as a partner in the corporate group. He was a partner at Holme Roberts & Owen.

Greg Tamkin, partner, has been promoted to head of the Dorsey Denver office. Tucker Trautman stepped down from this position after five years of leadership.

Sherman & Howard announces that David Frommell has joined the firm’s Denver office as an associate in the litigation practice.

Frommell brings prior experience as both a lawyer and an engineer.



Reilly Pozner, LLP, a full-service litigation and trial firm, has moved to 1900 16th St., Ste. 1700, Denver, CO 80202. The firm’s emails, phone, and fax numbers will remain the same.

If you are a Denver Bar attorney 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 cannot print notices of honors determined by other publications (e.g., Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, etc.) again due to volume. 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 5th day of the month.

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