Denver Bar Association
July 2011
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Legal Affairs


Charles Golldberg

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is proud to announce that Charles Goldberg is the recipient of this year’s Isaac Hecht Award by the American Bar Association’s National Client Protection Organization.

Kathy Seidel

Northern Trust announced that Kathy Seidel has been named Region President of the Colorado region.

Seidel most recently served as senior vice president and manager of fiduciary services and business development of the Denver office.

Bryan Biesterfeld

Bryan D. Biesterfeld, has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Community Foundation, serving Boulder County. Biesterfeld is a business and real-estate lawyer in the Denver based law firm of Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C. He works with privately held businesses and their owners in mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and operations, sales, and purchases and leasing of real estate, as well as private placements of securities, wills, trusts and business succession planning.


Theodore E. Laszlo, Jr., of Laszlo & Associates, LLC, was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America at the LCA’s Spring Conference and Induction of Fellows in Laguna Beach, Calif.

The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Jennifer Eiteljorg, a shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (Brownstein), was recently appointed to the Project Angel Heart Board of Directors. As a board member, Eiteljorg will help guide the strategic growth of the organization, which includes completion of a capital campaign for a new facility. Project Angel Heart’s mission resonates with her because of the impact a life-threatening illness has had on her own friends and family.

Otto Hilbert

Attorney, Otto Hilbert, a commercial litigator with the full-service law firm of Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, has been named the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Board Chair.

As Board Chair, Hilbert will continue the Colorado Judicial Institute’s mission to ensure fair and impartial courts and improve accountability in the legal system.

Emma R. Keyser, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein, recently was appointed to the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees. As a board member, Keyser will help fundraising and advocacy efforts to further the organization’s mission of enhancing the community’s cultural life.


Renne Carmody

The law firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to welcome Reneé A. Carmody as an associate in its Denver office.
Carmody is continuing her practice in complex commercial litigation involving product liability, environmental law, and general commercial disputes in federal and state courts. She also has experience with white-collar criminal investigation and juvenile criminal defense work.

Greenberg Traurig Managing Shareholder Dave Palmer announced that Neil Oberfeld has joined the firm as a shareholder in the Real Estate Department.

Oberfeld brings a wealth of legal and transactional expertise in real estate and sustainable development to the firm and will concentrate his practice in the areas of acquisitions, development, financing, leasing, and property tax assessments.

Rick Levin

Baker & Hostetler LLP announced today that Richard B. Levin recently joined its Denver office.
Levin will focus his practice on the representation of early-stage and publicly traded companies in the financial services industry, including broker–dealers, alternative trading systems (ATSs), and exchanges.

Crestone Capital Advisors LLC, announced that Randi Grassgreen has joined the firm’s ownership group.
Grassgreen joined Crestone Capital Advisors in late 2008 as the firm’s Director of Family Wealth Planning.

Brownstein has brought on leading corporate mergers and acquisitions shareholder Gino A. Maurelli, the former head of Holme Roberts & Owen (HRO) LLP’s mergers and acquisitions practice group. Joining Maurelli at Brownstein also will be Nicholas D. Claassen as a corporate associate.
Maurelli and Claassen will join the corporate and business group, bringing experience that includes middle-market mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general corporate law.=

Anya Mallett
Dave Ganderton

Hensley Kim & Holzer, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Anya P.B. Mallett and David P. Ganderton.
Mallett’s practice is primarily transactional and is focused on natural resources development on public and private lands. Ganderton’s practice focuses on civil litigation.

George Koons

The Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP recently hired George Koons III, Of Counsel, to join the commercial litigation team, advising clients in the areas of consumer finance, lender liability and creditors’ rights.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. (Otten Johnson) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new firm managing director, as well as a new member of the firm’s executive committee. James T. Johnson has assumed the role of firm managing director from Michael Westover.

Victoria L. Hellmer recently was elected to the Otten Johnson executive committee.

Robert J. Hopp & Associates announced the promotion of Fred Van Remortel to Managing Partner. Van Remortel will provide management and oversight of all firm functions and will remain heavily involved in complex legal matters. Van Remortel has been the Managing Attorney and head of the litigation group since 2008.

Sheridan Ross, P.C. is pleased to announce that Scott J. Hawranek and René A. Pereyra have become Associates with the firm.

Faegre & Benson, announced that Patrick Linden has joined its Denver office as Special Counsel in the firm’s corporate practice.

Alyson Gould

In addition to his corporate transactional work, Linden also will support Faegre & Benson’s sports practice group.

Susan Bernhardt

Alyson Meyer Gould has joined Holsinger Law as an associate. Gould attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she participated in multiple clerkships, acted as a research assistant, and served on the editorial board of the Water Law Review.

Susan Bernhardt has joined Starrs Mihm LLP as Of Counsel.
Bernhardt’s practice focuses on complex civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on business disputes, securities fraud, partnership and corporate fiduciary duties, corporate governance, and "squeeze out" and "freeze out" lawsuits.

Steven Wieser

Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP welcomes its new Special Counsel, Steven M. Weiser. Weiser’s practice areas include tax law, estate, and business planning.

Feldmann Nagel, LLC is pleased to announce that Daniel B. Markofsky and Jennifer Shaler have joined the firm’s transactional group in the firm’s LoDo office.

William Slamkowski

William Slamkowski recently joined Jackson Kelly PLLC. His practice emphasizes commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, dispute resolution, real estate, and business law. Prior to joining Jackson Kelly, Slamkowski was with the firm Hensley Kim & Holzer, LLC.

Morrison & Foerster has strengthened its national tax and M&A practice with the arrival of federal tax partner David Strong to the firm’s Denver office.

Strong’s practice focuses on federal tax aspects of large domestic and cross-border transactions, including joint ventures, buyouts, and other deals.

Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. announced that Susan M. Gamel has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Gamel will manage the firm’s administrative operations.


Colorado Lawyers for the Arts (CoLA) is pleased to announce that they have moved their offices to the law firm of Otten Johnson. Otten Johnson is donating the use of its space to CoLA in its office, located at 950 17th St.

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