Denver Bar Association
September 2011
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Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs

Christopher Neumann
Kara Martin

Christopher J. Neumann, a shareholder in the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has received Colorado State Senate confirmation for his appointment to the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Kara C. Martin, former district and county court magistrate in the 18th Judicial District, joins the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center as Domestic Violence Program Director.
Martin has an extensive background in domestic violence matters and child advocacy, handling protection order cases for approximately four years as a magistrate in the 18th Judicial District.

John Grund

John W. Grund, a partner in the Denver-based defense firm, Grund Dagner, P.C., has been recognized by The Roller Skating Association International for his exemplary and innovative assistance to the association.
Grund’s practice focuses on recreational liability along with the defense of complex and multidistrict litigation, product liability, common-carrier and general aviation law, hospitality law, malpractice, and insurance law.

David Weinstein

David Asarch, corporate counsel for affordable property management firm, Monroe Group, and its real estate development partner, Steele Properties, has joined the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service of Colorado.
Asarch has served on the organization’s Development Committee for the past year, and will continue to support its services in four key areas: mental health counseling, senior services, disability and employment services, and family safety net services regardless of faith or economic status.

Deana Dagner

The First Judicial District Bar Association and First District Judicial District Access to Justice Committee recently awarded Denver trademark/copyright attorney David A. Weinstein a certificate of appreciation for his outstanding contributions and services regarding pro bono mediation.

Deana Dagner, a partner in the Denver-based defense firm, Grund Dagner, P.C., has been designated a state chair for the Council on Litigation Management.

Mark Clouatre

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell congratulates partner Mark Clouatre on his completion of the Ironman 70.3 Hawai’i. He finished the race in 6:04 and placed among the top third of participants.
Cloutre’s national litigation practice focuses on commercial, franchise, product liability, and general tort cases.

Trish Cooper

Trish Cooper, of counsel to the Law Office of Stephen J. Harhai, has been admitted to fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Perkins Coie has earned a Gold Standard Certification from The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). The Gold Standard Certification seeks to certify, publicly recognize, and broadly publicize law firms that have integrated women into the highest leadership positions in the firm.

Lawrence Ross

Lawrence Ross became a shareholder and the company name has changed to Shepherd Ross, P.C. Ross joined the firm in 2010 as of counsel and leads the firm’s corporate and business law practice.

Derek Blass released his debut novel, "Enemy in Blue," in June. The novel follows a young lawyer who is drawn into a case involving the murder of an illegal immigrant caught on video and an allegedly racist cop.

Jonathan Steeler

Faegre & Benson partner David Stark has been appointed by Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender to the newly formed Commission on the Legal Profession.

Jonathan H. Steeler has been named to the Executive Committee of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite.

Steeler will contribute to the overall strategy and management of firm operations.



Sweetbaum Sands Anderson, P.C. is pleased to announce the hiring of a new associate, Katherine Karamalegos Kust.

Dufford & Brown P.C. is pleased to announce Mathew Costinett has joined as an associate.

The Legal Resolution Center announced that Art Kafrissen, formerly a judge with the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, has joined the firm’s Aspen office.

Jones & Keller, P.C. is pleased to announce that Cyrus Rajabi and Steven R. Kabler are shareholders of the firm.
Rajabi concentrates his practice on business, securities, and real estate law, including representing emerging and established companies, as well as individuals, in all manner of business, securities, and real estate transactions.
Kabler is a litigator whose practice focuses on commercial, health care, real estate, and construction disputes. Steve also represents health care providers in peer review and disciplinary actions before regulatory agencies.

Gary Lozow
Lara Marks

Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP is proud to announce that Gary Lozow has joined the firm as partner and Lara E. Marks has joined the firm as special counsel.

Lozow and Marks will continue to focus their practices in criminal defense and civil rights litigation.

Merlin Law Group has brought on Erin Kristofco to represent Colorado policyholders in disputes with their insurance companies.

Michael (Ty) McKinstry and Michael E. Kaplan have joined Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti P.C., as associates.

McKinstry will focus on real estate and land use matters, and assist clients in the industrial, office, retail, and finance industries.

Kaplan will focus on representing clients on real estate development, zoning, acquisition, disposition, and real estate loan matters.

Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC, is delighted to announce that Rachel E. Ellis has joined the firm as an associate.

James Woll

Ellis will continue to focus on the representation of plaintiffs in employment law matters.

Berenbaum Weinshienk P.C. is pleased to announce that James L. Wooll has joined the firm as special counsel and as a member of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution and employment law practice groups.

Wooll has practiced exclusively in litigation boutique environments since 2003, following his clerkship for Chief Judge Claus J. Hume of the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Richard Bednarski
Richard Tegtmeier

Sherman & Howard and Tegtmeier Bednarski announce the combination of their firms.
Richard Bednarski and Richard Tegtmeier have become members of the commercial litigation practice.

Greenberg Traurig Managing Shareholder Dave Palmer announced that Robert S. Thompson III has joined the firm as shareholder in the energy and natural resources and American Indian law practices.

Thompson is recognized in the development of Indian natural and public lands resources and their applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

The Shareholders of Sweetbaum, Levin & Sands, P.C. are pleased to announce that the firm shall now be known as Sweetbaum Sands Anderson, P.C. The address and telephone number will remain the same.

Christopher P. Kenney, P.C. is pleased to announce that Michael W. Anderson has joined the firm in an of counsel position. Anderson will continue his practice of general civil litigation, insurance defense, and coverage.

Ellen Weston Squires

Jones & Keller, P.C. is pleased to announce that Aaron Goldhamer has joined the firm as an associate.

Goldhamer is a litigator whose practice focuses on insurance, financial transactions and services, and construction disputes.

Ellen Weston Squires of The Squires Law Firm, P.C. is pleased to announce that she is now offering family law mediation services. Squires will continue to represent clients in all aspects of family law.



Merlin Law Group announced the opening of its newest office at 999 18th St., Suite 3000 in Denver.

Faegre & Benson, LLP, has relocated its Boulder office. The new address is 1470 Walnut St., Suite 300 Boulder, CO 80302-5335.


David Getches

David Getches, longtime dean of the University of Colorado School of Law, died July 5 of pancreatic cancer. He was 68. Getches was dean of the law school from 2003 to 2011. He had stepped down as dean on June 30 to return to the faculty. Getches was an expert in natural resources and Indian law. During his time as dean, he oversaw the financing and construction of the law school’s Wolf Law Building and expanded academics. A memorial service for Getches was held on Aug. 11. A scholarship has been set up in his name; for more information, visit


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