Denver Bar Association
October 2011
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Legal Affairs


The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado is pleased to welcome the following lawyers to its Board of Trustees: Jon Bender of Holland & Hart, Robert Duncan of Duncan Ostrander & Dingess, Natalie Hanlon-Leh of Faegre & Benson, Dave Hersh of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, Mike Keating of Fogel Keating Wagner Polidori & Shafner, John Keilbach, Altman Keilbach Lytle Parlapiano & Ware in Pueblo, Saranne Maxwell of Kutak Rock, Jeff Pagliuca of Haddon Morgan & Foreman, and Dave Palmer of Greenberg Traurig. The Board of Trustees directs an ongoing effort to promote equal access to justice in Colorado by raising money to provide necessary civil legal services for low-income individuals and families. The Board’s 2010-11 Campaign for Justice, which was concluded on June 30, raised approximately $1.3 million for legal aid, primarily from lawyers and law firms across the state who are committed to maintaining access to civil justice for those who have no place else to turn.

Mark Fogg

Kennedy Childs & Fogg, P.C. congratulates Mark Fogg on his new position as General Counsel for COPIC Insurance Company, and also wishes to announce the new firm name of Kennedy Childs P.C.

Rico Munn, a partner with Baker & Hostetler LLP, was elected to the board of directors of the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Munn is the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a longtime advocate for Colorado students.
Munn’s law practice focuses on public law, commercial litigation, and regulatory matters.


Rico Munn

Bradley A. Levin, a shareholder in the Denver-based insurance recovery and bad faith law firm, Roberts Levin Rosenberg, has been elected to the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s board of directors.
Levin’s practice focuses on tort and commercial litigation, including insurance bad faith and insurance coverage disputes.

Zhonette M. Brown, a shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was recently appointed to the Food Bank of the Rockies Board of Directors. As a board member, Brown will provide strategic direction to the organization and help with fundraising efforts.  

Neil Oberfeld

Neil Oberfeld, shareholder in the Denver office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, has been named to the Colorado Business Advisory Committee.

Barry Burns of the Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP has been selected as co-chair of the Pipeline Committee of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness. He will serve as co-chair with U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen Mix.


James Lyons

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to announce that senior partner, James M. Lyons, has been elected to the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Lyons’ area of practice is focused in complex business litigation and arbitration of all types, including corporate, securities, and insurance law.

Heidi Boerstler

Heidi Boerstler, a professor of health law and ethics and transformational leadership at the Business School at the University of Colorado–Denver, has a written a new book, "Soaring! New Thinking on Leadership."

The International Legal Alliance Summit selected Greenberg Traurig as the Best USA Law Firm: Real Estate & Environment 2011. The firm was presented with the Gold Award at the recent International Legal Awards Dinner.

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is pleased to announce that Jan N. Steiert was elected President for 2011–12 at its 57th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute. She also serves as chair of the foundation’s board of directors. Steiert is currently senior vice president and general counsel for Electrum USA Ltd.

Walberg, Tucker & Holmes, P.C. is proud to announce that Kurt H. Henkel has joined the firm as a senior trial attorney.

The Wheels of Justice Cycling Team has raised more than $290,000 this year for The Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The team has raised more than $1.3 million in the Courage Classic in six years. The team will host an appreciation party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at The Children’s Hospital. RSVP to by Oct. 13.


Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Shawn M. Rodda has joined the Denver office as counsel in the firm’s transactional and commercial litigation groups.

Rodda’s background includes a combination of experiences with project development and construction disputes.

Troy Braegger has joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP as a senior attorney in the Corporate Group. Braegger was previously with Holme Roberts Owen and focuses his practice on Latin America.

Randy Alt

Moye White LLP, has announced that Randall G. "Randy" Alt has joined the firm as partner.

Alt is currently vice chair of the Real Estate Section for the Colorado Bar Association. He has extensive experience in complex commercial purchase, sale, and financing transactions; receivership issues; foreclosures; commercial and residential development transactions, commercial leasing transactions; and title-related matters.

Vincent, Romeo & Rodriguez, LLC is pleased to announce that Joseph A. (Tony) Rodriguez has joined the firm as an associate.
Rodriguez’s practice will focus on elder and probate litigation matters.

Katy Donnelly

Katayoun (Katy) Donnelly recently joined the Denver office of Baker & Hostetler LLP as an associate. Donnelly will focus her practice on complex commercial litigation. She advises clients through both trial and appellate phases of litigation in areas including class action, antitrust, contract disputes, intellectual property, product liability, and regulatory matters.

Steven Wright

Polsinelli Shughart PC is expanding its real estate department with the addition of shareholder Steven G. Wright to its Denver office.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. welcomes Marcela Mendoza as of counsel to the firm’s Denver office. Mendoza focuses her practice on business immigration and affirmative action programs, as well as compliance evaluations and administrative review actions initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Wade Houser

The Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP recently hired Wade Houser, of counsel, to join the commercial real estate team, advising regional and national financial institutions, retail clients and developers in lending, leasing, and acquisition transactions.

Bob Coyne

Polsinelli Shughart PC is expanding its Financial Services department with the addition of associate attorney Cristel Shepherd to its Denver office. She will focus on loan enforcement and the protection and enforcement of creditors’ rights, as well as bankruptcy and financial restructuring.

Bob Coyne has joined Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, a leading national public finance law firm, as a partner in the firm’s Denver office.

Coyne has practiced public finance law for more than 25 years, including more than a decade in Colorado.

Michelle C. Witter recently joined Jackson Kelly PLLC’s Denver office. Her practice focuses on occupational safety and health and related civil, criminal, and administrative litigation. Witter also has experience in commercial litigation, insurance defense, public utility work, and labor and employment law.

Polsinelli Shughart welcomes Lori Albert and Kristine L. Poston to the firm as associates practicing in real estate matters. Albert concentrates her practice on real estate development issues, and Poston focuses her practice on real estate financing.



Wilson Elser has announced the opening of a Denver office, located at 1512 Larimer St.

Dahl, Fischer and Wilks, LLC is pleased to announce the opening of its Denver office at 2696 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 575. The firm’s new phone number is (303) 758-7700. The firm is owned by Stephanie Dahl, Kelly Fischer, and Ginny Wilks. They will be handling criminal defense cases, family law, wills, bankruptcy, and appellate work.

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC (HHMR) is pleased to announce the 10th anniversary of the formation of the firm. The firm’s practice continues to emphasize construction law and general civil litigation.

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