Denver Bar Association
November 2011
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Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs



Joshua M. Hantman, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was recently appointed to the MaxFund advisory board. As a board member, Hantman will oversee the operations and finances of MaxFund, and help guide the strategic growth of the organization.

Incorporated in 1989, MaxFund was created by Dr. Bill Suro and his wife Nanci to save stray, injured animals from euthanasia.

Linda Siderius of Caplan and Earnest LLC in Boulder has been added and accepted to the American Arbitration Association’s roster of neutrals. She arbitrates commercial and health care cases.



The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), announces the election of its officers, who include James Croshal, attorney at law in Pueblo, as president-elect; Michael Ogborn of Ogborn, Summerlin & Ogborn LLC in Denver, as vice president; Michael Mihm of Starrs Mihm LLP in Denver, as secretary; and Ross Pulkrabek from Jones & Keller PC in Denver, as treasurer.

Jason R. Dunn, a shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was recently appointed 2011–12 chair of the Colorado Competitive Council (C3).

Jennifer Alldredge
Betsy Fordyce

Children’s Law Center announces that staff attorney Betsy Fordyce has won the Stephen Cahn Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Jennifer C. Alldredge has been accepted into the global women’s network, 85 Broads.

Alldredge’s practice focuses on domestic relations.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher announces that partner George Curtis was appointed to the board of directors of the Colorado Humanities Council.

Neil Oberfeld
James Mulligan
Tom Romer

Neil Oberfeld, real estate shareholder in the Denver office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, has been named vice-chair of the Governor’s Committee on Community Service, which oversees the Serve Colorado program.

Jim Mulligan and Thomas B. Romer have joined Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Foundation Board of Directors.

Mulligan is a partner at Snell & Wilmer, where his focus is single and mixed-use real estate developments, public/private partnerships, government relations, affordable housing, and sustainable community governance.

Romer is a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s corporate and securities group. With a predominantly corporate transactional practice, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, and business formation.

Cathy Klein

Jefferson County Mediation Services awarded Denver personal injury, family law, administrative attorney Cathy A. Klein a certificate of appreciation, naming her the Divorce & Parenting Mediator of the Year.

Bruce L. Plotkin, shareholder at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, received the Special Leadership Recognition award at the Annual Meeting of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.

The staff of Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CBA CLE) won three awards this year from the Association for Continuing Legal Education in the categories of publications, technology, and public interest.

Justin Prochnow
Dominic Lloyd

Dominic Lloyd, a partner with Baker & Hostetler, LLP, was recently elected to Porter Adventist Hospital’s Board of Directors.
Lloyd focuses his practice on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate work.

Justin J. Prochnow, shareholder in the Denver office of the global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, has been named to the Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain Board of Directors.
His law practice focuses primarily on regulatory and business issues in the food and beverage, medical device, sports nutrition, drug, cosmetic, and dietary supplement industries.

Emily L. Droll, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, recently was appointed to the AfricAid Board of Directors. As a board member, Droll will help the organization grow its educational impact on African women.

The Boulder Chamber recently announced that Colorado Law Clinical Professor Brad Bernthal will receive the 2011 Robert Plancher Award at the 27th Annual Esprit Entrepreneur Awards.

Bernthal teaches the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic and serves as the director of the Silicon Flatirons Center’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at CU-Boulder. He also teaches doctrinal courses in the areas of venture capital, telecom policy, and spectrum management.



Marci Achenbach

The Witt Law Firm is very pleased to welcome Marci Achenbach as an associate. Achenbach brings extensive experience to the firm’s busy construction defect and insurance practice. Previously, Achenbach worked with Sullan², Sandgrund & Perczak P.C.

Dana Eismeier

Heather Gwinn Pabon and Anna Reinert have joined the Children’s Law Center as staff attorneys. Pabon has dedicated most of her career to working with abused and neglected children and adolescents and Reinert has advocated for children in several settings over the past nine years.

Allen & Vellone, PC is pleased to announce that Mark A. Larson has joined the firm as associate with an emphasis in bankruptcy.

Brent Chicken
Katharine Fisher
Ron Lev
Joshua Neely
Christopher Scolari
Simon Tolbert

Dana L. Eismeier, a shareholder at Burns Figa & Will P.C., has been appointed head of the firm’s Litigation Department.
Eismeier specializes in commercial, employment and environmental litigation.

Burleson LLP is pleased to announce that Brent Chicken, Katharine Fisher, Ron Lev, Joshua R. Neely, Christopher Scolari, and Simon Tolbert have all joined its new office in Denver.

Larry McClung

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC is delighted to announce that Larry S. McClung has been made a member of the firm. His practice will continue to include defense of construction and commercial transportation claims, defense of professional liability claims, and commercial litigation and trials.

Christopher S. Jensen has joined Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC (Otten Johnson) as an associate.Jensen will practice with the firm’s real estate and land use groups.



Jack Luellen

The Houston-based energy law firm of Burleson LLP announced the opening of a new office in Denver in the Wells Fargo Center at 1700 Lincoln St., Suite 3950.

David Chipman
Daniel Glasser

Jack R. Luellen, a seasoned oil and gas lawyer, will serve as managing partner.

David W. Kirch is pleased to announce that Charles E. Rounds was named a partner in the firm, which will now be Kirch and Rounds, PC.

David S. Chipman and Daniel W. Glasser are pleased to announce the formation of Chipman Glasser, LLC. The firm will serve clients throughout the west in areas of commercial litigation, construction, real estate litigation, and creditor’s rights.



Mills & Schuster

Mueller & Arias

Andrea Lea Mueller and Manuel James Arias were married on Sept. 17, at the Seven Seas Restaurant on Nagawicka Lake in Hartland, Wisc. Mueller is a Program Coordinator in the Sections and Committees Department at the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.

Kate Mills and David Schuster were married on Sept. 16 at Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton, Colo. Mills is a Communications and Marketing Assistant at the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. She also is the graphic designer for The Docket.



Daniel Hubbard

Daniel Hubbard, an Equity Partner with Messner & Reeves, LLC and member of the firm’s litigation department, passed away on Aug. 30. He is survived by his wife, Lori, and three children. Hubbard was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and served as Vice President (and President-Elect) of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association.

Hubbard was an avid cyclist and participated in several bike races, including the Courage Classic with the Wheels of Justice Cycling Team.

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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