Denver Bar Association
December 2011
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Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs

Katy Donnelly

Katayoun “Katy” Donnelly, an associate with Baker & Hostetler, LLP, will be recognized as a 2010 Temple Bar Scholar. Each year, the American Inns of Court selects four outstanding young U.S. lawyers as Temple Bar Scholars, and they participate in a one-month program designed to introduce them to the English legal system.
Donnelly focuses her practice at Baker Hostetler on complex commercial litigation.

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) announces the election and appointment of new board members.

Members include William Babich, Law Firm of William Babich LLC in Denver; Nelson Boyle of Carter Boyle LLC in Denver; Michael Chaloupka and Patrick DiBenedetto from Metier Law Firm LLC in Fort Collins; Scott Eldredge of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC in Englewood; Gregory Gold of The Gold Law Firm LLC in Greenwood Village; Alan Higbie of Melat Pressman & Higbie LLP in Colorado Springs; David Klibaner of Klibaner Law Firm PC in Denver; Larry Lee of Larry D. Lee PC in Boulder; Jim Leventhal of Leventhal Brown & Puga PC in Denver; Thomas D. McFarland of McFarland Law Offices in Golden; Michael Rosenberg of Roberts Levin Rosenberg PC in Denver; Saul Sarney of Saul R. Sarney PC in Denver; Mickey Smith of Mickey W. Smith Attorney at Law in Pueblo; Julia Thompson of Schoenwald & Thompson LLC in Denver; Adrienne Tranel of the Tranel Law Firm PC; Stephen Wahlberg of Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla, Sloane & Woodruff, LLP in Denver; and Joseph Zonies from Reilly Pozner LLP in Denver.

Chris Richardson

Kennedy Childs P.C. is pleased to announce that Richard M. Murray recently was appointed to the Historic Denver, Inc. Board of Trustees. Murray was also recently accepted as a member of the 2012 class of the Colorado Bar Association’s Leadership Training (COBALT) program.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP announced that the partnership has re-elected Chris Richardson to serve as the firm’s managing partner through Dec. 31, 2014. Richardson has been the firm’s chief executive and managing partner since 2002, and has served DGS clients for nearly 30 years.

Bill Meyer
Joe Epstein
Steve Meyrich

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness is proud to announce that it recently expanded its board of directors to include Jordan Fox. Fox is member of Sherman & Howard LLC, where he focuses his practice on Family Law.

The Colorado Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals association was launched in October. It is pleased to recognize 16 Charter Members in Colorado, including a majority of the state’s best known civil and commercial mediators and arbitrators. The Executive Committee members are Judge Bill Meyer (Denver), Joe Epstein (Greenwood Village), and Steve Meyrich (Boulder). The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is a professional association whose membership is comprised of attorneys distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution, and by their commitment to methods of alternative dispute resolution.

John Sass

John Sass recently was elected vice president of the National Academy of Arbitrators. The academy’s purposes are educational and fraternal. As a friend of the court, the academy has participated in appellate litigation in the United States and Canada, where major issues affecting the institution of arbitration are involved. It also works cooperatively with sister organizations such as government agencies, professional organizations, institutions, and learned societies in the field of labor-management and employment relations.

Burns, Figa & Will P.C. is pleased to announce Candace Cole Figa, a shareholder at the firm, has been appointed to serve on the Arapahoe County Ethics Committee as a representative for Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe. The committee advises the county commissioners on ethical issues relating to employees and elected officials.
Melissa Sugar has been appointed to the board of directors as public affairs chair for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals.



Dudly Morton
Frank Suyat

Ireland Stapleton is pleased to announce that Nicholas A. Murray has joined the firm as an associate. Murray will advise clients on a variety of legal issues, including business and real estate transactions, employment law, and litigation.

Dill and Dill is pleased to announce that Dudley W. Morton has joined the firm as a partner and Frank W. Suyat has joined the firm as a partner in their civil litigation group.
Morton will continue to focus his practice on corporate, transactional matters, structured settlement transfers, bankruptcy, and estate planning/probate. Suyat’s practice will continue to focus on complex civil litigation, employment law, probate litigation, estate planning, and general business.

Chris Mills
Megan Rhodes

Ducker, Montgomery, Lewis & Bess, PC is pleased to announce that Chris Mills and Megan Rhodes have joined the firm as associates.
Mills specializes in commercial litigation and Rhodes practices litigation with a focus on employment matters.

Kutak Rock LLP is pleased to announce that Tiffanie D. Stasiak, Matthew S. McElhiney, Brett M. Wendt, and Michael E. Bonifazi have joined the litigation and corporate groups. (See ad on page 19.)
Stasiak and Bonifazi practice in the areas of complex commercial and construction litigation, while Wendt practices in the same areas and maintains an employment law practice.

McElhiney has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients in corporate and business-related issues and will join the corporate practice group.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Martine Tariot Wells has joined the firm as an associate in the corporate and business group. Her practice will focus on employment law.

Roberts Levin Rosenberg has added Nelson A. Waneka as an associate. Waneka’s practice will focus on insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, and personal injury law.
Bloom Murr & Accomazzo, PC is pleased to announce James P. Eckels and Annie-Caitlin Howe have become associates of the firm.

Eric Drummond

Featherstone Petrie DeSisto LLP would like to announce that Charles Fuller has become an associate of the firm. Fuller focuses his practice on commercial litigation.

John Cardinal Parks

Patton Boggs LLP recently expanded its Energy and Natural Resources practice with the addition of Eric H. Drummond as a partner in the firm’s Denver office. Drummond has practiced administrative law and complex administrative litigation for nearly two decades, focusing his practice in alternative energy issues, electric utility, and telecommunications law.

Horowitz & Burnett is pleased to announce that John Cardinal Parks has joined the firm as special counsel. Parks’ practice will focus on commercial and bankruptcy litigation, including representing parties in state and federal receiverships and in adversary proceedings and contested matters in bankruptcy cases.

First Western Trust Bank announced the appointment of estate planning attorney, Bill Schmidt as senior trust officer and family wealth advisor.

Schmidt brings more than 40 years of experience in advising clients in the areas of trust law, estate planning and administration, and charitable giving strategies.

Ireland Stapleton is pleased to announce that Jordan P. Chase has joined the firm as an associate. Chase will advise clients on a variety of legal issues, including complex real estate acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing, community association matters, finance and development transactions, and general business matters.


Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC is pleased to announce its opening. The office is located at 1518 Blake St. in Denver. The firm’s phone number is (303) 578-4400. They will be handing plaintiff’s employment law, plaintiff’s civil rights, and criminal defense.

Faegre & Benson LLP is delighted to announce that its partners have voted to combine with Baker & Daniels LLP. The new firm, to be inaugurated on Jan. 1, will be called Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. 

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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