Denver Bar Association
January 2012
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Legal Affairs



Stacy Carpenter

The DBA’s e-Newsletter D-Brief was recognized for Excellence in Electronic Communications by the National Association of Bar Executives at its Communications Workshop on Oct. 21. The award recognizes electronic communications for content, design, usefulness, and ease of use. Entries are judged by a group of bar association peers from across the country. The Colorado Bar Association received two Luminary Awards: Excellence in Marketing for its membership campaign, spearheaded by the CBA’s Economic Task Force, and Excellence in Electronic Publications for its blog, Solo in Colo (

The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit organization that provides legal advocacy for abused and neglected children, announces that Stacy Carpenter has joined the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Andrew Toft

Andrew M. Toft, a solo practitioner, has been elected the 2012 Vice-President – Chapter Relations for the Turnaround Management Association. Toft also will serve as an officer on the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees of the organization.

Toft’s practice focuses on representing institutional lenders in commercial and civil litigation, real estate litigation, commercial foreclosures, commercial collections, loan workouts and restructurings, creditor’s rights in bankruptcy, and UCC issues.

Jim Mulligan, partner at Snell & Wilmer, has joined the Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Foundation Board of Directors.

Neil Oberfeld

Mulligan’s practice focuses on single- and mixed-use real estate developments, public/private partnerships, government relations, affordable housing, and sustainable community governance.

Neil Oberfeld, shareholder in the Denver office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, received the Philip D. and Eleanor Winn Community Service Award from The Bridge Project at its 20th Annual Gala.

Mastin Hoffman & Crews PC is proud to announce that Denise D. Hoffman and S. Kato Crews will continue to serve in leadership roles for the 2012 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) program.

Crews is a graduate of the inaugural 2007 COBALT class and has served on the COBALT Executive Committee since 2008.

Hoffman is a 2009 COBALT graduate, served on the Program Committee in 2010, and chaired COBALT in 2011.

Ken Fellman

Leyendecker & Lemire, LLC completed the Soma Triathlon in Tempe, Ariz., and raised $25,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research in the process.

Firm co-founder, Peter Lemire, served as the captain for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Team In Training.

Sarah M. Stettner, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, recently was appointed to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver’s Board of Trustees.

Zach Miller

Ken Fellman of Kissinger & Fellman PC has been selected to serve on a 15-member advisory committee to the Federal Communications Commission, designed to promote awareness of telecommunications issues for which local, state, and Native American Tribal governments share responsibility with the FCC.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP Partner Zach C. Miller recently was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Miller’s practice includes environmental, water, natural resources, title review, and complex transactional work for water rights, mineral interests, and other real property.

Matthias Edrich
Samuel Cheris

Emily J. Curray, managing partner of Stern & Curray LLC, has become a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.

Matthias Edrich, a tax attorney in the Denver office of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, a public finance law firm, has been elected secretary of the Colorado chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce.

Samuel David Cheris was elected Chairman of the Board of International Hearing Dog, Inc. of Henderson, Colo. IHDI trains and places dogs with the deaf and deaf–blind without charge. It has placed more than 1,100 dogs since its founding.

Walters, Waggener, Cutler, Foster
Walters, Waggener, Cutler, Foster


In the fall, four Denver neighbors ran into each other on the street—thousands of miles from their Denver homes—in Les Eyzies, France. Julie Waggener and her husband Rick Foster were on a bike trip and staying the night in the town. Former Denver and Colorado Bar Association President Bill Walters and his wife Christy Cutler were visiting friends who live near the town. It’s a small world after all!


Mark Fogg

COPIC is pleased to announce that Mark A. Fogg has been named as its incoming General Counsel. Fogg will work alongside Anne Cox, who will be retiring in April 2012 after serving as COPIC’s General Counsel since October 2003.

Fogg was a shareholder and former president of Kennedy Childs P.C. He focused on the defense of health care-related claims, including medical malpractice, medical board matters, anti-competitive claims, hospital related matters, and risk management consulting. Fogg is president-elect of the Colorado Bar Association.

Tom List

Moye White LLP announced that Thomas M. List has joined the firm’s Real Estate Group as a partner.

List has more than twenty-four years of experience in commercial real estate, including development, land use and zoning, sales and acquisitions, leasing, landlord/tenant, eviction, workouts, bankruptcy, and financing.

Lisa Matter
Melissa Ryan

The firm also added the following associates: Keely Downs, Joshua Kweller, Maurice Loebl, Adam Massaro, Lisa Matter, Julie Murphy, and Melissa Ryan.

Stern & Curray is pleased to announce the addition of Danielle Danaher. Danaher is a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Canada and has clerked with Stern & Curray since January 2010.

The Law Office of Laura E. Shapiro, PC welcomes James M. Cordes as an associate practicing in family law matters.

Martha Ridgeway
Dennis Whitmer
Greg Smith

Ritsema & Lyon, PC is please to announce that Kelly F. Kruegel has been named a shareholder of the firm.

Hamilton Faatz and Waller, PC is pleased to announce the addition of Martha L. Ridgway and Dennis N. Whitmer as special counsel. Ridgway’s practice emphasizes mediation of multigenerational and probate disputes, serving as guardian ad litem for impaired adults, and elder law. Whitmer will be concentrating his practice in representation of fiduciaries, litigation support, and serving as an expert witness on matters of fiduciary liability. Gregory James Smith, a CBA-CLE board member, continues his practice as a shareholder at the firm, concentrating his work in health care law and related transactions.

Kolko & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jennifer Casey has joined the firm immigration practice as an associate. Casey will focus her practice on employment and family based immigration issues, and on removal defense.

Sierra Smith

Polsinelli Shughart welcomed all 13 attorneys from Denver-based law firm Hensley Kim, LLC, effective Nov. 1. New shareholders to Polsinelli Shughart are former DBA President Stacy A. Carpenter, Michael P. Dulin, Paul V. Franke, Darren R. Hensley, and Ryan E. Warren. Other attorneys making the move include of counsel attorneys Anya P.B. Mallett, Gregory W. O’Connor, and Clifford R. Pearl, and associates Gillian McKean Bidgood, DBA Young Lawyers Division Chair; Taryn A. Elliott; David P. Ganderton; and Karin E. Sullivan.

Ritsema & Lyon, PC is please to announce that Thomas L. Kanan, Jr., has joined the firm as of counsel. Kanan will be practicing in the firm’s Denver office.

Kirch and Rounds, P.C. is pleased to announce that Sierra R. Smith has joined the firm as an associate.


John Castellano

John S. Castellano, a longtime attorney with Holland and Hart and former Denver Bar Association President, passed away on Nov. 10. He served as DBA president from 1994 to 1995 and received the Award of Merit, the DBA’s highest honor, in 2005. He was an attorney and partner with Holland and Hart for more than 30 years. He received several other accolades during his life for his community involvement, including the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne, three children, and four grandchildren. He was a Master Gardener and wine aficionado.

He graduated from Regis High School in Denver and received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Donations in Castellano’s memory may be made to: Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) c/o Dean’s Office, CUA Law School, Washington, D.C. 20064.

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