Denver Bar Association
February 2012
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Legal Affairs


Gary Jackson

Gary M. Jackson received the Colorado Bar Association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, on Jan. 6. Jackson, who has been a partner at DiManna & Jackson since 1976, has served as CBA Vice President and on the DBA’s Board of Trustees. He has chaired the Colorado and Denver Bar Minorities in the Profession Committee, which is now known as the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee. He is a member of the Peer Professional Assistance Group and is a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow. He also is a founding member and former president of the Sam Cary Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and the Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships to law students at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver.

Kara Veitch

Kara Veitch, a DBA Young Lawyer of the Year honoree, was recognized as the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year on both Dec. 14 and Jan. 6. Veitch is assistant director at Colorado Forum, a member organization that advances public policy issues in Colorado. She is the president of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, a former president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, a member of the Colorado Commission on the Legal Profession, and served on the CBA Executive Committee.

Mary Catherine Rabbitt

Mary Catherine Rabbitt was inducted into the Elder Rights Advocacy Hall of Fame. Rabbitt is the Colorado Legal Assistance Developer at The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, where she also works closely with the Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The Hall of Fame was created in 2007 by NALSD to recognize those who have advanced the legal rights of our nation’s over-60 population.

The Denver Urban Debate League recently named Ashley D. Powellas a board director. Powell, an associate at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, will help guide the direction of the organization and contribute to its fundraising and development efforts, as well as plan events and volunteer as a judge at local tournaments.

Kendrick and Treptow
Kendrick and Treptow

Hall & Evans attorneys Leslie Kendrickand Paige Treptow had a wonderful time talking with eighth graders at the Adams County Commissions’ Career Expo on Nov. 15. Many students were interested in discussing the legal field as a potential career.

Denver attorney Norman R. Mueller was elected to National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Board of Directors. A past president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Mueller has served on NACDL’s Amicus Committee as 10th Circuit vice chair. He also has served on the Amicus Committee of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar since 2004. In addition, Mueller has also been a presenter on ethics issues at NACDL CLE programs.

James B. (Jim) Dean received the first Cooperative Achievement Award from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Foundation at the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union annual convention. He retired from the practice of law on April 30, 2011. Much of his 45 years of practice was devoted to development and representation of cooperative enterprises in various industries as well as lecturing and writing about, and preparing legislation relating to, cooperative businesses.

Rick Kissinger

Rick Kissinger of Kissinger & Fellman P.C. has received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado Motor Carriers Association for the multitude of legal issues he has successfully handled for the CMCA over the years.

Kissinger has served as general counsel for the CMCA since 2008, and he has been on the Board of Directors since 1997.

James Pronchnow

James Prochnow, a shareholder in the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been appointed to the Natural Products Foundation (NPF) Board of Directors.

Prochnow’s law practice concentrates primarily on regulatory affairs and litigation.


Gary Polumbus
Jason Brenkert
Evan Rothstein

Gibson Dunn is pleased to announce that Bryan McCutcheonTafari Lumumba, and Josh Mitchell have joined the Denver office as associates.

Dorsey and Whitney would like to announce some current changes. Gary Polumbus, of counsel, is retiring from practice after 44 years serving clients in Denver. Also, Jason Brenkert and Evan Rothstein were elected to partnership.


Bryan Cross
Joel Neckers

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP is pleased to announce that Bryan Cross, Joel Neckers, Kara Rosenthal, Dave Schaller, and Jessica Scott have been named partners.

Cross focuses his national litigation practice on product liability, construction defect, and complex commercial matters.

Neckers handles complex civil litigation including the defense of consumer class actions, business and shareholder disputes, medical malpractice and tort cases, and corporate internal investigations and compliance matters.

Kara Rosenthal
Dave Schaller
Jessica Scott

Rosenthal focuses her legal practice on complex civil litigation in federal and state courts in the areas of product liability and professional liability.

Schaller’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts nationwide, including in the areas of commercial disputes, franchise litigation, professional malpractice, product liability, personal injury defense, and general tort matters.

Scott focuses her practice on product liability, class action defense, legal malpractice, insurance defense, and punitive-damages law.

Stefanie L. Sommers has joined Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC as an associate.

Sommers’ practice focuses on real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of real property, leasing, project finance and retail, and mixed-use development.

Elisa Chen
Matthew Cooper
Heide Doescher

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., is pleased to announce the arrival of Elisa ChenMatthew Cooperand Heidi Doescher as associates.

Chen is experienced in counseling clients on wage and hour and workplace safety issues, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Cooper counsels employers on a variety of employment matters, ranging from labor grievances to employer responsibilities within international companies. Doescher is a 2010 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Damian Arguello

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP announced the election of Damian Arguello as partner. Arguello’s practice focuses on risk management issues, particularly insurance coverage, contractual risk transfer, environmental, health, and safety matters. He is a past president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

Woodrow & Sobel, P.C. announces the retirement of Daniel L. Woodrow after 35 years of service to our profession and the community.

Wallace Scott, PC is pleased to announce the addition of Gary F. Albrecht as a shareholder of the firm. Albrecht will counsel the firm’s clients in the areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Craig Stoner

Patton Boggs LLP is pleased to announce the election of Peter S. Gould to the partnership. Gould works closely with federal and state regulatory agencies, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations to assist clients in the areas of administrative law, government investigations, litigation, dispute resolution, and public policy.

Poulson, Odell & Peterson, LLC is pleased to announce that Nick A. Swartzendruberhas become a member of the firm.

Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, P.C. is pleased to announce that Craig A. Stoner has joined the firm as a partner in their securities division.  Stoner’s practice will continue to focus on general business, corporate, and securities law matters.



The Dixon Law Firm, LLC is excited to announce its opening. The office is located at 4610 S. Ulster St., Suite 150, in Denver. The firm’s phone number is (303) 999-0118. The firm will continue to handle litigation for insurance companies and their insureds, including first-and-third party bad faith, insurance coverage, employer liability, product liability, and premises liability.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced that it will open a new office in Tel Aviv, Israel, in early 2012. The firm’s 34th office will provide legal services to clients who need U.S., E.U., and U.K. counsel, as well as legal services from other international jurisdictions.

Barkley Martinez, P.C.’s new Denver office is located at 720 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 530S.


In Memoriam

Richard (Mike) Hodges

Former Colorado Trial Lawyers Association President Richard (Mike) Hodges passed away on Dec. 28. He was 65. Hodges was CTLA president 2003–04, and chaired its insurance/bad faith committee. He also was a former member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

He is survived by his wife Gay; children Richard, Steve (Carolyn), and Jennifer; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made in Hodges’ name to The Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf, 3518 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City, CA 94062, or to The DU Memorial Fund, c/o John Sadwith—Executive Director, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 303 East 17th Ave., #320, Denver, CO 80203.

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