Denver Bar Association
March 2012
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Legal Affairs


Hon. Russell Carparelli

The University of Colorado School of Law will honor distinguished alumni at the Law Alumni Awards Banquet on March 14. Joseph Neguse, a University of Colorado Regent, will be honored with the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award. William "Bill" Johnson, a partner of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, will be honored with the William Lee Knous Award, the law school’s highest honor. Proceeds from this year’s banquet will benefit the David H. Getches scholarship fund. Getches, who was dean of Colorado Law until June 30, established the scholarship just prior to his untimely death on July 5.

The National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law has given its Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr. Award to Hon. Russell Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals.The award is given to judges, public officials, and private practitioners in recognition of their outstanding skills as trial lawyers and members of the judiciary, as well as their contributions to the National Trial Advocacy College and the legal profession.

Neil Oberfeld
Evan Stephenson

Greenberg Traurig shareholder Neil Oberfeld has been named chair of the prestigious Jewish Life Committee for Rose Community Foundation.

The education advocacy group Stand for Children announced that Paul Lhevine will be the new executive director for the Colorado office.

The Colorado Civil Justice League, a tort reform group that represents the Colorado business community, selected Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell associate Evan Stephenson as its 2011 "Lawyer of the Year." This award recognizes Stephenson’s contributions to CCJL including his speaking, advocacy, and advisory roles for the organization.



Reid Allred

Gibson Dunn is pleased to announce that Monica K. Loseman has been promoted to partner. Loseman practices in the areas of securities litigation, accountant liability, and general commercial litigation.

In addition, the firm is pleased to announce that Tafari Lumumba, Bryan McCutcheon, and Josh Mitchell have joined as associates.

Chipman Glasser, LLC is pleased to announce that Reid Allred has joined the firm as an associate. Allred’s practice will continue to focus on complex commercial litigation.

Perry Glantz
Lucas Ritchie
Daniel Wenoggle

Jones & Keller, P.C. is pleased to announce that Perry L. Glantz and Lucas T. Ritchie are shareholders of the firm and Daniel C. Wenoggle has joined as an associate.

Perry focuses his litigation and trial practice on business disputes involving banking, employment, environmental, intellectual property, and oil and gas matters.

Ritchie focuses his litigation and trial practice on business disputes involving employment, securities, health care, and motor carrier and transportation matters.

Wenoggle is a litigator who focuses his practice on disputes involving construction projects and property rights.

Rumler Tarbox Lyden Law Corporation P.C. is pleased to announce Kimberly V. Sparks has joined the firm as an associate specializing in tax and business planning.

Heidi Chesley

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of three new directors: Julie E. Gifford, Amanda L. Smith, and Kimberly A. Martin. All three have distinguished themselves in their contributions to the firm and the community.

Gordon and Rees LLP is pleased to announce that Heidi A. Chesley has been named a partner in the Denver office.

Livingston Keithley has been elected partner at Kelly, Stacy & Rita, LLC. His practice will continue to focus on commercial litigation, representation in disputes of closely held companies, and representation of companies in employment matters and disputes.

Abe Laydon

Replin & Rhoades, LLC proudly announced that it has elected senior associate attorney David Ratner a partner of the firm.

Ratner’s practice concentrates on advising both creative and general business clients in all aspects of intellectual property and small business law.

Abraham J. Laydon has become a shareholder and director of Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. Laydon practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, business law (for both nonprofit and for-profit entities), and estate planning.

Kutak Rock LLP recently hired Meshach Rhoades, of counsel. Rhoades joined the litigation group and will focus her practice on telecommunications and commercial litigation.

Andrew Elliot

Featherstone Petrie DeSisto, LLP would like to announce that Courtney A. Levkulich and Matthew A. Morr have become partners of the firm.

Camila Palmer
Theresa Corrada

Andrew C. Elliott has been elected shareholder in the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Elliott is a member of the corporate and business, tax, and finance groups.

Elkind Alterman Harston P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Camila S. Palmer as an associate to its immigration practice.

Lapin Lapin, P.C. is pleased to announce that Theresa L. Corrada has joined the firm, of counsel. Corrada has 19 years of experience in employment law and general commercial litigation and also arbitrates employment cases for the American Arbitration Association.

Shannon Bell
Mimi Larsen

Moye White LLP, announced the appointment of two new partners, Shannon M. Bell and Marian C. "Mimi" Larsen.

Larsen practices in the transaction section, focusing on complex real estate matters, energy and natural resources law, commercial matters, and regulatory compliance.

As a member of the firm’s trial section, Bell provides representation in high-value civil and commercial litigation, lender liability, officer/director liability, construction defect cases, land disputes, employment, and insurance defense matters.

Ruegsegger Simons Smith & Stern, LLC is pleased to announce that Vito Racanelli has become a member of the firm. His practice will continue to include the defense of workers’ compensation claims and other insurance defense matters.

Brad Hendrick

Holland & Hart is pleased to welcome Jonathan Anderson, Kelly Dickson Cooper, Stephanie Edinger, Peggy Gardner, Christina Gomez, J. Lee Gray, Mark Hamilton, Joe Ramirez, and Sandi Snodgrass to the firm’s partnership. The new partners represent a full range of Holland & Hart’s practice areas.

Caplan and Earnest, LLC is very pleased to announce that Brad Hendrick has been named a member of the firm.

Hendrick has been practicing immigration law since 2002.

Jackson Kelly PLLC is pleased to announce that Karen L. Johnston was recently elected to the firm’s executive committee.

Karen Johnston

Johnston’s practice focuses exclusively on occupational safety and health and related civil, criminal, and administrative litigation.

Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla, Sloane & Woodruff, P.C. is pleased to announce that David S. Woodruff has become a partner in the firm. Woodruff will continue to focus his practice on medical malpractice, product liability, and other catastrophic personal injuries.

Scott Loftin

Miles & Peters, P.C. is pleased to announce that Scott Loftin has joined the firm as an associate. Loftin’s practice focuses on the health care industry, specifically in the areas of regulatory compliance, business planning and commercial transactions, government relations, Medicare/Medicaid certification and reimbursement, and civil litigation.

David Kay

Kutak Rock LLP hired David Kay, an associate, in the construction litigation group. Kay focuses his practice on complex commercial and construction litigation representing owners, corporations, general contractors, and subcontractors.

In addition, the firm elected four new partners, Kristin G. Caid, A. Ann Hered, Heather L. Kendrick, and Jeremy D. Peck.

Heather Kendrick
Jeremy Peck
Kristin Caid
A. Ann Hered

Caid practices in public finance; Hered focuses on federal tax issues; Kendrick focuses on commercial real estate; and Peck practices in federal and state civil litigation, including bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings.

Alderman Bernstein, LLC is pleased to announce that Jessica D. Kosares has joined the firm as an associate. Kosares will be practicing in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation law, real estate litigation, land use litigation, and real estate transactional work.



Ayo Labode


Ayo Labode is pleased to announce the establishment of The Law Office of Ayo Labode, LLC specializing in elder law. Labode is a former ombudsman, an advocate for nursing home residents, and has extensive experience working with nursing home issues.



The Nelson Law Firm, LLC would like to congratulate Eric and Kacie Ballou on the birth of their son, Grayson Charles Ballou, on Dec. 10. The firm also congratulates Mark and Colleen Nelson on the birth of their twins, James Robert Nelson and Caroline Amanda Nelson, on Jan. 3. There is definitely something in the water.

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