Denver Bar Association
April 2012
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Legal Affairs


Neil B. Oberfeld and Samuel L. Levy, shareholders in the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, have been elected as national commissioner and associate national commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League, respectively. Oberfeld has served on the ADL since 2001, and Levy is newly elected.

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Dan Wittenberg, a partner in its Denver office, has been accepted into the Leadership Boulder County program.

The Boulder Chamber selects 35 individuals to take part in the leadership program every year. The participants collectively work toward the betterment of the community through volunteerism and business initiatives.

Patton Boggs Denver Energy and Natural Resources Partner Eric H. Drummond recently was appointed by University of Colorado Law School Dean Phil Weiser to the Advisory Board of the School of Law’s Energy Innovation Initiative.

The Energy Innovation Initiative is a joint effort undertaken by the University of Colorado Law School’s Silicon Flatirons Center on Law; Technology and Entrepreneurship; and the Program on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law.

The Colorado GLBT Bar Association selected Ryann Peyton as its vice president and president-elect for 2012.

Peyton will become president of the organization in 2013. An associate at the Harris Law Firm in Denver, Peyton expanded her firm’s practice area in non-traditional family law and same-sex domestic relations.

The Colorado Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers Association has elected its new officers and continuing board members. The officers are: Rosemary Orsini of Berenbaum Weinshienk as president; Rachel Ellis of Sweeney & Bechtold as vice president; Mary Jo Lowrey of Truhlar and Truhlar as secretary; and Sarah Parady of Benezra & Culver as treasurer. Board members are: Chair Joan Bechtold of Sweeney & Bechtold, Paula Greisen of King & Greisen, Susan Hahn of the Law Office of Susan R. Hahn, Darold Killmer of Killmer Lane and Neuman, Diane King of King & Greisen, David Lichenstein, attorney at law, Todd McNamara of McNamera, Roseman and Kazmierski , Rhonda Rhodes of Williams & Rhodes, Lisa Sahli of Killmer Lane and Neuman, Elwyn Schaefer of Elwyn F. Schaefer & Associates, and Charlotte Sweeney of Sweeney & Bechtold.

Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe Director Russell W. Kemp will serve as Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver’s board vice president, and Director Michael R. Miller will serve on the group’s Finance and Audit Committee.

Elizabeth Mitchell

Kemp has been involved with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer since 2000 and has been a board member since 2008. Miller has been active with Habitat for Humanity since 2008.

Elizabeth D. Mitchell, an associate with Ambler & Keenan, LLC, recently became a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation. The certification requires an exam and three years of practice focusing on elder law. Mitchell’s practice will continue to focus on Medicaid and incapacity planning, as well as estate planning.

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness, a Colorado-based nonprofit, is partnering with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association to provide a first-of-its-kind inclusiveness training for MCCA’s new Academy for Leadership and Inclusion.

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is pleased to announce that Associate Dimitri Adloff has been named to the board of directors of Colorado Lawyers for the Arts.

Laura Hazen

Adloff represents banking, real estate, development, and business clients in connection with their commercial disputes.

Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC Director Laura Hazen has joined the SungateKids Board of Directors.

Hazen leads Ireland Stapleton’s child care/early education practice area, focusing on regulatory, licensing, and employment issues, together with other unique problems faced by child care providers. Further, Hazen frequently writes for and lectures to the Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado.


Burleson LLP is pleased to announce that Susan Anderson, Matthew Collins, Jeremy Cottrell, Fran Folin, Joe Gilmore, Heather Hanna, Michael Jewell, Chris McGrath, Ron Opsahl, Andrew Rubin, Caroline Shanor, Victoria Shupe, and Rob Willis have all joined its new office in Denver.

Bloom Murr & Accomazzo, P.C. is pleased to announce Daniel R. Delaney has become a director of the firm.

Delaney’s practice involves business and contract matters, real property, mechanics’ liens, and mortgage lending cases.

Derek Lindenschmidt

Polsinelli Shughart welcomes Emily E. Wey to the firm’s national health care practice as shareholder. Wey will focus on a variety of operational, transactional, and compliance issues for health care providers. Having served as in-house counsel for both payors and providers, Wey has developed in-depth knowledge of issues involving private reimbursement and payor contracting.

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC is pleased to announce that Derek J. Lindenschmidt has been named a partner with the firm. Lindenschmidt will continue to focus his practice in construction law and general civil litigation.

Polsinelli Shughart expands its corporate capabilities in Denver with the addition of Peter F. Waltz to its corporate law practice. Waltz counsels clients in a broad range of corporate, transactional, and disclosure related issues. His experience includes working with clients at various stages of their business life from up-start to mid-size companies, as well as small public businesses.

Sherman & Howard announces that Joe Daniels has joined the firm as an associate. He will add to Sherman & Howard’s 65 attorney commercial litigation and trial practice group, focusing on the representation of businesses and individuals in all aspects of litigation.

Chris Achatz

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has appointed its 2012 Executive Committee, which provides leadership for the firm’s financial and strategic management. The members are: Chris Richardson as managing partner, Kristin Lentz and Ron Levine as finance and acquisitions, Bill Duffy and Randy Hubbard as natural resources, Jeff Pilkington and Andrea Wang as trial, and Barbara Pierce as executive director

IHS is pleased to announce that Chris Achatz has joined the company as an assistant legal counsel.

Peg Perl has joined Colorado Ethics Watch as staff counsel. Perl previously served as counsel to the U.S. House Ethics Committee and as a policy attorney at the Federal Election Commission.

Wilson Elser is pleased to announce the recent addition of Scott D. Sweeney, of counsel, to its Denver office.

Sweeney joined the firm with 14 years of experience practicing law. He has widespread litigation experience, and his practice currently is focused on employment litigation, fidelity and surety litigation, and insurance bad faith law.

Amy Brimah

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Amy Brimah has joined the firm as of counsel in the real estate department. She will focus on finance and lending, commercial real estate transactions, as well as development projects, acquisitions, and dispositions.

Polsinelli Shughart named Denver shareholders Colleen M. Faddick and Bruce A. Johnson as vice chairs of the national law firm’s health care practice group.

Faddick advises health care providers and Johnson has broad experience in legal and management issues involving physician organizations, hospitals, and other health care providers.

Christopher Denham

Christopher L. Denham was promoted to Principal at Kingsbery Baris Vogel Nuttall CPAS and Advisors, P.C. Denham received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Colorado–Denver magna cum laude, and attended University of Colorado Law School. His emphasis is in estate and gift tax; he also practices in all areas of tax for all entity types.

The Hustead Law Firm is pleased to announce that Marc A. Tahiry, formerly an associate with Hindman Sanchez, PC, has joined the firm.


Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP has signed a new 12-year lease at its 17th & Wazee Street location, which will allow the firm to expand its offices by nearly 30 percent.

The firm will begin occupancy of the additional space in 2014. Until then, the firm will lease temporary satellite offices three blocks away in the Tabor Center.

The law firm of Fogel Keating Wagner Polidori Free is pleased to announce that it has changed its name to Keating Wagner Polidori Free (KWPF).

The construction defect law firm of Benson & Associates is pleased to announce that it has changed its name to Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson.


Baby Rathod


Siddhartha and Shannon Rathod welcomed their baby Priya Rae Rathod on Feb. 9 at 9:35 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 ¼ in. long.

Patrick and Molly Thiessen would like to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Howard Thiessen, on Feb. 7.


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