Denver Bar Association
July 2012
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Legal Affairs


Russel Kemp
Matthew S. Larson
Alissa Brodie

Two Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC attorneys, Russell W. Kemp and Matthew S. Larson, have been named to key leadership positions for WorldDenver.

The Anti-Defamation League has announced that Alissa Brodie, of Denver, is the recipient of the 2012 Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in the fight against anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of prejudice. Brodie is an immigration law attorney at AB Immigration Law in Denver.

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC, congratulates associate attorney Sara Stieben on her selection as president of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization ChildSafe.

Sara Stieben

Stieben’s practice focuses on all areas of real estate, business, and probate litigation, with a particular focus on the areas of creditors’ rights.

The Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit organization that provides legal advocacy for abused and neglected children, raised nearly $200,000 at their annual dinner.

Attendees included the Honorable Robert Russell and Jim Lyons of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP.

Julie Waggener

Waggener & Foster LLP is proud to announce Gov. John Hickenlooper’s appointment of Julie Waggener to the five-member Colorado Real Estate Commission. She will serve a three-year term as commissioner until April 2015.

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is pleased to announce that they were the sponsor of the Washington Park Trail Restoration and Tree Planting Event. The event was organized by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and included more than 300 volunteers from across the metro area.

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado is pleased to welcome the following lawyers to its Board of Trustees: Josh I. Berry of Pryor Johnson Carney Karr & Nixon; Jeffrey Cowman of Ballard Spahr; R. Stanton Dodge, General Counsel of DISH Network; Mark A. Fogg, General Counsel of COPIC and President of the Colorado Bar Association; Stephen P. Gottesfeld, General Counsel of Newmont Mining Corporation; Kevin Rohnstock, Chief Compliance Officer of KSL Capital Partners; Robert P. Thibault of Perkins Coie; and Kimberley H. Tyson of Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe.

Officers of the 2012–13 Board of Trustees are Chairperson Hugh Gottschalk of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Vice-Chairperson Jessica Brown of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Secretary Ed Gleason of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, Treasurer Sheri L. Betzer of Betzer Call Group LLP, and Past-Chairperson Dick Gast of Myatt Brandes & Gast PC.

Leslie Fields
Nicole Gorham

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness is proud to announce it recently expanded its board of directors to include two new members:

Leslie Fields is a partner in the Denver office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and a member of the firms’ management board. She specializes in eminent domain and real estate litigation law.

Nicolle Martin

Nicole Gorham is an associate at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP with a law practice focus on commercial and complex civil litigation involving business entities of various sizes.

Nicolle Martin, in-house counsel for Auto Injury Solutions, Inc., has been selected to serve as an Allied Attorney for The Alliance Defense Fund. The Alliance Defense Fund is committed to defending religious liberty, marriage and family, and the sanctity of human life.

Mianne Besser

Greenberg Traurig, LLP, is honored to announce it has received the Denver Business Journal’s Partners in Philanthropy award for medium-sized businesses.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP was recently honored as the Colorado Lawyers Committee 2012 Law Firm of the Year. Additionally, the Lobato Litigation Team, made up of more than 70 volunteers from a dozen law firms, including DGS, was named CLC Team of the Year for its pro bono work on Lobato v. State of Colorado.

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is proud to announce that Mianne L. Besser, a paralegal with the firm, has been elected president of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association.


Joe Smith would like to take this opportunity to comment about his attorney, Gretchen Olson of Eberhardt and Olson. "In helping me with my legal matters, I have found her to be most proficient, competent, and professional. It’s refreshing to have someone explain the legalese so that a layman can understand it."


Chris Chrisbens
Gary Hart

Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart has joined McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in Denver as a senior strategic adviser. Hart will advise clients on entering and expanding in foreign markets.

Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow, P.C. is honored to add Nancy Crow as its tax and estate planning practice chair.

Chris Chrisbens recently joined Holland & Hart. His addition to the firm marks the introduction of a new business line within Holland & Hart’s labor and employment practice—Affirmative Action Plan Design and Development. He helps employers determine and navigate affirmative action obligations, develop defensible affirmative action plans to pass Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs scrutiny, and proactively address and resolve areas of concern to improve OFCCP audit performance. Chrisbens is a member of the American Association for Affirmative Action.

Bryon Farnsworth
Matthew Spohn
Bob Greenslade
Judy Vorndran

McKenzie Rhody & Hearn LLC is pleased to announce that Allan Mena has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Michelle Jacobsen

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC is pleased to welcome attorney Michelle Jacobsen to its team.

Jacobsen comes to the firm with more than seven years of experience in human resources, employment law, and banking, lending, and creditors’ rights.

Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP is expanding its capabilities in Denver with the hiring of two new senior counsel and the transfer of a senior associate to its newly relocated office.

Christina M. Habas

Bryon Farnsworth joins Fulbright’s Public Finance Department as senior counsel, while Matthew Spohn comes to Fulbright’s Litigation Department as senior counsel. Bob Greenslade, a senior associate in the Environmental Department, arrives in Denver from the firm’s Austin office.

Judy Vorndran, CPA, JD, has been admitted to partnership in the Colorado office of Eide Bailly CPAs, as state and local tax partner. Vorndran has more than 17 years of public accounting experience, specializing in state and local taxation. Her practice encompasses start-ups to more established companies. She serves clients with state and local tax expertise in a variety of industries.

Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas, who is leaving the bench on July 13, will join Keating Wagner Polidori Free P.C. as a shareholder and trial lawyer.


Karen Steinhauser

Criminal defense and family law attorney Karen Steinhauser has opened the Law Office of Karen Steinhauser LLC in Centennial. As a solo practitioner, Steinhauser will provide criminal defense litigation and family law services.

Chalat Hatten & Koupal PC is pleased to announce Evan P. Banker has become a partner of the firm, which will continue under the name Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker PC. Banker represents plaintiffs in the areas of ski and recreation injuries, medical and legal malpractice, and catastrophic motor vehicle collisions.

Nathan, Bremer, Dumm & Myers, P.C., Attorneys at Law, is pleased to announce its move to 7900 E. Union Ave., Suite 600, Denver. The firm’s phone numbers, email addresses, and website will remain the same.

Fisher & Suhr, P.C. is pleased to announce the opening of its new office location in Writer Square—1512 Larimer St., Suite 730, Denver; phone, (303) 436-1224. The firm continues to specialize in commercial real estate transactions, commercial financing transactions, sale and merger of small businesses, formation and maintenance of corporations, partnerships and LLCs, and the preparation and negotiation of contracts.

Senn Visciano Canges, P.C. is please to announce the relocation of its offices to the Wells Fargo Center at 1700 Lincoln St., Suite 4500, Denver; telephone, (303) 298-1122; and fax, (303) 296-9101.

The firm is a full-service law practice in the areas of real estate; litigation and arbitration; appellate law; construction; corporate transactions; leasing; lending and foreclosures; family and domestic law; estate planning and probate litigation.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP has moved to 370 17th St., Suite 400, Denver. Phone, fax, email, and web address will remain the same.

Luke August Fuller
Luke August Fuller


Lars and Jessica Fuller would like to announce the birth of their son, Luke August Fuller, on April 22. Lars is of counsel at Baker Hostetler LLP, and Jessica is an associate at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP. They both would like to express special thanks to both firms for all their support.

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