Denver Bar Association
September 2012
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Legal Affairs


The CBA–DBA Professionalism Coordinating Counc i l recognized longtime council member and outgoing chair Donald Alperstein with a certificate of appreciation for his outstanding service to the council, which started in 1996.

Alperstein, center, poses with DBA President Jim Benjamin and CBA and DBA Deputy Executive Director Greg Martin.

The Colorado Judicial Institute elected new board members, officers and ex-officio directors at its annual meeting.

Thomas R. O’Donnell, managing partner of Holland & Hart LLP, was elected secretary and joins re-elected officers, Otto K. Hilbert, II, chair; James E. Scarboro, vice chair; Peter D. Willis, vice chair; and Yvonne England Zuber, treasurer.

Newly elected board members are Marilyn S. Chappell, special counsel for Wells Anderson & Race, LLC; John B. Grow, III, founder, CEO, and president of, Inc.; and James D. Kilroy, partner with Snell & Wilmer LLP.



Stephen Burg and Nick Fogel, both associates with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., were elected ex-officio directors.

The University of Denver is pleased to announce its Law Star honorees for 2012. They are as follows: Bill Keating, Thompson G. Marsh Award; Mike O’Donnell, Outstanding Alumni Award; 2004–05 DBA President Mary Jo Gross, Alumni Professionalism Award; and Prof. Joyce Sterling, Excellence in Teaching Award.

Nicolle Martin, in-house counsel for Auto Injury Solutions, Inc., has been selected to serve as an Allied Attorney for The Alliance Defense Fund.

Nancy Cohen, of counsel with Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professional Discipline.



Sandra Wick Mulvany, a partner in the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, has recently been named as one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 100 Distinguished Alumnae.

Thomas J. Wolf, a business and trial attorney at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, has joined Denver Scholarship Foundation’s Development Committee.

The Navajo Nation Bar Association has selected Troy A. Eid to receive its Member of the Year Award. Eid is a litigation shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Denver office and co-chairs the firm’s national American Indian Law practice group.



Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC congratulates member Brett Payton on his election to president of the Weld County Bar Association, Inc.

Brad Hamilton was elected chair of the board for Dolls for Daughters & Kenzi’s Kidz.

Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. family law attorney Kate M. Lincoff has joined the community philanthropy Roots & Branches Foundation.

Peggy Richter of the Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP has joined the Board of Directors for The Colorado Humane Society & S.P.C.A., Inc.



The Association of Corporate Counsel announced that Whirlpool Corporation and its outside counsel, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, have been recognized as 2012 ACC Value Champions for their collaboration in making a difference for their organizations through creativity and value-based legal management skills.

Ashley Wald, an attorney in Holland & Har t ’s Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources practice, was elected assistant secretary of the Dumb Friends League board of directors.




Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck added associate Kwali M. Farbes to its growing team. Farbes’ practice focuses on serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel, and special disclosure counsel to companies, governmental entities, and nonprofit organizations.

Fisher & Phillips LLP announced that Sherri Catalano has joined the labor and employment law firm as an associate.

Wes Wollenweber recently joined Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. Wollenweber’s focus will be on employment, homeowners’ associations, and commercial litigation.


Matthew Thompson has joined the Finance & Acquisitions Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP as an associate. His practice will focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, commercial finance, and securities transactions.


Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP has announced that attorney Alan C. Friedberg has joined the firm as of counsel.
Friedberg concentrates his practice in the commercial area, including securities, business disputes, real estate matters, insurance, and professional liability cases.

The law firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP is pleased to welcome Nicholas N. Dyer as an associate in the firm’s Colorado Springs office.

Dyer’s law practice is focused on corporate and real estate transactional matters.

Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. announced the addition of Corey Preston as an associate to the firm. Preston’s practice area will focus on commercial litigation.


Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is pleased to announce the addition of Emily A. Hippen as an associate in the real estate group. Hippen focuses her practice on commercial real estate finance, with an emphasis on the representation of lenders and servicers in both loan origination and loan modification transactions.

Andrew Fiske has joined the Finance & Acquisitions Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP as an associate. He concentrates his practice on middle-market mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, emerging growth, and venture capital transactions.

Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that Gary R. Maze has joined the firm’s IP and Litigation Practice Groups as a shareholder.


Dorsey & Whitney LLP has hired Anthony Epps as an associate in the Corporate department.



Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, P.C., is pleased to announce that Lindsay J. Miller has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Her areas of practice include family law, civil and criminal litigation, and estate planning matters.

Fisher & Phillips LLP announced that Lawrence Lee has joined the labor and employment law firm as a partner.

Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. announced the addition of Sarah Steinbeck as special counsel to the firm. Steinbeck will work with the firm’s business practice and securities law groups.

Ducker, Montgomery, Lewis & Bess, PC is pleased to announce that Ericka F. Houck Englert has joined the firm as of counsel. Houck Englert has more than 10 years of litigation experience representing companies and individuals in commercial, civil and criminal matters.

Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC is pleased to announce that Aaron C. Acker has joined the firm’s litigation department.


Polsinelli Shughart welcomes Joseph VanLandingham as an associate to the firm’s commercial litigation practice group.

Dorsey and Whitney LLP has hired Milan Vinnola as an of counsel attorney in the firm’s biotech patent group.


Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that John G. Stumpf has joined the firm’s litigation practice group as an associate.

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC is pleased to welcome attorney Peter B. Scott to the OCP team. Scott comes to OCP with more than 39 years of experience advising individuals, families, and business owners on tax law matters with a focus on estate, business, and tax planning.


Wilson Elser has hired Henry L. Solano, formerly an acting secretary of labor appointed by President Bill Clinton, and a U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, as a partner.

Real estate attorney Andrew Folkerth recently joined Holland & Hart as a partner. Folkerth provides strategic counsel to his clients on real estate, commercial, and development loan matters.



Correction: Pendleton, Friedberg, Wilson & Hennessey, P.C. announces that effective May 1, its new firm name is Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow, P.C. Pendleton is honored to add to the firm name its tax and estate planning practice chair, Nancy Crow.

Correction: Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP has moved to 370 17th St., Suite 4500, Denver, 80202.

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC is pleased to announce it has expanded its Fort Collins office, located at 103 W. Mountain Ave., to incorporate an additional 1,762 square feet of usable office space.

Senn Visciano Canges P.C. is pleased 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.

Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. (DCG) in Broomfield/Longmont and Freidel Dykes P.C. in Denver combined their law firms. Martin E. Freidel, founder of Freidel Dykes, will join DCG as a shareholder. The firm will continue to be known as Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C.

Brosseau Bartlett Seserman, LLC is pleased to announce that it has relocated to 6455 S. Yosemite St., Suite 750, Greenwood Village. The main phone number, fax number, and individual email addresses remain the same.

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