Denver Bar Association
October 2012
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Legal Affairs


Peter Willis

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado finished its annual fundraising drive for Colorado Legal Services on June 30. Nearly $1.4 million was raised to provide civil legal services for low-income Coloradans.

Peter Willis of Kutak Rock LLP has been appointed to the Iliff School of Theology Board of Trustees.

Heidi Boerstler has just published her second book, "Soaring! Act II: Leading into Leadership." Boerstler is professor of Health Law and Ethics and Transformational Leadership at the University of Colorado–Denver

Malcom Wheeler
Rebecca Almon

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum recently recognized two firms, Fennemore Craig and Sherman & Howard, with a national Gold Standard Certification for integrating women into leadership positions.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell is proud to announce that Malcolm Wheeler has been inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Sandra Snodgrass

Rebecca L. Almon, an environmental law attorney at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, joined the YouthBiz board of directors.

Holland & Hart environmental attorney Sandra Snodgrass was elected to the board of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that Henry L. Solano, a former U.S. attorney in Colorado and solicitor of labor in the Clinton Administration, has been named to its board of directors.

Gene Ciancio

Attorney Gene A. Ciancio has been appointed to the Metropolitan Football Stadium District Board.

Kelly Duke

The Denver Business Journal recognized Faegre Baker Daniels Partner Diane Davies with an Outstanding Women in Business Award for her work in the law. Davies and other honorees were announced at a luncheon at the Marriott City Center.

The Children’s Law Center has received a $20,000 grant from the RGK Foundation.

Kelley B. Duke, trial lawyer at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, has been chosen to participate in Leadership Denver 2013.


Andrew Johnson

Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow, P.C. announces that Paul L. Vorndran joined the firm as special counsel. Vorndran’s practice focuses on securities litigation and regulation, including broker-dealer and investment adviser representation in private actions and in regulatory matters before the state, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Onsager, Staelin & Guyerson, LLC is please to announce that Andrew D. Johnson is now a member of the firm. Johnson will continue his business, bankruptcy, and insolvency-related practice.

Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. has expanded its real estate practice capabilities with the addition of Susan R. Fox as special counsel to the firm.

Matthias Edrich
Heidi Gassman

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC is pleased to welcome Heidi J. Gassman to its team. Gassman joins the firm after running a successful practice in Seattle and brings her 15-plus years of experience in representing builders, developers, general contractors, and design professionals in various construction disputes.

Matthias Edrich has joined Kutak Rock LLP. Edrich serves as a tax attorney in the firm’s national public finance tax group.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck maintains its steady acquisition of associates, adding Jake Spratt to the real estate group.

Onsager, Staelin & Guyerson, LLC is please to announce that David M. Little is now an associate with the firm. Little will assist the firm with its restructuring and bankruptcy practice, as well as business law, litigation, real estate, and commercial matters.

Mher Hartoonian
David Little

Nina Ward has joined the finance and acquisitions department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP as an associate with a particular focus on aviation.

Condit Csajaghy is pleased to announce that Maris Hudson Arney will be joining the firm as of counsel. Arney will be continuing her commercial litigation practice.

Intellectual property attorney Mher Hartoonian joined Holland & Hart. With a background in biomedical and electrical engineering, his practice spans patents, trademarks, copyrights, and licensing, as well as domain name complaints. A significant portion of Hartoonian’s practice is also devoted to intellectual property litigation.

Craig Rowland

Craig A. Rowland has recently joined the energy law firm of Burleson LLP as an associate where he will focus his practice on oil and gas title work.

David Canter

Baker Hostetler announced that Michael R. Stiff joined the firm’s tax group as partner.

Stiff focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, trust administration, and business law.

Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP announces David S. Canter as new senior counsel.

Canter has appeared in a variety of civil matters including lawsuits alleging negligence, product liability, construction defect, and insurance bad faith.

Conor Farley

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP is pleased to announce that Conor D. Farley has joined the firm as an associate. Farley has experience in construction litigation, commercial litigation, and personal injury defense.

Fairfield and Woods, P.C. announces the addition of Sarah C. Millard as an associate in its litigation department.

Millard focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation.

Bloom Murr Accomazzo & Siler, PC is pleased to announce Haley W. Maglieri has become an associate of the firm.

Ronisha Carson, Katherine Lyons, and Jennifer Lundin join the Children’s Law Center as staff attorneys.

Lee Fanyo

Moser And Silver LLP is very pleased to announce that Doug Hoak has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Hoak’s practice focuses exclusively on estate planning and probate administration.

Alice A. White is now special counsel with Onsager, Staelin & Guyerson, LLC. White’s practice focuses on business and commercial bankruptcy.

Ducker, Montgomery, Lewis & Bess P.C. is pleased to announce that Lee Fanyo has joined the firm as an associate. Lee focuses his practice on transactional matters.



Samantha Halliburton

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC is excited to announce it has expanded its Colorado presence by opening a Denver office in Suite 1511 of the Chancery Building, located at 1120 Lincoln St.

Samantha L. Halliburton is pleased to announce the opening of her new firm, The Halliburton Law Firm, LLC located at 2373 Central Park Blvd., Suite 100, Denver.

The firm will provide global solutions to small businesses and individuals in the areas of entity formation and maintenance, commercial litigation, and other business services. Halliburton will also continue her civil litigation practice in personal injury, premises liability, employment, and civil rights.

Scott Lasher

James E. Brown & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce the relocation of its offices to Suite 302, The Paragon Building, 7100 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village. The firm continues to offer representation in the areas of commercial and residential real estate transactions, business entity formation, creditor representation in bankruptcy, collateral recovery, and civil litigation.

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP and Grimshaw & Harring, P.C. are pleased to announce the combination of their two firms.

Amy Miletich

S. Scott Lasher is pleased to announce the opening of his law firm Lasher Legal Resolution, P.C. in Denver. Along with his associate, Kelly L. Snodgrass, the firm provides family law, mediation, and litigation services.

Amy Miletich and Nancy Cohen are pleased to announce the formation of MiletichCohen PC, located at 1660 Wynkoop, Suite 1160, Denver; phone, 303-825-5500. The firm will continue to focus on employment law, insurance coverage and defense, professional liability and grievance defense, and commercial litigation.

Fox Rothschild LLP has opened an office in Denver at Tabor Center, 1200 17th St., Suite 975. Neal S. Cohen, Scott R. Bialecki, and Mark L. Yaskanin all have joined as partners.



Richard George Lesko passed peacefully at age 84 on July 6. He was born on Feb. 10, 1928, in Munhall, Penn., to John F. Lesko and Mary Volecko.

Lesko married Carol-Marie Frank in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Aug. 22, 1952, and is survived by his wife and two children, Karen-Marie and Wendy-Lee, and granddaughter, Sage. Richard was loved by four older brothers, Edward, John, Eugene, and Theodore, and is survived by Ted. He was a great "Uncle Dick" to his nieces and nephews. Some of his dearest friends were skiers, bridge players, handball opponents and countless cronies at the coffee shops he visited for lively discussions and companionship.

Orphaned early in life, Lesko graduated from Hill School, became a Marine, and obtained a law degree from Georgetown University School of Law. During his career in the trust departments of Colorado State Bank and Trust and First Interstate Bank, he had the reputation as the most honest attorney in town.

Charitable donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 455 Sherman St., Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203. Read the full memoriam at

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