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November 2012
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Who’s Who, Representing You: Get to Know Your New Board of Trustees Representatives


Jacob C. Eisenstein
Jacob Eisenstein

Jacob C. Eisenstein is primarily a plaintiff 's side civil litigator who also practices in small business and regulatory/administrative law. He is the chair of the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Divsion.

What is your greatest passion outside the law?

Family, friends, and music.

If you have free time on a Saturday, what are you most likely doing?

In the summertime, I'm probably hiking. During the winter, snowboarding.

What is your favorite restaurant in Denver, and why?

So many options! There are certainly more refined choices, but I'm going with Steuben’s strictly for the fried chicken.

Who is your favorite real or fictional legal hero?

It's a toss-up between Lionel Hutz and Robert Kennedy. I’d have to go with RFK for his civil rights accomplishments and fighting corruption in the legal system.

If you were given three weeks away from the office where would you go?

New Zealand—I already have plane tickets.

Nicholas Ghiselli
Nicholas Ghiselli

Nicholas Ghiselli is a senior in-house counsel for COPIC Companies, which provides professional liability insurance. He has been married for 14 years and has two kids—Lucca, 9, and Bianca, 7. He also has two younger brothers who live within several blocks, which makes it exciting for all of the cousins.

What is your greatest passion outside the law?

My greatest passion outside the law is my family and trying to spend as much time with my children because they grow up too quickly.

If you have free time on a Saturday, what are you most likely doing?

On Saturdays, you can typically find me fly fishing in the summer or skiing in the winter with my family, around Carbondale.

What is your favorite restaurant in Denver, and why?

My favorite restaurant is Locanda Del Borgo because the staff is so friendly, the restaurant is half a block away, and the food is top-notch.

Who is your favorite real or fictional legal hero?

I have several heroes, which are my father-in-law Andy and my two brothers Gary and Bobby, because they are shining examples of good character, high morals, and family-centered principles.

If you were given three weeks away from the office where would you go?

I would go the Piedmont area of Italy and explore different wineries and villages.

Daniel R. McCune
Daniel McCune

Daniel R. McCune is a trial attorney, a father, a bag piper, a sailor, a motorcyclist, a mountain biker, a guitar player, and a fly fisherman. He practices at Kennedy Childs, focusing on representing professionals who get sued for malpractice.

What is your greatest passion outside the law?

Sailing in the Caribbean.

If you have free time on a Saturday, what are you most likely doing?

Bicycling or riding my motorcycle.

What is your favorite restaurant in Denver, and why?

Jose O'Shea's because I love Mexican food, their salsa is quite spicy, and it is close to where I live.

Who is your favorite real or fictional legal hero?

Spencer Tracy playing Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow) in “Inherit The Wind,” because it was based on a real event and real issues. It portrayed the craftiness of Clarence Darrow and championed the right of free thinking.

If you were given three weeks away from the office where would you go?

Sailing, because I find sailing to be the most relaxing and enjoyable activity I do.

Barbara J. Mueller
Barbara Mueller

Barbara J. Mueller is a partner with Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where she practices commercial transactional real estate law. She also is a member of the firm’s health care group and renewable and alternative energy group. She has been involved with the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section for several years, serving as the chair of the section council for 2007–08.

What is your greatest passion outside the law?

Trite as it sounds, I must say that it is my family. I have been married to Steve Mueller, a fellow attorney I met in law school, for 34 years. We have a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a granddaughter, and a grandson on the way, all here in metro Denver. There is nothing that could be better than that.

If you have free time on a Saturday, what are you most likely doing?

My favorite Saturdays start with playing nine holes with Steve and a pullcart, followed by brunch that I don’t have to cook, and evening with family and friends, perhaps at a sports event or a play.

What is your favorite restaurant in Denver, and why?

My current favorite is Uncle, newly opened in the Highlands. It is Asian fusion, with lovely small plates and interesting Asian beers I haven’t seen elsewhere.

Who is your favorite real or fictional legal hero?

I would have to say my legal hero is the late Don Hoagland, for whom the CBA Pro Bono Award is named. I had the opportunity to learn from him that doing good legal work and being a strong advocate for your clients is only the start of your responsibility as an attorney. You should also be giving back to your community in any way you can.

If you were given three weeks away from the office where would you go?

Three weeks? If it were two weeks, I would go to Barcelona, Spain. But three weeks? It would have to be Australia and New Zealand.

Frederick B. Skillern
JFrederick Skillern

Frederick B. Skillern practices with Montgomery Little & Soran in real estate and related litigation. He has spent 35 years in the profession, and counting.

What is your greatest passion outside of the law?

Not counting my wife of 30 years, Diane, this would be the great outdoors.

If you have free time on a Saturday, what are you most likely doing?

Hiking, biking, or off on snow shoes in Summit County.

What is your favorite restaurant in Denver, and why?

Being “deep south-siders,” we love Farro, a small Tuscan treat on south Holly.

Who is your favorite real or fictional legal hero?

Willis Carpenter——subject, generous with his peers, and wise.

If you were given three weeks away from the office where would you go?

That's easy—diving in Belize. "Half man, half fish."

Daniel A. Sweetser
Daniel Sweetser

Daniel A. Sweetser is a sole practitioner primarily emphasizing the areas of business and real estate, both transactional and litigation work.

What is your greatest passion outside of the law?

Music.

If you have free time on a Saturday, what are you most likely doing?

Playing music.

What is your favorite restaurant in Denver, and why?

Avenue Grill—the martinis!

Who is your favorite real or fictional legal hero?

Too many to name. All of those true professionals with whom I have had the good fortune to work; whether as adversary or co-conspirator.

If you were given three weeks away from the office where would you go?

Wherever my adult children might be residing, I hope, for obvious reasons.

John M. Vaught
John Vaught

John M. Vaught is a partner at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell and practices in the field of commercial litigation. “From my early childhood days in a small town in Arkansas, to living and working in several international cities, to dealing with the loss of a mother at 6 years old, to being a longshoreman, naval officer, law student and law clerk on the Tenth Circuit, to working with some of the finest law firms in the world, hopefully I am a complex composite of all my disparate life experiences,” Vaught said.

What is your greatest passion outside the law?

I am a person with more interest than time. I love the practice of law—I am doing exactly what I was meant to do in life—but having said that, I am not a workaholic. I love travel, particularly international travel, the art and science of oral advocacy, cooking, good food and wine, I read constantly, particularly about military history, fly small planes, bird hunt and fly fish, and entertain friends and family. I think the best job in the world is being a dad. Luckily, that job is continuing long after my children became adults. If I have a single passion, it is my family.

If you have free time on a Saturday, what are you most likely doing?

Historically, I would be cooking, fly fishing, or flying a Cessna. More recently, I would be learning to play the banjo.

What is your favorite restaurant in Denver, and why?

Currently, I would say ChoLon Bistro. While I doubt that ChoLon Bistro will make anyone’s “top 10 lists,” ChoLon is a Chinese suburb of Ho Chi Minh City, which had some personal significance to me during my service in the Vietnam War. Independently, ChoLon played a significant role in the modern history of Vietnam. In addition to that, it blends three of my favorite cuisines: French, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Moreover, its small plate approach lends itself to fun dinners with your friends.

Who is your favorite real or fictional legal hero?

I was fortunate enough to work with some of the greatest mentors in the Colorado bar. I consider them all heroes for what they imparted to me as a young lawyer. I would like to recognize Judge Robert H. McWilliams as the single lawyer (and judge) who had the most significant impact on my career. At the risk of being trite, President Abraham Lincoln embodies for me all the heroic traits and characteristics of a true American lawyer.

If you were given three weeks away from the office where would you go?

Having lived in Italy and participated in international travel throughout my career, I have visited a lot of wonderful places. If I were to get on an airplane tomorrow for a three-week vacation, I would most likely travel to Vietnam, because I have not been to that country since the end of the war. D


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