Denver Bar Association
November 2012
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Legal Affairs


Kevin Murphy

The DBA’s Metro Volunteer Lawyers is pleased to welcome Kevin D. Murphy as its Family Law Court Program Coordinator. Murphy comes to DBA MVL with diverse experiences and a strong commitment to serving low-income clients. To read more about MVL and Murphy, please visit


Gina Robinson

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC congratulates attorney Angelina “Gina” M. Robinson on her selection for the Leadership Fort Collins program.

Scott C. Sandberg has been appointed to the State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

James Croshal

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association announces the election of James Croshal, attorney at law in Pueblo, to the position of president.

Gary Jackson will become Denver County Court’s newest judge next year.

Eric Liebman

The graduates of the Colorado Bar Association’s 2012 Leadership Training Program (COBALT) spearheaded a successful fundraiser for Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. Sixty-seven golfers gathered on Sept. 21, at Arrowhead Golf Club. The event raised $8,000.

Eric Liebman has published “Colorado Civil Motions Practice,” a handbook for Colorado lawyers that provides tips for using motions at each phase of the litigation process. Liebman is a partner at Moye White LLP.

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado is also pleased to welcome Charles Baker, general counsel of Ball Corporation, to its Board of Trustees.

Mianne Besser
Ken Fellman

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is pleased to congratulate paralegal Mianne Besser on receiving the National Federation of Paralegal Association, Inc.’s 2012 outstanding leader award.

Darren Hensley

Attorney Ken Fellman of Kissinger & Fellman P.C. will receive the annual Hero Award from the Nobel Laureates-affiliated PeaceJam Foundation at a downtown banquet Nov. 13.

Polsinelli Shughart announced Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Darren Hensley, securities lawyer with Polsinelli’s Denver office, to the State of Colorado’s Securities Board. In this role, he will assist the board on issues impacting securities regulation in Colorado.

The Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit organization providing compassionate legal advocacy, education, and public policy reform for abused and neglected children, held its fourth annual breakfast at Mile High Station on Wednesday, Oct. 4, raising nearly $30,000 net to continue its vital mission.


Ward Scott

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has added associate John Bowlin to its trial department. Bowlin’s practice focuses primarily on appellate litigation and complex commercial litigation.

Amy Sreenen

Burleson LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Ward Scott to the firm. Scott will serve as an associate attorney and focus his energy law practice on oil and gas title work.


Richard L. “Dick” Harring recently joined Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, PC as of counsel.

The Denver Bar Association Placement Service congratulates Barbara Allen on her retirement after 27 years of service. Director Mev Parsons welcomes Amy Sreenen, former Colorado Bar Association program coordinator.

Richard Murray

Polsinelli Shughart welcomes litigation attorney Richard M. Murray as an associate in the firm’s Denver office. Murray will assist clients with commercial, general business, and construction claims and litigation matters.

Nathan Bucar

Nathan F. Bucar has recently joined the metro north law firm of Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. as part of the family law team.

Fairfield and Woods, P.C. announced that water and environmental attorney Joseph B. Dischinger has been named a director of the firm. Dischinger, a former president of the Denver Bar Association, has practiced both water rights and environmental law in Denver for 30 years. He works in all areas of Colorado water law and related litigation.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has added two new lawyers to its trial and natural resources departments. Anna-Liisa Mullis joins the trial department, where her practice will focus primarily on commercial litigation. Lori Taylor has joined the natural resources department with an emphasis on oil and gas, including the preparation of title opinions and transactional matters.

Carolyn Fairless

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell announced it has expanded its executive management team to include Carolyn Fairless as the firm’s managing partner. Fairless previously served as the firm’s recruiting committee chair.

Craig Rowland

In addition to the election of Fairless, WTO partners elected Hugh Gottschalk as chief executive officer. Gottschalk had served as the firm’s managing partner since 2003. Incumbent Michael O’Donnell was re-elected firm chairman, a role he has held since he helped found the firm in 1998.

Moye White LLP is pleased to announce that Dean A. Nakayama has joined the firm as executive director. Nakayama has experience in law firm management and administration, and will be responsible for the operation of the firm’s committees and administration, marketing, and client service initiatives.



Daniel Warren Patterson died on Sept. 7 after a seven-and-a-half year battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Conrad, Mont., on Sept. 3, 1952. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan, two daughters, his mother Joan Walton (Robert), brothers Michael (Penny) and Thomas, sister Kathleen (John Scheeler), and brother-in-law Gary Vanca. Patterson taught elementary school before attending the University of Denver College of Law, earning his J.D. in 1982. He went on to become a partner at Holland & Hart, Patterson & Karpel, and Roberts Levin and Patterson, where he specialized in insurance bad faith. He was president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association from 2008–09. He lectured at DU and CU law schools and was a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. In May he was honored by CTLA with its Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award. Read the full memoriam at

Robert Gerard Good passed away on Sept. 4. He was born June 15, 1934. After graduation from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during the Korean War and rose to the rank of sergeant. Good was honorably discharged, and in September 1956 he enrolled at the University of Colorado, graduating with both a bachelor’s and a law degree in 1962.

Good’s law career started with the National Labor Relations Board. In 1973 he argued a landmark labor law case before the U.S. Supreme Court (Alexander v. Gardner-Denver, decided in 1974).

Good is survived by his wife, Mary Sue (Miles). He was the proud father of eight children and was the awesome grandfather of 35 grandchildren (24 grandsons and 11 granddaughters—ages 12 months to 22 years). Read the full memoriam at

Frank Judson Brainerd, Jr., a leader in Denver’s business, legal, and philanthropic communities for five decades, died on Aug. 2. Brainerd was born and raised in Portland, Conn. He graduated from Trinity College and Harvard Law School before emigrating to Denver in 1957. In 1958, he married Helen Sue Bebb, his great love until and following her passing in 2009.

For 30 years, Frank worked in various capacities as an officer of Colorado National Bank and its holding company, ultimately serving as general legal counsel for both. In 1986, he became general counsel for First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) until his retirement from banking in 1991.

Frank was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Bar Association; treasurer of the Colorado Lawyers Trust Account Foundation; a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute; president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for Colorado; treasurer of Teachers Award Foundation; and a board member and treasurer of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. He was a longtime congregant of the Park Hill United Methodist Church.

Frank is survived by his three children, his four grandchildren, and his sisters, Dorothy and Eleanor (siblings Mary, James, and Susan are recently deceased). Read the full memoriam at

William Joseph “Joe” Shoemaker passed away on his 88th birthday on Aug. 13 at home in the company of his loving wife Karen, and his family. Joe was born in Hawarden, Iowa, in 1924, attended Iowa State University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of ‘48A’, and the University of Iowa Law School, graduating in 1956. He moved to Denver and accepted a position of associate lawyer with the firm of Holland & Hart. He served as Chief of Staff for former Denver Mayor Batterton, Manager of Public Works for the City of Denver, and served in the Colorado Legislature as a state senator from 1962 to 1976, including several terms as chairman of the Joint Budget Committee. He practiced law for 40 years with his dear friend and partner, Robert S. Wham, and later was joined in that practice by his son J. Jay Shoemaker.

He was preceded in death by his wife Penny, and is survived by his loving wife of four years, Karen Ozias Shoemaker. Read the full memoriam at horancares. com.

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