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December 2012
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Legal Affairs



Evan Stephenson

Sheila Gutterman, president and co-founder of Gutterman Griffiths PC, has been honored by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce with its once-a-year Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership and significant contributions to women in the community.

Berenbaum Weinshienk PC shareholder Rosemary Orsini won the Colorado Italian American community’s Primo Award for 2012 Attorney of the Year. The Primo Award honors the best in Colorado’s Italian American community as determined by the community.



The Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF) has added new board members and says goodbye to a longtime board member.

New board members are Carrie A. Rodgers, Chair of the Construction Practice at the Denver law firm Moye White, and Ed Naylor, Vice Chair of Moye White’s Transaction Section, who bring to the board years of experience with deals, nonprofits, and construction/design matters. Naylor was elected Board Secretary.

DAF is saying goodbye to Don Bain of Bryan Cave HRO at the end the year. Bain has contributed his skills and support to DAF for 10 years.

The Natural Products Foundation recently appointed attorneys Jim and Justin Prochnow from Greenberg Traurig to serve on its Legal Advisory Council. 


The father–son team has more than 20 years of experience advising the health food industry on labeling and advertising of consumer products.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell associate Mark Lyda was appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve a three-year term on the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit.

Abrams & Associates, LLC is pleased to announce attorney Nathan Silver has joined the firm as co-counsel in litigation matters. He brings more than 15 years of experience with him practicing in the areas of construction, real estate, general business law, and construction defect.

The McKenna Long
& Aldridge Team

For the 12th consecutive year, a team from the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP partnered with Rebuilding Together Metro Denver in renovating the home of a local senior. This year’s project coincided with National Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27.

A group of 10 attorneys, paralegals, and other staff members volunteered on this year’s project, led by attorney Tim Odil. McKenna Long & Aldridge also contributed financial support for this year’s project.

The College of Commercial Arbitrators recently welcomed Joseph P. McMahon, arbitrator and mediator, as a new fellow.



Sherman & Howard’s Stan Raine has been named to the board of directors of the Art Students League of Denver.

Raine is a member in the Public Finance Department in Sherman & Howard’s Denver office.

Jerome Joseph of Godin & Baity, LLC has been appointed Chair of DRI’s Fidelity and Surety Committee.



Wilson Elser is pleased to announce that Suzanne M. Meintzer, an associate in the firm’s Denver office, will receive the 2012 Angela Lujan Ogle Social Justice Award from the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.

Sherman & Howard attorney Milton (Skip) Smith recently was elected to the International Institute of Space Law Board of Directors at its annual meeting in Naples, Italy. Smith joins 15 other space industry leaders and lawyers from around the world on the board.




Business law firm Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC adds Matthew A. Court as an associate.

Court will work with businesses, individuals, and special districts on matters involving employment law, business, and litigation.

Kirch and Rounds, P.C. is pleased to announce that Julia F. Wilcox has joined the firm as an asscociate.

Featherstone Petrie DeSisto LLP announces that Luke Ragland has become an associate of the firm.

Schuchat, Herzog & Brenman, LLC is pleased to announce new additions to its legal team. Michelle McDonald joins the firm as a managing partner. McDonald’s practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate, including development, leasing, and complex financing. Nikki Patterick joins the firm as of counsel in the corporate/securities group, where she provides expertise on mergers and acquisitions, technology, and commercial transactions. Kip Wallen and Kaitlin Fox join the firm as new associate attorneys, with Wallen focusing on transactional and securities matters and Fox focusing on civil litigation and international trade.

The law firm of Duncan, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C. is pleased to announce that Ryan P. McLane has joined the firm as an associate. McLane’s practice will emphasize water law, related litigation, and transactional matters.

The firm also is pleased to announce that Andy M. Frohardt has joined as special counsel. Frohardt’s practice will emphasize eminent domain and real estate related litigation.

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is pleased to announce the addition of Heather H. Park as an associate. Park will focus her practice on commercial real estate and litigation.


Ritsema & Lyon, P.C. is pleased to announce that Douglas L. Stratton has joined the firm. He will be practicing in the firm’s Denver office.



Attorney Jena R. Akin has joined the Denver-based law firm, Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C. as an associate attorney.

Akin will focus on antitrust and competition law, business entities, commercial disputes, reorganization and bankruptcy, as well as trademark and copyright infringement.

Dorsey & Whitney hired David Mangum as an associate in the corporate practice group and Patrick Hall as an associate in the trial practice group.



Robert Joseph "Bob" Golten was born on Feb. 18, 1933, in Chicago to Mildred Gordon Golten and Felix Golten. Golten died of lymphoma on Aug. 15. He grew up in Hyde Park, Chicago, received a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1954), and an LLB from Harvard Law School in 1959 after serving a two-year stint in the Army. After law school, Golten embarked on a colorful career as a public interest lawyer. He worked as a litigator for the National Wildlife Federation and founded the clinical environmental program at the University of Colorado Law School. In the 1980s, Golten worked for a law firm in Boulder serving Native Americans. He served for several years as County Attorney in Summit County. In the early 1990s, Golten inaugurated the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Law. In the late 1990s, he founded an International Human Rights Law and Advocacy clinical program at the University of Denver, subsequently moved to the University of Wyoming Law School. During this time, he also helped develop clinical programs at law schools in Slovakia, Azerbaijan, Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Moldova.

Golten was married to Mary Margaret Golten (1970–1985) and for the past 21 years to Joan Brett. To read the full memoriam, please visit

Long-time Denver attorney George Stivers Meyer died unexpectedly in California while hiking in late September in the Berkeley Hills with two friends from his childhood days. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1976, Order of the Coif. He was a staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission, deputy disciplinary prosecutor for the Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee (precursor to Attorney Regulation Counsel), and was in private practice for several years representing professional licensed professionals, including attorneys, in ethics matters. He was AV rated. Recently, his practice has included plaintiff’s employment law cases, mental health defense, and guardian ad litem cases as court-appointed counsel for the Denver Probate Court. Because he was a sole practitioner, his Inventory Counsel is Terry Tomsick, Esq., (303) 667-7433, who has been specially appointed to conclude his legal practice. Please advise her if you have any open cases with George Meyer so that she may assist you.

Former Seniors Committee Chair James Bayer died Friday, Oct. 26, at the age of 87. Bayer was the DBA Seniors Committee Chairman from 2003 until May 2009, when he passed the torch to current Seniors Committee Chair Don McMichael. He presided over many successful spring banquets, roasts, holiday parties, and golf tournaments, put on each year by the committee. Even after stepping down as chair he remained active in all senior events. Bayer was a legendary Denver family law attorney who was the principal author of Colorado’s No-Fault Divorce Law. He was a member of Bayer & Carey for 60 years.

To read Bayer’s full memoriam, please visit



Dean, Dunn, & Phillips LLC has changed its firm name to Dunn & Phiilips LLC. Email address and website will not be changed at this time, nor regular mailing address and phone numbers.



Robert Abrams is pleased to announce the relocation of his law firm, Abrams & Associates, LLC, to 700 17th St., Suite 650, Denver. The firm practices in the areas of business, contract, real estate, construction law, and construction defect matters. Abrams also practices in civil and commercial litigation.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP announced today that it has opened an office in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

Kenneth Chang, a leading intellectual property attorney who has practiced for more than 10 years in the firm’s Denver office, will serve as Kilpatrick Townsend’s managing partner of the Shanghai office. Charles Gray, an intellectual property associate in the firm’s Denver office, also has relocated to Shanghai.

Nancy Pearl and Laura Schneider announce the formation of Pearl Schneider LLC, located at 999 18th St., Suite 1850, South Tower, Denver; phone, 303-515-6800. The firm is also pleased to announce that Marilyn Sterrenberg-Rose and Natalie Lucas are joining the new endeavor.


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