Denver Bar Association
January 2013
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Legal Affairs




Recognizing his leadership and service in the legal community and the community at large, Loren M. Brown has been named the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.

Brown is a shareholder with Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. in Broomfield. His practice focuses on criminal defense, personal injury and wrongful death, probate, and commercial litigation.

Michael O’Donnell, co-founder and chair of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, has been appointed to the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is the first regent from Colorado in 30 years.

The Kennedy
Childs PC Team

Kennedy Childs PC volunteers spent Nov. 3 working at a Habitat for Humanity location in Lakewood. Those volunteering their day were Barbara Glogiewicz, Dean McConnell, Dawn and Rusty Mitzner, Kevin Perez, James Gaspich, Melinda Strickland, Mary Baltz, and Gina and Terry Powell. Good work for a great cause.

Holland & Hart LLP attorney Jason Crow received "The Catalyst for Change" Award at the 2012 Phoenix Multisport Annual Gala. Crow was recognized for his support of Phoenix’s expanding military and veterans programs and for his substantial pro bono legal support of the organization over the past two years.


Business and real estate attorney, Russell W. Kemp, has been selected to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council. 


K.C. Groves, managing director of Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, has been named chair of SCG Legal, formerly known as State Capital Group.

The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association Board of Trustees has named Gregory W. Smith as executive director. Smith has served as the interim executive director since July.

University of Notre Dame alumni Brian Bates, Tom Benson, Ed Blieszner, John Dougherty, Jim Edwards, Carl Eiberger, Dana Eismeier, Mark Lyda, Gene McGuire, Mac McManus, Jeremy Moseley, JP Phillips, Jerremy Ramp, and Laura Tighe volunteered with Lawline 9, an ask-a-lawyer call-in program sponsored by the Denver Bar Association and 9News, on Oct. 10. The alumni volunteer for two Lawline 9 sessions each year—during football season in the fall and around St. Patrick’s Day in the spring.

The photo above features volunteers Dana Eismeier, Brian Bates, JP Phillips, Mark Lyda, and Jeremy Moseley with 9News Meteorologist Kathy Sabine, center.

Denver mediator and REALTOR® Kit Cowperthwaite, a former president of the Colorado Association of REALTORS®, was named Colorado REALTOR® of the Year at the association’s annual convention.

Cowperthwaite, a 32-year veteran of the real estate industry, has held numerous leadership positions within the association and throughout the industry. He served as CAR president in 2007 and most recently completed a four-year term as chair of the association’s Political Survival Committee. Cowperthwaite deals with brokerage, financing, management, construction, and real estate law.

Greenberg Traurig LLP participated in Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Trade Mission to Mexico City on Dec. 6. Key business leaders joined the trade mission delegation, including Greenberg Traurig’s Denver office managing shareholder David G. Palmer and Denver shareholder Troy Eid, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado.



Sherman & Howard announces that Christopher Cole, Sana Hamelin, and Dillon Peters have joined the Firm.

Cole has joined the firm’s tax practice, Hamelin the litigation practice, and Peters the business practice.



Miles & Peters is pleased to announce that L. Bart Peach and Sadie Sullivan have joined the firm.

Peach’s practice will emphasize transactional matters, regulatory compliance issues, government relations, and dispute resolution.

Sullivan’s practice will focus on Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, health facility and professional licensing, and regulatory compliance matters.

Polsinelli Shughart announced that William Meyer was elected to shareholder in the firm’s Denver office. Meyer focuses on commercial litigation.


Walberg, Tucker, Holmes & Wittebort, PC, formerly Walberg, Tucker & Holmes, PC, announces with pleasure that Jeffrey S. Wittebort is now a shareholder of the firm.

Sweetbaum Sands Anderson is pleased to announce that Melissa C. Collins has joined the firm’s litigation department as an associate.


Bloom Murr Accomazzo & Siler, PC is pleased to announce that Aaryn R. Richardson has become an associate of the firm.

Charlene Krogh was promoted to partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Fennemore Craig is please to announce that Jared Lockwood and Maureen Weiland have joined the firm.

Lockwood practices law in the areas of business and personal injury torts, professional liability, medical negligence defense, and litigation.


Weiland practices law in the areas of business torts and personal injury.

Attorney Floy H. Jeffares recently joined the law firm of Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. Jeffares will focus primarily on the representation of businesses and other entities in real estate and corporate transactional matters.

Loyce A. Forrest & Associates PC is pleased to announce that Clara Wilbrandt recently joined the firm as an associate. The firm continues to focus exclusively on family law.

Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C. is pleased to announce that Daniel A. Hepner has joined the firm as of counsel. Hepner’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation. He is also a memberof the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees in the District of Colorado.



Ogletree Deakins is expanding its representation of employers internationally by opening offices in Berlin and London. The Berlin office opened on Dec. 1, with London following shortly thereafter.

The shareholders of Sender & Wasserman, P.C. are pleased to announce as part of its 20th anniversary celebration that the firm has changed its name to Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C. The firm’s new website is Address: 1660 Lincoln St., Suite 2200, Denver. Phone: (303) 296-1999.




John R. Paddock, Jr., author of "Colorado Employment Law and Practice" and the 2007–08 "Colorado Employment Law and Practice Handbook," passed away Oct. 14. He was born in Boulder in May 1951. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. Before becoming a lawyer, John taught in public schools for five years and earned a master’s degree in English from York University in Toronto.

In law school he served as the editor in chief of the University of Colorado Law Review. On graduating, Paddock served as a law clerk for Judge William E. Doyle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. After working in private practice in Denver with three highly respected law firms, Paddock joined a firm of trial attorneys in southeast Denver, Pryor Johnson Carney Karr & Nixon, P.C. During the last years of his career and life he focused on the employer side of employment law matters, continued editing and updating his text on "Colorado Employment Law," and handled a wide variety of commercial litigation. He was a gifted writer, a consummate legal scholar, and a man of deep integrity, courage, and loyalty toward his many friends and clients.

Paddock traveled widely and adopted and raised three children from Korea. He is survived by his wife Catherine; two sisters, Kathleen Thompson and Judy Cloyd; and his three children Courtney, Turner, and Cody.



Colorado and Denver Bar Associations Internet and Technology Web Specialist Catherine McHughs and her husband Brian welcomed their third child, Isabelle Violet McHughs on Oct. 25. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. Congratulations to the McHughs family!


Colorado and Denver Bar Associations Communications and Marketing Manager Alexa Drago and her husband Pete welcomed their son Oliver (Ollie) Drago on Nov. 16. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was almost 21 inches long. Congratulations to the Drago family!


Colorado and Denver Bar Associations Sections and Committees Program Coordinator Andrea Mueller Arias and her husband Manny welcomed their son Tanner Anthony Arias on Nov. 29. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. Congratulations to the Arias family! 



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