Denver Bar Association
February 2013
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Legal Affairs


Bennett Aisenberg

Bennett S. Aisenberg was honored with the Colorado Bar Association’s Award of Merit on Jan. 11. The Award of Merit, the association’s highest honor, is given annually to a member for outstanding service to the association, the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the community.

Aisenberg, a sole practitioner, has been a litigation attorney in Denver for 54 years. Presently, he specializes in arbitration, mediation, and matters involving legal ethics.

He served as a president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association from 1984–85, president of the Denver Bar Association from 1991–92, and president of the Colorado Bar Association from 1998–99. In 2003, he received the DBA’s Award of Merit — that association’s highest honor. He also has been honored by the Sam Cary and Asian Pacific American Bar Associations.

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.

The Children’s Law Center is pleased to announce the 2012 Holiday Gift Drive was an enormous success thanks to fantastic community support for the children we serve. This year, hundreds of gifts were donated to children in need.

Jack R. Luellen, managing partner of Burleson LLP, has been appointed as a member of the Transplant Leadership Council of the American Transplant Foundation.

Laura J. Hazen, a child care/early education and employment law attorney, has been appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve a two-year term on the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund Board. Senate confirmation is required. 


Andrew Unthank
Tamera Westerberg

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew Unthank and Tamera Westerberg have been named partners.

Unthank’s legal practice focuses on complex commercial suits, personal injury actions, and product liability matters.

Westerberg focuses her practice on professional liability defense, and on a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, representing clients from Fortune 500 companies to small business entities and individuals in federal and state courts.

Inman Flynn Biesterfeld & Brentlinger, PC is pleased to announce Julie M. Karavas has joined the firm as special counsel and she is licensed to practice in Colorado and Nebraska. Karavas’ practice focuses on estate planning, business succession, probate, and related tax and business matters.

Senn Visciano Canges PC is happy to announce that former partner Wynn Strahle recently returned to the firm and is now of counsel in its real estate and business transactions group. Also added to the firm were Julia Koren, who is a transactional associate, and Devin Visciano, a litigation associate.

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Lane has joined the firm’s Denver office as associate. His practice focuses on business, commercial finance, real estate, and commercial financial services.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has added a new lawyer to its trial department. Nathalie Bleuzé rejoins the Trial Department, where her practice will focus primarily on labor and employment issues.

Susan Anderson
Steven Nagy

Wallace Scott, PC is pleased to announce the addition of its newest shareholder, Regina T. Drexler. With more than 20 years of experience representing Colorado businesses and entrepreneurs, Drexler will continue to represent clients in the areas of intellectual property; sports and entertainment; mergers and acquisitions; and corporate matters.

Jackson Kelly PLLC is continuing to expand its ability to support the oil and gas industry with the addition of two new attorneys who recently joined the Land and Natural Resource Development Practice Group in the firm’s Denver office: Susan V. Anderson and Steven M. Nagy.

Adam J. Fogoros

Jones & Keller is pleased to announce that Adam J. Fogoros has become a shareholder of the firm.

Fogoros’s practice focuses on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities; mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions of businesses and assets; SEC reporting; compliance with securities laws and exchange rules; executive compensation; and corporate governance.

Burleson LLP is proud to announce that Brent D. Chicken has been named a partner within the firm. Chicken’s practice focuses on energy law matters related to commercial litigation and transactions; administrative law and procedure; and oil and gas title examination.

The firm is also pleased to announce the promotion of the following attorneys to senior associate: Margaret N. Boyle, Matthew Collins, Jeremy Cottrell, and Ronald W. Opsahl.

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the election of Nicole Skorupka as partner.

Skorupka concentrates her practice in commercial finance; acquisition and development, bridge loans, and lines of credit; banking regulation; and governance.

BakerHostetler announced today that Jeremy Atencio and Jennifer Benda, attorneys in the firm’s Denver office, have been promoted to partner and counsel, respectively.

Steve Imig

Atencio joined BakerHostetler’s Denver office in 2005 as an associate in the Business Group and manages a variety of general business matters.

Benda has been with the firm for eight years and focuses her practice in the areas of tax controversy and income tax planning and compliance.

Ducker, Montgomery, Lewis & Bess P.C. is pleased to announce that it has promoted Steven K. Imig to the position of director and shareholder. Imig practices environmental, natural resources, and oil and gas law and litigation.

R. Clay Bartlett

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC is pleased to welcome attorney R. Clay Bartlett to the OCP team.

Bartlett will focus his practice on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; entity formation and capitalization; employment law; and the legal needs of financial institutions, including loan structure and documentation.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP has hired Trygve Kjellsen as a partner in the Denver Corporate Group.

Wendy Pifher
John Sheperd

Holland & Hart LLP has elected Wendy Pifher and John Shepherd to the firm’s five-person management committee, which oversees the strategic direction of the firm. Pifher provides counsel to clients in business and entertainment. Shepherd litigates for and counsels clients in natural resources, public lands, oil and gas, and environmental law. In addition to Colorado, he is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Oklahoma.



Christint Rothe Hoth

Christine Rothe Hoth, 59, of Denver, died Dec. 2, surrounded by family and friends. She was born Nov. 5, 1953, in North Island, San Diego, Calif., the daughter of Mary and Jack Rothe. She was one of four siblings, and the proud mother of three amazing children, Kevin, Greg, and Katy.

Hoth graduated with honors from Raymond College at the University of the Pacific, and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar graduate from the Columbia University Law School. She was a member of the New York and Colorado Bars. Hoth was recently included in the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 2011 for her practice in real estate law. She was a founding member of the Senn Visciano Canges law firm, where she actively practiced.

Although her professional achievements were exceptional, she is best remembered for her kindness, her wisdom, and her quintessential decency.

Friends and family gathered to honor her life and many accomplishments on Dec. 8 at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel. Her children ask that in their mom’s memory contributions in her honor can be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or the Novato United Methodist Church in Novato, Calif.

John Grund, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son, passed away suddenly on Christmas Eve. He was 62. A Denver native, Grund grew up in Littleton, graduating from Littleton High School in 1968. He attended Pomona College, earned his master’s degree from the University of Washington, and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School, where he would find his true avocation and a stellar career in insurance defense litigation.

Grund founded and served as managing shareholder of Grund ยท Dagner, P.C. Earlier in his career, he was a partner in the Denver firms of Tilly & Graves, P.C.; Montgomery, Green, Jarvis, Kolodny & Markusson, P.C.; and Grund & Breslau, P.C. He sat on the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Pattern Jury Instructions (since 1987) as an appointed member and chaired the subcommittee responsible for Product Liability, Professional Malpractice, and Insurance Bad Faith.

Well-respected and admired by his peers, Grund was the first recipient of the John W. Grund Excellence in Leadership Award, 2001; first recipient, President’s Professionalism Award, 2010; and DRI Service Award Recipient, 1999.

He is survived by his wife Kyle; three children, Brandon, Kelly, and Eric; grandson Liam; mother Molly Grund; and siblings Steve and Chery.



Cayden Michael Murray, 7 pounds, 2 ounces, was born to Richard and Elizabeth Murray on Dec. 11. Richard is a DBA representative to the Board of Governors, a COBALT graduate, and on the 2013 COBALT program committee.


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