Denver Bar Association
March 2013
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Legal Affairs


John Baker

The Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee has appointed Denver attorney and former DBA President John T. Baker director of the new Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program.

The program, created by the Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession and housed within the office of the Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel, is designed to increase the training of and provide more support for new lawyers, one of the main goals of the commission. Baker, assumed his new position Feb. 25, and will work to expand the CAMP pilot programs that have been running in Adams County and Denver for the past year.

Baker practices in his own firm, concentrating on complex litigation and public interest law.

John Gleason

John S. Gleason, chief regulation counsel for the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation, was honored by the National Organization of Bar Counsel with its President’s Award at its midyear meeting in Dallas. This is the organization’s highest honor. It is given to one member each year for dedication to the legal profession and contributions in the areas of legal ethics, professional responsibility, and disciplinary enforcement. Gleason received national recognition recently for his work investigating and prosecuting Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas in Arizona.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP received the Women in Law Empowerment Forum 2012 Gold Standard Certification. To certify, firms must successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of equity partners, leadership positions, governance and compensation committees, and most highly compensated partners.

The National Association of Bond Lawyers recently awarded the national Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award to David Caprera, senior tax attorney at Kutak Rock LLP.

BakerHostetler’s Holli Hartman has been appointed to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, as part of the Tax, Civil Law, Funding, and Resource Issues group.

Neil Oberfeld

Greenberg Traurig’s Neil Oberfeld was recently appointed to the Law Conference Planning Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Matthew S. Larson, an associate attorney at Ireland Stapleton, has been appointed to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Council for Physical Fitness.

Larson maintains a diverse practice in the firm’s environmental, energy, and natural resources; real estate; and business practice groups.

Lino Lipinsky

Matthias Edrich, a tax attorney at Kutak Rock LLP, was reappointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the State of Colorado Private Activity Bonds Allocation Committee.

McKenna Long and Aldridge attorney Lino Lipinsky has been elected 2013 president of the Faculty of Federal Advocates.

Jessica Yates, associate in Snell & Wilmer’s Denver office, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Colorado Health Foundation.



Joshua Hantman
Jonathan Pray
Ashley Windfield

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced that Joshua M. Hantman, Jonathan G. Pray, and Ashley B. Wingfield are shareholders in its Denver office.

A member of the bankruptcy and restructuring group, Hantman’s practice focuses on a broad range of business reorganization, restructuring, and distressed acquisition matters.

A litigator, Pray advises clients involved in real estate and construction disputes.

Wingfield represents a wide range of clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including development, finance and lending, acquisition, disposition, and leasing.

Sarah Zoellner

Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ first Rovira Scholar, Sarah Zoellner, has been named a self-represented litigant coordinator for the Denver Juvenile and District Courts. She will be responsible for educating self-represented litigants on court statutes, rules, policies, and procedures within legal limitations to ensure that court cases are handled properly and expeditiously.

During her six-month fellowship with MVL, Zoellner developed and implemented an MVL Resource Program to match MVL volunteers with experienced mentors; organized an adoption training and recruited volunteers to provide pro bono adoption representation; took on MVL cases and represented individuals in need; coordinated efforts with the Denver Probate Court to identify needs and gaps in services; worked with local access to justice and other committees to understand and address community needs; and is serving on a subcommittee of the Colorado Supreme Court to draft a proposed rule to guide court staff in providing legal information to the public. The Rovira Scholar is made possible by a generous gift from Lois Ann Rovira, wife of former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Luis Rovira.

Lara Marks Baker
Danielle Kitson

The Denver office of Littler Mendelson, PC is pleased to announce its newest shareholder: Danielle Kitson. Kitson provides advice and counsel to a wide range of employers.

Foster Graham Milstein and Calisher, LLP is pleased to announce Lara Marks Baker has been named a partner. Marks Baker is a criminal trial lawyer.

Rene Moore

Rene Adema Moore has joined the Denver office of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP as a partner. Moore concentrates her practice on tax law, including IRS audit defense.

Denver-based business law firm Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC added Andrew D. Spruiell as an associate.

Spruiell’s practice will focus on business and real estate law.

Michael Payne

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC is pleased to announce that Michael C. Payne has become an equity member of the firm.

Troy Rackham

BakerHostetler announced today that A. Jeremy Atencio has been elected to the partnership. Atencio represents clients in the business practice area.

Fennemore Craig, P.C. recently elected Troy R. Rackham to become a director and shareholder within the firm.

Rackham’s practice includes employment and civil rights law, defense of legal and medical malpractice claims, and representing clients in other forms of complex litigation.

Polsinelli Shughart recently welcomed three associates. Rene M. Larkin and Jack (Jay) L. Mankamyer II joined the real estate development practice, and Joshua J. Pranckun is an associate in the science and technology practice.

Kutak Rock LLP has elected nine new partners to the firm: Brian Caid and Matthew McElhiney in the corporate group; Michael Bonifazi, Mia Della Cava, Adam Hirsch, and Tiffanie Stasiak in the litigation group; Hester Parrot and Mario Trimble in the public finance group; and Wade Houser in the real estate group.

Sara Sharp
Kimberly Perdue
Elizabeth Howard

Kennedy Childs, PC hired litigator Sara Sharp to defend healthcare providers and physicians, Kimberly Perdue to the employment practice team, and Elizabeth J.M. Howard to the health care malpractice defense team.

The law firm of Pearl Schneider LLC is pleased to announce that James N. Thomaidis has joined the firm as an associate. Thomaidis’ practice will emphasize insurance defense and commercial litigation.

Gordon & Rees has elevated Byeongsook Seo to partnership. Seo, a Denver partner and commercial litigator, represents clients in complex commercial and intellectual property disputes.

Anastasia Khokhryakova

Chad Henderson was promoted to assistant general counsel at QEP Resources, Inc.

Public finance attorney Anastasia G. Khokhryakova has joined Ballard Spahr as of counsel.

Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that Cynthia L. King has become associated with the firm as of counsel. King is an experienced securities lawyer and has represented clients in both public and private offerings.

The firm is also pleased to announce that David C. Uhlig has joined the firm’s real estate practice group as special counsel.


Attorney George J. Duckworth, born Sept. 6, 1919, in Cleveland, Ohio, passed away May 22. A longtime Denver resident, Duckworth was a veteran of World War II and a Purple Heart recipient. Survived by his wife, Mary Jo Duckworth, son John E. Duckworth (Amy), daughter Barbara A. Duckworth, and son Robert P. Duckworth; grandchildren Brandon P. Duckworth, Amanda H. Duckworth, Bryan R. Duckworth, Scott C. Duckworth, Mark A. Duckworth, and Kimberly A. Duckworth; great-grandson Jasper A. Kerger; and sisters Mildred Titus (Frank) and Mary Lou Chegwidden (Ernie). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Disabled American Veterans, 1480 Hoyt St., Lakewood, CO.



Husch Blackwell is now all located at the Wells Fargo Center: 1700 Lincoln St., Suite 4700, Denver, CO 80203. All direct dial phone numbers remain the same.

Dean Neuwirth

Dean Neuwirth PC, Appeals/Litigation, is now located at 950 S. Cherry Creek St., Suite 300, Denver, CO 80246. Phone: (303) 329-9222. Website: The firm is of counsel to Hochstadt Straw & Silverman, PC.

Ernie Panasci
Zsolt Bessko
Kristin Godfrey

The law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP opened a new office in the Denver Tech Center at 5613 DTC Parkway, Suite 970, Greenwood Village, CO, with the addition of partners Ernie Panasci, Deborah L. Bayles, Zsolt K. Bessko, Perry Glantz, and Kristin S. Godfrey, along with four associate attorneys and three staff employees.

Greg Daniels announces the formation of the Daniels Law Firm LLC, located at 150 E. 10th Ave., Denver; phone (303) 863-7436. The Daniels Law Firm will focus on criminal defense.

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