Denver Bar Association
April 2013
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Legal Affairs


John Gleason

Former Attorney Regulation Counsel John Gleason will receive the American Bar Association’s Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award in May at the National Conference on Professional Responsibility in San Antonio. The award brings deserved attention to individuals whose career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement, and lawyer professionalism demonstrate the best accomplishments of lawyers.

Ciara Faber

Metro Volunteer Lawyers is pleased to announce the selection of its latest Rovira Scholar, Ciara Fernández Faber. Faber is a 2011 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. During her fellowship period as the Rovira Scholar, Faber will work at the MVL offices to carry out a broad variety of tasks, such as providing legal advice and representation to MVL clients who might not otherwise be assisted through the other MVL programs, and assisting with

MVL’s mentoring collaborations. She will also assist MVL with other special projects as needed while working with key members of the Colorado, Denver, and other metro area bar associations.

Laura Hazen

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP partner, Kenzo Kawanabe, has been named to the 2013 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. JALD is sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. View a photo of JALD with Japan Prime Minister Abe.

Laura J. Hazen, a child care/early education and employment law attorney, has been appointed to Prevent Child Abuse Colorado’s Advisory Board.

Hazen, a director at Ireland Stapleton, represents individuals and businesses in commercial disputes focusing on employment law disputes.

Alison Zinn

Ellen Buckley has been appointed to the city of Westminster’s environmental advisory board.

Alison E. Zinn of Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley, PC will become president-elect of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association at its convention the weekend of May 17.

Jim Goh

Megan Adeyemo has been named co-chair of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Mountain/Desert Network Board.

Kenneth L. Levinson’s fifth mystery eBook, "A Knight At The Opera," was released by Uncial Press in January.

Liane L. Heggy, member at Schuchat, Herzog & Brenman, LLC, has been named the president of the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment.

Amy Miletich

Jim Goh, a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins’, has been appointed by American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows to a three-year term on the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, a committee tasked with evaluating prospective nominees to the federal bench.

The Defense Research Institute has appointed Amy L. Miletich of MiletichCohen PC, chair of its Employment and Labor Law Committee. Miletich’s practice focuses on assisting employers in the defense of employment law claims and in implementing preventative measures to avoid such actions.


Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that David C. Uhlig has joined the firm’s real estate practice group as special counsel."

The firm is also pleased to announce that Cynthia L. King has become associated with the firm as of counsel. King is a securities lawyer and has represented clients in both public and private offerings. She also has experience representing brokers and investment advisers.

Brent Chicken became a partner at energy law firm of Burleson LLP

Chicken has a broad base of experience in exploration and production, as well as midstream oil and gas law matters.

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell is pleased to announce that Reid Neureiter has joined the firm as of counsel.

David Katalinas

Neureiter joins the firm from Husch Blackwell and Jacobs Chase, where he was a partner and head of litigation. He has experience defending class actions, employment matters, shareholder and breach-of-contract disputes, and civil rights cases.

Moye White LLP announced that David J. Katalinas has been designated partner. Katalinas previously was of counsel at the firm

Katalinas’ practice concentrates on a number of commercial areas, including franchise, distribution, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity.

Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC would like to congratulate Thomas L. DeVine, Jr. who has been made a shareholder.

Nik Stoffel

The firm also is pleased to announce that Andrew S. Miller has joined the firm’s litigation department.

Holland & Hart LLP is pleased to welcome Nikolas Stoffel to its energy and infrastructure group.

Stoffel focuses his practice on transactional matters, including the development and financing of projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors and mergers and acquisitions.

Jenna Keller
Mitchell Hoffman

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC is pleased to welcome attorney Jenna H. Keller to the OCP team.

Keller has been practicing law in the areas of real estate and natural resources since 2006.

Harper Hofer & Associates, LLC is pleased to announce that Mitchell S. Hoffman, has been named a partner with the firm. Hoffman specializes in business valuations of ownership interests, securities, and intangible assets.

Josh Berry

Wilson Elser is pleased to announce that Melissa W. Shisler has joined the firm’s Denver office as of counsel.

Shisler is a member of the firm’s national appellate, fidelity/surety, general liability and casualty, and insurance and reinsurance coverage practices.

Josh I. Berry joins Kennedy Childs’ health care litigation practice. As a new associate of the trial team, Berry represents the interests of dental, medical, and health care professionals in claims of liability.

Molly Hoffman
Colin Baumchen

The firm also welcomes health care litigator Molly G. Hoffman. Hoffman, will defend health care providers and insurance companies against lawsuits as well as in administrative proceedings with medical and nursing boards.

Woods & Aitken LLP is pleased to announce that Colin P. Baumchen has joined the firm’s litigation team as an associate.

Temkin Wielga & Hardt LLP is happy to announce that Joseph Middleton has become a partner of the firm. Middleton will continue to practice in areas of environmental and natural resources law, with emphasis on transactional matters, litigation, and compliance.

Recht Kornfeld PC is thrilled that Megan Downing has joined as an associate.



Intellectual property and entertainment lawyer David Ratner has formed Creative Law Network, a law firm dedicated to helping small to mid-size businesses and members of the creative arts community navigate complex legal issues.

Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley, PC moved to Cherry Creek Corporate Center, 4500 Cherry Creek Dr. South, Ste. 600. Phone numbers will remain the same.

The law firm of Sherman & Howard announced it is expanding to the Southeast region of the United States with a new office in Atlanta.

Gordon & Rees LLP opened a Philadelphia office with the addition of eight new lateral partners who joined the firm from Cozen O’Connor.



Darlene Sisneros passed away on Aug. 31. She was 50. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago, she vowed she was only going to die one day and not every day. Sisneros proceeded to live from that day forward with great intentionality. She was a proponent of community involvement and led by example in her service to nonprofits. In her short life, Sisneros served on the Regional Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission, and the Law Committee of the Colorado Board of Law Examiners. She also served as a board member, officer, and president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. Sisneros was a zealous advocate of Sense of Security, a nonprofit providing financial support to breast cancer patients. She is survived by her husband, Emilio, and two daughters. Sisneros’ sister, inspired by her efforts with Sense of Security in Colorado, established Sense of Security California. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to Sense of Security California at 2636 Judah St., Suite 133, San Francisco, CA 94122 or Sense of Security Colorado 1385 S. Colorado Blvd., Building A, Suite 302, Denver CO 80222.

Joel C. Davis passed away on Feb. 5, the day of his 77th birthday. He was born in Craig, Colo., to Elmer Denton (Jack) Davis and Gladys Minerva Davis. He earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado–Boulder in 1958, followed by a law degree in 1902. Davis was a long-term resident of Boulder. After graduation from law school, he was appointed as Boulder Assistant City Attorney, until he became manager of the Boulder office of Transamerica Title Insurance Company. In 1908, he accepted a position in the Denver law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs. In 1972, Davis and his beloved friend and classmate Peter Dietze founded the law firm of Dietze and Davis, P.C., which celebrated its 40th anniversary in the fall of 2012. He was active in the Colorado Bar Association and chaired the Real Estate Section in 1978/80. He served on the Boulder City Council from 1906 until 1908; was a long-term member of the Chamber of Commerce of Boulder, which he chaired in 1974/75; served on the board of the United Bank of Boulder, now Wells Fargo Bank; and was a trustee of Avista Hospital from 1978 to 1991. He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Persson, son-in-law Jonas Persson, and granddaughters Heather Persson and Bridget Persson, of Saratoga, Calif.; his former wife and loyal friend, Debra Towne, of Boulder; stepson Troy Saine, wife Lori, and their daughter Alexandra. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the Boulder County Humane Society at 2323 55th St., Boulder, CO, or to the Law School at the University of Colorado, c/o CU Foundation at 4740 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301.

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