Denver Bar Association
June 2013
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Legal Affairs


The Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit organization that provides legal advocacy for abused and neglected children, and Polsinelli Shughart have established Partnering to Protect Kids, a program designed to keep Colorado children safe from child abuse and neglect through raising awareness about key issues among the public and legislators.

Burleson LLP was named Law Firm of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Awards.

Amy Beatie, executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Water Trust, has been selected as the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s 2013 Emerging Leader Award recipient.

Ginny Lee has been named the Colorado Bar Association and the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association’s 2013 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year.

Lee has worked as a nurse paralegal, focusing on medical malpractice, with Kennedy Childs for 16 years.

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The University of Denver Sturm College of Law hosts its 20th Annual Law Stars event Oct. 22 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

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The Outstanding Alumni Award will shared by two recipients. Michael S. Burg (JD ’75) and Peter W. Burg (JD ’80), both of the Burg Simpson law firm.

The Alumni Professional Award will be awarded to John P. Leopold (JD ’74), retired chief judge in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District. Leopold currently works for JAMS, a mediation and arbitration company in Denver.

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Luicia C. Padilla, (JD ’03) of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, will be honored with the Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Brian Gaffney, an associate, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

Allen & Vellone, PC congratulates Krystal Bigley for receiving the 2013 Robert B. Yegge outstanding achievement in law firm administration from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Master of Science in Legal Administration.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced that attorney Jason Sanders was recently appointed to the Colorado Bar Association’s ProBoPat steering committee.

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association hosted its 16th Annual Spring Dinner on May 9.

Members honored were W. Harold (Sonny) Flowers, Jr. of Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore, LLP in Boulder with the Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award and Marc Harden of Zaner Harden Law, LLP with the New Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.


Attorney William J. Barnthouse offered high praise of Troy Rackham for his work on a case through the Colorado Bar Association’s Appellate Pro Bono Program. "Troy’s trial preparation and presence in the courtroom constituted a study in insightfulness, quick study, efficiency, poise, and effectiveness. Mr. Rackham manifests as a premier lawyer, functioning at the highest level," Barnthouse wrote in a letter to the CBA. "This letter is not written just because people were elated with the outcome of Mr. Rackham’s efforts in the appellate case and district court hearing. The result of Mr. Rackham’s appellate and trial efforts generated hope and positive possibilities for his disabled client and a path for future benefits to other third parties, including opening the door to grow benevolence between a disabled father and his son." Funding for the program is made possible by the CBA Litigation Section.


Burleson LLP announced that nine attorneys from McGloin, Davenport, Severson & Snow PC have joined the firm.

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Seven senior partners and two associates are joining Burleson: Michael M. McGloin, Gary C. Davenport, Robert M. Severson, Ronald J. Snow, John A. Murray, Krista L. Tushar, J. Randolph Earnest, Kyle W. Davenport, and Karl D. Kaesemeyer. They concentrate their practices in a wide range of areas, including commercial litigation with an emphasis on oil and gas law; oil and gas transactions; corporate; tax; estate planning; antitrust; and real estate.

Foster, Graham, Milstein & Calisher, LLP is pleased to announce that David J. Dansky, of counsel, Lorna H. Horton, attorney, Elliott R. Husney, of counsel, and Lindsay N. Hutchinson, attorney, have recently started practicing with the firm.

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Milam ‘Randy’ Pharo has joined Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP as of counsel in the firm’s natural resources department. His practice will focus primarily on the areas of oil and gas, public lands, and corporate law.

Martin Conklin, PC welcomes Shirley Gien and Gina Glockner as associates. Gien has represented physicians and hospitals in malpractice cases and regulatory matters. Glockner relocated with her family from Connecticut, where she represented physicians, dentists, and other providers in malpractice claims.

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Lara Marks
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Jackson Kelly PLLC continues to expand with the addition of Robert D. Comer, Michael T. Jewell, Susan V. Anderson and Steven M. Nagy.

Holland & Hart LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Tom DeVine to the firm’s real estate and finance practices. DeVine is a partner based out of the firm’s Denver office.

His practice will include a broad range of real estate and finance matters, including a variety of commercial finance and property transactions.

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Lara Marks
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Greenberg Traurig, LLP welcomes Geoffrey N. Blue as of counsel to the Denver Government Law & Policy practice. Blue brings his experience with regulatory and compliance issues, as well as legislative experience, to the firm.

Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP announced that William C. Waller, Jr. and Dylan H. Metzner have joined the firm’s Denver office as a partner and associate. As members of Stinson’s tax trusts and estates practice, both attorneys will continue to advise clients on trust and estate matters, as well as on wealth and business succession planning.

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Kutak Rock LLP welcomes Kristine Poston to the Denver real estate group, where she will advise clients with respect to the financing, acquiring, selling and, leasing of commercial real estate. In addition, Jonathan Heggen joined the corporate group and will focus in the area of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and federal securities law.

Ritsema & Lyon, P.C. is pleased to announce that Catherine M. Anderson has joined the firm. She will be focusing her practice on Medicare set-aside issues with MSP Solutions, a division of Ritsema & Lyon.

Bloom Murr Accomazzo & Siler, PC is pleased to announce that Kara J. Snow has become an associate of the firm.


Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC has moved its offices to 17th and California. The firm’s new address is 717 17th St., Suite 2800; emails and phone numbers remain the same.

Holsinger Law, LLC, along with Kent Holsinger, Jack Silver, and Alyson Meyer Gould are pleased to announce their move to 1800 Glenarm Place, Suite 500, Denver 80202; phone: (303) 722-2828.

In April the employment law firm Barkley Martinez, PC became the Martinez Law Group, PC. We wish our former partner a rewarding retirement!

G.W. Merrick & Associates, LLC moved to The Legacy Cascades, 6300 S. Syracuse Way, Suite 220, Centennial. All other information will remain the same.

Jane Caddell Paddison, an attorney specializing in tax law, estate planning and trust and estate administration, has moved her law office to 1526 Spruce St., No. 301, Boulder. The main phone number remains the same; however, the new office fax number is (303) 928-2350.

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On March 1, Julie Warren gave birth to her second child, a son, named Barrett Marshall Warren.



The University of Denver Sturm College of Law announces the passing of professor Francis W. Jamison.

Jamison was a judge for six years, a faculty member for 38 years, and a lawyer for 57 years. He will be missed.

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Bob McWilliams was born in Salina, Kan., in 1916, the first of three boys. He died on April 10, 2013, just short of his 97th birthday.

McWilliams graduated with honors from undergraduate and law school at the University of Denver. He ranked first on the bar exam in 1941. He was a judge for more than 60 years having served on the Denver Municipal Court, the Denver District Court, and the Colorado Supreme Court; he was appointed by President Richard Nixon in 1970 to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was the longest sitting judge in the history of Colorado and perhaps the United States. He received the Colorado Bar Association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, in 1993.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Joan McWilliams; his son, Edward McWilliams (Marilyn McWilliams), his grandchildren, Kate MacDonald (Ken MacDonald), Sarah Franklin (Steve Franklin) and Anne McWilliams; his stepchildren, Jeanette Killip (Jeff Killip) and Kendall Cady; two great grandchildren and three step grandchildren.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Robert H. and Joan McWilliams Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, 2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80210 or the Church of the Ascension. Read the full memoriam at

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Bill Slamkowski, counsel with Jackson Kelly PLLC, passed away April 20 of sudden cardiac arrest. At the time of Slamkowski’s death, he was doing what he loved: riding his bike. Slamkowski’s love of nature drew him to Colorado and fostered his enthusiasm for mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, and traveling. Friend and counselor to many, his energy, compassion, sense of humor, and contagious laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Donations may be made on his behalf to his beloved mentoring program, Denver Kids, Inc., 1330 Fox St., 2nd Floor S, Denver, CO 80204.


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