Denver Bar Association
July 2013
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Legal Affairs


GOOD THINGS

Mianne Besser
Besser

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is proud to announce that Mianne L. Besser has been re-elected president, of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association for 2013–14.

Besser has been a paralegal with the firm since 2009 and works with the firm’s litigation group as they represent business and real estate clients in litigation, bankruptcy, and land use matters.

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado is pleased to welcome the following lawyers to its Board of Trustees: Amy Benson (Bryan Cave HRO), Rebecca Anderson Fischer (Sherman & Howard), Tamara F. Goodlette (Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons), Eric R. Olson (Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott), Heidi C. Potter (Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti), Jonathan W. Rauchway (Davis Graham & Stubbs), Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle (Former chief judge of the Fifth Judicial District Court and Colorado Bar Association president), Erin Sokol (Sokol & Brewer), and Chantell Taylor (Hogan Lovells).

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorney Terry Miller was honored by the Colorado Lawyers Committee as a "2013 Individual of the Year" for his pro bono contributions leading the defense of the school finance appeal in Lobato v. State of Colorado. Miller was recognized along with his team members from other Denver law firms, Kathleen Gebhardt of Children’s Voices, Inc., Jennifer Weiser Bezoza of King & Greisen LLP, and Marcy Glenn of Holland & Hart LLP, who were also honored as Individuals of the Year.

Poormon & Kieny
Poormon & Kieny

Miller helped lead the team of appellate attorneys. The appellate team also included DGS attorneys Kyle Brenton, John Bowlin, Kenzo Kawanabe, Andy Low, and Anna-Liisa Mullis, who each donated significant amounts of time to the case.

Rick Poormon and Sarah Kieny from Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison and Lewis, successfully raised more than $1,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies as a part of team doing the Cherry Creek Sneak on April 28. The event marked an opportunity to get together outside the office and fight against hunger in the Denver metro area.

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

Levkulich
Levkulich
McReynolds
McReynolds
Weiland
Weiland
Mankamyer
Mankamyer

The DBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Council is pleased to announce that three new members have been elected to the Executive Council: Chris Levkulich, Kevin McReynolds, and Mo Weiland. They will fill the seats previously held by Sarah Oviatt, Sudee Mirsafian Wright, and Jake Eisenstein. Levkulich is in private practice as a solo practitioner, focusing his practice on criminal defense, civil litigation, and family law. McReynolds is an assistant attorney general in Colorado’s criminal appellate division. Weiland is an associate with Fennemore Craig, P.C. In addition, current Executive Council member Beth Mankamyer was elected as chair-elect. Mankamyer is an attorney at Benjamin Bain Howard & Cohen, LLC and practices in real estate transactions and corporate law, focusing on real estate development and business formation.

Chappell
Chappell
Rice
Rice
Bender
Bender

Marilyn Chappell, special counsel at Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Faculty of Federal Advocates, which is dedicated to improving the quality of legal practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

The Colorado Supreme Court announced that Justice Nancy E. Rice will serve as Chief Justice-designate in concert with Chief Justice Michael L. Bender until he retires as Chief Justice and from the Court on his 72nd birthday, Jan. 7.

Alan Loeb, a member of the Colorado Court of Appeals for nearly 10 years, has been appointed Chief Judge-designate, replacing retiring Janice B. Davidson as the court’s administrative leader.

Kudos

Nathan Meier, president of Countryside Community Homeowners’ Association, would like to thank attorney Landon Reed of Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C. for his "wise, humble, and patient counsel" in a case involving a construction defect claim. "What is most impressive about Mr. Reed’s services to us as a client, aside from his profound knowledge and implementation of Colorado law, is his non-ego driven and amiable personality, combined with his professional application of calm. … It was an absolute pleasure to work with him and his team. He is the type of attorney that gives the legal process a good, or better, reputation within the current context of reality," Meier said.

CHANGES

Avila
Avila
Duncan
Duncan

Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Juan M. Avila and Gregory J. Duncan as senior associate attorneys. Avila’s practice is focused on construction law, professional malpractice (architect and engineering), personal injury, premises liability, and products liability. Duncan practices in the areas of construction law, business litigation, personal injury defense, and premises liability.

Gonzales
Gonzales

Reno & Cavanaugh is pleased to announce that attorney Richard Gonzales has joined the firm.

Gonzales has experience with a wide range of business transactions, including financings from both public and private sources using tax exempt obligations, bridge permanent commercial loans, and tax credit investments.

AmRhein
AmRhein

Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC is pleased to announce that attorney K. Michelle AmRhein has been promoted to senior associate attorney. AmRhein has been instrumental in establishing and growing the firm’s estate planning and tax practice groups.

Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC is pleased to welcome John Clune to the firm as of counsel. His practice will continue to emphasize civil rights, personal injury, criminal defense, and family law.

In 2009, he co-founded the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in Denver, the only Colorado public interest law firm for crime victims.

Alderman Bernstein is pleased to announce that Amy E. Arlander has joined the firm as an attorney.

Arlander will be practicing in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation law, real estate litigation, land use litigation, and real estate transactional work.

Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow, P.C. is pleased to announce that Michael P. Curry has joined the firm as an associate.

Curry’s practice focuses on general casualty and construction defect litigation.

Burleson LLP continues to expand and is pleased to announce that Kendall McLaughlin Griffin, senior associate, and Bresee Sullivan, associate, have recently joined the firm as oil and gas attorneys.

Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C. is pleased to announce that Robert D. Lantz has become associated with the firm. His practice will focus on bankruptcy and litigation.

Shelli Dill Combs
Dill Combs

Heidi Boerstler has been appointed chair of the Ethics Faculty Forum for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. She is professor of Health Law and Ethics at the University of Colorado–Denver Business School.

Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Shelly Dill Combs has joined JAG as a staff attorney. She most recently served as a career law clerk for four years for Judge James Casebolt of the Colorado Court of Appeals as well as a term law clerk for Justice Gregory Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Brian Connolly
Connolly
Jim Cage
Cage

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is pleased to announce the addition of Brian J. Connolly as an associate. Connolly will focus his practice on land use, real estate, and litigation law.

Moye White LLP, announced that partner Jim Cage has been appointed chair of the firm’s Trial Section.

Cage has represented clients in litigation matters before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. He has experience in matters involving shareholder disputes, contracts, receiverships, employment discrimination, and labor relations, as well as occupational health and safety concerns.

William O'Connell
O'Connell

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC is pleased to announce that William T. O’Connell III has been named a member of the firm. O’Connell’s practice focuses on employment and civil rights defense, product liability, and insurance defense.

 

 

BRICK & MORTAR

Brian Meegan, former shareholder with Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, has launched a new venture, Watson (my-watson.com). Watson is an outsourced, comprehensive back-office solution for law firms.


If you are a Denver Bar attorney member and you’ve moved, been promoted, hired an associate, taken on a partner, received a promotion or award, or begun service on a new board, we’d love to hear from you. Talks, speeches, CLE presentations, and political announcements, due to their sheer number, cannot be included. In addition, The Docket cannot print notices of honors determined by other publications (e.g., Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, etc.) again due to volume. Notices are printed at no cost but must be submitted in writing and are subject to editing and space available. Send all notices to Kate Schuster at kschuster@cobar.org by the 1st day of the month.


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