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September 2013
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Legal Affairs


Two Donelson Ciancio & Grant (DCG) attorneys have recently joined the Adams/Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) Board of Directors. Jamie Rutten will serve as the new vice president and Kate Lewis will serve as the ABBA Family Law Section Chair.

Both women are part of the family law team at DCG.

Two of Husch Blackwell’s Denver attorneys were presented a "Distinguished Legal Writing Award" from the 2013 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.

Partner David Steefel and associate Christopher Brady were honored for their article, "The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction," published in the April 2012 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

Two Denver attorneys have recently been appointed to the Denver Board of Ethics. Mayor Michael Hancock appointed Andrew S. Armatas and the Denver City Council appointed Brian J. Spano.

Spano is currently Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons managing partner and specializes in insurance and commercial litigation matters.

Armatas served as a Denver Assistant City Attorney, a partner in a Denver law firm, City Attorney for Broomfield and a Denver County Court Judge, retiring in January.

Ken Fellman

Ken Fellman of the Denver-based law firm Kissinger & Fellman P.C. has been selected to serve as the City Attorney for the City of Littleton.

K.C. Groves

Fellman’s practice emphasizes local government representation, particularly general local government, telecommunications and utilities law.

K.C. Groves, a commercial litigation attorney and managing director of Denver-based law firm, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pasoce, PC, has been named Colorado Judicial Institute’s board chair.

BakerHostetler announced that Richard B. Levin has been invited to join the National Committee on United States–China Relations.

Levin’s practice focuses on the regulation of investment banks, broker–dealers, markets, and hedge funds, including the representation of early stage and publically traded companies in the financial services industry.

Mary Groves

Mary L. Groves, managing partner of the Denver office of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, has been appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Advisory Board.

Grove’s practice focuses on public finance. She advises clients in the areas of tax-exempt finance as bond, borrower’s, trustee’s, bank, and underwriter’s counsel.

Loren Brown

Donelson Ciancio & Grant, PC attorney Loren Brown was elected this week to chair the Board for the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) Executive Committee.

Loren is a shareholder with the firm and a member of the personal injury and wrongful death, criminal defense, and probate litigation groups.

For the third consecutive year, Morrison & Foerster has received Gold Standard Certification from the Women In Law Empowerment Forum.



Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that John McDermott has been elected and Steven Demby has been re-elected to the firm’s executive committee. In addition, Richard Benenson will serve as co-chair of the litigation department and Elizabeth Paulsen will serve as co-chair of the firm’s corporate and business department. In addition to the executive committee and department chair elections, Adam Agron formally began a two-year term as co-managing partner.

Ryann Peyton

Pendleton, Wilson, Hennessey & Crow, PC is pleased to announce that J. Ryann Peyton has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Peyton’s practice focuses on tax, estate planning and family law.

Sherman & Howard LLC announced the addition of attorney Eric Johnson. Johnson’s practice focuses on protecting the financial rights and investments of his clients in lending and merger and acquisition transactions, and managing bankruptcy and insolvency risks.

Sean Harrell

Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, PC is pleased to announce that Sean Harrell has joined the firm. Harrell’s practice focuses on criminal defense, family law, and general litigation. Harrell’s previous professional experience involved the examination of prior abstracts of title, leases, contracts, and other title materials to create title opinions for gas and oil interests in Colorado and North Dakota.

Moye White LLP revised the structure of the law firm. It now has three sections: real estate, business, and trial. The firm also announced the leaders designated to serve as chairs and vice-chairs of the three sections.

Randall G. Alt will be Chair of the firm’s real estate section, and Dominick Sekich will be vice-chair.

John W. Kellogg will be chair of the business section, and Patricia J. Rogers will be vice-chair.

Jim Cage will remain trial section chair, and William F. Jones will be vice-chair.

Jennifer Holt

Gutterman Griffiths PC announced Jennifer I. Holt as special counsel.

Holt practices family law. She has knowledge of all aspects of family law as well as child-related issues including child custody and parenting time in Colorado, grandparent visitation, second parent adoption, relocation, and paternity.

Jeff D’Agosta has been appointed chief legal officer and general counsel for MWH Global. In this role, D’Agosta will lead the company’s global legal and insurance programs.

Ballard Spahr has added a team of five commercial litigators. The attorneys—two partners, Andrew J. (Drew) Petrie and Sarah B. Wallace, one of counsel, Lisa A. Lee, and two senior associates, Courtney A. Levkulich and Matthew A. Morr, moved to Ballard Spahr from Featherstone Petrie DeSisto LLP.

James Thompson
Jennifer Duettra

Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that James R. Thompson and Jennifer D. Duettra have joined the firm as a shareholder and as special counsel. They will continue to advise clients on business, construction, and real estate transactions, as well as commercial litigation matters.

Polsinelli recently welcomed Alexander B. Barton as counsel in the firm’s real estate development and transactions practice.

Barton focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions and has experience in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, development, leasing, and finance.

Paul Timmins

Paul V. Timmins has joined the Denver-based law firm, Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C. as a shareholder.

Timmins has experience representing clients in connection with a wide variety of real estate transactions and land use matters.

Polsinelli recently welcomed the national litigation team of James Miller, Paul Wood and Tom Wagner to the firm’s commercial litigation practice. Miller and Wood join Polsinelli as shareholders, and Wagner joins as an associate.

Caplan and Earnest LLC announced that Gregory James Smith joined the firm as special counsel. Smith brings his legal experience to Caplan and Earnest’s health care practice area.

Smith has health care experience and in general business matters experience, including mergers, acquisitions, entity organization and operation, and contracting and regulatory compliance.

Darren McHugh

Darren C. McHugh, a municipal finance tax attorney, has joined the Denver office of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP.

McHugh has a broad range of experience in all aspects of public finance, and advises clients on all matters related to the federal tax treatment of municipal debt instruments.

Treece Alfrey Musat P.C. is pleased to announce that Katharine A. Jensen has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Jensen has split her career between judicial clerking for the Honorable William D. Robbins of the Denver District Court, and as a litigation associate at a firm specializing in family and criminal law.

Jensen’s practice will focus on civil litigation involving employment law, professional liability, and insurance matters.



Fox Rothschild is pleased to announce its merger with established Denver law firm Lottner Rubin Fishman Saul, P.C.

Joining Fox as partners are Rick J. Rubin, Marshall H. Fishman, Richard J. Saul, Janet E. Perlstein, Patrick J. Casey, Christopher J. Dawes, Michael S. Friedman, Scott A. Ross, K. Harsha Krishnan and Spencer L. Sears; and as associates, Adam Gentile, J.P. Box, Dominic Rivers, Hilary B. Bloom and Joshua Greenberg. Alan B. Lottner joins as counsel.

The new group will operate from a temporary second Fox location in Denver at 633 17th Street, Suite 2700. Fox’s other office in Denver at Suite 975 of Tabor Center at 1200 17th Street will remain open, and the two locations will merge into one office later this year.

Schuchat, Herzog & Brenmanis is announced that it has changed its name to Fortis Law Partners LLC.



Former Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS) partner Robert (Bob) H. Harry died on Tuesday, June 25th. Harry had a long career as one of Denver’s finest litigators that included trials of countless important cases. Harry also will be remembered as a mentor for young litigators at DGS.

Harry represented companies across the Rocky Mountain region as well as acting as local counsel for national brands such as IBM and Carnation. Harry received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale, although his legal education was delayed somewhat by his decision to leave law school soon after the Pearl Harbor bombing to seek a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After receiving his J.D., Harry joined the New York firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. In 1952, Byron White persuaded his former Yale law school classmate to leave New York and travel west to join DGS. Bob became the first litigation specialist at the firm and head of the Trial Department.

Harry had a very active civic life, including being elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1965 and the Board of Regents from 1973 to 1977. He was the Tenth Circuit member of the American Bar Association Judiciary Committee from 1969 to 1973. In 2003 Bob left retirement at the request of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and devoted three years to organizing its Historical Society and serving as its inaugural president.

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