Denver Bar Association
October 2013
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Legal Affairs



Neil Peck

The national Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors presented its Pro Bono Service Award to Chief Judge Donald E. Campbell, Christina Ebner, Ronald Stowell, Gina Weitzenkorn, and the firm of Holland & Hart LLP. Colorado Bar Association President Terry Ruckriegle and Colorado Access to Justice Commission Chair Frederick J. Baumann spoke at the event.

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Neil Peck, of counsel, has been appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the State Personnel Board. Peck’s practice is concentrated in civil and criminal litigation, including appeals.

Ann Marie

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado raised a record $1.5 million in its annual fundraising drive for Colorado Legal Services. The funds will be used to provide necessary legal assistance in civil matters for low-income Coloradans who cannot afford counsel.

Local attorney Ann Marie’s book "Letters to Ann" (not autobiography) was recently published. The book’s focus is the Korean War as told through letters to a 4-year-old child from her father while he served as a medical officer.

Judson Hite

Michael Mihm is now president-elect at Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

Maureen A. Cain was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. counsel Judson C. Hite this month has assumed the elected position of President of the Boulder County Bar Association.

MVL welcomes board members Caroline M. Sada and Peggy Hoyt-Hoch.

Meghan Becher

Megan Becher, a shareholder of McGeady Sisneros PC, was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Advisory Board.

Leslee Balten
Bragg Hemm

Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. attorney Leslee Balten was elected this past year to the Youth on Record board of directors.

Heizer Paul Grueskin LLP is pleased to announce that Bragg Hemme has joined the firm. Hemme provides guidance related to healthcare’s federal and state regulatory environment.

Jeff Johnson

Holland & Hart LLP is proud to announce that Jeff Johnson has been named a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Johnson has experience representing management in labor and employment law, including employment litigation and counseling, and NLRA matters.



Gretchen Haas

The University of Denver (DU) wishes a fond farewell to Gretchen Haas as she leaves the DU law community for Pennsylvania to be closer with her family. Haas worked in DU Law School’s Office of Career Development & Opportunities department as a career consultant for more than 14 years.


Adrian Leanord

Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that Adrian Jay Leonard IV has joined the firm’s litigation practice group as an associate.

Tom List
Jim Burghardt

Moye White LLP announced that Tom List succeeded Jim Burghardt as managing partner. Burghardt has been managing partner since 2005, when he succeeded the founding partner of the firm, John Moye. Burghardt will remain on Moye White’s Management Committee.

Margot Alicks

Gutterman Griffiths PC, Denver’s leading family law firm, proudly announces that Margot Alicks has joined the firm as senior associate.

Benjamin Swartzendruber

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP is pleased to announce that Benjamin P. Swartzendruber has joined the firm as an associate. Swartzendruber concentrates his practice in the areas of construction litigation, recreational liability, professional malpractice defense, trucking liability, and general civil litigation.

Kara Veitch

Kara Veitch joined the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration as its Deputy Executive Director.

Pearl Schneider LLC is pleased to announce that Jason R. Young has joined the firm as an associate. Young’s practice will emphasize first-and third-party insurance defense claims.

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC is pleased to announce the addition of Kyle R. Blackmer as an associate. Blackmer represents clients in a variety of real estate and real estate finance transactions.

John Ritsick
Matt McKinney
Dan Fredrickson

John Ritsick, Matt McKinney, and Dan Fredrickson, three experienced commercial and licensing attorneys, joined Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner PC.

James J. Killean, a director with Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, has been elected as a council member to the Colorado Bar Association’s Real Estate Section.

Jordon Factor

Maurice Loebl has joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP as an associate in the corporate practice group.

Jaudon & Avery LLP welcomes Zachary Westerfield and Logan Martin to the firm as associates.

David Strong

Allen & Vellone, pleased to announce Jordan Factor has become a shareholder of the firm.Factor’s practice has an emphasis in commercial litigation, securities, and appeals.

David Miller

Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that David M. Miller has joined the firm’s Bankruptcy and Litigation Practice Groups as a Shareholder.

Morrison & Foerster announced that it has named David Strong, a partner in the firm’s tax department, managing partner. He succeeds Randall Fons.



Lewis and Roca LLP and Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP announced that they have combined forces.

Schuchat, Herzog & Brenman is pleased to announce its new name—Fortis Law Partners, LLC.

The shareholders of the Broomfield based law firm of Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C. are restructuring their firm.

Sara Golombek

The firm’s reorganization will result in the formation of Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., Donelson & Stross, P.C., and The Law Firm of Daniel T. Goodwin.

Meyer Law, a firm specializing in technology, announced that it has opened an office in Denver. To celebrate the firm’s grand opening, Meyer Law provided $2,500 in legal services to the winner of Denver Startup Weekend.

Sarah L. Golombek, a probate, estate planning and elder law attorney, has opened a new law practice, The Law Office of Sarah L. Golombek, LLC, which is located at I-25 and Colorado. Golombek was formerly associated with Solem, Mack, and Steinhoff, P.C. and Chayet & Danzo, LLC. She has also served on the Executive Council of the CBA Elder Law Section.



Walter (Alan) Woods, a long-time practitioner, passed away on July 27.

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