Legal Affairs ~ April/May 2017

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GOOD THINGS

Wallshein.

Wallshein.

Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC is proud to announce that Nate Wallshein was appointed to the board of the Matthews House.

Dougherty.

Dougherty.

The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation has named Tom Dougherty, a partner in the law firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, as co-chair of its industry affiliate, the Colorado Energy Coalition.

Lizza-Irwin.

Lizza-Irwin.

Marianne K. Lizza-Irwin, litigation attorney and owner of Foothills Mediation and ADR, has joined the board of directors of The Mediation Association of Colorado.

Volz.

Volz.

Docket Editor Jessica A. Volz has published her first book, Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney (London and New York: Anthem Press, 2017) and has been named an ambassador of the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.

David A. Weinstein was recently reappointed as a mediator on the International Trademark Association’s Panel of Trademark Mediators.

CHANGES

O'Brien.

O’Brien.

CLE in Colorado, Inc. announced that Vince O’Brien has joined the organization as its new executive director, replacing Gary Abrams, who announced his retirement in late 2016.

Francis.

Francis.

Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP announced that Rory Francis has joined the firm as a partner. Francis’s practice will focus on insurance coverage and “bad faith” litigation.

Epstein Patierno, LLP is pleased to announce that John H. Tatlock has joined the firm as special counsel.

Dinkelmeyer.

Dinkelmeyer.

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC is pleased to announce that Paul D. Dinkelmeyer became a member of the firm. Dinkelmeyer’s practice focuses on insurance defense, construction, premises liability and insurance bad faith.

Morehead.

Morehead.

Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC is proud to announce the promotion of Lee J. Morehead to senior associate with the firm. Morehead’s practice will focuses on oil and gas, general business transactions, probate administration, employment law, and related litigation matters.

Ruhland.

Ruhland.

Matthew P. Ruhland has joined Collins Cockrel & Cole as of counsel. He will continue to focus his practice on the organization and ongoing representation of special districts to provide financing, construction, management and operations of public services, utilities and infrastructure.

Kendall.

Kendall.

Jones & Keller is pleased to announce that Adam D. Kendall has joined the firm as special counsel. He specializes in the areas of commercial litigation, as well as white-collar crime and government investigations.

Reller.

Reller.

Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP announced that Alexis Reller has joined the firm as an associate. Reller’s litigation practice focuses on construction defect, insurance coverage, contract disputes and complex commercial matters.

Hamilton.

Hamilton.

Jones & Keller, P.C. announced that Brad H. Hamilton has been elected as president of the firm, succeeding Reid Godbolt, who had been president for 20 years.

Miller.

Miller.

Bart W. Miller has joined Collins Cockrel & Cole as an associate. He specializes in representing special districts and other local governments.

Bartlett.

Bartlett.

Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC is pleased to announce that R. Clay Bartlett has been promoted to an equity member of the firm. Bartlett’s legal practice focuses on assisting clients in business and real estate matters. In addition, Bartlett also maintains an entertainment law practice.

Allen Vellone Wolf Helfrich & Factor P.C. is pleased to announce that Anthony L. Converse has become a shareholder of the firm.

Stengel Hoppe LLP has welcomed Rene Thomas to its team in the area of natural resources and oil and gas title law.

Gutterman Griffiths, PC is pleased to announce that Emily Warren and Elizabeth Bonanno have became shareholders and that Ann Gushurst has been elected president.

Spencer J. Crona has joined as a partner, with the firm now and henceforth constituted as Brown & Crona, LLC. The firm continues to offer legal services in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate and trust litigation, and guardianships and conservatorships.

Edwards.

Edwards.

Rork.

Rork.

Fairfield and Woods, PC announced Bruce A. Fowler as its new managing director. Peter Edwards and Matt Rork have been added to the executive committee.

Pratt.

Pratt.

Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC is pleased to announce that Katherine M.L. Pratt has joined the firm as an associate. Pratt’s practice focuses on employment law, civil rights, professional liability and other commercial litigation.

Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP announced the election of Kurt Leeper to partner and the appointment of Bo Anderson as senior counsel. Leeper and Anderson are members of the firm’s banking, lending and financial institutions practice group.

BRICK AND MORTAR

Stewart.

Stewart.

Jean Stewart, recently of counsel with Holland & Hart LLP and formerly a presiding judge of the Denver Probate Court for more than 16 years, has started a solo practice offering services as an arbitrator, mediator, statutory judge and special master.

Henry.

Henry.

Henry Oddo Austin & Fletcher, PC has opened a Denver office specializing in transportation law. Vic Houston Henry will lead this new office located at 600 17th St., Ste. 2800, Denver, 80202. For more information, call 303-260-6444.

Dugan Campbell & Schreiber, PLLC opened at 1873 S. Bellaire St., Denver, 80222.

Husch Blackwell is proud to announce that its Denver office has relocated to Union Tower West.

In Memoriam

Milo “Mike” Gonser passed away on January 8. He was born on July 25, 1943 and is survived by his partner and husband, Steve Kiely, in-laws Sharon Howard and Judy and Tom Kiely, and extended family members. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1965, entered the U.S. Navy and served time in Vietnam. Using the GI Bill, he attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and then spent the next 45 years in private practice, specializing in employment and discrimination law. He was an active member of the CBA and a co-founder of the LGBT bar association.

Longtime Second Judicial District Judge John Coughlin died on February 9 of a heart attack. He was 70. Judge Coughlin served as a Denver County Court Judge from 1980–85 and on the Denver District Court from 1985–2005. Upon his retirement from the bench, he joined the Judicial Arbiter Group. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Judge Coughlin may be sent to the Regis Jesuit High School Scholarship Fund.

Jonathan Wilderman of Denver passed away earlier this year. Contributions may be made in his memory to Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, appalachianlawcenter.org.

Donald A. Houlehan, 82, passed away on January 7. After earning a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Houlehan served as a First Lieutenant, Battery Commander and Battalion Staff Officer in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Sill and at Fort Carson during the Korean War and remained in the active reserve until 1956. He then graduated from the University of Colorado Law School, earning his LL.B. and J.D. degrees. He also served as the editor of the University of Colorado Law Review. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a charity of your choosing.

Cornelius Patrick Quinn passed away unexpectedly on February 28 at age 83. He was a distinguished scholar, electrical engineer, law review member, patent counsel for Johns Manville, visiting lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, consultant to a host of companies and an Air Force First Lieutenant. Quinn worked as a patent attorney for a number of law firms and was patent counsel for Bendix Corporation and Johns Manville.

Upon leaving Johns Manville Corporation, he and his son, Bill, opened the law firm of Quinn and Quinn in the Denver area. Even during his retirement, Quinn remained committed to the community, his family, his church and his many friends.

The Denver community is also coming to grips with the loss of local comedian, lawyer and Honorary Consul to Belgium Frank Schuchat, who passed away on February 28. The University of Colorado Boulder and Georgetown-educated founder of Schuchat International Law Firm served as a judicial law clerk on the D.C. Court of Appeals and as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. International Trade Commission before entering private practice in D.C. and eventually moving to Colorado in 1995. Schuchat’s career included stints as chair of the CBA’s International Law Section. He was a member of the Docket Committee and on the Board of Governors. He served as the dean of Colorado’s Consular Corps until 2013. Schuchat couldn’t resist the siren song of the stage and began calling into Comedy Works’ New Talent Night Hotline back when Denver-based comedians had far fewer opportunities to perform. In lieu of sending flowers, please donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center and Denver Rescue Mission.

Joseph Mack Montano passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on January 20. He was dedicated to his wife, Janice, and their three children, Lynn, Lori (Russ Bothwell) and Jeff. Perhaps his greatest claims to fame was his role in the creation of Colorado’s interstate highway system.

Montano was a nationally recognized expert in eminent domain law and private property rights. That was not an easy trajectory for a young man of Hispanic origins, who, after serving as an air traffic controller in the Korean War and graduating second in his class from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1953, could not find anyone willing to give him a job. Eventually, the Texaco Company hired him. He worked there for several years before joining the Colorado Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General. He was eventually promoted to Chief Highway Counsel. During his nine-year tenure, Montano also managed the contract for the construction of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

After 18 years of public service, he decided to go into private practice, working first for the law firm of Gorsuch, Kirgis, Campbell, Walker and Grover. It was there, in 1976, that he became the first Hispanic partner of a major law firm in Colorado. After leaving Gorsuch in 1981, he joined the law firm of Faegre & Benson, now Faegre Baker Daniels. In 2006, in commemoration of Montano’s achievements, Faegre established a $100,000 scholarship in his name at the Sturm College of Law.

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