Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Legal Affairs ~ December 2015


Steve Michalek, Julie Warren and Chris Miller.

Steve Michalek, Julie Warren and Chris Miller.

Heidi Boerstler, Professor of Health Administration at CU Denver, has recently been chosen for the Yale School of Public Health Centennial Honor Roll for Excellence. She will be inducted as one of only 100 alumni and/or faculty who made outstanding contributions to pubic health during the School’s first 100 years. Congratulations Heidi!

On Oct. 1, Childs McCune hosted its second annual Oktoberfest. It was a phenomenal success.



Ned Minor of MB Law was recently honored to receive the 2015 Del Hock Lifetime Achievement Award from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.


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Orona, Feldmeier, Bechmann and Ahnell.

Thomas Pollart & Miller announced four new partners to the firm, effective January 1. Emily Ahnell, Ilene Feldmeier and Christin Bechmann are all being promoted from within Thomas Pollart & Miller’s rank. Richard Orona is being named partner as he joins the firm.

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Spencer Fane is pleased to welcome Associate Ian London to the firm. He will join the litigation and dispute resolution practice group. London’s practice is primarily focused on civil litigation, but he has particular experience in professional liability matters across a wide range of industries, including health care.

Alderman Bernstein is pleased to announce that Amanda A. Bradley has joined the firm. Her practice will include both real estate related litigation, such as eminent domain and condemnation law, and real estate transactional work.

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Gonzales, Irwin and Veaux.

Gonzales, Irwin and Veaux.

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Debra Conroy has joined the firm’s tax and estate planning practice. She will serve clients in Denver, Steamboat Springs and throughout Colorado.

Rose Walker LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Todd M. Starr as managing partner in the firm’s Pagosa Springs office.

Thomas Pollart & Miller is also pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Irwin, Charlotte Veaux and Denise Gonzales to of counsel.

Balaban, Levinson & Costigan, P.C. is pleased to announce that Bernadette J. Wasilik is now a shareholder of the firm. The firm’s new name is Balaban, Levinson, Costigan & Wasilik, PC. The practice will continue to focus on real estate and real estate brokerage matters.






Booka Smith is pleased to announce the opening of The Law Offices of Elizabeth “Booka” Smith, LLC, with offices in Denver and Silverthorne. “Booka” Law specializes in representing executive and professional individuals in employment and business related litigation.

Wayne Leiser is pleased to announce the formation of Leiser Mediation and Arbitration. He can be contacted at 303-475-2825 or wayne@leisermediationarbitration.com.

The law firms of Haddon Morgan and Foreman and Temkin and Hardt recently formed an alliance focused on the litigation needs of natural-resources companies, real estate developers and other businesses dealing with environmental issues. The two firms will continue as separate entities with their own practices, but will share their trial attorneys to provide client-focused litigation and risk management teams.





Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, a national employment law firm, has moved to 600 Seventeenth St., Ste. 2700S, Denver. The office is anchored by JimGoh, managing partner, and partner Steve Moore — both of whom are Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. They are joined by Stacy Mueller, Dawn Amos, Jessica Tsuda and Heidi Wilbur.




Tyrone Glover and his wife Kate welcomed their Hendrix Zachary Glover in October. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was almost 21 inches long. Congratulations to the Glover family!



Metro Volunteer Lawyers FLCP Coordintaor, Philip Lietaer and his wife Jes welcomed their daughter Adelaide Quinn Lietaer on Halloween morning at 3:45 a.m. Congratulations to the Lietaer family!




Richard Dryland, 72, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2015, after battling cancer. Richard was a dedicated and beloved member of the DBA staff, and his presence and enthusiasm are greatly missed.

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