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Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Legal Affairs: February

GOOD THINGS

The American Bar Association’s section of environment, energy and resources awarded the Jackson Kelly PLLC air quality committee the section’s “Best 2013-14 Environmental Committee” certificate of recognition.

On Dec. 5 the Joy of Giving Reception, hosted by Bachus & Schanker raised $18,565 for Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic.

LA-Edwin2Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC is pleased to announce that attorney Edwin S. Chapin has been appointed to the Aims Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

Jackson Kelly PLLC has been awarded “Gold Standard Certification” by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), a designation for law firms that have integrated women in top leadership positions.

CHANGES

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP partner Greg Danielson has been appointed to the firm’s executive committee. The committee provides leadership for the firm’s financial and strategic management. Danielson’s appointment comes after DGS partner Connie Rogers stepped down from the position to lead the firm’s public lands group.

Woods & Aitken LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Daniel M. Gross has joined the construction and commercial litigation practice. Gross has practiced construction law, representing contractors, suppliers, sureties, owners, and design professionals on heavy highway, industrial and commercial building construction in both the public and private sectors.

LA-Hayden,-Andrew---2014-ORIGINAL-PHOTORyley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Hayden, Allison Pofit, and Alan J. Gilbert have joined the firm.

LA-Altaras,-Allison-Pofit-(600-DPI-for-PDF---System-Bio)---2014-PhotosHayden will help to expand the firm’s real estate capabilities.

Pofit will enhance the firm’s water law practice.

LA-Gilbert,-Alan-JGilbert will be a welcome addition to the environmental, natural resources and energy practice.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has elected three new partners, Mark Bussey, Zachary Detra, and Eric Waeckerlin. Bussey and Detra practiced in the firm’s finance & acquisitions department. Waeckerlin is a member of the natural resources department.

The Nelson Law Firm welcomes Claire Soto to their construction defect and personal injury practice. With Soto’s addition, the firm is now pleased to offer criminal defense representation.

Lewis, Bess, Williams & Weese PC is pleased to announce that it has promoted Bronwyn H. Pepple to the position of director and shareholder. Pepple practices employment law representing national and regional companies in state and federal courts and agencies.

BRICK & MORTAR

Montgomery Amatuzio Dusbabek Chase LLP is pleased to announce its new firm name and new offices at Mountain Towers, 4100 E. Mississippi Ave., 16th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80246. The firm will continue to serve the needs of its corporate, insurance and commercial clients in their litigation, bad faith and insurance coverage needs.

IN MEMORIAM

Colorado attorney and former Denver Bronco Bill Keating died at 70.

Friends and family called attorney Bill Keating a gentle giant because of the way he fought for the cause of underdogs and the affection he held for them. Keating is survived by his wife Mary, his son Michael, his daughter Katie, and his 2½-year-old granddaughter Ainsley.

Keating was born in Chicago on Nov. 22, 1944, and attended the University of Michigan. After playing defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins in 1966 and 1967, Keating earned a law degree at the University of Denver and later became the president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

He also loved to teach, giving lectures nationally about litigation. Keating was never happier than when he was taking on a big corporation, such as Ford Motor Company, in a product liability case representing an injured client against a large team of attorneys.

In 2006, Keating, assisted by his son Michael, won a $39 million jury award for 24-year-old Xcel Energy lineman Andy Blood. It was the largest personal injury lawsuit in Colorado history.

Keating was the consummate Irishman who loved to spin a great yarn and listen to one told, said Mary, his wife of 47 years. He loved to watch Humphrey Bogart movies and was unbeatable at Trivial Pursuit, she said. Keating ran Iron Man triathlons and biked routes taken by the Tour de France in the Pyrenees of France.

He became a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to 500 Fellows in the United States. In 2012, he received the Thompson G. Marsh Award from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, an honor acknowledging career accomplishments bestowed only occasionally.

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