Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Legal Affairs: July/August


The American Subcontractors Association of Colorado (ASAC) announced that Carrie A. Rodgers has received the chapter’s “Attorney of the Year” award.  Rodgers is a partner and chair of the Construction Group at the Denver law firm of Moye White LLP, and serves as Chair of ASAC’s Attorneys’ Council. Rodgers tutors women entering the construction trades. She also teaches an annual course at Turner Construction’s school for minority-and-women-owned construction businesses.

Trigg(2)Jack Trigg, a founding partner of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, marked his 50th year of practice in April. Trigg is known for his handling of nationwide product liability cases and class actions, especially in the automotive industry.

Two Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys were honored at the Colorado Lawyers Committee 2014 Awards Luncheon. Geoffrey Klingsporn was recognized with the “Community Contribution Award” for his pro bono work on the voting rights case, Jones v. Samora. Peter Schwartz was nominated as an Individual of the Year for his leadership of the nonprofit Working Group and Clinic in a Box.NEW-M-Bender-p(2)

Michael L. Bender, a partner in Perkins Coie’s litigation practice, was elected to the Colorado Judicial Institute’s 2014–15 board of directors.


Fortis Law Partners LLC is pleased to announce that Lori L. Duwve has become a member and manager of the firm. Duwve’s new position of leadership within the firm strengthens its real estate practice. The firm is thrilled to welcome her to this position.

Senn Visciano Canges P.C. is pleased to announce that Matthew D. Pluss has joined the firm as a director. Lawrence J. Donovan, Jr. has joined the firm as of counsel. Both will be part of the real estate and transaction practice.

lauren(2)Kutak Rock LLP welcomes associate Lauren Walker to the corporate practice group, specifically to assist investors and syndicators on the financing, acquisition, sale and leasing of commercial real estate.

Moye White LLP announced that two partners, Lynne M. Hanson and Craig J. Knobbe, have joined the firm. Paralegal Karin Tupper, who has worked with Hanson and Knobbe for 20+ years, also joined the firm.

The Denver law firm of Moye White LLP, announced that Jay D. Hermele has joined the firm as an associate. Hermele, who will practice in Moye White’s trial section, focuses on commercial, construction and insurance litigation.

Lisa Matter has joined Miller Global, a real estate investment company, as assistant general counsel.

Montgomery, Kolodny, Amatuzio & Dusbabek, LLP is pleased to announce that Claire E. Munger has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Brick & Mortar

Chris-Melcher-c(2)Spencer Fane LLP has opened an office in Colorado Springs specializing in real estate development, municipal law and corporate transactions, and has named Christopher Melcher of counsel to the firm. Melcher has extensive experience in corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and land planning, government affairs and municipal law matters.

The attorneys and staff of Sander, Ingebretsen & Wake, PC have joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP (SHB) to open a SHB office. Kirk Ingebretsen, Richard (Chip) Sander, Dan Wake and Dan Rohner bring decades of combined experience in commercial trial and appellate practice in many areas of the law, including banking/financial services, employment, insurance, corporate governance and securities.

Alderman Bernstein has moved to 101 University Blvd., Ste. 350, Denver. The phone number is 720-460-4200 and the fax number is 720-293-4712.

In Memoriam

Malcolm Douglas Crawford died peacefully on May 6 after a long illness. Born in Nashville, TN on Aug. 29, 1920, he spent his first year in the family farm in Corydon, KY. After his father’s death, he and his mother moved to Denver. He attended South High and CU Boulder, majoring in Economics. Inspired by the era’s geopolitical events, he enrolled in the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, receiving an MA in 1944. He then went to Yale Law School, graduating with honors in 1947. He served as a consular official at the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris after the war, working on post-war reconstruction efforts. He spent most of his professional life working as a securities and corporate attorney in Denver. He worked well into his late 80s. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sheila Eigeman Crawford, 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

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