Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Legal Affairs: November


John-Vaught-Head-Shot-2John M. Vaught, Gordon “Skip” W. Netzorg, and David S. Neslin recently became Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute honored Timothy Eirich of the Law Office of Seth A. Grob as an Angel in Adoption at an awards ceremony on September 16 in Washington, D.C. Eirich specializes in representing prospective adoptive parents and adoption agencies as general legal counsel. He also represents foster parents and relatives seeking to adopt children in the child welfare system.

Ryann-Peyton(LA)Ryann Peyton, special counsel to The Harris Law Firm, was presented with an award for “Exemplary Service” at the Colorado GLBT Bar Association annual dinner for her pro bono work in creating the Colorado GLBT Bar Association Foundation.

Stefan Stein will be honored on March 10 at Urban Peak’s Maverick Thinkers dinner for his leadership as interim CEO and years of board service.


Fidelity National Title Insurance Company is pleased to announce the addition of Elizabeth J. Peros as their Marketing Executive. Peros practices law in the areas of real estate, land development, finance, and litigation.

nicholas(LA)Kutak Rock LLP welcomes associate Nicholas Anderson to the corporate tax group. He focuses his practice on federal and state tax matters, advising clients on the utilization of federal and state new market tax credits and low-income housing tax credits.

Wells, Anderson & Race LLC, is pleased to announce that Sarah Smyth O’Brien has become a member of the firm. O’Brien’s practice centers on insurance litigation and defense, bad faith litigation, insurance coverage, fraud and construction litigation.

Eric B. Ballou recently moved to the Frickey Law Firm, P.C. His title is Trial Attorney and Director of Litigation. Ballou focuses exclusively on personal injury and premises liability litigation.

crane_annc(LA)Berenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that Eliza S. Crane has joined the firm as an associate. Crane is an experienced litigator and has represented clients in numerous areas of civil litigation.

The Law Firm of Kurtz & Peckham is pleased to announce that Jude A. Ramirez has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Ramirez brings to the firm his experience in criminal and civil law with an emphasis in juvenile courtrooms, as well as family law experience.


David Dean Karr passed away on Sept. 7 following an acute medical episode. Karr was born in Denver to Dean and Jean Karr on Sept. 3, 1953. Karr was a graduate of Cherry Creek High School (1971). He received a BA degree in business from the University of Puget Sound (1975). Karr received his JD from Loyola University College of Law (1979). While in law school, he clerked for the law firm of Wahlberg and Pryor. Upon passing the bar, Dave was admitted to practice in Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He began practicing with Pryor, Carney & Johnson, P.C. and was a founding member of Pryor, Johnson, Carney, Karr, & Nixon, P.C in 1995. He practiced with many of his partners for 35 years. As they grieve his loss, Dave’s clients and colleagues will remember and celebrate his kindness, sense of humor, professionalism, and extraordinary dedication to his family and clients. Dave was a loving and devoted husband and father. He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Laura, his daughter, Emily Karr Farchone (Bryan), and his son, Bradley Foster Karr of Denver. Memorial contributions are suggested to Project Cure or Save the Children.

Brooke Wunnicke slept away peacefully at home on Sept. 20. Born May 9, 1918 to parents Rudolph and Lula Le Nora (nee Brooke) von Falkenstein, she was raised in Los Angeles and in 1940, met and married her late husband, James M. Wunnicke of Cheyenne, when they were attending Stanford University. Their only child is Diane B. Wunnicke (Denver) for whom “Brookie” was both a dear mother and delightful friend, as they shared many interests and humor. Brooke von Falkenstein Wunnicke exemplified the pioneering spirit of the West. After her undergraduate education at Stanford University, B.A. (1939) Phi Beta Kappa, she moved to Wyoming with her husband. When he left for WWII, she attended the University of Colorado Law School, where she graduated J.D. (1945) Order of the Coif. She opened her Cheyenne practice in 1946, representing clients in front of juries when women in Wyoming (the first state to allow women to vote) were not allowed to be jurors. Moving to Colorado in 1969 with her husband, she gave twelve years of public service as Chief Deputy of Appeals in the Denver District Attorney’s Office where she mentored many “children” who have excelled in service as lawyers, judges, and a Governor. From 1978 to 1997, she was Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver College of Law, teaching oil and gas law and the law of future interests. In 1986, Brooke affiliated Of Counsel to Hall & Evans. Brooke was the recipient of many honors, including: Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation; 2004 Denver Bar Association Award of Merit; 2003 a D.U. Law Star, Excellence in Teaching, University of Denver College of Law. Please, no flowers but consider a gift to these memorials or as you prefer: at the University of Colorado Foundation, 1800 Grant St., Denver 80203, either for the endowed Wunnicke Library Fund for placement of the family’s special collection at the Auraria Library or the Brooke Wunnicke Endowed Scholarship Fund for the Law School; or at the University of Denver, 2190 E. Asbury Ave., Denver 80208, for the Brooke Wunnicke Endowed Scholarship Fund for the College of Law; or at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver 80203, for the new Brooke Wunnicke Memorial for the Cathedral of The St. John’s Bible Heritage Edition, the first handwritten illuminated Bible in the modern era, limited edition, in seven 2’x3’ volumes.


Hendrix(LA)CBA Sections and Public Legal Education Program Manager Meghan Bush and her husband Brian welcomed their second son Hendrix Bradshaw Bush on Sept. 15. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Congratulations to the Bush family!

Brick & Mortar

The Martinez Law Group has moved to 720 S. Colorado Blvd., South Tower, Ste. 1020, Denver.

Attorneys Fred L. Otis, Jeff Bedingfield and Jennifer Lynn Peters are excited to announce the merger of their firm. The combined firm, Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC, will be home to ten attorneys and ten support staff spread across the firm’s two offices in Loveland and Greeley.

Austin Hamre, Richard F. Rodriguez, Donald M. Ostrander, and John M. Dingess are pleased to announce the restructuring and renaming of their firm to Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, PC. The firm will continue its civil practice emphasizing water rights, eminent domain, real estate and commercial litigation.

Rachel Ellis and Megan Kelly are pleased to announce the opening of Ellis Kelly, LLC located at 1725 High St., Ste. 3, Denver, CO 80218. Ellis Kelly represents employees in employment law matters.

Howard L. Boigon is pleased to announce the formation of Boigon Law LTD located at 633 17th St., Ste. 1800, Denver. The phone number is 720-379-8746. Boigon continues his practice of transactional, regulatory, and policy matters in energy and natural resources law. He is also available for service as mediator and arbitrator in resource industry disputes.

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