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Michael H. Berger was honored with the Colorado Bar Association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, at the Colorado Bar Foundation’s Annual Bar Fellows Dinner. Berger was recently appointed to serve as a judge for the Colorado Court of Appeals.

ComerR-cJackson Kelly PLLC attorney Robert D. Bob”Comer has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Exploration & Mining Association. The appointment is effective December 2013.
Comer has a legal and scientific background focused on achieving business solutions to regulatory, compliance, permitting and operating challenges in the mining, oil, gas, energy and other natural resource industries.


Mark Grueskin has joined Recht Kornfeld as a shareholder.

Lewis, Bess, Williams & Weese, P.C. is pleased to announce that Babak Fadaiepour has joined the firm as an associate. Babak is joining the transactional practice. He will be specializing in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and oil and gas.

Stachniak_AnncBerenbaum Weinshienk PC is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stachniak has joined the firm as shareholder. Stachniak is an experienced patent and trademark attorney and has represented domestic and international clients in all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution in the U.S and worldwide.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has elected Radcliffe Dann IV, Lamont Larsen, and Kristi Walton as partners. Dann and Larsen have practiced as associates in the firm’s Natural Resources Department. Walton is a member of the Trial Department.

Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C. is pleased to announce that Matt Ratterman has become a partner in the firm. Ratterman’s practice focuses on education law, employment law, and civil litigation.

Denver law firm, Moye White LLP, announced the appointment of four new partners, Bethany Johnson, Chris Leach, Stephanie Loughner and Dean Richardson.

johnson-bJohnson’s practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate, real property, telecommunications and oil and gas matters.


MW Atty Pic leach-c (00083836)Leach is a business litigator whose expertise ranges from contract, construction, financial and real estate disputes to securities fraud, white collar crime and insurance coverage.


loughner-sLoughner’s practice focuses on real estate, employment and corporate matters.



richardson-dRichardson is a trial lawyer who has represented clients in commercial, trade secret, real estate and franchise disputes.



Lewis, Bess, Williams & Weese P.C. is pleased to announce that it has promoted Ericka Houck Englert and Anish P. Michael to the position of director and shareholder. Englert practices general business, commercial, real estate, and oil and gas litigation. Michael is a business and transactional lawyer with experience in corporate, real estate, and energy and natural resources law.


Boyle/Apelman PC (Terence P. Boyle and Mark Apelman) announce the relocation of their office to: 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 800, Denver, CO 80203. The email addresses, telephone number and fax number remain the same.

Bachus & Schanker, LLC announced that it is merging with Elwyn Schaefer & Associates, PC, to expand its employment law practice.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP has officially launched, completing the merger of Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard.

Julie Waggener and Rick Foster of Waggener & Foster LLP welcome their new partners: Denise D. Hoffman, S. Kato Crews and Nicole R. Nies, and also welcome Emily Teel Gregory as an associate. Victor Quinn remains as of counsel to the firm. Waggener & Foster will henceforth do business as Hoffman Crews Nies Waggener & Foster LLP with offices in Cherry Creek and the Denver Tech Center. The firm will continue to offer services to its clients in the general areas of real estate, estate planning, tax, nonprofit law, corporate and commercial transactions, civil and commercial litigation and employment law.


Elizabeth “Liz” Catherine Giordano, 46, of Denver, passed away surrounded by family on Dec. 28. Liz was born Nov. 1, 1967 in Chicago, IL to Edward S. and Graciela (Botello) Eberhard. Liz married her best friend, Toby Giordano in 1995.

Liz received her JD from the University of Colorado Law School. Her professional experiences included positions at the Adams County Attorney’s Office, the First Judicial Court of the State of Colorado, Coors Brewing Company, the Hispanic National Bar, and the Colorado Bar Association CLE. Liz was a member of the CBA, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the American Corporate Counsel Association. She was instrumental in the development and success of the Spanish Language Lawyering Committee. Liz found her true ‘vocation’ when she began her own law practice focusing on immigration matters for religious workers.

She is survived by and will be deeply missed by her husband, Toby Giordano, and their “miracle baby,” Grace Katherine Giordano; her mother, Graciela Eberhard; brother, Ralph Eberhard; sisters, Geriann (Don) Ferreri, Gail (Tim) Powers; Gwen (Andrew) Pomper and Stephanie (Brett) Barcel; 26 nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Liz was preceded in death by her father and her beloved abulita, Juanita Botello, as well as her other grandparents.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be made in Liz’s name to St. Catherine of Siena School, c/o Lori O’Connor, 4200 Federal Blvd., Denver CO 80211.


In the January issue of “The Docket,” we printed the article “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers: Encouraging Innovation in Legal Curriculum.” The article stated that IAALS is based at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. However, it is not directly affiliated with Denver Law, beyond the fact that Denver Law is one of thirty schools that works with IAALS’ Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers initiatives.