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  • 1979: Robin Barrisch
    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that my college roommate passed away May 16, 2016. Robin Barrisch graduated in 1979. I don't know how much detail you will include in her obituary listing, but here's what I know: Sunday, June 19th, 2016: o 9:15 am - burial at Mayfield Cemetery o 10:00 am - service at Berkowitz Funeral Home, Cleveland Heights, Ohio Donations may be made in Robin's name to the American Cancer Society. Thanks, Irina Donaldson (BS Chem 1979)


  • 1984: Kim Curtis
    Kim Curtis '84, President and CEO of Denver's premier wealth management firm, Wealth Legacy Institute, wrote #1 Best-Selling book, Money Secrets: Keys to Smart Investing. Money Secrets pulls back the curtain on the financial services industry and reveals why smart people make bad financial decisions. It has gone on to win the 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award and the Independent Publisher's Award (IPPY). Wealth Legacy Institute has also been awarded as a Top Advisory Firm in Colorado by AdvisoryHQ.
  • 1986: Elaine Johnson
    On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Denver Law alumna Elaine Johnson, JD'86, CEO and principal owner of the Crestone Mercantile, was awarded the 2016 Philanthropic Award by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA).
  • 1980: Christopher Mammel
    Christopher Mammel is joining Merlin Law Group; a national insurance claim litigation law firm representing policyholders. Merlin Law Group is expanding its reach by establishing an office in Chicago and expanding both the Arizona and West Palm Beach, FL offices. Mammel will be joining the West Palm Beach office. Mammel has negotiated numerous multi-million dollar settlements. He is licensed in Florida, Colorado, and Illinois and has represented parties in lawsuits in more than 15 states."It doesn't get any tougher for policyholders than South Florida," said Mammel. "But insurance companies meet their match when Merlin Law Group has their back."
  • 1989: Douglas Smith
    Douglas G. Smith of Boulder received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Smith has served as assistant dean of programs and engagement for the college since 2013 but previously held executive roles in the engineering and construction industries, most recently with Tetra Tech. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University and his master’s degree in civil engineering from CU-Boulder before earning his J.D. from the University of Denver in 1989.
  • 1986: Paul Vaughan
    Paul has been appointed as an alternate Municipal Judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico


  • 1999: Kenneth Buechler
    Kenneth Buechler '99 of Buechler Law Office, L.L.C. is now board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. The hippest Lodo Business Bankruptcy Lawyer with honors.
  • 1995: Anthony Giacomini
    Attorney Anthony L. Giacomini of Zonies Law LLC was formally inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America. Tony focuses his practice on complex litigation, including multi-state class and mass actions. He has lectured on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which expanded federal jurisdiction over many large class action lawsuits and other multiparty claims. He also represents plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury litigation. Tony plays a leadership role in the management and settlement of our pharmaceutical and medical device cases, including for our Avandia, hip, birth injuries and Actos clients. In this role, Tony manages bankruptcies and probate actions in nearly every state in the United States. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon evaluations of excellence, effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, and superior ethical reputation.
  • 1998: Russell Kemp
    Russell Kemp, business attorney at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, has been named Governance Committee Chair and as board member at Community First Foundation.
  • 1990: Gloria Olsen
    Gloria Olsen has retired after 28 years with the Internal Revenue Service in Denver. She held a number of positions during her time there including managing the Insolvency group for 12 years and most recently managing the Advisory Estate Tax Lien group, a one of a kind group in the nation that files liens on estate businesses and farms.
  • 1992: Bradley Shefrin
    Brad, who just completed his tenure as Managing Partner of Pryor Johnson Carney Karr and Nixon P.C. in Greenwood Village, Colorado, was voted to the Top 100 Colorado attorneys by Super Lawyers. Brad practices in the area of insurance defense and employment law.


  • 2007: Nelson Boyle
    Attorney Nelson Boyle was recently presented with the CTLA Outstanding Service Award, which is awarded to lawyers going above and beyond expectations to help CTLA. Mr. Boyle was also the recipient of CTLA’s 2012 New Trial of the Year Award. Mr. Boyle currently practices civil litigation, focusing on appeals, business, insurance, and personal injury litigation at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. Mr. Boyle earned a B.A. in history from Temple University (1997), an M.A. in U.S. History from New Mexico State University (2000) and his J.D. at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law (2007).
  • 2001: Resa Gilats
    Resa Gilats, MSLA '01 is the Intellectual Property Specialist--Patent Administrator for the University of Minnesota, Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC). Prior to the OTC, Resa served as Court Operations/Program Analyst in the Minnesota Office of the State Court Administrator working with juvenile and family court programs. She also served as Management Analyst/Lead Staff in the Colorado Office of the State Court Administrator for the Commission on Families in the Colorado Courts. Resa obtained her JD from William Mitchell College of Law in 1990 and the Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA) in 2001.
  • 2006: Nathan Kunz
    Nathan Kunz (J.D. 2006), a shareholder at national law firm Polsinelli, has been selected for inclusion in 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the category of business litigation. The distinction is limited to not more than 2.5% of lawyers in the Southwest. Nate practices in the firm's Phoenix office.


  • 2014: Jacob Burg
    Attorney Jacob M. Burg has recently become a member of the CBA Free Arbitration Committee. He currently focuses his practice in personal injury at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. Prior to joining Burg Simpson, Mr. Burg served as a legal intern for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Office of Legal Counsel. Mr. Burg obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan (2011). While attending the University of Michigan, Mr. Burg interned in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Mark Udall and served as a finance intern for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee.
  • 2011: Andrea DeField
    Andrea DeField (J.D. 2011) has joined the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP in its Miami office. Founded in 1901, Hunton & Williams LLP has more than 750 lawyers practicing from 19 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. Andrea is an associate in the firm's litigation practice, focusing on insurance counseling, coverage, and reinsurance matters. A true student of insurance law, Andrea has presented at seminars across the country on issues related to insurance coverage and bad faith and has served as Vice-Chair for the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. She has also been appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness for a three-year term beginning in August 2016.
  • 2012: Eric Hobbs
    Litigation Attorney Relocates to Shook’s Denver Office Shook, Hardy & Bacon Associate Eric Hobbs has moved to the firm’s Denver office from its Kansas City, MO headquarters. Hobbs focuses his practice on high-stakes litigation, including complex business disputes, product liability and tort matters. He has defended and prosecuted claims nationwide on behalf of clients in a wide variety of industries, including the information technology, healthcare, medical/surgical device and automotive sectors, among others. He has significant experience in arbitration proceedings before the AAA and JAMS, and has also represented clients in mass tort and class action proceedings. Before joining Shook, Hobbs clerked in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, the Missouri Attorney General's Office and the Denver District Attorney's Office. Hobbs received his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2012), where he graduated in the top two percent of his class and competed on the school’s national trial and appellate advocacy teams. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri (2009). In Denver, Hobbs joins an experienced team of commercial attorneys handling trial and appellate matters throughout the country.

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