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Class Notes from Winter/Spring 2017/2018


  • 1952: Jacques Machol, Jr.
    On September 15, 2017, Jacques Machol, Jr. celebrated practicing 65 years since being admitted to the Colorado Supreme Court. Machol & Johannes, LLC is one of the largest debt collection law firms in the nation specializing in representation and customer service in collection, bankruptcy, and creditor rights. The firm’s headquarters is in downtown Denver and has satellite offices in Idaho, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming. Jacques Machol, Jr. works 40 hours a week and attends court hearings on a regular basis. He is dedicated and blessed to work with such amazing and talented people that surround him each and every day.


  • 1976: John W. O'Dorisio, Jr.
    John W. O'Dorisio, Jr. of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America and 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers lists for his work in real estate.
  • 1979: Fay Matsukage
    Doida Law Group, a boutique corporate law firm, announced that senior counsel Fay Matsukage was selected to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The ten inductees become the next group of extraordinary contemporary and historical women with significant ties to Colorado, who have made enduring and exemplary contributions to their fields, inspired and elevated the status of women, and helped open new frontiers for women and society. Since its founding in 1985, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 152 women. Fay has more than 35 years of experience and helps clients at all stages of business development. She represents private and public companies in a wide range of industries and concentrates her practice in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado and is AV-rated by Martindale Hubell, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. “It is an honor to work with Fay,” said Stan Doida, Managing Attorney at Doida Law Group. “It is a tremendous achievement and we’re proud to work with a legal professional who provides excellent leadership in her field and beyond.” The Class of 2018 will be officially welcomed to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2018. “Extraordinary is the operative word,” says Beth Barela, Chair of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. “These women are unsung heroes who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love. They deserve to have their stories told and to be honored as shining examples of the potential of all women.” To see the full list of inductees and to read the article, click here:
  • 1979: Norman Meyer
    Norman Meyer retired as Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico, on October 1 after ten years as a court administrator in the state courts of Wisconsin and Oregon, and twenty-eight years in the U.S. Federal Courts in Arizona, E. Virginia, and New Mexico. Norman plans to stay involved in courts in many ways, including bogging at, doing technical assistance work in the courts of several E. European nations, and staying active in NACM, FCCA, and IACA. The photo features Norman in Wurzburg, Germany in October enjoying his retirement cruise!


  • 1980: Kevin O'Brien
    Kevin O'Brien, a partner at Downey Brand LLP, was named Best of the Bar 2017 and Best Lawyers in America 2018 for his work in water law.
  • 1981: Douglas R. Ferguson
    Douglas R. Ferguson of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America and 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers lists for his work in franchise law.
  • 1981: Peter T. Moore
    Peter T. Moore of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America and 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers lists for his work in corporate law.


  • 1990: Andrea Gelfuso
    On December 13, 2017, Andrea Gelfuso delivered a lecture at the University of Bologna Law School (the oldest continuously operating law school in the world), comparing the penalty provisions of Italian environmental law (Articolo 452 and 152) and the criminal and civil penalty provisions of U.S. environmental law. Gelfuso is also representing the Sierra Club in the Clean Air Act litigation challenging the I-70 project.
  • 1991: Mark F. Bell
    Mark Bell has joined as a Shareholder in Hall Estill’s Denver office. Hall Estill is a full-service law firm with offices in Denver, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Northwest Arkansas and Nashville. Mark’s practice includes representing banks and financial institutions in both Corporate and Litigation matters. His comprehensive lender representation includes bankruptcy and lender-liability litigation, complex loan documentation, workout and loan restructuring, regulatory and compliance matters, loan sales, enforcement litigation, security interest analysis and bank operations. Mark’s extensive practice also includes complicated real estate and business transactions, as well as contentious litigation in state and federal courts nationwide. Mark received his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law and was honored with American Jurisprudence Awards, including bankruptcy and creditor-debtor relations. He is also involved both professionally and personally in Denver community organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, the Colorado Lawyers Committee, and Colorado Public Radio.
  • 1993: Douglas Becker
    Douglas Becker (LL.M. Tax '93), a long-time Denver tax attorney, was recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Doug is a former chair of the Tax Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program.
  • 1996: Jeff Wright
    Fort Myers, Florida — The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Attorney Jeff Wright has joined the firm’s Land Use & Environmental Law division. He will practice out of the firm’s Bonita Springs office and will focus on land use matters in both Collier and Lee Counties. Wright is Florida Bar Board Certified in City, County & Local Government Law. His expertise includes Florida’s Sunshine Law and Public Records Law, and all matters involving city, county, and local governments, including towns, villages, special districts, and community development districts. Wright represents private property owners, associations, and investors in land use and permitting matters. Wright is heavily involved in growth management and comprehensive planning issues throughout Florida. He served as committee counsel to the Collier County Rural Lands Stewardship Area Review Committee and as an Assistant (Collier) County Attorney. As a member of the Florida Association of County Attorneys’ Growth Management Committee, Wright provided critical input on growth management legislation, referenda, and reform. Wright has been recognized for his professional achievements, including receiving the Growth Management Committee Writing Award from the Florida Association of Counties and the Deepwater Horizon Legal Task Force Appreciation Award. Wright received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (1992) and law degree from the University of Denver College of Law (1996). He is admitted to practice in Florida and Colorado. Wright can be reached at or by phone at 239-344-1371. Henderson Franklin is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami with over 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Since 1924, Henderson Franklin has been assisting clients build their homes, businesses and communities in Southwest Florida. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sanibel Island. For more information on Wright or Henderson Franklin, please visit
  • 1997: Ali Farhang
    Farhang & Medcoff names to U.S. News Best Law Firms 2018. The Tucson-based law firm of Farhang & Medcoff has been named to the 2018 Best Law Firms list by U.S. News and World Reports, which ranks law firms based on peer reviews and surveys conducted by the national publication. One of the criteria for selection is having an attorney ranked in the current U.S. News Best Lawyers’ ranking. Both founding partners, Ali Farhang (JD’97) and Timothy Medcoff, were ranked as Best Lawyers earlier this year. The firm was ranked as a Tier 2 Best Law Firm in commercial transactions and UCC law for the region. Farhang believes this is a tremendous honor for the firm and all the attorneys who put in the hard work for their clients. Farhang is a native Tucsonan and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and his law degree from the University of Denver. The firm was founded by the two partners in 2008 and has grown into one Arizona’s leading law firms with 18 attorneys. It also has an office in Scottsdale, AZ. Its practice areas are commercial litigation, insurance coverage/defense, product liability and personal injury defense, intellectual property, labor and employment, estates and trusts, and corporate, finance, real estate and investment. Farhang & Medcoff work extremely hard to establish the firm as a go-to law firm for businesses of all sizes and with a wide variety of needs. They’ve assembled an incredible team of lawyers that work with clients as valued partners and has a strong commitment to the Arizona community. Farhang & Medcoff is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubble. The firm also is certified as a minority owned and operated company with the Pacific Southwest affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and was named 2013 Service Firm of the Year by the Minority and Small Business Alliance of Southern Arizona.
  • 1997: Robyn Maddox Brody
    Was elected to the Idaho Supreme Court in November 2016. Investiture took place on January 9, 2017. Robyn is the third woman to serve on the Idaho Supreme Court.
  • 1997: Martin Stuart
    Martin A. Stuart was named a Top Criminal Defense Lawyer by 5280 Magazine in 2018.
  • 1999: Russell Racine
    Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Jerri Simmons and Russ Racine have been named partners in the firm. Both attorneys are based in the firm’s Charlotte office. “We are very proud to welcome Jerri and Russ as partners of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP. They are both respected attorneys who fully embody our firm’s values of client service, teamwork and reputation,” said Marshall Wall, Managing Partner of CSH Law. “Both Jerri and Russ have shown years of dedication to the firm and their careers, and we are proud to recognize their achievement.” Russ Racine practices litigation in the areas of professional negligence, insurance defense, and intellectual property. Throughout his career he has worked with a broad range of clients from individuals to Fortune 100 companies, and he is a registered patent attorney. He has represented clients in Federal and state courts in both North Carolina and South Carolina. He graduated from the University of Denver College of Law and Muhlenberg College. ABOUT CRANFILL SUMNER & HARTZOG LLP Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) attorneys serve clients statewide and beyond from offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Wilmington. Building on more than two decades of representing clients in federal and state courts in NC, CSH Law is redefining the relationship between client and law firm by delivering new levels of client service, information, and innovation. The firm handles cases in 26 practice areas, including alternative dispute resolution, aviation law, business law, civil litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense, cyber liability and privacy, elder, employment law, family law, insurance law, intellectual property, land condemnation & eminent domain, medical malpractice, premises liability, professional liability, and workers’ compensation. For more information, visit


  • 2002: Timothy M. Shea
    Timothy M. Shea of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2017 Colorado Rising Stars list for his work in real estate.
  • 2003: Dan Ackerman
    Dan Ackerman was promoted to Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in January 2018. Ackerman is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Department and counsels the nation's leading consumer brands on trademark prosecution, licensing, enforcement and litigation. Focusing on complex trademark and copyright law, he works with a number of companies in the consumer product manufacturing, technology and entertainment industries where he handles the acquisition, use and enforcement of rights under U.S. and international trademark and copyright laws.
  • 2003: Michael Rollin
    Complex commercial and residential mortgage backed securities litigator, Michael A. Rollin of Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC (RBF Law), was the only Colorado attorney named to the inaugural Elite Boutique Trailblazers list published by The National Law Journal.
  • 2003: Margaux Trammell
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce Margaux Trammell will lead the Professional Development Committee as its chair. In her role, Margaux will promote professional development initiatives for Brownstein employees. Margaux’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, corporate restructuring and general corporate matters.
  • 2005: Arnulfo Hernandez
    Arnulfo D. Hernández, managing partner of Hernández & Associates, P.C., was named a Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association. As a Regional President, Arnulfo is a member of the bar association’s Board of Governors and will preside over Region XIII which covers Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. In January 2018, Hernández was selected as a Top Latino Lawyers in 2017 by Latino Leaders Magazine. He was also selected as one of Denver's Top Lawyers in 2018 in Immigration law by 5280 Magazine.
  • 2005: Christine Hernandez
    Christine M. Hernandez of Hernandez & Associates, P.C. was selected as a Top Latino Lawyer in 2017 by Latino Leaders Magazine. She was also named the President Elect (Presidency in 2019) of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.
  • 2008: Caitlin Quander
    Caitlin Quander was promoted to Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in January 2018. Quander's real estate practice spans all areas of development, including land use and entitlements, acquisitions and dispositions, zoning and development disputes and serving as special and general counsel to various governmental and quasi-governmental entities. Her background in civil defense litigation enables her to provide fluid representation for development clients in land use litigation, specifically, 106 actions.


  • 2010: Martine Wells
    Martine Wells, based in Denver at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was promoted to a shareholder in January 2018. Wells is an employment litigator whose practice emphasizes wage and hour issues. She is known for cultivating relationships and working in tandem with executive leadership. Clients rely on Wells for her extensive industry knowledge, litigation skills and decade of experience effectively representing her clients pre-trail and through litigation.

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