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1950s:

  • 1952: Jacques Machol
    Jacques Machol, Jr., also known as "Junior" founded the law firm in 1952. The firmed evolved over many decades to become Machol & Johannes, LLC. The firm has offices in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Oklahoma, employing nearly 200 people. The primary focus of the firm is representation and customer service in the fields of Collection, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights. Machol & Johannes, LLC is a third-generation family business. Junior’s admission date to the Supreme Court was 9/15/1952. He started the practice at 42 South Broadway, the first street addressed law firm in the State of Colorado. Junior recently celebrated his 88th birthday, works 40 hours a week and attends court hearings on a regular basis. He enjoys his job each and every day!

1970s:

  • 1976: John W. O'Dorisio, Jr.
    John W. O'Dorisio, Jr. of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America and 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers lists for his work in real estate.

1980s:

  • 1981: Douglas R. Ferguson
    Douglas R. Ferguson of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America and 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers lists for his work in franchise law.
  • 1987: Dante James
    Dante J. James is approaching five years in Portland, Oregon working for the mayor as the city's first director of the Office and Equity and Human Rights. He recently returned from three months as a loaned executive to the city of Oakland, CA helping Oakland set the foundation for its newly created Department of Race and Equity. Portland's office has become a national model for embedding the concept and awareness of racial equity in city service delivery, from water, parks, human resources, to budgeting processes. He regularly consults with other jurisdictions across the country as well as police, DA's offices, and non-profits. He and his wife Christina (DU JD 2000) recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary.
  • 1981: Peter T. Moore
    Peter T. Moore of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America list for his work in corporate law.

1990s:

  • 1991: Daniel Hernandez
    Daniel has served the last three years on the El Paso Bar Association Board of Directors with the last year as its Secretary on the Executive Committee, and three years as its CLE Director. He will serve as its Treasurer for the new Bar year. In October 2015, Daniel celebrated 20 years with his law firm - Ray, McChristian & Jeans, P.C where is he is a shareholder. This year Daniel celebrates 25 years as a licensed Texas attorney. In April 2016, Daniel presented a seminar paper on "Defense of a Construction Site Accident" for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Spring Meeting, and in July, 2016, participated in a panel discussion on Texas and New Mexico law for a joint meeting of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers' Association and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. In January 2016, Daniel received an award from the El Paso Mexican-American Bar Association for "Investing in our Community's future."

2000s:

  • 2009: Josh Amos
    Josh Amos joined the law firm of McDermott Stuart & Ward, LLP. The firm's practice is devoted to representing individuals accused of crimes in Colorado state and federal courts. Josh joins the firm after spending the past 7 years working for the Colorado State Public Defender's Office.
  • 2003: Michael Rollin
    Michael A. Rollin recently founded Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC, a litigation firm in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Michael is a well-known trial lawyer and is licensed in New York, California, and Colorado. As a business lawyer and complex commercial litigator, he regularly represents companies of all sizes in disputes across the country. Michael has been listed as AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a Top 100 Colorado Lawyer by Colorado Super Lawyers and in the premier international legal publication Chambers USA.
  • 2002: Timothy M. Shea
    Timothy M. Shea of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Colorado Rising Stars list for his work in real estate.
  • 2009: Claire Soto
    Claire Soto has joined the law firm of Bachus & Schanker, LLC as an Associate Attorney. The firm's practice is devoted to the representation of individuals and families who suffer injury or death caused by the negligent or reckless conduct of others, as well as those injured on the job or by dangerous products and medical mistakes. Claire and her husband, Pedro, also recently celebrated the birth of their second son, Max, on February 27, 2016.

2010s:

  • 2011: Andrew Astuno
    Andrew recently completed a Master of Laws at the Georgetown University Law Center specializing in international arbitration and project finance. Shortly thereafter he joined Norton Rose Fulbright’s international project finance group in its Washington, D.C. office where his primary focus is representing development finance institutions in debt and equity transactions in emerging markets. He is enjoying the international network and opportunities that D.C. affords and is presuming that the Rocky Mountains are going nowhere!
  • 2014: Gretchen Wilson Altenburger
    Gretchen Altenburger (Wilson) received an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver in 2015. She now practices for the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in the Small Business/Self-Employed division in the Denver office. She represents the I.R.S. before the United States Tax Court, and also provides in-house governmental advisories to I.R.S employees.


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