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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:

  • 1979: Chuck Brownman
    After a successful career providing legal and business advice to companies as General Counsel and in other executive positions, Chuck Brownman is building on his experience as an Adjunct Law Professor and a corporate educator to present corporate and law firm seminars. His new venture continues to provide on-site training that focuses on a wide variety of transactional topics needed by both new hires and seasoned attorneys, including contract drafting, and teaching lawyers how to "add value" by identifying business issues. He can be reached at chuckbrownman@gmail.com.
  • 1979: Christopher Cross
    After almost 19 years on the bench in the 18th Judicial District, Judge Christopher Cross "retired" and moved on to JAMS-Denver as a mediator/arbitrator/special master. The move gives him more flexibility to travel, spend time with his family, attack an unending "honey-do" list, improve his golf game, and finish his historical novel on civil rights.
  • 1975: A. Craig Fleishman
    Mary Ewing and Craig Fleishman announce his association with the Englewood based Mary Ewing Law Offices, PC as Of Counsel. Craig's practice will continue to focus on divorce, pre/post nuptial agreements, personal injury, commercial and construction litigation, and professional malpractice claims, ethics and expert witness engagement. Both Craig and Mary have been honored many times as "SuperLawyers," featured in Best Lawyers in America, and rated by their peers in Martindale-Hubbell with the highest rating, "AV." Referrals and co-counsel relationships are welcome and appreciated.
  • 1978: Gary Lachman
    Upon returning to the US after 8 years practicing international law in Istanbul, Gary Lachman has returned to Palm Beach and joined the West Palm Beach office of Greenspoon Marder as Of Counsel. He is senior real estate and M&A attorney in that office. Greenspoon Marder is a full service law firm with offices in 10 Florida cities as well as New York, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Las Vegas, and Nashville. Gary is currently engaged in a series of medical clinic roll-ups, providing investment-related advice for a major medical marijuana business, and several large real estate developments and acquisitions. Visit the Greenspoon website at www.gmlaw.com. Gary also serves as a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and arbitrator. Gary is experienced with both commercial and divorce/family mediations and arbitrations. When not behind his desk, Gary operates a deep sea fishing charter boat operation named Blue Devil Sportfishing. Please visit their website at www.bluedevilfishing.com. He provides great discounts for DU Alumni. Two years ago Gary adopted a beautiful young female German Shepherd named Sasha from S.H.A.R.E, the German Shepherd Rescue of South Florida. Sasha was completely untrained except for basic – very basic – obedience. After one year of intensive professional training in obedience, search/alert, protection, and PTSD therapy and geriatric as well as pediatric service work, Sasha has become a dog for all seasons. Earlier in the year she was granted full certification by Therapy Dogs International, the only legitimate organization for the testing, training, and placement of service/therapy dogs in the United States. http://www.tdi-dog.org/ Gary and Sasha have been volunteering for about a year at the ManorCare nursing and rehab center in Boynton Beach, visiting and brightening the lives of elderly long term care residents of that facility. They also recently joined the volunteer ranks at the Royal Palm School in Lantana, working with profoundly physically and mentally challenged children. Sasha has an uncanny ability to adapt to the sensitivities and needs of her human “clients”, having learned about human physical frailty with the elderly as well as rambunctious but physically disabled children. She has been particularly effective “teaching” children with serious degrees of autism how to express and accept love. Gary receives great satisfaction experiencing how the hours and funds he invested into Sasha’s training has paid off in terms of the joy, excitement, and connection she provides to those whose lives she touches every week.
  • 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.
  • 1978: Walter Schwidetzky
    I am still a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law with no plans to retire anytime soon. I reconnected with an old girl friend in Denver and find myself more often in the mile-high city. This year I have two books coming out: Partnership Taxation (Carolina Academic Press) and The LLC Handbook (Thomson/Reuters). In 2016 I learned that if you go to Telluride from sea level, exercise can be a challenge.

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:

  • 1998: David Harston
    Elkind Alterman Harston PC managing partner David Harston was recently selected as 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Immigration Law in the Denver area. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.
  • 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."
  • 1998: James J. Rosloniec
    1998: James J. Rosloniec In 2010 Jay started Verity Law, PLC, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, emphasizing in the areas of business law, real estate law, estate planning, estate administration and mediation. Since then Jay has been pleased to add a paralegal and in March added a new associate. Jay is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan, and volunteers regularly at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as a Child Life Volunteer.

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.
  • 2006: Michael Baylous
    Mike was recently elected a shareholder of Lane Powell. He is a Chambers USA recognized litigator with a diverse practice involving numerous areas of law, including construction, employment, ERISA, insurance coverage, Alaska Native Corporation contracting, commercial real estate, deceptive business practices, consumer protection, trade secret, mortgage servicing, product liability and personal injury.
  • 2008: Alexander Garcia
    Alexander has been named partner in the Trademark, Copyright, Media & Brand Protection practice at Perkins Coie. Alexander counsels clients of all sizes in trademark, copyright and related intellectual property matters. He also assists clients in the selection, clearance and maintenance of trademarks, both in the United States and abroad. Alex frequently represents clients before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has successfully represented clients in both trademark and copyright litigation proceedings. He also counsels clients in domain name registration and enforcement strategies, including acquiring infringing domains through Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings.
  • 2006: Benjamin Gordon
    Benjamin Gordon was honored as Youth Advocate of the Year by the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice, for his work as a contract public defender for the Fifth District Juvenile Court in Washington County. He is currently employed with Schatz, Anderson and Associates, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • 2009: Charles (Chad) Grell
    Husch Blackwell welcomed Chad Grell to its Denver office in early January. Grell, an associate in the firm’s Healthcare, Life Science & Education group, focuses on labor and employment matters, handling all facets of employment-related litigation. He represents employers before a variety of courts and administrative agencies in wage and hour disputes, discrimination and retaliation claims, and other employment-related conflicts. He has a wide range of knowledge regarding statutory, regulatory and common law employment matters, and has ample experience investigating, understanding and resolving employment disputes. Grell is an active member of both the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association. He obtained his J.D. from University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2009) and his B.A. from St. Olaf College (2001).
  • 2009: Jennifer Litwak
    Jennifer was selected by the San Diego Daily Transcript as one of the most influential women in business in San Diego County. This will be announced to the public in a special section on Feb. 22.
  • 2009: Koby Polaski
    Koby Polaski joined Elkind Alterman Harston PC as Senior Attorney. Koby has successfully represented employers, individuals and families before the Department of Labor, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and at consulates abroad. She served previously as the chair of the Colorado AILA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) liaison committee and also as a member of the Board of Directors for CASA of the Continental Divide, a non-profit organization that assigns volunteers to advocate on behalf of children in Dependency and Neglect proceedings. Koby graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law in 2009 and has been practicing immigration law exclusively since that time. She enjoys working with both individual clients and employers, advocating for them as they navigate through complex immigration laws.
  • 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.
  • 2004: Jennifer Seda
    Jennifer L. Seda, a principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., passed away on November 16, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jennifer - a beloved friend and colleague - was a driven and exceptional attorney who epitomized the Jackson Lewis spirit. She consistently put her family, friends and the firm ahead of herself while also being a caring and attentive mentor to many of the attorneys and staff. Jennifer will forever be renowned by her peers and her clients for her talent, insight, leadership, collaborative spirit and unfailingly positive attitude. Jennifer specialized in pay equity, affirmative action and defense of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. At Jackson Lewis, Jennifer oversaw the preparation of hundreds of affirmative action plans each year and defended numerous OFCCP audits, including on-site reviews, corporate management (“glass ceiling”) reviews, and on-sites. In addition, she worked with employers in all industries to direct proactive systemic pay analyses and in response to internal complaints, EEOC investigations, OFCCP audits, and litigation. Jennifer also helped employers prepare privileged statistical analyses in response to EEOC systemic discrimination investigations. Jennifer was a leader in the ILG community, a faculty member of the OFCCP Institute and an Advisory Board member for DirectEmployers. Jennifer cherished her role as a trusted advisor to clients and EEO employer associations – all of which she served with passion, joy and great skill. She received her B.A. and B.S. from the University of Colorado (2000) and her J.D. from the University of Denver (2004). Jennifer is survived by her husband and two young sons. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
  • 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: Paul Jiron
    Paul Jiron was promoted to Court Operations Specialist for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. In this position, Paul supervises all areas of oral argument calendaring, monthly financial reconciliation, courtroom operations, special case management and numerous other duties essential to the operation of the clerk's office and to the business of the court.
  • 2012: Andrew Roth-Moore
    Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Roth-Moore (JD 2012) has joined the firm as an associate in the Business Reorganization & Restructuring group.
  • 2013: Andrew Rubin
    Andrew P. Rubin (LLM Natural Resources '13) has been appointed to the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region.
  • 2013: Kira Suyeishi
    Litigation attorney Kira Suyeishi, through her pro bono work with Clemency Project 2014, received news that President Barack Obama granted clemency to her client Steven Rayford Moore, a non-violent, low-level drug offender. Mr. Moore was serving a 30-year sentence for a non-violent drug offense. With the commutation from President Obama, Mr. Moore’s sentence has been reduced significantly, moving up his release date by over seven years. In President Obama’s official letter granting commutation, the President said, “I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around.” He further stated, “I believe in your ability to prove the doubters wrong, and change your life for the better.” “It was surreal to be able to tell my client and his family that he received clemency from President Obama. I am thrilled for my client and his family and grateful to President Obama and his administration for granting record numbers of clemencies to deserving individuals,” said Suyeishi. Clemency Project 2014, a working group composed of lawyers and advocates, was launched in January 2014 after Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked the legal profession to provide pro bono assistance to federal prisoners who would likely have received a shorter sentence if they had been sentenced today, under less stringent sentencing guidelines.
  • 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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