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Class Notes from Spring 2020


  • 1994: Melinda Beck
    Denver, Colorado – Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC (Otten Johnson) is pleased to announce that Melinda Beck has been elected a shareholder and director of the firm. Melinda has already distinguished herself both within the firm as well as in the community. Her new role was effective January 1, 2020. Melinda Beck joined the firm in 2019. She earned her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law (1994). She is a real estate and land use attorney with over twenty years of experience in private practice and additional time spent as a government attorney. Her practice focuses on commercial and residential development, land use, real estate purchase and sale transactions, easements, office, warehouse and retail leasing, conservation easement transactions, and oil and gas transactions related to real estate. Melinda's conservation law expertise includes the donation and purchase and sale of conservation easements to land trusts and local governments by private landowners throughout Colorado and nationally. Melinda is part of the firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Practice Groups. Otten Johnson is a leading commercial law firm in Colorado, highly regarded for its real estate and land use practices. Our attorneys work with clients in a wide array of industries, with a particular emphasis on finding real world, business-minded solutions. In the real estate industry, Otten Johnson's clients include owners, developers, builders, investors, banks and financial institutions, commercial tenants, managers and brokers, whether in the multi-family, residential subdivision, office, retail, hotel and resort, mixed-use, or industrial sectors. The firm provides legal services related to real estate and business transactions, financing, land use and entitlement matters, urban renewal and other public/private partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, tax, eminent domain, regulatory compliance, workouts, restructuring, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation.
  • 1998: Nicole Ament
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce Nicole Ament, a shareholder in the firm’s Denver office, is chair of the Real Estate Department. Since joining the firm in 1999, Ament has been an integral member of the Real Estate Department and was named chair of the firm’s Hospitality, Resort and Recreation Group in 2015. Building upon the strong foundation set by previous chairs, Ament will ensure the department continues to be at the forefront of real estate law. She brings more than 20 years of local and national experience working with complex real estate portfolios and large single assets, specializing in land use, development, financing and disposition unique to real estate portfolios with emphasis on resort and recreation work.


  • 2008: Aubyn Krulish
    DENVER: Armstrong Teasdale has named Partner Aubyn Krulish managing attorney of the firm’s Denver, Colorado, office effective Jan. 6. This appointment adds to the firm’s growing female leadership ranks, with one-third of the offices nationwide now led by women. Office managing attorneys are charged with driving growth and success in coordination with the firm’s overall strategic vision as determined by firmwide leadership and managing partner David Braswell. “Our business is built around our people, and Aubyn is well suited to take on this new role,” said Braswell. “Her proven leadership skills give me the utmost confidence that she will bring great energy and vision to her role, further driving the success of the firm in Denver and the surrounding region. We also thank outgoing office managing attorney Chuck Steese for laying a solid foundation, creating synergies nationwide and supporting aggressive growth over the past five years.” In 2014, as part of its western expansion initiative, Armstrong Teasdale opened a Denver office, which has grown to more than 35 attorneys and professional staff. Denver office founder and former managing attorney Chuck Steese will continue in his role as a high-stakes commercial litigator at Armstrong Teasdale, serving in various other leadership capacities for the firm. “This appointment was thoughtfully considered, and Aubyn stepping into this role aligns perfectly with our vibrant and inclusive Denver office,” said Steese. “Over the past five-plus years, I have seen tremendous growth in Denver with the office tripling in size, and I look forward to what’s to come under Aubyn’s leadership. To say I am proud of the attorneys and staff in this office is an incredible understatement.” Krulish is a member of the Corporate Services practice group who provides counsel on an extensive range of business issues to clients of all sizes from large publicly traded companies to emerging companies and startups. She primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, financing and complex commercial contracts. Her experience also extends to corporate governance, private placements and capital raises. Active in firm management, Krulish serves on the firm’s Hiring and Technology Committees. She is a Colorado native and earned her J.D. and M.S. in Legal Administration from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado. “This truly is an exciting time to be part of Armstrong Teasdale and I am honored to serve the firm in this role,” said Krulish. “I am privileged to work with an extremely talented team in our Denver office. I am dedicated to putting our people first and continuing to build this office, consistent with our firm’s strategic plan, by hiring additional valuable team members.” Women lead the firm in various other key management positions, generating significant business, assuming key roles as large client relationship partners and serving as first-chair in trials and major transactions. The first woman elected to the role of office managing attorney in the firm’s history was Kansas City Partner Karrie Clinkinbeard, who took on the position in 2016.


  • 2011: Jacob P. Whitted
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce Jacob P. Whitted in Denver will become a shareholder. A member of the firm’s Real Estate Department, Whitted’s local and national real estate practice focuses on the development, acquisition, financing, leasing and disposition of a variety of real estate asset classes, including multifamily apartment and condominium developments, senior living facilities, mixed-use, office and retail projects, and commercial and industrial properties and portfolios.
  • 2011: Webster Cash
    DENVER: Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell (WTO) is proud to announce that Webster C. Cash III ’11 has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2020. Webster C. Cash III represents sophisticated business clients in high-stakes commercial disputes nationwide. Recent successes include defending an oil and gas company in two trials with $800 million and $400 million at stake, respectively, and helping to win defense verdicts in each. Webster served as a law clerk to The Honorable Monica M. Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court and to The Honorable Arthur P. Roy of the Colorado Court of Appeals. He has also served in the Office of Legal Counsel under former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and as a communications aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Webster earned his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2011. Webster is admitted to practice law in Colorado.
  • 2012: Charles Smith
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce Charles J. Smith will become a shareholder. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department and brings a strong background in business and politics that allows him to provide forward-thinking legal advice to advance his clients’ strategic interests. His practice expertise around commercial real estate includes acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, land use and public-private-partnerships for large-scale development, redevelopment, infill, mixed-use, planned community and transit-oriented projects.

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