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Class Notes Through Spring 2014

1950s:

  • 1953: Alfred Sondern
    At 87 there is not much in the way of new "career" moves but I did want to report that my legal education at DU has served me extremely well. I still work with start-up companies as a way of 'giving back' and also keeping mentally active. I still sail, often singlehanded but gave up skiing at 85. Thank you DU and good luck also to those graduates that do not choose to practice but go into Management, it can be a wonderful way to use your education.
  • 1955: Harry Arkin
    Now in his 58th year since graduating from DU Law Harry recently moved his offices to the Penthouse floor at 1660 Lincoln Street, at the edge of downtown Denver, in which Building his offices have been located for over 20 years. Often asked when he will retire, his standard reply is that he doesn't understand the word "retire" and continues his practice in the areas of business transactions here and abroad, and in areas involved in and growing out of estate planning.

1960s:

  • 1966: David L. Erickson
    David L. Erickson's article on the life of prominent Denver lawyer Montgomery Dorsey (DU Law '25) is scheduled to appear in an upcoming Six of the Greatest issue of The Colorado Lawyer. David, the long time Colorado Bar Historian is the author of more than 60 published articles, stories, essays and historical studies. He is also the author of the bestseller, Early Justice and the Formation of the Colorado Bar, a CBA/CLE publication, and for the last 31 years has authored the two volume business law book, Colorado Corporate Forms, a WEST publication.
  • 1967: Harry Maclean
    Harry MacLean's new book, "The Joy of Killing," will be published next spring by Counterpoint Press. This is MacLean's first novel, and is being characterized as a "psychological thriller." His previous three books were all non-fiction novels. His first book, "In Broad Daylight," was a New York Times Bestseller for 11 weeks, won an Edgar Award, and was made into a movie starring Brian Denehey. MacLean still sits as a labor arbitrator in disputes throughout the West.

1970s:

  • 1973: Stanley Lipkin
    Stan has practiced family law for over 38 years in Denver. In 2012, he had a successful appeal in the Colorado Supreme Court in which child custody was restored to an Army Nurse Captain whose former spouse had taken custody while the service member was on active duty stationed out of state and in Iraq. (Brandt v. Brandt, 248 P.3d 406,2012 Colo. 3.
  • 1974: Beverly Quail
    Beverly Quail, class of 1974, has been appointed to the ABA Commission on Governance, and continues as chair of the Steering Committee of the ABA Nominating Committee, along with being the Colorado State Delegate.
  • 1975: Michael Burg
    Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg has been named "Lawyer of the Year" For Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America. (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Lawyers being honored as "Lawyer of the Year" are selected based on votes received during Best Lawyer’s exhaustive peer review assessments, conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving the 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.
  • 1975: Michael Burg
    Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. has been recognized as one of America's leading law firms, according to the 2014 edition of The Legal 500. For the second consecutive year, the firm ranks in the number one position as a top tier law firm and national leader for mass tort and class action plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Regarded as one of the most comprehensive worldwide guides to law firms and attorneys, The Legal 500 says, “The excellent” Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is “one of the leaders in this field” and is praised for “seeing a case through to trial if necessary.” Further, Burg Simpson shareholders Michael S. Burg and Peter W. Burg are identified as “experienced and highly capable trial lawyers” who are “absolutely devoted to their clients and practices.” In addition to being designated as a Leading Lawyer in the field of pharmaceutical mass tort, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg has also been named among America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers for the third consecutive year.
  • 1975: Alfredo Peña
    Governor John Hickenlooper reappointed Alfredo Peña to a second three year term on the Colorado State Board of Parole.
  • 1975: Ronna Wineberg
    Ronna Wineberg’s first novel, On Bittersweet Place, will be published in September 2014 by Relegation Books. On Bittersweet Place is the coming-of-age story of Lena Czernitski, a young Russian Jew whose family flees their homeland in the Ukraine after the October Revolution. The story unfolds in Chicago during the Jazz Age of the 1920’s, where Lena’s impoverished family has settled and where she must traverse the early years of adolescence and adjust to a world that is full of promise but also filled with danger. www.ronnawineberg.com. Or www.relegationbooks.com. Ronna is also the author of Second Language, a collection of short stories. "Long before the phenomenon that is Lena Dunham, Ronna Wineberg gives us the unforgettable Lena Czernitski. This incredible girl will steal your heart. She is passionate and practical, fierce but also forgiving. Wineberg's debut novel On Bittersweet Place will hold you in its gentle enthrall. A coming of age novel, an immigrant story, and an altogether moving meditation on life and the pursuit of happiness." ––Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie
  • 1976: Nora Milner
    I am proud to announce that I was selected for 2014 as a San Diego Super Lawyer, an honor I have received since 2008. I continue to practice immigration and international law in San Diego, CA with my daughter/partner, Tifany Markee, in Milner & Markee, LLP, with a second office in Palm Desert, CA. I am a Certified Specialist in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California and have successfully litigated cases in the 1st, 9th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals. At this time, I have a case pending in the 9th Circuit challenging the term "habitual drunkard" as over broad and vague. Our firm has also recently expanded into the transportation field handling cases of cabotage and C-TPAT, both programs with the federal government and international transportation. I just published my second novel, "Flowers on Stone," and remain busy with family and riding/showing my horse.
  • 1977: Perry Goorman
    PERRY L. GOORMAN, (JD 1977), with law offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado and Scottsdale, Arizona, announces that he was recently elected to be a member of the board of directors of the Scottsdale Bar Association.
  • 1978: Russell Frye
    Russ Frye will be co-chairing the 2013 Fall Administrative Law Conference of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, which will be held in Washington, DC. DU Law alums with ideas for topics of interest should feel free to contact me. I also have the pleasure of spending time now and then with Elaine Ulrich, who was born three months after our classmate Jeanie Ulrich graduated, and who now has a Ph.D. in physics and helps the Department of Energy identify promising solar energy technology development projects.
  • 1979: Bruce Deadman
    Bruce Deadman was honored as the 2014 recipient of the State Bar of Wisconsin's WisLAP Volunteer Of The Year Award at the State Bar's Annual Convention on June 26. WisLAP (The Wisconsin Lawyer's Assistance Program) provides confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law students and their families in coping with alcoholism and other addictions, depression,anxiety,work/life balance and other issues related to the stress of practicing law. Photo caption: Wisconsin Bar President Pat Fiedler, Bruce Deadman, WisLAP Executive Director Linda Albert and State Bar Board of Governor's Chair Sherry Coley
  • 1979: Norman Meyer
    The International Journal for Court Administration has just published Norman Meyer's article, "Social Media in the Courts, a Practical Guide for Court Administrators" (http://www.iacajournal.org/index.php/ijca/issue/view/16). Norman will be serving as faculty at several national and international conferences on this topic later this year.
  • 1979: Joyce Seelen
    I am in Reno, Nevada studying to take the bar examination while my husband, Ben, explores for gold. For the last 6 years I prosecuted criminal cases, mainly child sex abuse cases, as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney on the Big Island of Hawaii. Before moving to Hawaii, I practiced abuse of trust civil litigation in Denver.
  • 1979: Gary Wilkerson
    The Minnesota State Bar Association announces the recertification of Gary C Wilkerson, Wilkerson & Hegna PLLP, as an MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist. This Certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification. The certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous approval process, including an examination in the specialty area, peer review, and documented experience. Certified attorneys have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity in their specific field and can use the designation of specialist to advertise their credentials. The MSBA has been accredited as an independent professional organization for certifying attorneys as Criminal Law Specialists, Real Property Law Specialists, Civil Trial Law Specialists and Labor and Employment Law Specialists. This achievement has been earned by fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys. More information about Certified Legal Specialists is at http://www2.mnbar.org/certify. With over 16,000 members, the MSBA is the state's largest and most influential voluntary organization of attorneys, providing continuing legal education and public service opportunities for lawyers, and assistance to the legal system. The MSBA has been accredited as an independent professional organization for certifying attorneys as Real Property Law Specialists since 1988.

1980s:

  • 1980: Dolores Atencio
    The National Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP," Chicago, Ill) has accepted an article written by Dolores S. Atencio entitled, "The Super Majority: The Status of Latina Lawyers in the United States." Atencio recently completed her year as Scholar in Residence for the Community Based Research Program at the University of Denver-Colorado Women's College where she completed research on the earliest Latina lawyers she first started in 1993. Her article will appear in the September 2014 journal of the IILP.
  • 1980: Peter Burg
    Peter Burg has been made a member of the prestigious Melvin M. Belli Society. The society, named after one of America's most famous trial lawyers, is committed to promoting the international exchange of ideas among lawyers through meetings and education. Peter is one of only three other lawyers in Colorado who are currently members of this elite group.
  • 1980: Peter Burg
    Regarded as one of the most comprehensive worldwide guides to law firms and attorneys, The Legal 500 has recommended Peter Burg as a national leader for mass tort and class action plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Burg Simpson shareholders Michael S. Burg and Peter W. Burg are identified as "experienced and highly capable trial lawyers" who are "absolutely devoted to their clients and practices."
  • 1981: Amy Clark
    Proving that old dogs really can learn new tricks, Amy J. Clark has just completed her first semester toward a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Graduate School of international Policy and Management, in Monterey, CA. Classes have included Intro to Conflict Resolution, Seminar: Non-State Armed Groups in Conflict Resolution, and International Negotiations. Spring Classes guaranteed to keep the cobwebs at Bay, are: Development Theory and Practice, Rethinking Human Rights; Culture and Conflict;and Seminar: Conflict and Peace Building in Divided Societies. Extracurricular activities have included beachcombing, sea lion rescues and sculling out of Santa Cruz Harbor.
  • 1981: Laurie Hunter
    I was recognized for 30 years' of contributions to CBA-CLE programs and publications by receiving the Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence at the December 3, 2012 CBA-CLE Reception.
  • 1981: Laurie Hunter
    Laurie received the Sterling R. Ambler Award from the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, recognizing her many years of work on Section committees and other projects.
  • 1981: Leesa McNeil
    I was appointed by the Iowa governor to the Iowa State Preserves Advisory Board in 2012. Working with other Iowa court professionals to complete implementation of e-filing for all cases filed in state court.
  • 1981: Barbara Rushing O'Cain
    Barbara is the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management for Alliance Hospitality Management LLC, a hotel and resort management company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Additionally, she maintains her mediation practice specializing in the resolution of education, workers compensation, and employment disputes. Barbara returns to Colorado at least annually to visit friends and to ski, and she continues to travel the world extensively.
  • 1983: Jean Arnold
    Arnold & Arnold Attorneys at Law, LLP in Littleton, Colorado is celebrating 20 years in practice. Jean Arnold and her husband Rich Arnold, CU Law '83, started A&A in July 1994. They have grown the practice to include 5 attorneys plus professional staff - employing 13 people. Jean focuses her practice on construction law and real estate and Rich focuses on family law, elder law, estate planning and administration. Terry Ehrlich, DU Law '83, joined the practice in December 1994 and became a partner in January 2001. Terry focuses on collections, bankruptcy and is a trained mediator and family law facilitator. Jean and Terry met at DU Law where they were study buddies and moot court partners.
  • 1983: Dan Cartin
    I have been an attorney with the Office of Legislative Legal Services, the non-partisan legal staff for the Colorado General Assembly, since 1989 and was appointed director of the Office in September, 2010. In December, 2011, I received my masters degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. I live in Lafayette, with my wife, Yvonne, and our two daughters.
  • 1983: Alan Sweetbaum
    Classmate Marla Music and I are almost empty nesters (Ben 24 & Lizzy 21) and I am a founding partner of Sweetbaum Sands Anderson, a commercial litigation and real estate firm in downtown Denver.
  • 1984: Laurence Tobey
    Laurence Tobey has completed three years as United States Consul General in Ankara, Turkey, where he was responsible for consular operations in Istanbul, Adana and Izmir as well as Ankara. He was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor in April 2014. He will return to Washington, DC for a year of training before beginning his final assignment in Moscow.
  • 1985: Joseph Fichter
    After returning to the mainland in 2011 from ten wonderful years in Hawaii, I sat for and passed the Oregon bar in 2012. On January 2, 2013, I officially opened my new practice in Medford, Oregon, working primarily in the areas of domestic relations, civil litigation and mediation.
  • 1985: Allan Hale
    Allan Hale and Richard Westfall (both class of 1985) formed Hale Westfall LLP in 2010 and they are having great fun practicing together. In the Fall of 2011, they represented Republican interests in congressional redistricting. Although the Democrats' final redistricting plan was adopted by the Courts, all four incumbent Republican Congressmen were re-elected in 2012. More recently, they presented the State of Colorado's case in the national tobacco arbitration where the tobacco companies are trying to take back a major portion of Colorado's tobacco settlement payments, and represented 33 States in a major procedural battle involving the arbitration's unique proceedings. Allan recently won an important case in the Colorado Supreme Court regarding private takings. Richard was active in the 2012 election as counsel for the Colorado Republican Party and a co-chair of Lawyers for Romney. Richard is also General Counsel for the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority.
  • 1985: Ron Eagleye Johnny
    Ron has retired after serving more than 24 years as a tribal trial and appeals court judge for Tribes. While enjoying the work of a drug court judge and administrator, Ron preferred the appeals court. Ron served as the Chief Justice (2001-2003) and eight years as an Associate Justice of the Colorado River Indian Tribes' [of Arizona and California] Court of Appeals. Ron participated in deciding the Water Wheel Camp Recreational Area, Inc. and Robert Johnson v. LaRance, et al., case which upheld the tribal trial court's order or eviction, piercing the corporate veil, and a judgement of more than a million dollars. The Ninth Circuit upheld the tribal Appeals Court decision, and quoted it favorably. See Nos. 09-17349 and 09-17357 (9th Cir., June 10, 2011). Ron lives on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation northeast of Reno, Nevada.
  • 1986: Paul Vaughan
    My wife and I live in Las Cruces, NM where I retired from the New Mexico Public Defender department. I still work part time on a contract basis for Las Cruces Municipal Court as a public defender. As we are both mostly retired, we travel a lot. Her children and grandchildren live in Portland, Oregon and mine live in Loveland, Colorado. I would love to hear from my classmates. Paul88046@aol.com
  • 1987: Don Parker
    Learning a lot, and getting much satisfaction from my solar electric panel installation business, Golden Solar, www.GoldenSolar.net. Glad to have an extraordinary master electrician and wonderful dedicated employees inspiring my faith in the younger generation. Not practicing law much, but keeping my license. Best to all my classmates.
  • 1988: David Allen
    Was appointed District Director, Employee Benefits and Health, in November 2012 for City College of Chicago.
  • 1989: Tim Tomasik
    Founded a new firm in Chicago,Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC. After decades with one of the greats of Chicago law, Clifford Law Offices partner Tim Tomasik now is joining forces with former Corboy & Demetrio partners Dan Kotin and Shawn Kasserman to build a practice proudly dedicated to representing the interests of those seriously injured or killed as the result of wrongful conduct. Tim, 49, is nationally known for having successfully tried and settled over $150 million dollars of complex cases on behalf of his clients during his tenure at Clifford Law Offices. He began his career at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, trying a number of high-profile murder and sexual assault cases as a member of the Bureau of Special Prosecutions. Tim has developed the reputation as a most versatile trial lawyer, handling construction, trucking and medical malpractice cases. In his Aviation practice, he successfully handled a number of notable crashes, including his work for several years as one of the lead attorneys in the World Trade Center litigation against the airlines surrounding the security breaches that led to the tragic 9/11 hijackings and air crashes that settled for $1.2 billion in 2011.

1990s:

  • 1992: Marianne (Marshall) Tims
    Marianne Tims has been a district court Magistrate in the First Judicial District since February 2004 and the chief Magistrate since 2006. This year she has received the Judicial Excellence Award as Magistrate of the Year through the Colorado Judicial Institute. She will be honored at the awards dinner on November 12, 2014.
  • 1992: Eric Hilty
    Eric is the Chief Legal Officer of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is based out of Denver. He is thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic organization. Eric just finished his term as the Colorado Chapter President for the Association of Corporate Counsel and remains on the board.
  • 1992: Floy Jeffares
    Joined the firm Donelson Ciancio & Grant P.C. in late 2012. DCG is a full service law firm with offices in Broomfield and Longmont. Floy is handling business and real estate matters with the firm's transactional group. Floy has previously practiced as in-house counsel with large banks and, most recently, gained experience on the business side as commercial loan and lease work-out officer. Floy is now putting her diverse banking, legal and business experience to work for her small business and transactional clients. Floy is also a board member of Ralston House, a Jefferson County-based organization that serves children who experience abuse.
  • 1993: Chris Hardaway
    Back in Afghanistan with United Nations this time. Rule of law in the southern region. hardaway600@gmail.com.
  • 1994: L. Shawn Cheadle
    The last year has been a wild run for Shawn Cheadle, class of 1994. He was honored in April 2013 by the Denver Business Journal for one of its Best Corporate Counsel Awards. He was honored in May 2013 by Lockheed Martin for outstanding achievement for legal work performed under the GPS III government contract, where Cheadle succesfully argued a $62M request for equitable adjustment. After completing nine years of service to ACC Colorado's Board (President 2007) and four years on ACC's Law Department Management Committee (Chair 2011), Cheadle was elected to ACC's global Board of Directors in October 2012. That month, he was also awarded the Outstanding Committee Member of the Year award by ACC for excellence in volunteer services. In July 2012, Cheadle was named General Counsel to the Military Space line of business within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. He and Lora (Plank) Cheadle, class of 1994, celebrate 18 years of marriage this year, and live with their two boys in Littleton, Colorado.
  • 1994: Nicholas Panos
    Following my matriculation from the University of Denver, I was hired in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where I had served as a paid intern during the previous summer. After two years total service to that division, I engineered a transfer to the Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C. where I am now a Senior Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acqusitions. In addition, I teach "Takeovers, Mergers & Acqusitions" as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. This past March, I had the great pleasure of skiing Jackson Hole with former classmate and friend Brian Lewandowski ('94) and Matt White ('06).
  • 1994: Steve Tempelman
    Steve has been named Senior Director, Labor & Employment Counsel at IHS, a global information company with world-class experts in the pivotal areas shaping today’s business landscape: energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management. IHS employs more than 8,000 people in more than 31 countries around the world.
  • 1995: Robert Wonnett
    Recently retired as the Vice Chancellor of Student Success at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and completed a Ph.D in Architecture and Planning from the University of Colorado Denver. I am enjoying retirement by traveling, researching, and consulting on the legal relationship between architectural design, public speech, public space, and public fora.
  • 1996: Gordon Gallagher
    On October 12, 2012, Gordon was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado. Gordon will serve in Grand Junction, Colorado.
  • 1997: Margaret (P.J.) Webb
    http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/06/17/3115538/pj-webb-cambria-marine-sanctuary.html Cambria attorney is new chairwoman of marine sanctuary advisory council For the first time since the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary was formed 20 years ago, the chairperson of the agency’s citizen Advisory Council is from the sanctuary’s southern end. The marine preserve stretches 276 coastline miles from Cambria to Marin County. Cambria resident Margaret “P.J.” Webb, an attorney, was unanimously elected to the post on April 25. Sanctuary superintendent Paul Michel said Monday in an email interview that Webb is an “excellent choice for chair,” bringing to the office “a fair and balanced approach to council deliberations and advice to the superintendent. She has been a committed and tireless representative of the southern region of the sanctuary.” The sanctuary’s council coordinator Sara Hutto said Webb was a shoo-in for the office. “P.J. is one of the most devoted members we have on our council, so we really value her leadership role.” Webb practices public-interest law, focusing primarily on marine conservation and wildlife advocacy. She’s been an at-large representative on the sanctuary council since 2004 and received a National Marine Sanctuaries Volunteer of the Year award in 2011. She worked with the Marine Sanctuary Alliance to develop strategies to protect the Central Coast from offshore oil drilling and served as a liaison for the Marine Interest Group, a panel of countywide stakeholders collaborating on issues ranging from coastal business and tourism to water quality concerns. Webb also is known throughout the Central Coast for her advisory, outreach, education and rescue efforts on behalf of The Marine Mammal Center, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Coastal Discovery Center and the Women’s Community Center. She’s a past president of the county’s Women Lawyers Association. Webb said in an email that she’s “very excited” about her new challenge, which “allows me an opportunity to represent the southern end of the sanctuary and advocate for continued and enhanced protection for our natural coastal resources. As the sanctuary approaches an update of the management plan review, I look forward to being a proponent for issues that are important to our community and our region.” She noted, “There are new initiatives and projects that reflect our local concerns. Public input brought concern over seismic acoustic testing impacts, resulting in a new NOAA initiative on ocean noise strategy. “Another effort being launched is the new recreation and tourism working group to connect local businesses to the sanctuary and bring information that will benefit our recreation and tourism businesses.” Webb lauded her predecessors Chet Forrest and Ron Massengill, along with “local volunteers who work tirelessly monitoring our beaches, sampling our water quality and educating visitors and local residents and their children.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oversees U.S. marine sanctuaries, among many other responsibilities. For more about the Monterey Bay preserve, go to http://montereybay.noaa.gov. It is one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the United States and is larger than Yellowstone National Park. Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/06/17/3115538/pj-webb-cambria-marine-sanctuary.html#storylink=cpy
  • 1998: Kenny Capps
    Kenny and his wife, Murphy are making their son and daughter fight for bathroom time. They're expecting in June! Kudzu Branding & Design, a creative advertising agency co-owned my Kenny and Murphy Capps in beautiful Asheville, NC, is in its third year of existence. Kudzu just made room for more clients and increased their production and office space.
  • 1998: Justin Constantine
    Justin launched his inspirational speaking business in 2012 and has already started to get a lot of traction. Based on his recovery after being shot in the head in Iraq, Justin's topics include the positive aspects of change, overcoming adversity, teamwork and the power inside each of us. Corporate clients include Humana, Aon, Exeter Finance and Pure Fishing, and Justin was recently interviewed on CNN and Fox News about issues related to veterans and wounded warriors. He was also the commencement speaker at the December graduation ceremony at James Madison University. Check out his website at www.justinconstantine.com.
  • 1999: Carol (Retseck) Leirer
    Carol Retseck Leirer has joined The Law Center P.C. in Highlands Ranch, CO as Of Counsel. Carol's practice focuses on DUI/Criminal Defense, Juvenile Delinquency, Family Law/Domestic, and Business Planning. She is also a CFI. Carol is a member of the Colorado Women's Bar Association and Co-President of the CISV Rocky Mountain Denver Chapter, a global non-profit that promotes peace and cultural diversity.
  • 1999: Michael Switzer
    Michael Switzer has started his own private practice, the Switzer Family Office, llc.

2000s:

  • 2000: Tracy Kraft-Tharp
    Tracy Kraft-Tharp was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives for House District 29 (Arvada & Westminster) in November 2012. Tracy works as a consultant with small businesses and nonprofits helping build their infrastructure and capacity and as a project manager for grant projects. Tracy also graduated from DU in 1984 with her MSW.
  • 2001: Britten Hale
    Partner at Springman, Braden, Wilson & Pontius, P.C., litigating for landlords, management companies, REITS, and HOAs throughout Colorado.
  • 2001: Iwan Hermawan
    Has new assignment as Head of Juanda International Airport Customs & Excise Office in Sidoarjo (Surabaya)-East Java-Indonesia, since February 2013. After 4 years service as Deputy Director for Regional Cooperation (responsible for any customs related issues of international negotiation, meeting or forum Indonesia involved) in International Affairs Directorate of Indonesian Customs & Excise Services Headquarter, Jakarta & another 2 years experience previously as Deputy Director for Investigation in Riau Islands Indonesian Customs regional Office (which is located in Karimun island, a tiny island on Malacca Strait).
  • 2001: TJ Maxfield
    TJ Maxfield ('01) and Emily Kreutz Maxfield ('01) are building a memorial playground in honor of their 3-year-old Caroline, who was killed in a car accident last summer involving Emily's entire extended family while on vacation. TJ & Emily have 2 surviving children, Casey (9) and Robby (7). Caroline was an amazing spirit whose love will continue to light this world. Donations towards the playground may be made payable to The Maxfield Family Fund, c/o Front Range Bank, 3594 S. Logan Street, Englewood, CO 80113. Donations are NOT tax deductible.
  • 2001: Gary Schleuger
    Gary Schleuger (BSBA 1985; JD 2001) has relocated from Washington DC to Scottsdale AZ to take on additional duties in the General Counsel's office at Universal Technical Institute Inc.(NYSE: UTI). Gary is currently Vice President for Government Affairs and Assistant General Counsel at UTI, where he manages the company's federal affairs work in Washington and also serves as in-house counsel in the corporate headquarters in Scottsdale. Additionally, Governor Jan Brewer has appointed Gary to serve as a Commissioner to the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE). The mission of the ACPE is to expand access and increase successes in postsecondary education for Arizonans. ACPE's goals are: to increase available student financial assistance; to identify and implement strategies to help students and families plan, enter and succeed in postsecondary education, and to provide a forum for all sectors of postsecondary education to work together on addressing and solving issues of mutual interest. Additionally, Gary continues to serve on the Daniels College of Business Alumni Advisory Board.
  • 2001: Peter Schreck
    Peter recently joined Flint Group, the global supplier of inks and consumable products to the newspaper and printing industry as their Senior Corporate Counsel - Americas. He works in the company's Plymouth, Michigan world headquarters and is responsible for all the company's legal matters in North and South America. His practice includes, international, corporate, finance, litigation, commercial real estate, environmental, and Superfunds. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ann and their two daughters and traveling.
  • 2002: James Chandler
    James W. Chandler is the owner of the Law Office of James W. Chandler, P.A. In Naples Florida. His practice focuses on State and Federal Criminal Defense, as well as Marital and Family Law, and Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency cases. For the second year in a row Mr. Chandler has been named to Rising Stars by Florida SuperLawyers Magazine. He also serves as the President of the Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • 2002: Philip Hundl
    Managing Partner of regional firm, Wadler, Perches, Hundl & Kerlick, covering the Texas gulf coast, Houston and surrounding areas. I enjoy saltwater fishing with my family and making our way back to Colorado, as often as possible, to ski and escape the Texas heat and humidity in the summer.
  • 2003: Linda Phillips
    Linda Phillips is on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center assisting them in efforts to increase employee ownership through worker cooperatives and ESOPs. As the owner of Phillips Law Offices LLC, Linda has become a specialist in cooperative law, helping to create and advise agricultural, utility, water, worker, producer, marketing and other forms of cooperatives using Colorado flexible cooperative statutes.
  • 2004: Rachel Beard (Leone)
    Rachel Leone and Mark Beard were married September 1, 2013 in Golden, Colorado. Mark is a Surety Agent. Rachel accepted a position in January 2014 as the IV-d Magistrate in Weld County hearing child support and paternity matters. Jack, her son who was a preschooler during law school, will be entering his Sophomore year in high school this fall.
  • 2004: Catarina Williams
    After working as in-house counsel at the University of Miami, entertainment law in Los Angeles, and consulting at Baker & McKenzie, in Caracas, Venezuela, Catarina drew upon the international law courses at DU, as well as her practical work experience, to launch her own education startup in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year marks the 4th official year as a formal organization for the League of Creative Minds. The League of Creative Minds has most recently caught the attention of Stanford University where the League directors now hold classes for their young and aspiring delegates year-round. Catarina, along with her husband, are the proud parents of two year old Xanti.
  • 2005: Roger Birdbear
    2005: Roger Birdbear. By the Negotiated Rulemaking Act of 1996, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar in 2011 appointed Roger Birdbear to the Indian Oil Valuation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, concluding in September 2013. In general, the committee advised the Office of Natural Resources Revenue on a rulemaking to address Indian oil valuation as it relates to the major portion requirement in Indian oil leases. ONRR acknowledged "the language that would preserve the higher payments for tribal members whose lessees produced more valuable oil was largely due to the participation of Roger Birdbear on the committee that developed the rule."
  • 2005: John Buckley
    In addition to maintaining my criminal defense practice, I was re-elected as the Chair of the Arapahoe County Democratic Party.
  • 2005: Donald Emmi
    When you’re facing a legal problem—whether a personal injury, business dispute, business organization and development, employment issues, or real estate issue—you need a law firm that you can count on. At Hunsaker | Emmi, P.C., we believe that we are that firm. You can trust that we will treat your issue as if it were our own. You can feel confident that we will use our experience, creativity, and dedication to solve your problems and provide you relief. Call or email us anytime at our Golden, Colorado office to learn how we can help you. Be sure to check out our website at hunsakeremmi.com
  • 2005: Susan Ryan (Curtis)
    Susan became a partner at Ryley Carlock & Applewhite. Susan practices in the firm's water law group and represents municipalities and water and sanitation districts in state and federal court. She was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
  • 2006: Stephanie Cegielski
    Stephanie was recently named Vice President, Public Relations for the New York City based Public Relations Society of America.
  • 2006: Stephanie Reid
    I have relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming and working as a Landman for Cameco Resources.
  • 2006: Kelle Thomas
    After almost 8 years as a public defender in Pueblo, Kelle Thomas left the Public Defenders office to spend more time with her husband and 18 month old daughter, Abbé. She was recently hired as a Magistrate (half time) for the Tenth Judicial District and will begin on August 11.
  • 2007: Kristine Poston
    Kutak Rock LLP welcomes Kristine Poston, class of 2007, to the 13-person team of attorneys in the Denver real estate group where she will advise clients with respect to the financing, acquiring, selling and leasing of commercial real estate.
  • 2007: Michael Sias
    Michael Sias (JD 2007, MBA 2008) was recently promoted to Director of Corporate Development and Legal at ESO Solutions located in Austin, Texas. Michael's role includes legal, strategy, business development, and sales operations for the software company.
  • 2007: Reeves Whalen
    Reeves D. Whalen, an attorney with the Burg Simpson law firm, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Inner City Health Center. Inner City Health Center is Denver's premier organization providing critical medical, dental, and counseling care to the underserved of the Denver community and currently serves over 20,000 patients. Seventy nine percent of their patients are uninsured, 53% are below the federal poverty line, 26% are children, and 64% of individuals are women. Speaking of his appointment, Mr. Whalen expressed both enthusiasm and gratitude, “I’m humbled by their interest in having me serve. This organization provides care to those most in need; the ones who can’t get help anywhere else. When asked to get involved, I couldn’t say no – it’s the right thing to do.”
  • 2009: Ben Figa
    Ben Figa recently joined the Office of Legal Counsel for Governor John W. Hickenlooper, where he provides legal advice to the Governor, his staff, and his cabinet and conducts due diligence on judicial nominees. Prior to this position, he previously served as a Deputy District Attorney for the 20th Judicial District (Boulder), an associate at Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C., and a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Michael L. Bender.

2010s:

  • 2010: Patricia Blomstrom
    Patricia Blomstrom, class of 2010, joined the 12-person team of attorneys in the Denver real estate group at the national law firm Kutak Rock LLP where she will focus her practice on all aspects of commercial property acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing, leasing and management.
  • 2010: Eileen Joy
    Lt. Eileen Joy recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan where she worked on the Rule of Law mission while attached to the Joint Legal Center, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435. After completing her current tour at Naval Base Kitsap - Bangor, Washington as the Deputy Region Staff Judge Advocate she will rotate to Naples, Italy in August 2014.
  • 2010: J.D. Schneider
    J.D. Schneider has joined Faegre Baker Daniels in Denver as an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group. J.D. previously clerked in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado for the Hon. Michael J. Watanabe and the Larimer County District Court for the Hon. Stephen E. Howard.
  • 2011: Patrick Hutchinson
    Patrick has recently launched a new company called Red's Shed (www.RedsShed.com). Red's Shed is a Colorado-based peer-to-peer rental community connecting people who need an item, with those who have it available to rent. Perfect for weekend do-it-yourselfers, hobbyists, first time homeowners and people just like you. Red's Shed is currently focused on the Denver/Boulder market but hopes to expand to the West Coast in 2015.
  • 2011: Jennifer Longtin
    Jennifer Longtin has struck out on her own at The Law Office of Jennifer E. Longtin, LLC. She handles Criminal Law, Appeals, Post-Conviction Work, Family Law, and many other legal issues. Jennifer is also continuing her work for low-income clients through work with the Office of Alternate Defense Counsel, and various low-pay slow-pay lists throughout the metro area.
  • 2012: Jason Krueger
    Jason Krueger joined the law firm of Ritsema & Lyon, P.C. Mr. Krueger's practice focuses on defense of workers' compensation cases, business law, and liquor licensing. Mr. Krueger was recently engaged to Stephanie Foote (J.D. 2012), who he met his first year at DU.
  • 2012: Aaron Neptune
    Began a judicial clerkship in November 2012 with the Honorable Judge Charles M. Pratt in Colorado's 18th Judicial District.
  • 2013: Allison Altaras
    After completing a yearlong clerkship with Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court, Allison Altaras will join the Denver Natural Resources Section of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in September. She also serves on the Associate's Advisory Board of the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation.
  • 2013: Elisabeth Hutchinson
    Liz Hutchinson currently serves as an appellate law clerk to Judge John R. Webb of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Her clerkship concludes in August 2014, at which time she will begin a one-year clerkship with Justice William W. Hood, III of the Colorado Supreme Court. Following her term at the Colorado Supreme Court, Liz will serve as a law clerk to Judge Gregory A. Phillips of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
  • 2013: Cassandra Kirsch
    Cassandra Kirsch, class of 2013, has been invited to present her research on grey hat hacking and the law at the 2014 NKU Law+ Informatics Symposium on Cyber Defense Strategies and Responsibilities for Industry. Her paper titled "Grey Hat Hacking: Reconciling Law with Cyber Reality" will be published in a forthcoming edition of the 2014 NKU Law Review. She currently works as a law clerk for the National Conference of State Legislatures Ethics Center and the Information Technology and Telecommunications Law and Policy research division.
  • 2013: Joseph Norris
    Joe Norris and Jennifer Shoemaker were married May 25, 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas. Jennifer is a kindergarten teacher for Denver Public Schools and specializes in English as a second-language. Joe (JD 2013) now practices water rights litigation and local government law at the firm of Collins Cockrel & Cole, P.C. in Denver, CO.
  • 2013: Kira Suyeishi
    Kira Suyeishi will be joining Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC. Prior to joining the firm, Kira served as an appellate law clerk to Chief Judge Alan M. Loeb on the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • 2014: Charles Mendez
    Charles Mendez won the Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition. This national, peer-reviewed competition is administered and overseen by the Notre Dame Law School, to which Charles submitted his paper on autonomy in the attorney-client relationship.


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