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Class Notes from Spring 2016
- 1966: David EricksonDavid Erickson '66 and his wife Jeanne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015 with their family at the Hamanasi Adventure Resort on the coast of Belize. Since then they have also traveled in Guatemala, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary, as well as numerous islands in the eastern and southern Caribbean. Their travels have now taken them to more than 70 countries in all parts of the world.
- 1971: Alfred HarrellOn October 17, 2015, the Sam Cary Bar Association awarded Judge Alfred Harrell the King Trimble Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual Scholarship Gala. Judge Harrell is a Denver County Court Judge and has been a member of the bench since 1985.
- 1972: Dan WhittemoreDan Whittemore still works but not for economic compensation. While employed he served as Colorado State Controller under Governor Dick Lamm, as Vice Chancellor for Business and Administration for the ten Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix, as Controller for Chicago Public Schools, as Vice President for the Colorado Community College Board, and Partner in the Leslie E. Whittemore CPA firm. His degrees from DU include business (accounting) and law. He received a masters in Theological Studies at Iliff School of Theology and has served in multiple ministerial and administrative roles. His current passion is working on issues favorable to Indigenous Peoples globally. He is actively co-facilitating a DU-OLLI class with his wife, Beth, on "Rights of Indians and Tribes."
- 1973: Stanley LipkinAfter 41 years of practice, Stan announced his retirement. He practiced family law in Denver, mostly in solo practice, one year in the firm known as Epstein, Lozow, and Lipkin, and the last 10 years as special counsel to the Law Office of Stephen J. Harhai. Stan served as chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, chair of the Metropolitan Denver Child Custody Committee, and chair of the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He helped set precedent in the published opinions of The Colorado Court of Appeals Cases: In re Marriage of Van Genderen (1985)and In re Marriage of Quam (1991), and the Colorado Supreme Court opinion Brandt v. Brandt (2012).
- 1974: Russell CarparelliFormer Court of Appeals Judge Russell Carparelli has returned to Denver from Nashville. He is serving as a mediator, arbitrator, statutory judge and special master on the panel of Conflict Resolution Services. Judge Carparelli plans to remain an active member of the bar and Inns of Court and to conduct CLEs on the subjects of mediation, negotiation, advocacy, professionalism, civility, and diversity.
- 1975: Mary EwingMary Ewing is pleased to announce the opening of her new law office - MaryEwingLaw where she will continue to offer representation to clients seeking legal redress as a result of a personal injury, divorce, worker's compensation, employment, products liability or professional negligence. Her physical offices remain at 3601 South Pennsylvania Street, Englewood, CO 80113
- 1976: John W. O'Dorisio, Jr.John W. O'Dorisio, Jr. of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America and 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers lists for his work in real estate.
- 1977: Herbert SternHerbert Stern retired from the Denver District Court, after 25 years of service, in June. He will stay busy as a Sr. Judge, mediator, traveling (Africa in April), and working as Chairman of the Board for a closely held manufacturing company based in Texas.
- 1979: Robin BarrischHi, I just wanted to let you know that my college roommate passed away May 16, 2016. Robin Barrisch graduated in 1979. I don't know how much detail you will include in her obituary listing, but here's what I know: Sunday, June 19th, 2016: o 9:15 am - burial at Mayfield Cemetery o 10:00 am - service at Berkowitz Funeral Home, Cleveland Heights, Ohio Donations may be made in Robin's name to the American Cancer Society. Thanks, Irina Donaldson (BS Chem 1979)
- 1979: Christopher CrossAfter 18 1/2 years as a county court and district court judge, Judge Cross retired from the bench--but not from working. He joined JAMS as an arbitrator/mediator/statutory judge/special master on February 8. He hopes that he will have more time and flexibility to travel, spend time with his family, and finish the historical novel on civil rights he started years ago. Chris claims his life couldn't be better.
- 1980: Jim BurghardtLast fall Jim Burghardt celebrated his 35th anniversary as John Moye's colleague at the firm John founded in 1976, a year before Jim became one of his law students at DU. Jim says: "In 2013, after serving as Managing Partner for eight years, I passed that baton to a younger and fresher soul, but I remain heavily involved in management at Moye White. My practice focus has increasingly evolved into serving as a mediator of complex business, real estate, and bankruptcy-related disputes; it is easily the most gratifying work Iâ€™ve performed in my career, and I hope to do much more of it in years ahead." Jim recently was inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation-only group of experienced mediators and arbitrators with 31 members in the State of Colorado.
- 1980: Christopher MammelChristopher Mammel is joining Merlin Law Group; a national insurance claim litigation law firm representing policyholders. Merlin Law Group is expanding its reach by establishing an office in Chicago and expanding both the Arizona and West Palm Beach, FL offices. Mammel will be joining the West Palm Beach office. Mammel has negotiated numerous multi-million dollar settlements. He is licensed in Florida, Colorado, and Illinois and has represented parties in lawsuits in more than 15 states."It doesn't get any tougher for policyholders than South Florida," said Mammel. "But insurance companies meet their match when Merlin Law Group has their back."
- 1981: Douglas R. Ferguson Douglas R. Ferguson of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America and 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers lists for his work in franchise law.
- 1981: Cheryl Hardy-MooreCheryl retired from the practice of law in July 2015 and moved with her husband Bob from their town of 33 years, Steamboat Springs, to Salida, where their son Zach, wife Amy, and two year old grandson live. Cheryl has been honored to be selected to be Salida's Municipal Judge for a two year term to commence February 2016 (a court that sits one day a month which fits in with her retirement goals perfectly). Cheryl's avocation continues to be singing and all things music and she was privileged to join with her Steamboat Springs chorus for a performance of Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International over Thanksgiving 2015 weekend.
- 1981: Peter T. MoorePeter T. Moore of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C. was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list for his work in corporate law.
- 1982: Karen K. HoilandWhere should I start? It's been nearly 35 years of practice after graduating from DU. I made it through three children and now enjoy one grandchild, while surviving it all with my husband of 40 years. But change can be good; I've started to follow my life-long dream of writing books for children and "tweens." I've published a series of "Angel Kisses" books, found on Amazon. All that legal writing may or may not have helped, I'm finding, although researching remains an interest useful in any arena. I'm still practicing but if full retirement is in the near future, having a passion for family and sharing of my faith in Jesus through children's novels holds even greater interest. I've been so very blessed and my experience at DU was part of that. Thank you!
- 1982: Doug LaubDoug has been serving the nonprofit community, including National Jewish Health, Colorado Children's Hospital, City of Hope National Medical Center, Bonfils Blood Center Foundation, Cures Within Reach, and Rocky Mountain Institute, as charitable gift planning director, VP of Development, and foundation CEO since 1983. He currently consults to nonprofits on fundraising, board development and programming matters; and assists corporate clients on strategic philanthropy and community investments and corporate social responsibility.
- 1984: Kim Curtis Kim Curtis '84, President and CEO of Denver's premier wealth management firm, Wealth Legacy Institute, wrote #1 Best-Selling book, Money Secrets: Keys to Smart Investing. Money Secrets pulls back the curtain on the financial services industry and reveals why smart people make bad financial decisions. It has gone on to win the 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award and the Independent Publisher's Award (IPPY). Wealth Legacy Institute has also been awarded as a Top Advisory Firm in Colorado by AdvisoryHQ.
- 1984: Laurence TobeyLaurence Tobey is serving a three-year tour of duty as Minister-Counselor for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, where he supervises all U.S. consular operations at Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok and Sakhalin.
- 1985: Brent KarasiukColumbia, MO â€” October 1, 2015 â€” Paige Sports Entertainment announced the naming of its new President. Brent Karasiuk is the new President for the Walton-Laurie family office and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Paige Sports Entertainment business holdings, including real estate development projects, restaurant and hotel business, and other business ventures in various locations. He serves as a director of LINCO Bancshares which is the holding company for Providence Bank, as a board member of Providence Bank and as legal advisor to the Walton-Laurie family. Brent, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been with Paige Sports Entertainment since its inception in 1999. Prior to joining Paige Sports, Brent was a partner at Holme, Roberts & Owen in Denver, CO (now merged with Bryan Cave in St. Louis) specializing in sports law, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. Brent received his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law; a Masterâ€™s degree in Sports Psychology from San Diego State University; and, in 1985, a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Physical Education from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Brent is a member of the Missouri and Colorado bar associations. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Sports Commission and a recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal â€œ40 Under 40â€ award. Brent and his wife Lori have one son and two daughters, Drake, Nicole and Kennedy.
- 1986: Elaine JohnsonOn Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Denver Law alumna Elaine Johnson, JD'86, CEO and principal owner of the Crestone Mercantile, was awarded the 2016 Philanthropic Award by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA).
- 1986: George JonesGeorge Jones, JD/MA International Studies (1986) is practicing law in Lamoni, Iowa. His practice consists of criminal defense, personal injury, family law, immigration, and litigation. For several years, George has worked with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, training lawyers and legal professionals on criminal trial practice techniques in Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico. George is married to Celeste (since 1983), and enjoys spending time with their three children and three grandchildren. He would want all of his former classmates to know that the cold Iowa winters pass much more quickly in presidential caucus years!
- 1986: Paul VaughanPaul has been appointed as an alternate Municipal Judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico
- 1989: Celeste GamacheCeleste Gamache has recently taken over as Commander for the Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and promoted to the rank of Colonel. CAP has over 1600 volunteers in Colorado, 15 aircraft, vehicles, radios, and other equipment. CAP is the official auxiliary of the US Air Force and conducts 90% of the inland search and rescue. CAP provides disaster relief support to local, state, and national agencies. CAP has a cadet program that educates youth in four main program areas â€” leadership, aerospace, fitness and character development. CAP also is active in schools and the community in aerospace and STEM activities. gocivilairpatrol.com
- 1989: Bill SchoeweBill retired from the Colorado Public Defenders Office in 2013 and is enjoying retirement usually by riding his motorcycle, playing golf and skiing. But he recently had full hip replacement surgery and has to take this ski season off to recover and recuperate. He is currently living in Colorado Springs but will be moving to Montrose at the end of February. Bill would like to hear from all his classmates; he can be found on FaceBook.
- 1989: Douglas SmithDouglas G. Smith of Boulder received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Smith has served as assistant dean of programs and engagement for the college since 2013 but previously held executive roles in the engineering and construction industries, most recently with Tetra Tech. Smith earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University and his masterâ€™s degree in civil engineering from CU-Boulder before earning his J.D. from the University of Denver in 1989.
- 1990: Nancy MurphyFor the past 12 years, Nancy and Craig have been living in Charlottesville, VA, which is a bit like Boulder insofar as they're at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and home to the University of Virginia. Nancy started working for the FCC in Washington 8 years ago and keeps an apartment on Capitol Hill for the work week, which she says is pretty great because she's able to walk to work and avoid the headache of the daily commute (they have the dubious distinction of having the longest commute time in the country). She still pinches herself sometimes as she walks through the grounds of the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, but she will always miss Denver and her good friends there! If you ever find yourself in DC or Charlottesville, please look her up.
- 1990: Gloria OlsenGloria Olsen has retired after 28 years with the Internal Revenue Service in Denver. She held a number of positions during her time there including managing the Insolvency group for 12 years and most recently managing the Advisory Estate Tax Lien group, a one of a kind group in the nation that files liens on estate businesses and farms.
- 1991: Nakisa SerryNakisa is heading up the International Legal Department of Celgene Corporation, a US Biopharmaceutical company. Based in Switzerland, but working with teams in EMEA and Asia results in much travel, in the past including visiting with Deborah Lowham '91 in Shanghai, but there is great access to skiing, hiking and nature for the time that isn't spent working!
- 1992: Bradley ShefrinBrad, who just completed his tenure as Managing Partner of Pryor Johnson Carney Karr and Nixon P.C. in Greenwood Village, Colorado, was voted to the Top 100 Colorado attorneys by Super Lawyers. Brad practices in the area of insurance defense and employment law.
- 1993: Stephanie CarterStephanie Carter continues as CEO of Wallaroo Hat Company in Boulder, Colorado. The company is now in its 17th year in business and was recently voted a "Colorado Company to Watch" by the Colorado Economic Council. Wallaroo is a provider of functional and fashionable sun protective headwear that is sold nationwide and also internationally. The company purchased a corporate headquarters in Boulder in late 2015 and recently moved their operations to the new building. Stephanie serves on the Board of the Headwear Association as well as the Board of the Boulder Ballet. She has 3 children ages, 20,17 and 14 who are all in various stages of education. She is married to Michael Carter who is an industry analyst in the energy industry.
- 1994: Peter GergelyPeter is a partner in the Denver office of Merchant & Gould P.C. His practice focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and commercial litigation.
- 1995: Anthony GiacominiAttorney Anthony L. Giacomini of Zonies Law LLC was formally inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America. Tony focuses his practice on complex litigation, including multi-state class and mass actions. He has lectured on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which expanded federal jurisdiction over many large class action lawsuits and other multiparty claims. He also represents plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury litigation. Tony plays a leadership role in the management and settlement of our pharmaceutical and medical device cases, including for our Avandia, hip, birth injuries and Actos clients. In this role, Tony manages bankruptcies and probate actions in nearly every state in the United States. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon evaluations of excellence, effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, and superior ethical reputation.
- 1998: Todd ClarkeTodd Clarke has been promoted to Vice President and General Counsel of Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC, a division of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. In his new role he leads the legal team that manages compliance, transactions, litigation, and all other legal functions. Southeast Toyota is the world's largest independent distributor of Toyota and Scion vehicles and distributes in five U.S. southeastern states: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
- 1998: Russell KempRussell Kemp, business attorney at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, has been named Governance Committee Chair and as board member at Community First Foundation.
- 1998: James WolfIn 2013, Jim took over as managing attorney for the Denver collection law firm of Stokes & Wolf, P.C. In March 2015, Mr. Wolf successfully presented oral argument before the Colorado Supreme Court in Roup v. Commercial Research, LLC. The court's holding can be found at http://caselaw.findlaw.com/co-supreme-court/1702600.html. For the past five years, Jim has served as an officer and executive board member of the Colorado Creditor Bar Association.
- 1999: Kenneth BuechlerKenneth Buechler '99 of Buechler Law Office, L.L.C. is now board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. The hippest Lodo Business Bankruptcy Lawyer with honors.
- 1999: Michael DulinMichael Dulin is a shareholder in the Denver office of Polsinelli, P.C. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He is routinely involved in matters ranging from patent infringement litigation to disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate deals implicating intellectual property issues. Mr. Dulin is the former chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and recently co-authored the Local Patent Rules for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
- 1999: Brandi PummellOn September 1, 2015, Brandi J. Pummell, joined WELLS, ANDERSON & RACE LLC, a women-owned law firm founded in 1995. The lawyers at Wells, Anderson & Race LLC are well known for their talents as trial lawyers, having represented clients in complex litigation throughout the country. The firm's litigation practice concentrates particularly on product liability, aviation, employment, civil rights defense, insurance coverage, bad faith, arson and insurance fraud, construction defect, business litigation, tort and contract disputes. Ms. Pummell's practice continues to focus on research, writing and appeals.
- 2001: Resa GilatsResa Gilats, MSLA '01 is the Intellectual Property Specialist--Patent Administrator for the University of Minnesota, Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC). Prior to the OTC, Resa served as Court Operations/Program Analyst in the Minnesota Office of the State Court Administrator working with juvenile and family court programs. She also served as Management Analyst/Lead Staff in the Colorado Office of the State Court Administrator for the Commission on Families in the Colorado Courts. Resa obtained her JD from William Mitchell College of Law in 1990 and the Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA) in 2001.
- 2001: James ZobelJames Zobel was appointed Magistrate in Denver County Court. Prior to this appointment, Magistrate Zobel had been a Denver Municipal Public Defender for 15 years. During that time, he also acted as Supervisory Attorney for Project Homeless Connect for numerous years, was a Lead Attorney for the Veterans' Stand Down Court, and acted as Lead Defense Attorney for the Denver City Attorney's Office Courts to Classroom Program. In his current position, Magistrate Zobel recently hosted the 1st Annual Cole Arts and Science Academy Mock Trial Team in which elementary school students prepare a case for trial and argue it in the courtroom setting.
- 2002: Willow ArnoldI have made Partner at my firm, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP a national law firm.
- 2002: Petra DavenportPetra (von Ziegesar) Davenport and her husband Benjamin welcomed their second daughter, Frances Alice, in November. Petra is a Senior Associate at Faust Oppenheim LLP (www.frolaw.com) and specializes in representing clients in the financial services industry. Benjamin is a pilot for Air Methods Corp., flying medical transport helicopters.
- 2002: Timothy M. SheaTimothy 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.
- 2003: Dan WartellDan is a shareholder and trial lawyer at Jones & Keller, P.C. He was recently selected as a "Top Lawyer" in the area of civil litigation by 5280 Magazine.
- 2005: Ashley WaldOn June 22, 2015, Ashley Wald (Class of 2005) and Professor Eli Wald welcomed their third child, Miriam Evaline (aka, "the tie breaker"). Miriam weighed 7 lbs 14 oz. She joins brother Ethan (age 6) and sister Dana (4) in a lovely - but noisy - household.
- 2006: Kenneth BoydKenneth Boyd is running to be Denver's next District Attorney and is committed to keeping politics out of the DA's Office. He is committed to having a public fact finding review in cases involving police fatalities, will work towards easing the tension between the community and law enforcement, and is passionate about bringing a more thoughtful approach to the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system. After graduating from the Sturm College of Law, Kenneth clerked for Judge John Daniel Dailey on the Colorado Court of Appeals before moving onto the Denver DA's Office where he has tried cases in every unit of the DA's Office, has received numerous letters of commendation for his work, and was awarded the 2014 Denver District Attorney's Office Meritorious Service Award for his successful prosecution of the murder of a local elementary school teacher.
- 2006: Nathan KunzNathan Kunz (J.D. 2006), a shareholder at national law firm Polsinelli, has been selected for inclusion in 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the category of business litigation. The distinction is limited to not more than 2.5% of lawyers in the Southwest. Nate practices in the firm's Phoenix office.
- 2007: Nelson BoyleAttorney Nelson Boyle was recently presented with the CTLA Outstanding Service Award, which is awarded to lawyers going above and beyond expectations to help CTLA. Mr. Boyle was also the recipient of CTLAâ€™s 2012 New Trial of the Year Award. Mr. Boyle currently practices civil litigation, focusing on appeals, business, insurance, and personal injury litigation at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. Mr. Boyle earned a B.A. in history from Temple University (1997), an M.A. in U.S. History from New Mexico State University (2000) and his J.D. at the University of Denverâ€™s Sturm College of Law (2007).
- 2007: Justie Nicol (Coyne)Justie Nicol, formerly Justie Coyne, has made many changes since graduating law school in 2007, including getting married, passing the Idaho bar, and working in a number of different legal fields. Most recently, Justie took over management of commercial property in Fort Collins, CO, after becoming a real estate broker. Justie has now also opened a legal office, Nicol Law Offices, LLC, working throughout the Front Range and Eastern Colorado. Justie also found her passion advocating for animals in the legal arena, and continues to teach, guest lecture, and work in outreach on animal law subjects, such as the Colorado LINK Project, and DU's Institute for Human Animal Connection.
- 2008: David HyamsFollowing a wonderful five years at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, David launched his own firm, SDG Law LLC, in September 2015. David represents religious organizations, creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and businesses.
- 2009: Erik EstradaErik Estrada was named to the Denver Business Journal's 2015 "40 Under 40" list. This award recognizes both business and philanthropic leadership. Erik is the General Counsel of the Level 3 Foundation, Inc., a Colorado nonprofit corporation, and a Senior Corporate Counsel for Level 3 Communications, Inc., a Fortune 500 company.
- 2010: Paul RupprechtPaul J. Rupprecht, JD 2010, became a Partner at the firm of Godfrey | Johnson, P.C., a Denver-based law firm that handles complex litigation throughout the central and western United States, in December 2015. Since joining the firm in 2011, Paul has expanded the firm's complex litigation practice in the engineering and aerospace arenas. Paul served as the technical and executive editor of the Transportation Law Journal while a law student and has since, continued to contribute his engineering, aviation and legal experience to the continued growth of Godfrey | Johnson, P.C. Paul's practice will continue to focus on litigation matters that require his multidisciplinary contributions.
- 2011: Andrew AstunoAndrew is currently completing an LLM in international arbitration and dispute resolution at the Georgetown University Law Center. After practicing oil and gas law with a Denver firm for several years he followed an opportunity to represent a Colorado claimant in an ongoing investor-state dispute and to refine his understanding of this specialized area of the law in a full-time LLM setting. He is happy to be on an advocacy and litigation pathway and is hopeful that international work will continue to come to Denver.
- 2011: Andrea DeFieldAndrea DeField (J.D. 2011) has joined the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP in its Miami office. Founded in 1901, Hunton & Williams LLP has more than 750 lawyers practicing from 19 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. Andrea is an associate in the firm's litigation practice, focusing on insurance counseling, coverage, and reinsurance matters. A true student of insurance law, Andrea has presented at seminars across the country on issues related to insurance coverage and bad faith and has served as Vice-Chair for the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. She has also been appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness for a three-year term beginning in August 2016.
- 2011: Todd LikmanTodd Likman (JD '11) and Ana Arnautovic (MSW '11) were married at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on September 6, 2015. Todd is practicing law at Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, P.C. in Castle Rock, Colorado. Ana is a therapist at Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colorado.
- 2012: Daniel GrahamDan Graham is now an Associate at Perkins Coie LLP in Denver. He and his wife Kelly welcomed their second daughter, Marian, in December 2015.
- 2012: Eric HobbsLitigation Attorney Relocates to Shookâ€™s Denver Office Shook, Hardy & Bacon Associate Eric Hobbs has moved to the firmâ€™s Denver office from its Kansas City, MO headquarters. Hobbs focuses his practice on high-stakes litigation, including complex business disputes, product liability and tort matters. He has defended and prosecuted claims nationwide on behalf of clients in a wide variety of industries, including the information technology, healthcare, medical/surgical device and automotive sectors, among others. He has significant experience in arbitration proceedings before the AAA and JAMS, and has also represented clients in mass tort and class action proceedings. Before joining Shook, Hobbs clerked in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, the Missouri Attorney General's Office and the Denver District Attorney's Office. Hobbs received his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2012), where he graduated in the top two percent of his class and competed on the schoolâ€™s national trial and appellate advocacy teams. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri (2009). In Denver, Hobbs joins an experienced team of commercial attorneys handling trial and appellate matters throughout the country.
- 2012: Jason KruegerJason D. Krueger (MSLA 2009, JD 2012) and Stephanie Foote (JD 2012) were married on November 7, 2015 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The two met as first year law students at DU. Mr. Krueger is a construction defect and insurance defense attorney at Stuart D. Morse & Associates, LLC; Ms. Foote is a medical malpractice, products liability, and commercial law attorney at Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, LLP.
- 2012: Brent NewmanBrent is a Program Manager with the Water Supply Planning Section of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. He served as a lead author on Colorado's Water Plan, the first statewide plan for this valuable resource. The final draft of the plan is the product of an unprecedented level of collaboration and public participation spanning two and a half years, presented to Governor Hickenlooper in November 2015. However, due to his affection for the New Orleans Saints, he miserably lost the office pick 'em pool.
- 2012: Kathryn StevensonKathryn Stevenson joined Monnat & Spurrier as an associate attorney. Stevenson is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with a Certificate in Constitutional Rights and Remedies. She is admitted to the bars of Montana, Colorado and Kansas. She earned her bachelorâ€™s degree with high honors from the University of Montana, Davidson Honors College, where she majored in political science and Spanish, with minors in international development and Latin American Studies. â€œSince law school, Kathryn Stevenson has worked for impressive criminal defense and civil rights law firms in the Denver-Boulder area providing legal research, analysis and writing for defendants in state appeals and post-conviction challenges,â€ said Dan Monnat. â€œShe also contributed to a capital defense team under the umbrella of the Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel, during which she conducted legal research, wrote memoranda and drafted motions for a state death penalty case. Aggressive research and exemplary legal writing always lay the groundwork for courtroom defense, and we are honored to have Kathryn join our litigation team.â€ While in law school Stevenson received the Hartje Objective Writing Award for excellence in persuasive writing. She also served as a legal writing teaching assistant and staff editor of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. Stevenson will be based in Lawrence, Kan., and will telecommute to Monnat & Spurrierâ€™s Wichita offices. Founded in 1985 by litigator Dan Monnat and legal scholar Stan Spurrier, Monnat & Spurrier has built an international reputation for criminal defense and appellate defense. In addition to Monnat, Spurrier and Stevenson, the firm includes two former prosecutors and a former public defender, all noted for their work in the criminal courts: Trevor Riddle, Sal Intagliata and Robb Hunter. See more at www.Monnat.com
- 2013: Joseph NorrisJoseph Norris and his wife Jennifer celebrated the birth of their first child, Adeline Joyce Norris, on January 18, 2016.
- 2014: Jacob BurgAttorney Jacob M. Burg has recently become a member of the CBA Free Arbitration Committee. He currently focuses his practice in personal injury at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. Prior to joining Burg Simpson, Mr. Burg served as a legal intern for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooperâ€™s Office of Legal Counsel. Mr. Burg obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan (2011). While attending the University of Michigan, Mr. Burg interned in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Mark Udall and served as a finance intern for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee.
- 2016: Teresa AbelTeresa Abel is the Membership Coordinator for the CBA Environmental Sustainability Program, which recognizes law practices that have taken steps to reduce energy use and resource waste. Teresa practices natural resources, energy, environmental, and federal public lands law and litigation at Lewis, Bess, Williams, and Weese P.C.