Animal Law Firm Expands Staff, New Uniform Rules for Livestreaming Proceedings

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Law Firm Updates

North American law firm Ogletree Deakins announced April 11 that Marielle Moore joined the firm’s Denver office as of counsel. Moore has experience representing employers in all stages of litigation from severance negotiations to assisting clients with employment needs. Moore specializes in avoiding and when necessary, defending claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Moore advised clients on complex health regulations to keep businesses healthy. 

Labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips announced April 11 that Vance Knapp joined the firm as of counsel in the firm’s Denver office. Knapp has 20 years of litigation experience, focusing on representing employers in federal and state court litigation and administration proceedings. At Fisher Phillips, Knapp will defend clients through all aspects of employment litigation. Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Knapp was a partner at Armstrong Teasdale. 

The Animal Law Firm announced April 12 the addition of two associate attorneys, Cerridwyn Nordstrom and Emily Ann Hynes to the firm’s team of lawyers dedicated to animal justice. Nordstrom is a legally blind attorney based in Colorado who uses a guide dog. As a guide dog owner, Nordstrom is passionate about service dogs and will focus on issues related to service animals. Hynes joined ALF with a degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and has advocated for animals’ legal rights and has experience in solving landlord and tenant issues when animals are involved and assisting pet owners in complying with local ordinances.

National law firm Husch Blackwell announced April 12 that Bruce Fowler joined the firm’s Denver office as a partner in its financial services and capital markets industry group. Fowler was a former certified public accountant and has experience helping clients with complex estate and tax planning services. Fowler’s clients consist of investors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists with significant legal needs. 

Butler Snow announced April 13 the firm entered a strategic partnership with Maynor & Stiers LLC, a lobbyist group based in Washington D.C. that represents clients on governmental matters. 

The Judiciary 

On April 12, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright signed Chief Justice Directive 23-02, requiring judicial officers to livestream certain proceedings in criminal cases subject to staffing and technological limitations. Disruptive viewers could be expelled or muted without warning and be subject to contempt proceedings. Any recording, screenshots or photos of proceedings is prohibited without permission from the court. The CJD will go into effect May 15. 


Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell announced April 10 it was ranked among the Top 50 firms in the U.S. for client service by BTI Consulting in its Client Service A-Team 2023 report. WTO noted the report highlights the 200 firms that perform better than 70% of all law firms.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced April 13 that Kati Rothgery, the firm’s conflicts and ethics counsel, joined the board of directors of Emmaus Catholic Hospice, an organization that provides Catholic home hospice care, support and education. 

Linden Law Partners announced Pat Linden was recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers. Linden was named for his work in mergers and acquisitions. 

Werge Law Group announced Tom Werge was named on the 2023 list of Colorado Super Lawyers for his work in business litigation, and Greg Corbin was named to the 2023 Colorado Rising Stars list for his work in business and corporate law. 

Sherman & Howard announced 22 of its attorneys were recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers. Rebecca Fischer and Gordon “Skip” Netzorg were listed on the Top 10 in Colorado for their work in real estate and alternative dispute resolution, respectively, with Fischer also being named among the Top 50 women. Jordan Fox was named to the Top 100 for his work in family law. The 2023 Colorado Rising Stars list recognized Kathryn DeVries for family law and Beth Ann Lennon for employment and labor. The firm announced 2023 Super Lawyers honorees included: Joe Krabacher for Real Estate, Ray Deeny – Labor & Employment, Joseph Bronesky – Professional Liability: Defense, Jessica Broderick – Estate & Probate, Robert Brown – Real Estate, Christian Hendrickson – Business Litigation, Garth Jensen – Securities & Corporate Finance, Jeff Kesselman – Business/Corporate, Peter Koclanes – Business Litigation, Christopher Koenigs – Business Litigation, Jim Sawtelle – Intellectual Property Litigation, Richard Tegtmeier – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Marte Timmers – Family Law, Katie Varholak – Insurance Recovery, Mark Williams – Business Litigation and David Wilson – Business Litigation.

Sheridan Ross announced eight of the firm’s attorneys were listed on the 2023 list of Colorado Super Lawyers for intellectual property including Scott Bialecki, Todd Blakely, Aaron Bradford, Rob Brunelli, Matt Holohan, Joe Kovarik, Bart Starr and Miriam Trudell. Brunelli, on top of being recognized as a Super Lawyer, was named to the Top 100 attorney list. Kendria Pearson and Alex Ruge were named to the 2023 Colorado Rising Stars list. 

Shook, Hardy & Bacon announced Eric Hobbs was named to the 2023 list of Colorado Super Lawyers for his work in business litigation. 

Ireland Stapleton announced eight of its attorneys were recognized by Super Lawyers.  Rebecca Almon, James Benjamin, Russell Kemp, Kelley Duke, K.C. Groves,  Michelle Ferguson and Julie Walker were named to the 2023 list of Colorado Super Lawyers. James Silvestro was included on the 2023 Colorado Rising Stars list. 

Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC announced two lawyers were recognized on the 2023 list of Colorado Super Lawyers: Steven Heisdorffer and David McLain, both for construction litigation. Morgan Simpson was also recognized for construction litigation on the 2023 Colorado Rising Stars list.

Jones & Keller, P.C. announced Stuart Bennett, Reid Godbolt,  Brad Hamilton, Howard Kenison, Lawrence Lee, Christopher Mills, Cyrus Rajabi, Nicole Westbrook and David Zisser were selected as 2023 Colorado Super Lawyers. Blaine Bengtson was selected as a 2023 Colorado Rising Star. 

Woods Aitken LLP announced Alvin Cohen, Daniel Gross and Joel Heusinger were all named to the 2023 Colorado Super Lawyers list for their work in construction litigation. 

Ridley McGreevy Winocur announced Patrick Ridley, Kevin McGreevy, Fredric Winocur, Kristen Frost, David Tenner, Robert Fishman and Patrick Burke were selected as 2023 Colorado Super Lawyers with Ridley, McGreevy and Winocur also being named to the Top 100. Shanelle Kindel was selected as a 2023 Colorado Rising Star. 

BarrADR announced Robbie Meripol Barr was named to the 2023 Colorado Super Lawyers list for his work in alternative dispute resolution. 

Kelly Law Partners, LLC announced William Kelly III, Shannon Bell and Allan Hale were recognized as 2023 Colorado Super Lawyers for their work in employment, construction litigation and business litigation, respectively. 

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