Curray York & Associates Adds Three

Associates join with immigration focus

Breanne Curray-York

Curray York & Associates announced Thursday the addition of three attorneys, including Breanne Johnson, who is rejoining the firm on Feb. 1. In addition to Johnson, the firm has also added attorneys Sarah Collins and Adrianna Romero Quezada. All three attorneys focus on providing immigration counsel to businesses and individual clients. 


Johnson is rejoining Curray York & Associates after working with a civil rights and immigration law firm in Seattle. Johnson initially joined the firm as a law clerk while attending the University of Colorado School of Law. She has experience in immigration law, including business, family, naturalization and consular matters. She also has experience representing clients in I-9 audits. She received a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University and received a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law

Romero Quezada represents clients in business and family immigration law including non-immigrant and immigrant petitions, waivers, permanent residence applications, consular processing, naturalization and DACA applications. She spent six years working with F-1/J-1 students and scholars at the internationalization office at DU. Romero Quezada served as a law clerk for Denver’s Juvenile Court and volunteered with several local organizations that provide free legal resources and representation to Colorado’s underserved and underrepresented communities. 

Romero Quezada is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Collins represents clients in business and family immigration law. She gained experience in immigration working as a student attorney with the Immigration Law and Policy Clinic and as an intern with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. She also clerked with Curray York & Associates during law school. She received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

LATERAL WATCH

Ireland Stapleton announced Jan. 25 that Sarah Abbott joined the firm’s Grand Junction office. Abbott has previously served as in-house and outside general counsel. She has experience advising on legal issues facing businesses, including drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, advising on employment matters, intellectual property, real estate, corporate governance, acquisitions, due diligence, risk management, regulatory issues and managing litigation.  

Abbott also serves on the boards of directors for Montrose Memorial Hospital, the Montrose Community Foundation and the San Juan Healthcare Foundation.  Abbott also serves on the Planned Giving Council for HopeWest Hospice.  

Prior to joining Ireland Stapleton, Abbott served as in-house general counsel for a hemp company, and she previously worked in private practice in Montrose.

Denver-based Fastaff Travel Nursing and U.S. Nursing Corporation announced Jan. 25 the addition of Marc Bonora as general counsel.

Bonora has experience in healthcare staffing and labor law, and previously had positions with Envision Healthcare, Vail Resorts and the U.S. Department of Justice. At Fastaff, Bonora will be responsible for guiding the company’s legal efforts, including developing policies and procedures, as well as regulatory compliance and audit processes.

Bonora earned his law degree at New York University School of Law.

BakerHostetler announced Jan. 22 that Timothy Worrall has joined the firm as a partner in both its Denver and San Francisco offices. Worrall joins the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

Worrall is a national and international patent prosecutor with an emphasis on the energy, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. Worrall’s background consists of helping innovators protect and maximize the life cycle of products, assays and devices. 

He also develops risk assessment strategies for biosimilar platforms, including analysis of inter partes reexams and prelitigation strategies. Worrall also works with licensing and transactional attorneys to leverage intellectual property assets, specifically on out-license and in-license agreements, private equity and venture capital transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

Worrall previously worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received a Ph.D. in biophysics and biophysical chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a law degree and certificate in intellectual property from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South.

Spencer Fane announced Friday that Jonathon Watson has joined the firm’s labor and employment practice group. He will be a partner in the Denver office. 

Watson represents businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies in local and national employment claims arising under Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA, as well as wage-and-hour class and collective actions in all stages of litigation. He also represents clients and represents clients on unfair labor practice claims, the National Labor Relations Act and arbitrating labor disputes, and in handling complex litigation matters related to claims made against employers.

Watson received a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and received a law degree from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

ASSOCIATE WATCH

Caplan & Earnest announced that it has added attorney Ashlyn Kahler-Rios to the Boulder-based law firm. Kahler-Rios is a member of Caplan & Earnest’s immigration law section, where she represents clients on a range of employment and family-based immigration matters, including I-9 audits and compliance for employers and removal defense for individuals. She also supports the firm’s education law and employment law clients.

Kahler-Rios first joined Caplan & Earnest as a summer law clerk, where she conducted legal research, writing and analyses on behalf of the firm’s attorneys. Prior to joining Caplan & Earnest, she drafted appellate briefs and internal agency memorandum on matters of federal-state law conflict as a legal intern at the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. She also served as a legal intern with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, where she worked on complex legal issues within the federal immigration, administrative and state criminal law context. 

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