Gov. Hickenlooper Appoints New Appellate Judge

Lino Lipinsky de Orlov will serve on the Colorado Court of Appeals

Lino Lipinsky de Orlov was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper Tuesday as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Lipinsky de Orlov is currently a partner at Dentons US, a position he has held since 1997. His practice involves commercial litigation including employment, real estate, intellectual property, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy and technology matters. He represents clients in trials, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Previously, he served as of counsel at McKenna & Cuneo, a partner at VanderWerf & Lipinsky, an associate with Hawley & VanderWerf, an associate with Holme Roberts & Owen  and an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York. 

Lipinsky de Orlov earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1979 and his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1982.

Lipinksy de Orlov was endorsed by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado LGBT Bar Association, Sam Cary Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Lipinsky de Orlov’s appointment is effective Jan. 8.

Lateral Watch announced Wednesday the addition of Greg Fettig as a partner and registered patent attorney in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. He is based in the firm’s Denver office.

The firm is a distributed law firm partnership. Also this month, Kevin Jablonski and Michael Russell joined the firm as partners and registered patent attorneys. 

They are based in the firm’s Seattle and Washington, D.C., offices, respectively.

Fettig has more than 17 years of legal experience working as both an in-house patent agent and outside patent counsel in patent preparation and prosecution. 

Prior to joining FisherBroyles, he was a named partner at Duft Bornsen & Fettig. Before his law career, he worked as an electrical engineer for Motorola and General Dynamics in the defense sector. 

He also is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has provided pro bono legal work to veterans. Fettig received his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

BAM Family Law Changes Leadership 

Broxterman Alicks McFarlane announced Wednesday that shareholders Heather Broxterman and Kyle McFarlane have been named co-managing partners of the family law firm.  The duo also assumes the roles of chief financial officer and chief operating officer, respectively.

Outgoing managing partner Margot Alicks said that after three years the founding shareholders had decided to revise their leadership responsibilities.

Alicks assumes the role of chief marketing officer and director of challenge and culture for BAM.  

The three attorneys founded the firm in 2015. 

Judicial Announcements

The 2nd Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the Denver City and County Building on Oct. 12 to interview and select nominees for a 2nd District judgeship. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge William Robbins and will occur Dec. 31.

Application forms and requirements are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Brian Boatright, 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver and the office of the district administrator, Kristin Wood, 1437 Bannock St., Room 256 in Denver. Applications also are available on the court’s home page.

Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Sept. 24. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do by 4 p.m. Sept. 17.

The members of the nominating commission for the 2nd Judicial District are Christina Habas, Louise Hurlbut, Melody Mirbaba, Tandy Dilworth, Sean Bradley, Byeongsook Seo, and Brynja Seagren, all of Denver.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Theresa Cisneros, effective Jan. 8. Nominees Frances Johnson, Chad Miller and Jami Vigil, all of Colorado Springs, were selected by the commission on Sept. 5.

The 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Kurt Horton, effective Sept. 29. Nominees Michael Melito of Sedalia, Zachary Phillips of Littleton and John Scipione of Aurora were selected by the commission on Sept. 4.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Sept. 5 to make appointments for the judgeships in the 4th and 18th districts.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at [email protected]

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has received nominations for Arnie Beckman, Richard Ott and Judith Smith for a Denver County Court judgeship from the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission. 

Hancock will interview the nominees and announce his selection on or before Sept. 20. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dianne Briscoe.

Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Kurt Beckenhauer as a judge on the Montrose County Court, effective Sept. 1.

Beckenhauer was most recently a deputy district attorney in the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, a position he has held since 2009. 

Previously, he was a contract attorney for Graves Bartle Marcus and Barrett. Beckenhauer earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in 1999 and his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2008.

Good For You

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie litigation attorney Darren Lemieux has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only organization of trial lawyers who provide guidance and leadership on issues and legislation affecting the American judicial litigation process.

Lemieux handles complex, high-stakes commercial litigation matters involving business torts, contracts and partnership disputes among other issues. 

Lemieux also practices in the area of health care and has over a decade of experience representing hospitals in civil commitment cases, guardianship petitions and other matters concerning mental health and health care issues. 

He received a law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

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