Legal Lowdown: Snell & Wilmer Adds Two, Brownstein Announces New EC Members, Sherman & Howard Appointed Terrance Carroll as Pro Bono Coordinator

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Law firm updates

Snell & Wilmer announced on May 31 that attorneys Aubyn Krulish and Bill Ojile have joined the firm’s Denver office. Krulish is a partner in the corporate and securities practice group, and Ojile is a partner in the firm’s special litigation and compliance practice group. Krulish primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions. She received her J.D. and master’s degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. With over 30 years of experience, Ojile has handled many cases mostly dealing with issues in the higher education, telecommunications and insurance broker sectors. Ojile was previously a partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP. He received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced on June 3 shareholders Nicole Ament and David Cohen are new members of the firm’s executive committee. They join the firm’s current EC members: managing partner Rich Benenson and shareholders Gino Maurelli, Al Mottur, Angela Otto and Elizabeth Paulsen. Ament and Cohen replace term-limited shareholders Adam Agron and Scott Slater, according to the announcement. Ament brings 25 years of experience to her work for clients in the real estate industry and has spent the last four years as chair of Brownstein’s real estate department. Cohen combines a legal and government relations practice to navigate sophisticated oversight, regulatory and advocacy matters at the intersection of business and government. 

On June 3, Sherman & Howard appointed corporate and political attorney Terrance Carroll as the firm’s pro bono coordinator. Carroll will lead the firm’s efforts in providing pro bono legal services to those in need. In addition to his experience serving as the 54th Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, Carroll is active in local community programs and passionate about pro bono work. Carroll assumes the position of pro bono coordinator from William Peffer, who was recently appointed to lead the business and real estate practice group. Carroll is a government and political law attorney who combines legal, political and policy expertise to provide strategic advice to advance his clients’ objectives.

The judiciary

The 15th Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on July 22 at the Kiowa County Combined Court to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for Kiowa County. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge Gary Davis and will occur on Sept. 1. Applications are due July 5.  

Part-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Gurley was sworn into office on June 3 by Chief Judge Philip Brimmer. A formal investiture will be planned for a later date. Gurley’s chambers are in the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building in Grand Junction, Colorado.


Olson Grimsley announced on May 31 that all five founding partners with the national boutique law firm have been selected to the list of Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers. Lawdragon describes the honorees as lawyers who “go to bat when their clients have been swindled, defrauded, shut out of markets, bamboozled and just plain lied to.” According to the announcement, the five Olson Grimsley founders are the only plaintiff’s lawyers in Colorado receiving this recognition.

Odds & Ends

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association on June 5 announced its award nominations period for 2024 is now open. Nominators are advised to send all nominations to President-Elect Mercedes Pineda no later than June 23. Open for award are the following: Chris Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer, Judicial Excellence Award, Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer, Outstanding Corporate Commitment Award, Organizational Community Service Award, Individual Community Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

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