Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Names New Colorado Managing Partner

Tamara Goodlette will take over the role from Brian Spano

Tamara Goodlette

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has named Tamara Goodlette managing partner of its Colorado offices, which include Denver and Colorado Springs. Goodlette succeeds Brian Spano who served in the role since 2011. Spano will now step down to serve as a member of the firm’s executive committee.

The firm’s Denver and Colorado offices include more than 70 attorneys who represent all of the firm’s practices across industries. 

“It is an honor to continue to work with my talented colleagues in Denver and Colorado Springs to further enhance our focus on delivering exceptional client service,” Goodlette said.

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In addition to her role as managing partner of the firm’s Colorado offices, Goodlette is a commercial litigator who specializes in appeals and complex litigation disputes. She frequently represents lawyers and law firms in professional liability litigation and serves as outside legal counsel to schools and school districts.

“As former managing partner of the firm’s Colorado offices and a colleague of Tami’s, it is an honor to congratulate her on this position within the firm,” said Spano. “Tami is a respected attorney and colleague who will provide the leadership to continue the growth of the firm and its services to benefit our clients throughout Colorado and the Mountain West.”

Goodlette has been a member of the firm since 2006. She also chairs the firm’s professional development committee. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Robert Russel of the Colorado Court of Appeals and was a high school assistant principal and Spanish teacher. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Colorado College.

Associate Watch

Broxterman Alicks McFarlane announced that Madeleine Sheahan has been promoted to associate attorney after being admitted to the Colorado Bar. Sheahan joined the firm as a law clerk in August 2018.

Sheahan received bachelor’s degrees in Spanish languages and literatures and business administration from CSU and received a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Over the past five years she has interned and volunteered for a variety of nonprofits, legal organizations and area law firms. In 2017, she worked as a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Magistrate Kristen Mix. Prior to joining BAM, she worked as a summer associate for a Greenwood Village law firm, where she assisted with litigation and real estate matters. 

Davis Graham & Stubbs has grown its corporate and litigation presence with five  associates. Alena Prokop, Colin Roche, and Evan Williams have joined the finance and acquisitions department, and Kevin Chen and Gabrielle Robbie have joined the trial department.

Chen previously served as a law clerk to Colorado Supreme Court justices Nathan Coats and Monica Márquez. He was also an associate at the San Francisco office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he specialized in securities and class action litigation.

He received a law degree from Yale Law School in 2013 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. 

While in law school, he represented low-income tenants through the school’s housing clinic, participated in the moot court program, and interned for Justice Dalveer Bhandari of the Supreme Court of India. Chen is admitted to practice in Colorado and California.

Prokop is admitted to practice in New York, and her practice in Colorado is temporarily authorized pending admission. Her practice focuses on corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital financings.

Prokop practiced for four years at Kirkland & Ellis where she represented major private equity funds and publicly traded companies in acquisitions and dispositions. She received her J.D.-equivalent degree from the Charles University School of Law in Prague, Czech Republic, and her LL.M. in corporate law from New York University School of Law.

Robbie’s practice focuses on general commercial litigation. She received a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. 

In law school, she interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, for Justice Allison Eid of the Colorado Supreme Court, and for the criminal appeals section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

After law school, she clerked for Judge Nancy Lichtenstein of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Prior to law school, she worked for a public relations firm that served clients in the automotive and motorsports industries. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Colorado.

Roche’s practice focuses on corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate matters.

He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. While in law school, he assisted  local nonprofit corporations with formation and compliance issues. He previously worked at DGS as a summer associate and for Judge John Folkes Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee as a judicial intern. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and is admitted to practice in Colorado.

Williams’ practice focuses on corporate and business law including mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate matters. He received a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. During law school,  he interned for Justice Allison Eid of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado.   

Board Appointments

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced that Mike Smith, an associate in the firm’s Denver office, has joined the board of directors of Mile High Youth Corps for a three-year term.

Mile High Youth Corps was established in 1992 to give youth ages 16 to 24 a chance to earn an income and learn hands-on job skills while serving in their communities.  

Each year, the organization engages more than 200 diverse youth in 22 Colorado counties through several comprehensive programs that integrate paid work experience on community service projects with leadership development, career exploration and education.

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