Maxfield Gunning Opens Its Doors

Public sector attorneys launch law firm

Attorneys Eric Maxfield and Rob Gunning announced Tuesday the formation of Maxfield Gunning. 


Maxfield recently served as a First Assistant Attorney General, where he represented a number of state entities, including the State Personnel Board, Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Colorado Medical Board. He previously worked as an attorney with Disability Law Colorado.  

In his practice, he assists individuals facing professional license complaints and advocates for individuals in employment, civil rights and ADA disputes. He also handles Sunshine Law claims.  

Gunning most recently served as a district court magistrate with the 20th Judicial District. 

He previously served as an administrative law judge for the State Personnel Board following 15 years of civil litigation practice in the private and public sectors.

He conducts mediations and arbitrations in civil and domestic relations matters and is accepting referrals on a range of appellate and civil litigation matters.

Lateral Watch

Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley announced June 17 the addition of Mike Fredregill and Jennifer Stoot to the firm’s Denver office. 

Fredregill’s practice primarily focuses on real estate transactions, as well as general business and corporate matters. He joined the firm as special counsel.

Stoot’s practice focuses on mineral title examination. She joined the firm as an associate. Stoot graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced Thursday that Darlene Kondo will join the firm’s intellectual property department as of counsel in its Denver office.

Kondo has experience in patent portfolio development and management, domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution, standards-related patents, patent infringement and validity analysis, product design counseling, strategic patent acquisitions and IP due diligence.

Kondo is currently on the board of directors for the Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association and received her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School as well as a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Judicial Announcements

Gov. Jared Polis has appointed Patrick Pugh a the 17th Judicial District judgeship.

Pugh is of counsel in the Denver office of Ballard Spahr. Pugh’s appointment is effective July 1. He fills a vacancy left by the retirement of Judge F. Michael Goodbee.

At Ballard Spahr, Pugh focused on business and real estate disputes, including contract issues, real estate concerns, employment disputes, intellectual property issues and product liability and defect claims.

“Patrick has been a tremendous asset to our office for years, and we will miss him greatly,” said Steve Suflas, office managing partner for Ballard Spahr’s Denver location. “We thank him for his contributions to our firm, but more importantly for his future contributions as he enters public service.  I have no doubt he will be a success in his important new role.”

The 19th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created pursuant to Senate Bill 043, effective July 1. 

Nominees Jerry Manzer Jr. and Vincente Vigil, both of Greeley; and Meghan Saleebey of Aurora were selected by the commission on June 19.

Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from June 20, to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the 19th Judicial District (Weld County).

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

Board Appointments

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced Thursday that Elaine Bailey, an associate in the firm’s Denver office, has joined the Special Olympics Colorado Young Professionals Board. 

The Special Olympics Colorado YPB helps promote the organization’s mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

Bailey was previously a law clerk for the Special Olympics in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she has volunteered with various organizations to help individuals with disabilities participate in sports.

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