Merchant & Gould Adds Two

Associates grow electrical and software practice group

Merchant & Gould announced it has added two attorneys to its Denver office.


Rachel Hammond, an associate, joined the electrical and software practice group after serving as a law clerk for Merchant & Gould. Previously, she finished a completions engineering internship with BP America in Houston and performed biofuels research with the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.  Additionally, she is a co-owner of her family business, Fore Innovations, LLC, in Tampa.  

Hammond received a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.

Zach Kachmer, an associate, joined the electrical and software practice group. He was previously a legal intern for DigitalGlobe in Westminster and a reservoir engineer for Red Rocks Oil and Gas in Oklahoma City.  

Kachmer received a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Associate Watch

Armstrong Teasdale announced Thursday the addition of associate Darian Mendez to the technology transactions practice in the Denver office.

Mendez regularly reviews legal documents for transactions and loans and advises stakeholders on related policy and federal regulatory matters. He also counsels clients regarding corporate governance, including fiduciary duty for shareholders and board members.

Before joining Armstrong Teasdale, Mendez was a resident attorney at a cooperative banking and financial institution serving rural America and agricultural clients. Prior to that, Mendez held legal intern roles with a brewing company and a health and fitness organization in Colorado.

Kilpatrick Townsend announced Tuesday that Betsy Bengtson joined the firm’s Denver office as an associate on the trademark and copyright team in the firm’s intellectual property department.

Bengtson received a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.

Judicial
Announcements

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday announced the appointment of Frances Johnson as a 4th District judge to fill a judgeship created by Senate Bill 043. 

Johnson serves as a magistrate in the 4th Judicial District, a position she has held since 2013. Her docket is comprised of probate and mental health cases. 

Johnson received a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Johnson’s appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Good For You

Moye White announced that firm partner Daniel Wennogle has been named co-chair of the firm’s construction section. Wennogle joins partner Carrie Rodgers, who has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry.

Wennogle is active in the Colorado Bar Association, where he serves as the vice-chair and legislative liaison for the construction group. 

He is also a mentor for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law students and an associate board member for Mending Faces, a Colorado-based nonprofit.

CORRECTIONS

The Oct. 7 article “Defending Trademarks Online” incorrectly stated the firm where Robert Ziemian practices. He is a partner at Haynes and Boone. The same article also incorrectly stated where Nite Ize is based. The company is based in Boulder. We apologize for the errors. 

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