New Additions to 5 Colorado Firms, Finalists in 18th District Court Announced

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Law Firm Updates

Ogletree Deakins announced Sept. 6 that Christopher Thomas rejoined the firm as a shareholder following a three-year leave from legal practice to complete missionary work in Mexico City. Thomas is returning to his business immigration law practice, which prior to his departure, he practiced for nearly a decade in. 

Spencer Fane LLP announced the addition of Maureen Cook as an associate Sept. 6. Cook, a Washburn University School of Law graduate, joins the tax, trusts and estates practice group where she will handle aspects of trust and estate matters like probate and trust administration. 

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, a national firm, announced Sept. 7 that Katherine Kust joined its Denver office in the insurance, commercial litigation and construction practice groups. The Golden Gate University School of Law graduate focuses her practice in insurance, with an emphasis on bad faith, commercial and construction litigation. 

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP announced Sept. 8 that Cole Killion joined the firm as an associate. Killion, a Lewis & Clark Law School graduate, is currently admitted to practice law but not in Colorado. Killion’s practice has an emphasis on environmental and natural resources law. 

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck welcomed Jeffrey Santry to its intellectual property department as of counsel, according to a Sept. 8 press release. Santry, a University of Denver Sturm College of Law graduate, will focus on domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution. 

The Judiciary 

Gov. Jared Polis on Sept. 1 appointed Tamara Sullivan to the 12th Judicial District, covering Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties, filling the vacancy created by the Jan. 10, 2023 retirement of Judge Kimberly Wood. Sullivan, a University of Denver Sturm College of Law graduate, is currently the managing attorney for the Alamosa Colorado Legal Services Office. Her practices consist of domestic relations, housing and protection matters. 

Judgeship finalists for 18th Judicial District Court, covering Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, were announced Sept. 2. Six candidates were nominated for two vacancies created by the Jan. 10, 2023 retirements of Judge Frederick Martinez and Judge Elizabeth Weishaupl. Christina Apostoli and Angela Boykins, both of Aurora, Robert Caldwell of Centennial, Michelle Jones of Denver, David Karpel of Englewood and Donna Stewart of Castle Rock were chosen by the nominating commission on Sept. 1. The governor has 15 days from Sept. 2 to appoint one of the nominees. 

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