New Firm Promotions, La Plata Judgeship Reopens

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Law Firm Updates

National firm Woods Aitken LLP announced Jan. 6 that Denver attorney Amanda Hoberg, was elected from associate to partner effective Jan. 1. Hoberg focuses her practice on construction law and commercial litigation and represents clients in all phases of construction disputes. Hoberg, a University of Colorado Law School graduate, also serves on the board of directors for a Colorado nonprofit that supports individuals pursuing work in the trades.  

Jay Spader, a shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Denver office, was promoted to the position of corporate and business department chair, the firm announced Jan. 9. Spader has been a member of the corporate and business department for a decade. In his practice, he represents lenders and borrowers in various financing transactions, focusing on private equity-backed leveraged buyouts. 

Regional firm Davis Graham & Stubbs announced Jan. 11 that Lee Pannier rejoined the firm as of counsel. Pannier served as vice president and senior counsel at Alden Torch Financial LLC in Denver for six years, and prior to working at Alden, worked as an associate at DGS. Pannier, a Marquette University Law School graduate, practices in real estate law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. 

Real estate associate Erik Stegemiller joined Holland & Hart’s Boulder office, the firm announced Jan. 12. Stegemiller was recently admitted to practice in Colorado. Representing a variety of clients through phases of complex transactions, finance, land use and development, Stegemiller helps clients navigate regulatory obligations. 

The Judiciary 

The Colorado Judicial Branch on Jan. 10 announced a vacancy on the La Plata County Court, as the 6th Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Feb. 1 to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor. The vacancy, originally appointed to be filled by Judge Anthony Baca, reopened after Baca was appointed to the district court. Previous applicants need to resubmit applications and related materials. 

Odds and Ends 

Denver law firm Chalat Hatten & Banker PC announced the launch of an online-enabled legal service: “SettleUp.” The service is designed to help car accident victims settle their claims quickly for a 20% gross contingency fee. SettleUp is owned and operated by Chalat Hatten & Banker PC lawyers. 

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