Partners Promotions at Local Firms, Alfred Harrell Selected for CLI Lifetime Achievement Award

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Law Firm Updates

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP announced on Feb. 21 that Mitch Holditch was promoted to partner. The national firm with offices in Washington D.C., North Dakota and Louisville announced the long-standing member is the newest partner in its Native law group team. The University of Colorado Law School graduate is based out of the firm’s Colorado office. 

On Feb. 22, Colorado firm Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC announced three attorneys — Amanda Huston, Steven Mulligan and John Seebohm — were promoted to partner. Huston, a University of Denver Sturm College of Law graduate, focuses her practice on a range of corporate and real estate matters. Mulligan, a Denver Sturm College of Law graduate, works with a range of clients on business and commercial law, construction law and bankruptcy and reorganization matters. Seebohm, a University of Colorado Law School graduate, focuses his practice on estate and business planning, estate administration and probate litigation matters.  

Regional firm Caplan & Earnest announced on Feb. 23 that Daniel Wolf joined the firm’s Vail office as special counsel. Wolf, a University of Connecticut School of Law graduate, brings experience in real estate, business and commercial law to Colorado clients navigating complex real estate, business, commercial and community association matters. He clerked for Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Criswel, serves on the Fifth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission and is active in the Vail community. 

National firm Polsinelli announced that Denver shareholder Kristin Walker was promoted to vice chair of the real estate practice group. Walker has focused primarily on acquisition and disposition matters for institutional clients at Polsinelli since 2019. 

On Feb. 24, Colorado firm Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP announced Miles Orton joined the firm as of counsel. Prior to joining WTO, Orton worked at Hughes Hubbard Reed in New York City. 

Holland & Hart LLP announced on Feb. 24 that six attorneys and four paralegals joined the firm’s trademark group. All 10 new hires come from Perkins Coie. Partners Alex Garcia and Andrew Roppel will join the Boulder office and Partner Craig Beaker, Of Counsel Sabrina Danielson, Of Counsel Lisa Koenig and Associate Julie Kent will join the Denver office. Paralegals Olivia de Paz, Giovanna Mazzini, Kristi Murray and Josh Smith also join the Denver office. 

The Judiciary 

The 12th Judicial District Nominating Commission announced on Feb. 23 an upcoming vacancy on the Rio Grande County court. The vacancy will occur on June 1 and is created by the resignation of Judge Barbara Zollars. Interested applicants must apply by March 18 for consideration. 

On Feb. 23, Gov. Jared Polis announced Kimberly Cortez was selected to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 12th Judicial District Court. Cortez, a University of Colorado Law School graduate, will fill the position created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Martin Gonzales, effective April 1. 


On Feb. 22, local firm Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC announced litigation attorney Lidiana Rios was appointed secretary to the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Foundation, the CHBA’s nonprofit that supports students of color in Colorado law schools. Rios has served on the foundation’s board of directors since May 2021. 

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness announced on Feb. 23 that Judge Alfred Harrell will receive the 2022 Judge Wiley Daniel Lifetime Achievement Award. Harrell will be recognized by CLI during its annual The Ball for All on March 5. 

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