Sherman & Howard Announces New Leadership Team Members

Sherman & Howard on May 3 announced it appointed new leadership to the firm’s executive committee, practice groups and executive team. 

Three new members join the EC: Lyle Wallace, who previously served as the business and real estate practice group leader; Parker Schenken, a public finance and municipal attorney and a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers; and Lee Fanyo.

Wallace, Schenken and Fanyo join current EC members Kathleen Johnson, a member of the firm’s tax and probate practice group; Greg Falls, a member of the litigation group who manages the firm’s Phoenix office; and Stefan Stein, a member of the litigation group and the firm’s CEO.

Previous members of the EC include David Lucas, Peter Koclanes and Greg Densen.

The firm also announced Bill Peffer was elected to serve as the practice group leader for the business and real estate practice group, replacing Wallace. Peffer is a corporate and transactional attorney and former pro bono coordinator. 

Assuming responsibility as co-leaders of the litigation group are Tamir Goldstein and Brooke Colaizzi. Previously, Goldstein oversaw the construction group. Colaizzi, who was the labor and employment practice group leader, now co-leads the litigation group with Goldstein. The firm noted Colaizzi will continue to oversee the labor and employment attorneys who have joined the litigation group. 

Mary Sue Greenleaf was appointed to lead the firm’s construction group, replacing Goldstein. Greenleaf, a litigation attorney, also serves on the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion task force and is chair of the women’s initiative.

Additionally, the firm announced it appointed Chief Marketing & Business Development Executive Jenny Davenport to COO and Andy de Gortari as CFO. de Gortari assumes the role of CFO from William Horton. 

“I’m eager for our new leadership to bring fresh and creative perspectives to the firm,” said Stein in a press release. “We are consistently looking for opportunities to improve our service. The infusion of new energy to our leadership reinforces our commitment to the strategic growth of Denver’s oldest law firm and our efforts to help shape the futures of our clients, communities, and firm.”

Previously announced additions to the firm include former Colorado Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, who leads the firm’s government and political law group and Shawn Cheadle, a former general counsel of various divisions within Lockheed Martin Space, who co-leads the firm’s aerospace industry group, according to the May 3 announcement.

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