Gossip Nov. 8, 2013

Author: - November 8, 2013 - Updated: November 8, 2013


Colorado-based law firm Recht Kornfeld has lured away Colorado political attorney Mark Grueskin from his own law firm. Grueskin, well known for his record of success on election, regulatory and legislative matters, will join Recht Kornfeld as a shareholder.

Most recently Grueskin was the attorney for Amendment 66 proponents in success- fully defending 90,000 petition signatures in Denver District Court. He also won a major lawsuit for the state’s Transportation Commission, preserving bridge safety fees that were challenged under the Colorado Constitution. Grueskin has been named “Lawyer of the Year” twice by Law Week Colorado because of precedent-setting decisions at trial and in the Colorado Supreme Court. (To find out what really makes Grueskin tick, see The Colorado Statesman’s article from September, 13, 2013 at http://www.coloradostatesman.com/content /994377-grueskin-westfall-colorado%3Fs- top-election-attorneys)

“Like it or not, Colorado election law is being determined more and more in the courtroom,” said Grueskin. “The trial team at Recht Kornfeld is aggressive, smart, and knows how to win — whatever the issue. And their attorneys regularly tackle significant constitutional questions in the appellate courts as well as the legislature. Their insights and winning trial record will be significant additions in how I’m able to address my clients’ legal needs.”

Grueskin’s law practice occurs at the junction of all three branches of government. He litigates high-profile policy and political matters in the courts, he drafts legislation and ballot measures and challenges initiative ballot titles and petitions, and he represents commercial clients and nonprofit groups before executive branch regulatory agencies and licensing boards.

“With Mark, we are able to really build on our capabilities, particularly in as it relates to our state’s most pressing constitutional and legislative legal issues,” said Dan Recht, attorney and shareholder at Recht Kornfeld. “We pride ourselves on providing sophisticated, high quality representation in criminal and civil trials, and we can use many of these same skills to resolve critical policy disputes in the courts.”

Recht Kornfeld also announced its alliance with Washington D.C. political law firm, Sandler Reiff Young & Lamb. The two firms will work on political projects affecting their common clients. Recht Kornfeld will provide clients with an experienced regional presence in the West, and Sandler Reiff will address high level, federal election and tax matters that can best be resolved by skilled counsel in Washington, D.C.


Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Rep. Amy Stephens announced this week that former Colorado First Lady Frances Owens has endorsed her campaign. Owens will serve as a campaign co-chairman with former U.S. Senator Hank Brown. “Amy Stephens is exactly the kind of bold, optimistic and proven leader who can bring middle class values back to Washington,” said Owens. “Amy knows how to balance a budget. She knows how to promote fiscally responsible policies that create jobs and how to work across the aisle to get results for Colorado families. I am proud to endorse her candidacy and look forward to helping elect her as our next United States Senator.”

“Frances Owens served Colorado with distinction as First Lady and I am honored to have earned her endorsement,” responded Stephens.

Also running for the Republican nomination to square off against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in the 2014 contest are state Sen. Owen Hill, Weld County DA Ken Buck, and state Sen. Randy Baumgardner.


Sewald Hanfling, a Colorado based public affairs firm founded in 2012 by R.D. Sewald, left, and Joshua Hanfling, right, has brought on a new associate to help out in their biz. Shannon Fender, center, began work on Nov. 1. Shannon is a Colorado native and an active politico and policy buff. She has worked as policy coordinator for the Colorado Dental Association, assistant legislative canvass director at Rocky Mountain Voter Outreach, and as a legislative intern at the Colorado Department of Higher Education. She recently received her under- graduate degree with a concentration in public policy from the University of Colorado Denver, so she should fit right in.

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