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November 2006       Vol. 35, No. 11       Page  123
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In Memoriam

The Colorado Bar Association Remembers the Lives and Contributions of Colorado Attorneys

Sherman G. Finesilver
Sherman G. Finesilver died on October 12, 2006. He was 79. A Colorado native, Finesilver received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and his J.D. degree from the Westminster College of Law (now the University of Denver Sturm College of Law). In 1955, he was appointed a Municipal Judge. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed him to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, where he became Chief Judge in 1982. During his judicial career, Finesilver presided over several prominent cases, including a plea bargain related to Rocky Flats environmental violations; a consolidated trial of lawsuits resulting from the 1987 Continental Airlines crash at Stapleton Airport; and a $49.5 million settlement of the government’s case against directors of the Silverado Banking, Savings & Loan, including Neil Bush. After retiring from the Bench in 1994, Finesilver worked in mediation and arbitration and spent his free time fly-fishing. He was a member of the CBA and DBA for more than fifty years. Finesilver is survived by his wife Annette, a daughter, two sons, and eleven grandchildren.

Robert J. Flynn
Robert J. Flynn died on September 22, 2006. He was 85. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Flynn worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. After practicing law in Denver for several years, Flynn started his own practice in Englewood, where he represented local governments, businesses, and individuals. He was a member of the CBA since 1951. Flynn is survived by his wife Renee, a son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Contributions in Flynn’s name may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 3639 W. 29th Ave., Denver, CO 80211.

David A. Palmer
David A. Palmer died on July 22, 2006. He was 63. Palmer served in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado. He earned his J.D. degree from George Washington University. Palmer served as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Grand Junction for twenty-five years. He also served as a Chapter 7 Trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Palmer was a member of the CBA and the Mesa County Bar Association ("MCBA") since 1978, and provided pro bono services through MCBA. He served as legal advisor of COMACT Housing, Inc. and was a member of the Grand Junction Lions Club. Palmer is survived by his wife Jacqueline, three daughters, and six grandchildren. Contributions in Palmer’s name may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506 (

The Colorado Bar Foundation ("CBF") was established in 1953 and is one means of commemorating members of the legal profession. The CBF functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, and promotes the advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants. Gifts to the CBF are tax-deductible. For complete information and to become a CBF supporter, contact Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318, (800) 332-6736, or

Send "In Memoriam" information to: Mail to: Tracy Rackauskas, The Colorado Lawyer, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203. Call (303) 824-5326 with questions. Print or electronic photographs also may be sent. "In Memoriam" items are printed as production deadlines and space permit.

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