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December 2012       Vol. 41, No. 12       Page  102
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In Memoriam

James T. (Jim) Baker
October 21, 1925–October 26, 2012

William A. Brenker
January 28, 1940–October 27, 2012

Charles A. Friedman

John R. Paddock, Jr.
May 25, 1951–October 14, 2012

Daniel W. Patterson
September 3, 1952–September 7, 2012

Kathryn A. Reeves
February 21, 1948–October 20, 2012

Charles H. (Chip) Rich III
October 5, 1966–November 5, 2012

Gary K. Smith
d. October 7, 2012, age 53


John R. Paddock, Jr

Pryor Johnson Carney Karr Nixon, P.C. (PJCKN) and the Denver legal community are shocked and deeply saddened by the death of PJCKN shareholder John R. Paddock, Jr. on October 14, 2012. John had been on leave, nearing the end of his lengthy treatments for cancer, and was looking forward to a return to the office soon when he suffered a sudden and unexpected stroke on Saturday, October 13, 2012. We extend our profound sympathies to John’s wife Catherine and their extended families for their extraordinary loss.

John joined PJCKN in 2005 as one of Colorado’s preeminent lawyers in the fields of commercial litigation and employment law practices. He was the author of the Colorado Employment Law Practice volume of the West Publishing Company Colorado Practice Series and was recognized by his peers as a Colorado Super Lawyer. Even more than his professional accomplishments and expertise, we will miss our fellowship with John, his friendship, his sense of humor, and the delight he shared in spending time with his family, friends, and colleagues, both in and outside the office.

—Submitted by Christine Hashemi


Daniel Warren Patterson

Daniel Warren Patterson died on September 7, 2012 after a graceful and dignified seven-and-a-half year battle with multiple myeloma. He was born in Conrad, Montana on September 3, 1952, the son of Warren Lytle Patterson (deceased) and Joan Marie Patterson. He is survived by Susan, his wife of thirty years, and daughters Catherine and Julia; his mother Joan Walton (Robert); brothers Michael (Penny) and Thomas; sister Kathleen (John Scheeler); and brother-in-law Gary Vanca. Dan was raised in Dickinson, North Dakota. He earned a BA from Dickinson State and a BS from the University of North Dakota. He taught elementary school before attending the University of Denver College of Law (DU Law), earning his JD in 1982.

After graduating from law school, where he was editor-in-chief of the Denver Law Journal, he worked at Holland & Hart and Downey & Gulley as an associate. He went on to become a partner at Holland & Hart, Patterson & Karpel, and Roberts Levin and Patterson, where he specialized in insurance bad faith. After being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005, Dan joined Conflict Resolution Services as a mediator and continued to mediate cases throughout his illness. Dan was President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) from 2008 to 2009. During his presidency, he helped pass legislation that imposed penalties for unreasonable insurance company conduct. He lectured at both DU Law and the University of Colorado School of Law, and was a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. In 2001, he received the Ethics and Professionalism Award from the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, and in May 2012, he was honored by the CTLA with its Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award. Dan loved the practice of law and was proud to call himself a trial lawyer. He was an incredibly talented and compassionate man, with a keen legal mind, and was committed to the highest ethical and professional standards.

—Submitted by Susan R. Harris


Gary K. Smith

Gary K. Smith died in his home near Washington, DC on October 7, 2012. He was 53. Gary was a graduate of the University of Colorado and the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He was a member of the First Judicial District Bar Association and a Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District in the late 1980s.

—Submitted by Paul Basso

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth where available, and date of death of deceased attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at

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