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TCL > February 2014 Issue > In Memoriam

February 2014       Vol. 43, No. 2       Page  76
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In Memoriam

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 tracyr@cobar.org.


Richard H. Bloch
January 27, 1952–December 27, 2013

Allen C. Christensen
July 11, 1952–October 21, 2013

Kelly K. de la Torre
July 30, 1968–November 24, 2013

Elizabeth C. Giordano
November 1, 1967–December 28, 2013

Kenneth M. Gordon
February 6, 1950–December 22, 2013

David (Peter) Hughes
April 23, 1945–December 27, 2013

Arthur J. Seifert
October 6, 1930–December 28, 2013

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Tributes

Kelly de la Torre

Kelly de la Torre passed away on November 24, 2013 after a four-month battle with T-cell lymphoma. She was surrounded by her family when she died. She had a deep love for her family, a contagious zest for life, and a commitment that the world is a better place when we all work together.

Although born in Port Jefferson, New York, Kelly grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Highland High School, received a BS in biochemistry and an MS in chemistry from the University of New Mexico, and in 2002 received a law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law in New Jersey. Her chemistry graduate research involved designing catalysts that could transform carbon dioxide into reusable fuel, foreshadowing her future work in the energy sector. Using the chemistry degrees and her law degree, Kelly became a forensic chemist, even publishing papers while a Research Fellow in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Dundee, Scotland. She was the arson chemist for the Albuquerque fire department for two years and then worked for three years in the crime lab of the Texas Department of Public Safety as a CSI scientist.

Kelly worked as a technical expert in the Intellectual Property Department at the Philadelphia law firm Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, LLP while attending law school. In Denver, she began her career with the McIntosh Group, working on the combined legal and technology aspects of commercial development. She also worked in the intellectual property and technology section of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, LLP. Enthused by her growing interest in the energy sector, she moved to Beatty & Wozniak, P.C., which focuses on natural resources and energy law, and then to the innovative ALG, before starting her own law practice, de la Torre Law, LLC. She was licensed to practice in Colorado and New Mexico and was a member of the U.S. Patent bar.

Her science background enabled her to facilitate all aspects of the commercialization of technology, from patents to negotiating strategic partnerships. Her legal work revolved around the intersection of science, emerging technology, commerce, and the law, especially as it relates to the energy industry. She also served as corporate counsel to Spatial Terra, LLC, a consulting firm that helps clients navigate through risky legal and business terrains in relatively hostile environments by clarifying the potential threat of unfamiliar cultural and confusing regulatory environments. She founded Rapid Tech Transit (RTT) with Kim Huntley, former Director of the Defense Energy Supply Chain (Defense Logistics Agency), to enhance the chances of bringing innovative ideas and inventions to market through strategic partnerships.

Kelly believed in the power of people communicating and sharing ideas. To foster this in the energy sector, she co-founded Women in Energy to support communications among women working in the energy industry, wrote about energy and business for ICOSA magazine, and hosted Energy 101 on ICOSA Driving Force Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show that highlights advances and collaborative opportunities relating to emerging clean energy. She was selected as a rising star by Colorado Super Lawyers in 2010 and was a finalist in Denver Business Magazine’s Outstanding Women in Business 2013.

These activities focused on bringing people together to communicate, create, and collaborate. However, Kelly’s success in business was secondary to her husband Jorge and their children Jordi (10) and Gabriella (8). Nothing was more important to her than her family. She was a partner and best friend, a beloved and loving daughter, a great sister and aunt, a teacher, a nurturer, a guru, and a soccer mom extraordinaire. Kelly focused on the important things in life: love, family, and community. She will be missed by her family, friends, and colleagues. She made the world a better place.

—Submitted by Kelly’s family


Elizabeth Catherine Giordano

After bravely battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years, Elizabeth Catherine Giordano, 46, of Denver, passed away on December 28, 2013 while surrounded by family. Liz was born November 1, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois to Edward S. and Graciela (Botello) Eberhard. She married her best friend Toby Giordano in 1995.

Liz graduated from Broomfield High School and continued her education at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), where she earned an undergraduate degree in history. She also received a JD from CU. After graduation, Liz’s professional experiences included positions at the Adams County Attorney’s Office, the First Judicial Court of the State of Colorado, Coors Brewing Company, the Hispanic National Bar, and CBA-CLE. Liz was a member of the CBA, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the American Corporate Counsel Association. She was instrumental in the development and success of the Spanish Language Lawyering Committee. In 2003, Liz found her true vocation when she began her own law practice focusing on immigration matters for religious workers. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the men and women who were dedicated to spreading the faith.

Liz was a devoted member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Flowers were her forte and she especially enjoyed decorating the church during the Easter and Christmas seasons. Liz was an avid gardener, and she never met a dog she didn’t love. She was known by many for her huge heart and compassion for those less fortunate. Liz always felt blessed to have been a successful match for a bone marrow donation. Every person she met—even if only for a short time—was affected by her vibrancy, love, and laughter.

She is survived by and will be deeply missed by her husband Toby Giordano of Denver, and their "miracle baby" Grace Katherine Giordano, almost 2 years old. She also is survived by her mother; brother Ralph Eberhard; sisters Geriann (Don) Ferreri, Gail (Tim) Powers, Gwen (Andrew) Pomper, and Stephanie (Brett) Barcel; many nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Contributions may be made in Liz’s name to St. Catherine of Siena School, c/o Lori O’Connor, 4200 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80211.

—Submitted by Liz’s family, friends, and colleagues

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