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Aspen suspects hire some top Denver attorneys

Some of Denver’s best criminal defense lawyers have been hired to represent young Aspenites arrested in connection with a spree of armed robberies, a burglary and vehicle thefts.

Two of the attorneys are known for representing the suspects in some of the highest-profile criminal cases in Colorado in recent years.

Attorney Gary Lozow has been hired as co-counsel for Moses Greengrass while attorney Scott Robinson is representing Stefan Schutter.

Lozow recently helped Aspenite Michael Wise avoid a lengthy prison term after Wise admitted guilt in a scheme to defraud investors in Aspen’s Cornerstone Private Capital Corp. of millions of dollars.

Lozow also successfully defended Wise six years ago against criminal charges connected to the failure of Denver’s Silverado Savings and Loan, which Wise helped run. The government built a case against Wise for four years, but a jury acquitted him in four hours, thanks to Lozow’s help.

Lozow has also been identified in Denver media reports as an attorney for the parents of Dylan Klebold, identified by police as one of two gunmen in the killings at Columbine High School.

Lozow is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2000, according to the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He graduated from the University of Denver law school in 1968 and practices with the Denver firm of Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods and Levy.

Aspen attorney Pip Porter is helping defend Greengrass. Porter said she lived in Aspen from 1974 to 1985, then moved to Denver before returning to Aspen earlier this year. She was a deputy district attorney in Denver from 1988 to 1998.

Schutter’s attorney, Robinson, helped successfully defend Golden resident James King on charges that he fatally shot four guards at a Denver bank during a robbery earlier this decade.

Robinson was co-counsel in the King case with Walter Gerash, regarded as one of the best criminal lawyers in Colorado. Robinson was an associate and later a partner in Gerash’s firm before starting his own law office in Denver.

He is well-known as a regional and national media analyst in big cases. Robinson provides analysis on Denver station KUSA-TV as well as for both major Denver newspapers on issues such as the JonBenet Ramsey murder case and the Columbine High School massacre.

Robinson graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1975.

Two other prominent Denver attorneys are representing Aspenites Jacob Richards and Anthony Rizzuto. Richards, son of Aspen Mayor Rachel Richards, is represented by Pamela Mackey, an attorney with the firm of Haddon, Morgan and Foreman.

Mackey specializes in criminal defense and civil litigation. She was a deputy state public defender from 1989 to 1994, spending most of that time in Denver.

The case will bring Mackey back to her old stomping grounds. She said she waited tables at the former Country Roads restaurant across Mill Street from the Hotel Jerome from 1977 to 1980.

Mackey graduated from George Washington Law School with highest honors in 1985. After working as a public defender, she joined Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, a highly respected firm that has had a hand in everything from a Hunter S. Thompson trial on drug charges to helping represent the defendents in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.

Hal Haddon and Lee Foreman, partners in the firm established in 1976, have represented clients in several high-profile cases.

Rizzuto is being represented by Robert McAllister, a partner in a Denver firm that specializes in criminal defense. McAllister represented Glenn Meredig in one of his two trials related to a murder in Aspen.

A listing in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory indicates McAllister served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Illinois, 1976-80, and assistant U.S. attorney in Colorado from 1980 to 1983.

Three other defendants are being represented by local attorneys. Cody Wille is represented by Tom Silverman and his associate, Julia Epps, of Glenwood Springs. Silverman was out of town Friday and couldn’t be contacted about his background and credentials.

Yuri Ognacevic is represented by Fred Gannett of Basalt, who couldn’t be reached for comment.

Nathan Morse is represented by Arnold Mordkin of Snowmass Village. Mordkin graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1962 and practiced in California until 1996, when he moved to Pitkin County and continued to practice.

He interrupted his practice for one year in Orange County, Calif., while serving as a judge, then helped start a law firm.

Nothing in the public record indicates what legal help has been retained for William “Wade” Hammond, a suspect in the robbery of the Snowmass Village Market.

The young men arrested in association with the crimes are all facing various charges. Authorities believe some of the suspects were involved in some of the crimes, but not others.


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