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April 2017
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Criminal Defense 

Election Law 

Employment Law 

Government Affairs 

Land Use and Zoning 

Liquor Licensing 


Personal Injury 

Real Estate 

Tax and Estate Law 

Melanie MacWilliams-Brooks
What is in this newsletter?
FGMC Briefs

Crestmoor Heights Development

An Ounce of Prevention Equals A Pound of Cure

A Welcome Introduction to the Finer Symphonic Notes of FGMC

Liquor License Update


"It's been a FANTASTIC quarter at FGMC!!"

"Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration."
-Thomas Edison
When we started FGMC we knew that it was essential that to be the very best law firm we absolutely had to surround ourselves with the finest attorneys and staff.  I am so proud of the people we have in our Firm.   I have the highest level of respect for every person in this Firm who comes to work every day ready, willing and able to fight for our clients.  It's not just the lawyers that make FGMC excellent, but the outstanding support staff.  From accounting to paralegals, from reception to IT, our support staff gives their all to make this place run effectively which helps us be successful.  Here at FGMC we have had a series of phenomenal results for our clients and these were only achieved due to the hard work we apply to our clients' matters day in and day out. We have been burning the midnight oil this past quarter and the following are just a few of our successes that have changed our clients' lives:
Gary Lozow, Lindsay Richardson and paralegals Donna Brummett and Hannah Moran helped achieve a 17 count not-guilty jury verdict in March in Jefferson County.  They literally saved our client's life who was brutally and unfairly accused of criminal conduct. Due to their hard work he has finally achieved vindication.  We wish our client only the best moving forward with his life.  Our criminal defense group sets the Gold Standard for dedication and excellence.
Another criminal group success was achieved by David Canter and our newest attorney  Mikhail Laskin.  David and Mikhail secured a 3 count not-guilty jury verdict in March in Arapahoe County.  Suffice to say that these types of cases are almost impossible to win.  They received not guilty verdicts in one of the shortest deliberation times I have ever seen.  Amazing work!
Our appellate and real estate group led by David Foster, Chip Schoneberger and Katie Rousch achieved a Colorado Court of Appeals Order in early April on behalf of one of the Firm's home-builder clients.  This precedent setting Order solidifies a Denver District court order and a Denver City Council decision allowing for a smart and neighborhood friendly development in Denver.  Read David's analysis and the Order here.  Phenomenal legal research, writing, analysis and oral argument made this  long-fought battle a success realized!
And finally I am proud to announce that earlier this month  Laura Martinez and I, along with our dedicated paralegal Rachel Davis, secured a $772,000 jury verdict (the award is over $920,000 with interest) for an injured client, against a local taxi company, who was seriously injured when he came to the aid of a taxi-cab driver being assaulted.  The jury found the taxi company liable for being a cause of the assault due to a history of safety lapses that affected its drivers.  The total jury verdict against all liable parties was over $1,600,000.  The only proposal our client was ever made was a nuisance offer of $50,000.  He had the guts to fight and we are so happy for him.
These are but a sampling of the successes we are having at FGMC.  But there are so many achievements and good things happening here that I did not list.  We encourage you to consider the services our Firm offers for whatever you may need.  Whether it is corporate or tax/estate work; liquor licensing or litigation; real estate, criminal or personal injury.  We are here to serve you! 


  Danny Foster,

Recent Events

Get Ready for High School/College Boot Camps

FGMC was proud to host 2 sold-out nights of our very successful and highly recommended Get Ready for High School Boot Camps on April 25 and 26th, we had over 200 parents and students attend our seminars. We commend all the parents and students who took time out of their busy lives to listen to important information about drugs/alcohol, "sext-ing" dangers, school discipline and other relevant hot topics affecting our youth.  FGMC is proud to be a leader in the community by providing this valuable resource.

FGMC Briefs
*     FGMC would like to congratulate our 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars as published by Super Lawyers Magazine
                   Danny Foster              Katie Roush        Lindsay Richardson

                   Gary Lozow     
                    David Canter             Gary Lozow             Daniel Calisher

*   FGMC Would like to Welcome
    Mikhail Laskin to the Firm
Mikhail's practice will focus on defending the rights of those accused in criminal courts of every kind.   We are so excited to have Mikhail join the FGMC family.

By   David Foster

The Colorado Court of Appeals, in a 33 page Opinion dated April 6, 2017, concurred with the Denver District Court and upheld the rezoning of the property located at 195 South Monaco.  The Court of Appeals opined that the "competent evidence in the record supports the City Council's rezoning decision such that the neighbors have failed to rebut the presumption of integrity, honesty, and impartiality in favor of the City Council's decision."  The court went on to state, "we conclude that the neighbors [plaintiffs] have failed to demonstrate that the determination of the City Council was an abuse of discretion.


By    Evan Husney

        I know it is clichĂ© but there is truth in that statement, both as it relates to life and to  business.  A dear friend of mine passed away last year unexpectedly.  In addition to being a standout father of three, husband and friend, he was a founder and co-owner of a thriving software business.  Like most entrepreneurs, he fought hard and spent lots of time and resources to build a great company.  The business was just hitting its stride.



           The active and hard-working atmosphere at Foster Graham initially instills a visceral reaction akin to entering a bustling Acropolis at the mountain top of multi-faceted legal representation. On a macro level FGMC is one unit functioning at a blistering pace with a high level of efficiency. But look deeper and the care and concentration each and every instrumental organ of the symphony shows in every note, is more reminiscent of the detailed brush strokes of da Vinci's own beard in his self-portrait.


FGMC & Brian Proffitt would like to congratulate our new liquor licensed and retail food establishments:


Courtyard by Marriott Denver Southwest/Littleton
3056 W. County Line Rd., Littleton, CO 80129

R Taco
6515 W. 104th Ave., Suite 100, Westminster, CO 80020

Kettle and Spoke Brewery
2500 4th Street, Unit 12B, Boulder , CO 80301

4 G's Café II
3866 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113

Crave Savory Sips and Sweets
891 14th Street, #110, Denver ,CO 80202

Charlie's Bar
900 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218

MetroLux Theatres
6085 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland, CO 80538

Denver Biscuit Company
2501 Dallas Street, Unit 150, Aurora, CO 80010

Hotel Indigo Denver Union Station
1801 Wewattta Street, Denver, CO 80202

Stella's on 16th
1550 Wewatta Street, Suite 104,  Denver, CO 80202


Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery
200 Quebec St., Bldg. 300, Ste. 101, Denver, CO 80230

The Hangar at Stanley
2501 N. Dallas St., Unit 135, Aurora, CO 80010

Doubletree Durango
501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301

Lucky's Market
695 S. Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305

Alamo Drafhouse Cinema
4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204

Goat Patch Brewing Co.
2727 N. Cascade Ave., Suite 117, 120, & 123, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
http://goatpatchbrewing.com/    and     https://www.facebook.com/GoatPatchBrewing/