High-profile attorney Richard Tegtmeier, who won Colorado’s largest wrongful death suit and has represented defendants ranging from Brian Hood to members of the Sons of Silence motorcycle gang, has merged his Colorado Springs law firm with Denver-based Sherman & Howard.
Tegtmeier Bednarski, headed by Tegtmeier and Richard Bednarski and specializing in white-collar crime and criminal defense, merged Friday with Denver’s oldest law firm, which has 11 offices with 190 attorneys in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and Wyoming. Both partners and all support employees from Tegtmeier Bednarski’s local office joined Sherman & Howard’s Colorado Springs office, which now includes 14 attorneys,; a partner in San Antonio is not part of the merger, Tegtmeier said.
Tegtmeier has practiced law in Colorado for 40 years and is president-elect of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He represented Michael Bonicelli, Gwendolyn Garris and Donna Fuller, who sued their father’s estate and won a $32.4 million judgment for the 1975 death of their mother, Eloise Bonicelli; the jury found she was killed by a hitman hired by their late father, Joseph Bonicelli. Tegtmeier also defended a Hewlett-Packard Co. executive accused of murder as well as Hood, convicted for conspiring to kill his wife.
“There will be more partners and more different kinds of cases and more resources available for our clients.
“That is a significant difference for a small boutique law firm — we never had more than seven lawyers — where I have worked since I left the Public Defender’s Office in 1974.
“Our practice has changed over the years to representing doctors, CEOs and real estate brokers and developers more than guys riding Harleys, although the types of guys riding Harleys have changed over the years as well.”
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