Awards & Recognition
January 26, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart's Stacy A. Carpenter was honored last night with the 2011 Richard Marden Davis Award at a dinner in her honor. The award recognizes her outstanding service to the legal community as well as civic and charitable leadership. 

"It is truly an honor to receive such a prestigious award," said Carpenter. "To be among such a highly regarded class of past winners is a humbling experience." 

The Davis Award is presented annually "to a Denver lawyer who is 40-years-old or younger and combines excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership." The award was created in memory of Richard Davis, one of the founders of Davis Graham & Stubbs, who devoted himself tirelessly to the profession and the community. Each honoree "best exemplifies the character and promise of Richard Davis at that stage in his career." 

Carpenter is a shareholder at Polsinelli Shughart and an experienced civil trial attorney whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, employment law, professional liability defense, and ERISA litigation. Much of Carpenter's practice focuses on the representation of insurance producers where she is able to combine her expertise in employment law with her expertise in professional liability claims. She has handled hundreds of civil matters to successful conclusion either by dismissal or appropriate settlement, and has been lead counsel for multiple trials and arbitrations. 
Carpenter has served on a number of Bar Associations in leadership roles, including the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors for three separate terms and as the Denver Bar Association President. She has also served as co-chair and honorary chair for the University of Colorado Cancer Center's Cocktails for a Cure, a fundraising event that celebrates Colorado women and supports the continued research and treatment of women's cancers. Carpenter's support of the event is especially significant as she completed treatment last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer in her eighth month of pregnancy with her first child in 2009. The event supports the Young Women's Breast Cancer Translational Program at the university, a program that Carpenter has said means a great deal to her. 

"I continue to be impressed by the selection committee's ability to honor truly outstanding civic and community leaders," said Chris Richardson, Managing Partner at DGS. "Carpenter, through much adversity, is making remarkable contributions to our profession and the community." 

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 About the Richard Marden Davis Award 
Richard Davis' family, his law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs, and the Denver Bar Foundation established this award in his memory in 1993, honoring his belief that great lawyers should be professional and community leaders. The award was created not only to recognize successful and committed young lawyers, but also to inspire other young attorneys to follow in his footsteps. For nearly 50 years, Davis tirelessly devoted himself to the profession and the community. He served as president of the Denver Bar Association in 1959, and he played key leadership roles in arts, philanthropic and other organizations.

About the Denver Bar Association 
The Denver Bar Association was founded in 1891 with the commitment to promote justice, support and assist member attorneys in delivering legal service and uphold the honor and dignity of the bar. The association likewise works to foster respect for the legal profession, encourage ongoing legal education and offers resources for the media and the public on legal issues.