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2 lawyers open practices at Sequoia

Steamboat Springs

The Sequoia Building at 141 Ninth St. is home to two new legal practices. Margaret O'Donnell and Michele M. Desoer have opened separate practices in the historic building.

O'Donnell hopes to meet the needs of clients who are increasingly sensitive to formalizing and protecting the water rights that go with their properties.

"Routt County is one of the few places in Colorado with an abundance of water," O'Donnell said. "However, with the recent drought, people are becoming more concerned with protecting their water supply and obtaining legal water rights for their property."

O'Donnell has been practicing law with an emphasis on water rights, real estate law and natural resources law for a decade, both on Colorado's Front Range and the Western Slope. She can be reached at 879-2104.

Desoer also has defined a niche she believes is in demand in the region.

"I believe that my expertise in the employment and labor fields is unique among the attorneys in Northwest Colorado," she said.

Desoer was educated at the University of California at Berkley, and began practicing law in 1985 as an in-house attorney for CBS and Metro Goldwyn-Mayer.

"I provide a wide range of legal services including litigation and counseling in the commercial and employment areas among others. I have significant experience also with arbitrations, mediations and appeals," Desoer said.

Desoer can be reached at 879-8494.

ASC promotes new Canyons director

Park city, utah

American Skiing Co. named F. Scott Pierpont President and Managing Director of The Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.

ASC is the parent company of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Pierpont has been interim Managing Director of the resort since August 2002.

Pierpont has extensive resort management and operating experience with more than 28 years in the ski industry. Pierpont relocated to The Canyons in January 2002, serving as vice president of operations until his promotion in August 2002. Prior to this, Pierpont served as the Managing Director of American Skiing Company's Mount Snow, Vermont ski resort. He has also held a senior position at Bear Mountain in California.

"I am pleased that Scott will continue his leadership role at The Canyons and remain an integral part of our senior management team," said CEO B.J. Fair. "Scott has done an exceptional job since taking over as interim managing director a little over a year ago, with the resort posting record skier visits during the 2002/2003 ski season."

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