Ms. Clem is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Labor & Employment Law Practice Groups.
As a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, Denise’s practice focuses on a variety of real estate issues including residential and commercial purchases, leasing and general business issues. She views her role in any negotiation or transaction to be that of a "deal maker". She has successfully negotiated hundreds of agreements in all aspects of real estate development, ownership, construction and financing. Since joining Messner Reeves, Denise has facilitated a number of transactions for a variety of clients in numerous industries, including the restaurant and retail industry.
In her employment practice, Denise provides counseling and training on a wide range of employment matters including personnel policies, hiring and firing, E-Verify and Form I-9 compliance (including governmental and company initiated audits), wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and compliance with state and federal laws. She also negotiates and drafts a variety of employment related agreements, such as confidentiality, non-compete and separation agreements. She has experience responding to equal employment opportunity complaints and participating in the investigative process. She works closely with employers from a wide variety of industries to help develop common sense and reliable procedures that ensure compliance with various state and federal employment laws.
Prior to joining Messner Reeves, Denise served as in-house counsel for Noodles & Company. She graduated from Capital University Law School in 1997 (Cum Laude). While there, she was awarded the BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law; was a member of the Dean’s List; and was elected to membership in the Beta Court of The Order of the Curia. In her free time, she is a volunteer for Goodwill Industries of Denver Youth Services Program.
Capital University, J.D., 1997,
Cum Laude/Order of the Curia
West Virginia University, B.A., Political Science, 1993
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Associate Real Estate Attorney,
Noodles & Company, 2003-2006
Associate, Benitez Professional
Associate, Jackson, Lewis,
Schnitzler & Krupman, 1997-1998
Title: Senior Associate
Admitted to Practice: Colorado, 1998 and Maryland, 1997
Practice Groups: Real Estate, Labor & Employment
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