DENVER, January 11, 2016-- Thomas R. Blackburn has returned to Messner Reeves LLP as a member of our litigation team. Mr. Blackburn began his legal career with Messner Reeves after his graduation from University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2009, and we are thrilled to welcome back a talented and seasoned trial attorney.

Mr. Blackburn rejoins Messner Reeves as an Associate Attorney in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes commercial litigation, oil and gas litigation, finance and real estate litigation, general litigation, and representation of health care professionals.  Mr. Blackburn's representation of large companies is enhanced by his prior experience as in-house legal counsel for a publicly traded midstream natural gas company. Mr. Blackburn's practice has included successful representation of clients in all forums including arbitration, mediation, trial and appeals.

DENVER, January 6, 2016 – Messner Reeves is pleased to announce three partners have been named to the 5280 Top Lawyers list. The list is in its second edition and is made up of more than 400 Denver metro area attorneys in 49 specialties. The ranking is based on a peer-review process and the magazines own research.

The Messner Reeves attorneys selected for inclusion in the 5280 Top Lawyers list are:

Bruce A. Montoya – Medical Malpractice: Defense

Douglas C. Wolanske – Medical Malpractice: Defense

Michelle L. Harden – Medical Malpractice: Defense

This is the second year Bruce Montoya and Douglas Wolanske have been selected to the Top Lawyers list. 5280, a local Denver lifestyle magazine, has more readers than any other local magazine in Colorado. For more information on the 2016 Top Lawyer list, please visit the 5280 website.

 

 

 

 

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DENVER, November 10, 2015 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome four new Associate Attorneys to our Denver Office. On October 8, 2015 Brenna Lee Wolcott, Clement J. Hayes, Courtney A. McShane, and Margaret K. Mandeville received passing scores on the Colorado Bar Examination. On November 9, 2015 the four associates took their oath of admission. The admission ceremony was held at the Boettcher Concert Hall, in Denver, Colorado.

All four associates participated in the Messner Reeves Summer Law Clerk Program in 2014, where they worked closely with attorneys to gain real legal experience beyond the classroom. Each were able to attend client meetings, negotiations, depositions, trials, and court room hearings as well as drafting research memoranda, motions, briefs, and a broad array of transactional documents. Messner Reeves strives to be different than other firms by establishing a long term commitment to mentoring and developing our future Associates. We identify new candidates though various sources each year to participate in our Summer Clerk Program. Our interview process is extensive and includes three rounds of panel interviews with multiple attorneys at the firm ranging from Associates to Partners, as well as the firm’s founder and CEO, Corky Messner. Finalists are sent formal offers to join our Summer Law Clerk Program which includes eight weeks of summer experience, and a full-time, permanent Associate position with the firm following graduation, pending bar results.

Brenna Lee Wolcott and Margaret K. Mandeville join Messner Reeves’ Litigation Practice Group. Both attended University of Colorado Law School and graduated spring of 2015. Ms. Wolcott’s practice focuses on general civil litigation, labor and employment, insurance, and commercial litigation. Ms. Mandeville joins our Healthcare Litigation Group assisting physicians, mental health clinicians, and other healthcare providers.

Clement J. Hayes and Courtney A. McShane join our transactional team at Messner Reeves. Mr. Hayes’ practice focuses on Corporate, Taxation, and Intellectual Property. Mr. Hayes attended St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2015. Ms. McShane joins our Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups, and is a University of Colorado Law School graduate.

About Messner Reeves LLP
With offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, Messner Reeves counsels a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and has earned a distinguished reputation for offering effective legal counsel, quick response, and the highest level of professional integrity in the following areas of practice: corporate transactions & securities, labor & employment, litigation- including commercial, insurance, constructions and professional liability, natural resources, real estate, restaurant & hospitality, banking & financial services, art law, health law, trust & estates, transportation logistics and private client and tax services.

At Messner Reeves, our core values drive our business. We are confident in the knowledge that we have a single-minded commitment to provide the best legal service possible. We understand business. We are energetic, available, accountable and solution-oriented. We work to earn the trust of our clients. More information on Messner Reeves LLP at www.messner.com.

NEW YORK, NY. (September 25, 2015)- Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce Abigail Nitka has been selected to the 2015 New York Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Abigail opened the New York office for Messner Reeves with Partner JC Mazzola in July 2013. Abigail’s practice focuses on litigation for businesses of all sizes. Her practice has recent expanded to representing local, regional, and national members of the restaurant and hospitality industry. Her practice in this area extends to individual and class action wage and hour litigation, covering claims for misclassification of employees, retaliation, spread of hours pay premises liability, liquor liability, and food-borne illness claims. Abigail's practice also includes handling complex marine, energy and property claims for individuals and domestic and international corporations and insurers. She has experience with a wide range of property damage disputes, pollution liability, marine casualty claims, and construction and design disputes.

About Messner Reeves LLP
With offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, Messner Reeves counsels a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and has earned a distinguished reputation for offering effective legal counsel, quick response, and the highest level of professional integrity in the following areas of practice: corporate transactions & securities, labor & employment, litigation- including commercial, insurance, constructions and professional liability, natural resources, art law, transportation and logistics, real estate, restaurant & hospitality and private client and tax services.

At Messner Reeves, our core values drive our business. We are confident in the knowledge that we have a single-minded commitment to provide the best legal service possible. We understand business. We are energetic, available, accountable and solution-oriented. We work to earn the trust of our clients. More information on Messner Reeves LLP at www.messner.com.


Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce that three attorneys were selected as Colorado ‘Super Lawyers’ for 2015 and six attorneys were designated as ‘Rising Stars’ in Colorado and California by Super Lawyers Magazine. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys — no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected. Rising Stars recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state — no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected.

The following members of Messner Reeves LLP were named as Colorado Super Lawyers:
Bruce Montoya, Trial Attorney
Douglas Wolanske, Trial Attorney
Tanya Milligan, Labor and Employment Defense

Messner Reeves’ 2015 Colorado and California Rising Stars include:
Michelle Harden, Trial Attorney
Derek Blass, Business Litigation
Travis Uhlenhopp, Corporate/Intellectual Property
Mark Collier, Personal Injury Med Mal: Defense
Mary Fletcher, Personal Injury Med Mal: Defense
Allison Dodd, Employee Litigation: Defense

About Messner Reeves LLP
With offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, Messner Reeves counsels a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and has earned a distinguished reputation for offering effective legal counsel, quick response, and the highest level of professional integrity in the following areas of practice: corporate transactions & securities, labor & employment, litigation- including commercial, insurance, constructions and professional liability, natural resources, real estate, restaurant & hospitality and private client and tax services.

At Messner Reeves, our core values drive our business. We are confident in the knowledge that we have a single-minded commitment to provide the best legal service possible. We understand business. We are energetic, available, accountable and solution-oriented. We work to earn the trust of our clients.

March 16, 2015

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome new attorney, Cassandra S.M. Cummings, to the firm’s Las Vegas office. Ms. Cummings is an associate in the firm’s Litigation department focusing on areas of insurance defense, premises liability, and construction defect. Ms. Cummings’ experience in these fields began while attending the University of Oregon School of Law during which times she was a law clerk for an insurance defense attorney. After graduating from law school, Ms. Cummings returned to Las Vegas where she earned her undergraduate degree. Ms. Cummings then began working with a construction defect firm where she defended developers in complex construction defect cases.

Ms. Cummings was raised in the small coastal town of Newport, Oregon, but felt the draw of the bright lights of Las Vegas, which led her to UNLV. While attending UNLV, Ms. Cummings put her classical ballet training to work as the assistant manager of Capezio Dance Theater Shop where she assisted dancers of all ages and worked with many of the large shows on the Las Vegas Strip.

About Messner Reeves LLP
With offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, Messner Reeves counsels a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and has earned a distinguished reputation for offering effective legal counsel, quick response, and the highest level of professional integrity in the following areas of practice:  corporate transactions & securities, labor & employment, litigation- including commercial, insurance, constructions and professional liability, natural resources, real estate, restaurant & hospitality and private client and tax services.

At Messner Reeves, our core values drive our business.  We are confident in the knowledge that we have a single-minded commitment to provide the best legal service possible.  We understand business.  We are energetic, available, accountable and solution-oriented.  We work to earn the trust of our clients.  More information on Messner Reeves LLP at www.messner.com.

February 20, 2015
The law firm of Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce that Jeremy Wysocki, Abigail Nitka, Jacqueline Guesno and Charles Cavanagh have been promoted to partners. The promotion of these four attorneys is attributed to their demonstrated professional excellence and their dedicated service to clients and the firm. We wish Jeremy, Abigail, Jacqueline, and Charles all the best in their new roles as partners-CONGRATULATIONS!

Jeremy Wysocki is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Taxation Practice Groups. Mr. Wysocki advises a variety of clients, including, without limitation, individuals, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, sole proprietorships, trade associations, and not-for-profit entities on organizational, general corporate, corporate compliance and governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity, securities and taxation matters, choice of entity, exit strategy, business divorce and related matters.

Abigail Nitka opened the New York office with Partner JC Mazzola in July 2013. Abigail’s practice focuses on representation of large and small businesses in litigation and other disputes. Recently her practice has expanded to representation of local, regional, and national members of the restaurant and hospitality industry in individual and class action wage and hour litigation, covering claims for misclassification of employees, retaliation, spread of hours pay and other alleged violations. She also has experience defending against lawsuits alleging non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state and local laws. Her practice in this area extends to premises liability, liquor liability and food-borne illness claims.

Jacqueline Guesno joined the firm in 2012 and is a partner in our Litigation Labor and Employment Department. Ms. Guesno is an accomplished trial attorney who began her career in 2003 as a Colorado State Public Defender in Arapahoe County where she tried in excess of 70 major felony jury trials. Since joining Messner Reeves, Ms. Guesno has demonstrated her skill in successfully litigating complex, trial-bound employment cases across the country, as well as expanding the firm's expertise to include criminal defense. Throughout her career, Ms. Guesno has earned a reputation as a fierce, tenacious, and highly skilled advocate, who has achieved a high rate of success for her clients and in turn has earned the respect of state and federal judges and fellow attorneys.

Charles Cavanagh is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. Mr. Cavanagh is admitted to both the Colorado and California bars. After a decade of practicing law in California, he moved to Colorado and joined Messner Reeves to assist with the California needs of the firm’s clients, while continuing to develop his own trial and appellate practices. Mr. Cavanagh has extensive experience litigating in both federal and state trial and appellate courts.

The law firm of Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce that Torben Welch and Caleb Meyer have become equity partners at the firm. Mr. Welch and Mr. Meyer now join founder Bryant S. "Corky" Messner, John Shunk, David Reeves, Bruce Montoya, Mark Schellerup, Doug Wolanske and Robert Hinckley, Jr. as owners of the firm.

Founder, Bryant S. "Corky" Messner commented, “Messner Reeves has very high standards to becoming partner. Partners are expected to be great lawyers, team players and leaders. Also, a lawyer that has become partner has gained the confidence of clients by building a practice. I’m very proud of the hard work they have put into building their own practices and the leadership they provide. Each has made significant contributions to the firm, our clients and the community.”

As a member of the firm's Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups, Mr. Torben Welch's practice focuses on advising corporate clients, mortgage lenders, real estate professionals and professional athletes with their legal needs. Duties include asset acquisitions, contract and lease negotiation, document review and analysis, development and growth strategies, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, workout and recovery strategy, etc. Mr. Welch also serves as outside general counsel to clients providing risk management and assessment, asset management/leasing, litigation prevention, management of outside counsel on litigation and related matters, etc.

In addition, Mr. Welch represents a variety of creditors in bankruptcy matters, including handling Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings, proof of claim submissions, Chapter 11 and 13 plan review and objections, relief from automatic stay issues, objections to discharge, etc.

As part of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Caleb Meyer focuses on trial advocacy and the representation of individuals, insurance companies, and business entities in courts of law, arbitration, mediation, and other regulatory proceedings. He has litigated and tried numerous cases including matters involving complex commercial litigation, medical/healthcare claims, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, construction defect, employment, catastrophic personal injury, general liability and contract.
Mr. Meyer also takes an active role in the legislative process on behalf of the civil defense industry by helping to craft and amend proposed legislation to protect individual and business interests in the community and enhance the ability of clients to successfully litigate civil claims.

February 5, 2014

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome Hanoch Sheps to the firm’s Art Law and Litigation Practice Groups. As an associate of the Messner Reeves New York Office, Hanoch represents various commercial businesses including fine art insurers and shippers, non-profits, and litigates both civil and commercial matters.

During law school, Hanoch interned for intellectual property and entertainment attorneys and a New York City agency. Hanoch is also a proud member of the New York Law School Moot Court Alumni Association.

About Messner Reeves LLP
With offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, Messner Reeves counsels a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and has earned a distinguished reputation for offering effective legal counsel, quick response, and the highest level of professional integrity in the following areas of practice:  corporate transactions & securities, labor & employment, litigation- including commercial, insurance, constructions and professional liability, natural resources, real estate, restaurant & hospitality, banking & financial services, art law, health law, trust & estates, transportation logistics and private client and tax services.

At Messner Reeves, our core values drive our business.  We are confident in the knowledge that we have a single-minded commitment to provide the best legal service possible.  We understand business.  We are energetic, available, accountable and solution-oriented.  We work to earn the trust of our clients.  More information on Messner Reeves LLP at www.messner.com.

January 16, 2015

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome new attorney, Mark Collier, to the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Mark’s litigation practice focuses on litigation counsel, advice, and risk management in medical, dental, and mental health care. Mark represents practitioners and health-related entities in malpractice cases, and assisting professionals in front of licensing boards including the Colorado Medical Board, Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Nursing, and the mental health boards. In addition, Mark has represented clients with matters involving the Colorado Department of Public Health, Colorado Division of Civil Rights, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HIPPA complaints). Mark also assists clients with other care related matters and business concerns,   

Mark has been asked to speak and write on issues regarding medical records, subpoenas, HIPPA, and other risk management topics. He brings a unique perspective in helping his clients to understand their complex legal situations.

Mark began his career representing patients in complex litigation, where he was involved in numerous high value jury trials and depositions. He leans upon that previous experience to give his clients an honest and straightforward evaluation of their case or issue, including the likelihood of outcomes and possible resolutions of the case to effectively represent his clients’ interests.

About Messner Reeves LLP
With offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, Messner Reeves counsels a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and has earned a distinguished reputation for offering effective legal counsel, quick response, and the highest level of professional integrity in the following areas of practice:  corporate transactions & securities, labor & employment, litigation- including commercial, insurance, constructions and professional liability, natural resources, real estate, restaurant & hospitality and private client and tax services.

At Messner Reeves, our core values drive our business.  We are confident in the knowledge that we have a single-minded commitment to provide the best legal service possible.  We understand business.  We are energetic, available, accountable and solution-oriented.  We work to earn the trust of our clients.  More information on Messner Reeves LLP at www.messner.com.

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