DENVER, CO (March 15, 2016) – Messner Reeves LLP has been named to BTI Brand Elite 2016: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. Clients place Messner Reeves in an elite group of law firms changing the way law firms do business, according to interviews with corporate counsel at more than 635 of the world’s largest and most influential companies. Corporate counsel see Messner Reeves standing out for its innovation and has earned a place on BTI's Honor Roll of Innovative Movers & Shakers.

BTI, a legal industry consulting group, conducts in-depth telephone interviews with legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue to identify law firms excelling in branding and positioning. In the report BTI explains, “This research is independent and unbiased—no law firm or organization other than BTI sponsors this study. No law firm or attorney influences the results, submits nominations, or provides client names to BTI.” Visit BTI’s website for more information on this year’s Brand Elite rankings.

DENVER, CO (March 14, 2016) – Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce seven of our Colorado attorneys have been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyer 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 lawyers in the state are selected.

The following partners at Messner Reeves LLP were named as Colorado Super Lawyers:
Bruce A. Montoya, Litigation
Douglas C. Wolanske, Med Mal: Defense
Tanya E. Milligan, Employee Litigation: Defense

Messner Reeves’ 2016 Colorado Rising Stars include:
Allison Dodd, Employee Litigation: Defense
Louis M. Grossman, Environmental Litigation
Mark B. Collier, Med Mal: Defense
Mary Bryne Fletcher, Med Mal, Defense

DENVER, CO (February 18, 2016) – Legal industry consulting firm BTI has named Messner Reeves’ partner, Caleb Meyer, to its annual Client Service All-Stars list. BTI conducted more than 300 in-depth interviews with corporate counsel at the world’s leading companies, to identify attorneys who deliver the absolute best client service.

Mr. Meyer was one of only 8 attorneys recognized in Denver, Colorado. A total of 312 attorneys were recognized globally for superior client focus, outstanding results, unmatched business understanding and reinventing the client relationship. BTI Consulting Group’s annual Client Service All-Star honor is a unique spotlight on attorneys who deliver superior client service because no attorney or firm can self-nominate. In the publication, BTI notes “312 attorneys stood out as the absolute best at client service. Not just great – but head and shoulders above the rest as defined solely by clients.”

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.

DENVER, CO (February 12, 2016) – The law firm of Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Kathleen J. Mowry, Maclain Joyce, and Matthew R. Sullivan have been promoted to partners. Founding partner Bryant S. “Corky” Messner shares, “It is very rewarding to announce our new partners this year, and witness lawyers in our firm succeeding.” The promotion of these three attorneys is attributed to their professional excellence, along with their dedicated service to clients and the firm.

Kathleen J. Mowry is a member of the litigation practice group and works primarily in the Labor and Employment Group, including representing clients with Workers’ Compensation Matters. Ms. Mowry has nearly two decades of extensive litigation experience. She has handled every type of workers’ compensation matter, administrative proceeding filed with the EEOC and Colorado Civil Rights Division, and trials in both state and federal courts involving such issues as employment contacts disputes, retaliation claims, and sexual harassment, age, race, gender, and disability discrimination. Ms. Mowry's practice includes not only representing clients with litigated matters, but providing personal counseling services to counsel clients with respect to compliance issues, personnel matters, and effective strategies to lessen or avoid litigation if possible.

Maclain Joyce is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Groups. He works closely with individual and institutional clients across the country, from start-up and growth stage companies to Fortune 500 publicly traded entities. In Mac’s practice, he assists and advises his clients on matters of corporate formation and structuring, debt and equity financing, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate governance. Mac often acts as outside general counsel, providing broad ranging advice to entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and boards of directors in the hospitality, technology, services, and craft manufacturing fields. Mac understands successful representation requires deep legal knowledge paired closely with business and industry insight. Corporate structuring, permitting and licensing, intellectual property protection, and strong real estate protections are the foundations to a strong business, but must be accomplished with an eye towards the bottom line. Mac excels at helping his clients protect their assets, and simultaneously take calculated business risks to achieve growth and future success.

Matthew R. Sullivan is a partner in the firm's Real Estate, Corporate, and Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Groups. Mr. Sullivan's real estate practice focuses on a broad range of real estate transactions including leasing, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate, title review, workout and recovery agreements, foreclosure agreements, financing real estate and other related contracts and legal documents. Mr. Sullivan has extensive experience in negotiating with landlords in connection with commercial leases and lease disputes. He also represents a variety of creditors in bankruptcy matters, including handling Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proof of claim submissions and relief from automatic stay issues. Mr. Sullivan’s corporate practice focuses on representing public and private companies, with a focus on entity formation, structuring, debt and equity financing, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate governance. Additionally, Mr. Sullivan has experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry representing and acquiring companies, financings, and joint ventures involving foodservice companies and serves as business counsel to clients across a range of industries utilizing his education and experience to advise his clients.

DENVER, CO (February 11, 2016) – The law firm of Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Jean Claude “J.C.” Mazzola and Jeremy S. Wysocki have been named equity partners. Mr. Mazzola and Mr. Wysocki now join founder Bryant S. “Corky” Messner, John Shunk, David Reeves, Bruce Montoya, Robert B. Hinckley, Jr., Douglas C. Wolanske, Mark B. Schellerup, Caleb Meyer, and Torben Welch as owners of the firm.

Messner Reeves believes in letting lawyers build the practice that’s right for them. The result is a firm of dedicated lawyers doing what they love, practicing law and helping their clients achieve their goals. 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. I’m very proud of the hard work they have put into building their own practices and the outstanding service they provide to our clients, the firm, and the community.”

As head of the Messner Reeves New York office, Mr. Mazzola’s practice includes representation of both national and international clients, including Chinese speaking clients, in the areas of commercial and insurance litigation. Mr. Mazzola’s commercial practice consists of representing clients from a diverse range of industries including hospitality, transportation, marine (admiralty, cargo, inland marine and recovery), manufacturing, real estate and energy, including alternative. He advises on matters such as contracts, discrimination, real estate disputes, product liability and limitation of liability.

Mr. Mazzola also handles a wide array of insurance matters, and is frequently retained by domestic and foreign commercial and marine insurance companies in their recovery and defense efforts. He assists in defense coverage matters in the professional liability claims area to include insurance agents, real estate agents and other miscellaneous professional lines. Mr. Mazzola practices in both state and federal courts and has extensive experience in jury and bench trials, arbitrations, appeals and administrative proceedings.

Mr. Wysocki is a managing partner of the firm’s Corporate and Taxation Practice Groups. He 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.

Mr. Wysocki has extensive experience assisting clients in connection with multimillion-dollar complex transactions, including, without limitation, purchase and sale transactions. Mr. Wysocki provides clients with a wide range of taxation and tax planning services, including, without limitation, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations, liquidations, corporations, partnerships, operating agreements, business succession planning, non-for-profit and tax exempt organizations, estate planning and tax controversies.

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.

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