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More Growth: Messner Reeves Welcomes Five New Attorneys

September 5, 2014

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce the addition of 5 highly regarded attorneys to the firm, namely Mary Fletcher, Thomas McGrath, Allison Dodd, Sarah Smith, and Vanessa Devereaux. This exceptional team will contribute to the firm's litigation, labor and employment, and real estate practice areas.

Mary Fletcher represents individuals, businesses and insurance companies in the litigation of civil claims in state and federal court from receipt of the claim through appeal. Ms. Fletcher focuses her practice on defending physicians, health care facilities and other health care providers against claims of malpractice and negligence in litigation, at trial and in licensing board matters. Ms. Fletcher also has significant experience representing insurance carriers in bad faith and coverage disputes under a wide variety of commercial insurance policies.  

Thomas McGrath is licensed to practice in all courts in California and Nevada. He earned his juris doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1992 and spent his first seven years practicing in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Messner Reeves LLP, Mr. McGrath was the Managing Attorney for American Family Insurance Company's in-house legal office in Las Vegas.  He also previously managed his own private practice, representing primarily individual defendants and rental car companies in third party bodily injury cases.  Mr. McGrath possesses extensive experience litigating first party bad faith and third party bodily injury lawsuits.

Allison Dodd contributes to the firm's Litigation Practice and Labor and Employment Groups. Her litigation experience ranges from defending manufacturers in products liability matters, litigating bad faith cases, representing business owners in a variety of person injury actions, defending employers in discrimination actions, and representing professionals in construction defect actions. Ms. Dodd has also represented clients in a variety of corporate matters in the education and non-profit fields.

Allison Dodd was selected as a 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Star. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado and North Dakota.

Sarah Smith is a trial attorney in the Messner Reeves Las Vegas office. Ms. Smith’s professional experience ranges from defending clients against criminal prosecution, litigating personal injury cases, representing corporate clients against first party and bad faith claims, as well as, extensive experience in appellate law. Ms. Smith is licensed to practice law in Washington and Nevada and admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Vanessa Devereaux is originally from the San Luis Valley. She began her career as a Deputy Public
Defender for the Alamosa Regional Office. Ms. Devereaux has experience practicing in both county and district criminal courts and is a tireless advocate for her clients and their families.
Ms. Devereaux recently participated in a year-long Criminal and Immigration Defense Clinic where she represented clients in criminal court and federal administrative proceedings.

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

Welcome Steve Fine

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce that Steve Fine has joined the Firm as Of Counsel. Steve Fine has joined Messner Reeves LLP after a successful 25 year tenure at McDonald’s Corporation where he served as Senior Labor Relations Counsel, providing strategic advice and counsel to McDonald’s West Division clients. Comparable to his role at McDonald’s, Steve currently serves his clients on a broad spectrum of strategic labor and employment issues including management of employee on and off-boarding, discipline, EEO, wage and hour, immigration, leaves, child labor and litigation. He also represents clients in federal and state Occupational Safety and Health matters. “Steve’s extensive workplace law experience will meld well with Messer Reeves’ already stellar labor and employment practice group. The firm’s strategic vision of having the best and brightest attorneys available to meet all the legal needs of our diverse client base is enhanced by the addition of Steve to our team,” states Messner partner John Shunk.

Steve’s multifaceted experience, prior to joining McDonald’s, encompasses public service and private practice representing employers, employees and labor organizations; his work history includes the United Mine Workers of America, International as Special Counsel; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as Staff Attorney and Law Clerk; Illinois Fair Employment Practice Commission as Law Clerk to the ALJs, Investigator and Contract Compliance Officer; and Student Intern with the National Labor Relations Board, Region 13, Chicago. Steve also has extensive experience in labor arbitration and mediation as both an advocate and neutral, and was mentored by Arbitrator Samuel Edes.

As an educator, he has taught courses in labor relations, labor arbitration and collective bargaining at the former Indiana State University, Evansville, Indiana, and Roosevelt University, Chicago. Steve is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign earning a B.A. with honors in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree from the School of Labor and Employment Relations, as well as a Juris Doctor of Law from Loyola University, Chicago.
Here is a link to Steve’s biography page:

Messner Reeves Welcomes Two Attorneys

Messner Reeves is pleased to announce that Douglas C. Wolanske and Ann M. Thompson have joined the firm’s Denver office and the Litigation Practice Group.  Mr. Wolanske is a preeminent Denver attorney with over 17 years of experience, including 30 trials in complex civil litigation.  The addition of Mr. Wolanske and Ms. Thompson strengthens and broadens Messner Reeves’ already deep trial bench.   Read more about Mr. Wolanske and Ms. Thompson, here.

Messner Reeves LLP- Las Vegas Office

We are very proud to announce the opening of our Las Vegas office!  The Las Vegas office will add to the firm's national presence and will allow the firm to provide the most comprehensive service to a wide range of clients.  The Las Vegas office will be led by experienced trial attorney, Mark Schellerup  along with an outstanding team of attorneys.  Read more about the expansion and new attorneys here: Messner Reeves LLP- Las Vegas

The Steadman Clinic and VERTS

The past couple of weeks have been exciting ones for a couple of our clients.   The Steadman Clinic made headlines when it received official designation as a National Medical Center within the United States Olympic Committee's National Medical Network, one of two centers. This collaboration will be a huge resource for Team USA and will help expand the National Medical Network.  Read more about this great honor and The Steadman Clinic - .

VERTS Restaurant Chain is taking Texas by storm with 10 stores in Austin, 4 opening in Houston and more slated for Dallas. Founded by two German business students looking to satisfy their craving for the street food they grew up on, these two entrepreneurs got to work educating Texans on the delicious kabep.   Their plan and hard work is paying off because Texans cannot seem to get enough of the kebap. Read more about this great duo and their plans for VERTS-

Bruce Montoya and The Colorado Chapter of ABOTA- Masters in Trial

Join Bruce A. Montoya and The Colorado Chapter of ABOTA for:
Masters in Trial- A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statements through Jury Deliberations

Educating attorneys in the art of trial advocacy is a primary goal of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  The Masters in Trial shows how experienced trial lawyers conduct a trial.  All of the trial team counsel are ABOTA members and are well-known and highly respected in their fields. The mock trial demonstration is presented before a real judge and jury, complete with witnesses, experts and electronic courtroom visuals.  The jury will render a verdict with jury deliberations shown on-screen in the courtroom.    
Whether you are a novice or seasoned trial lawyer, plaintiff or defense counsel, no matter what area of law you practice, this program will assist you in your next trial and trials thereafter. Come and observe the best of the best trial lawyers as they demonstrate effective methods of opening, presenting lay and expert witnesses, and powerful closing arguments.

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:45 AM - 5:15 PM
City and County Building
1437 Bannock
Courtroom 466, 4th Floor
Denver, Colorado

For more information and to register:

Six Messner Reeves attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers

It is with great pride that we congratulate all of our attorneys who have achieved recognition as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars from their industry peers this year.  The fact that attorneys at our firm are receiving this honor year after year is a solid reminder that we are home to one of the best law teams in the city.
Please join us in congratulating our 2014 honorees:

Bruce A. Montoya- Super Lawyers, Attorney Profile

Aaron N. Einhorn- Rising Stars, Attorney Profile

Derek C. Blass- Rising Stars, Attorney Profile

Michelle L. Harden- Rising Stars, Attorney Profile

Torben M. Welch- Rising Stars, Attorney Profile

Travis S. Uhlenhopp- Rising Stars, Attorney Profile

Thanks for making us all very proud!

Welcome Alex Beltz

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce an addition to the firm.  Alex Beltz has joined the firm’s Denver office and the Real Estate and Corporate Practice Groups.

Mr. Beltz represents clients in a multitude of areas concerning real estate transactions, including commercial leasing, purchase and sale agreements, acquisitions, and title review. As a member of the Corporate Practice Group, Mr. Beltz, assist clients with corporate transactions, corporate governance, contract drafting, and entity formation. Learn more about Mr. Beltz.

DSTILL- March 10th-16th

We are very excited to be a partner with DSTILL for the second year.  This is an amazing week full of events celebrating American small-batch distilling and craft cocktails.   Learn more about the events below and don't forget to buy your tickets!

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From March 10-16, DSTILL presents a weeklong experience of American small-batch distilling, featuring spirit tastings, craft cocktail events, and workshops highlighting top artisan distillers from across the country.

DSTILL opens the week with a series of workshops, panels & tours with distillers, bartenders and industry experts. These programs provide an informative look at the craft of distilling and a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with the pioneers and innovators of the American craft spirit industry, including distillers, bartenders, journalists, and other supporting cast.

These educational programs lead-up to THE SHOWCASE, which will be held on Thursday, March 13, from 7:00-10:00pm at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver.

As the signature tasting event of DSTILL, The Showcase brings together over 40 artisan distillers from across Colorado and the U.S. for a serious celebration of American craft distilling and cocktails. The Showcase provides consumers and industry professionals alike, the opportunity to taste spirits from America’s top artisan distillers and sample an array of handcrafted cocktails from the barmen and women of the Colorado Bartenders' Guild.

A $50 ticket provides the opportunity to experience a true taste of American small-batch distilling with
distillers from the country who will be on hand sharing their spirits and stories. Proceeds support the Colorado Distillers Guild. Tickets available at:

The Showcase serves as the kickoff event to the American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) Convention & Trade Show. This inaugural national ACDA convention convenes in Denver for two-days of workshops, keynote speakers and master classes for the trade professional from March 13-16, during the week of DSTILL.

The Showcase:
Workshops & Panel:
Tours (Free):

DSTILL comes together only with the support from an incredible group of partners, sponsors, venues, friends and family. Pick one or two to include in your DSTILL conversations! Thank you, all!

American Craft Distillers Association | Arts & Venues Denver | Beverage Distributors Co | Colorado Bartenders Guild | Colorado Distillers Guild | Colorado Licensed Beverage Association | Colorado Tourism Office | Denver Theater District | Eat Denver | Eldorado Water | Green Russell | Harmonic Media Heroes Like Us | Imbibe | Industry Denver | Larimer Square | Novo Coffee | Messner Reeves LLP | Republic National Distributing Company | Seattle Fish Company | Session Kitchen | Something Independent | Southern Wine & Spirits | Sprocket Communications | Ste. Ellie | TAG | Tender Belly | Visit Denver | Wynkoop Brewing Company | 5280|The Denver Magazine

Messner Reeves Promotes Three to Partner

February 12, 2014
Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce that Denise Clem, Derek C. Blass and Caleb Meyer have been promoted to partner.  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."

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