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Messner Reeves Welcomes Three New Attorneys

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce the addition of three new outstanding attorneys to the firm’s Litigation Practice.

Marie L. Wrighten-Douglass joined the firm’s L.A. office as Of Counsel. A trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience in civil litigation and sophisticated criminal matters, Marie Wrighten-Douglass has a proven track record of getting results that matter. Focusing on business and employment litigation with an emphasis on class actions, complex commercial matters, business torts, and intellectual property disputes, Ms. Wrighten-Douglass brings a unique combination of legal acumen, keen sensibilities, and a passion for work to the firm’s General Litigation Practice Group.

In both state and federal courts, Ms. Wrighten-Douglass has successfully litigated matters for individuals, governmental entities, and Fortune 500 companies that involve claims for false advertising, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and unfair trade practices

Adam M. Royval is an associate in the Denver office’s litigation section and works primarily in the Labor and Employment Group. He regularly litigates employment, general liability, construction and insurance issues.

Adam attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he served as a General Editor on the Law Review.

Thomas J. Slattery is an associate in the New York office’s litigation section. Tom advises clients on various civil and commercial matters, including representation of members of the restaurant industry in employment disputes and regulatory violations.

We are very pleased to welcome these talented individuals to Messner Reeves!

About Messner Reeves LLP:

Messner Reeves is an established, mid-size firm with offices in Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. Messner Reeves provides the full range of legal services to a diverse group of clients—from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs. We are as excited about working with the small business owner as we are the largest corporation because, for us, it’s all about maximizing potential. We develop the legal strategies that can help propel the minor operation to the next level or the next ten levels—whether that mean doubling in size, or becoming a worldwide, publicly traded enterprise. Our practice groups include: Corporate Transactions and Finance, Litigation, Real Estate, Labor and Employment, Tax and Private Client Services, I-9 Compliance, Restaurant and Hospitality and Liquor Licensing. 

Messner Reeves Welcomes Five New Attorneys

November 5, 2014

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce the addition of 5 highly regarded attorneys to the firm, namely Wendy Lindstrom, Lou Grossman, Alyson Seifert, Katherine Whitney, and Spencer Kontnik. This exceptional team will contribute to the firm's litigation, corporate, and real estate practice areas.

Wendy Lindstrom is an experienced commercial litigator who focuses on art law, transportation and logistics, cargo, international and interstate commerce, maritime law and complex commercial matters. She drafts and negotiates contracts and litigates matters involving fine art, jewelry, specie, commercial collections, transportation and related logistical services.

Lou Grossman is a member of the firm’s litigation team. Mr. Grossman joined Messner Reeves as Of Counsel after serving as a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller LLP. For over 11 years, Lou practiced law in Louisiana focusing his efforts on complex litigation. During his tenure in Louisiana, Lou served as lead counsel in disputes involving toxic exposures, environment contamination and compliance, complex commercial transactions, railroad crossing accident litigation, and claims arising under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. Lou is listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2013 and 2014 and is an AV-Rated attorney with Martindale-Hubbell.

Alyson Seifert is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Ms. Seifert assists clients with entity formation, corporate transactions, and other various transactional matters. While in law school, Ms. Seifert served as a judicial intern and was a student attorney at the University of Denver’s Civil Litigation Clinic. She also served as a staff editor on the University of Denver’s Criminal Law Review.

Katherine Whitney is an associate in the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate Practice Groups. She is passionate about working with small and mid-size businesses, believing they are the backbone of our community. She enjoys resolving real property disputes and has experience drafting a variety of real estate documents including leases, purchase and sales agreements, and easement.

Spencer Kontnik is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. As a member of the Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Kontnik advises clients on various civil litigation matters including labor and employment issues, insurance litigation, and general commercial litigation.

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.

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 www.messner.com.

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:
http://www.messner.com/steven-e-fine

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 -http://bit.ly/1gj6XRj .

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- http://www.austinchronicle.com/food/2014-03-28/chain-gangs/

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:  https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1496803

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.

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