Messner Reeves LLP Adds Prominent Healthcare Attorney David J. Mortensen
After three decades of practice, veteran Nevada trial lawyer joins Messner’s Las Vegas office

LAS VEGAS, NV – October 30, 2018 –Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce David J. Mortensen has joined the firm’s Las Vegas office as a partner in their Litigation and Healthcare Practice Groups. Mortensen brings 35 years’ legal experience with a practice focused on advising and representing healthcare professionals and business entities. He has successfully tried to verdict numerous complex healthcare and general tort cases. 

 “After over 35 years with the same firm, David Mortensen made the decision to join Messner Reeves, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team,” said Bryant “Corky” Messner, Messner Reeves’ Founding Partner and CEO. “Our thriving healthcare practice continues to expand, and David’s extensive experience further solidifies our team.  He will be a great benefit to our clients.”

Mortensen is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Nevada, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011, he was selected National Coordinating Counsel for the Hepatitis C Mass Tort Litigation pending in Nevada state and federal courts.  Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell, Mortensen has been selected as a Super Lawyer consecutively since 2009. He also has been recognized in the 25th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Litigation, Healthcare Litigation, and Insurance.

Mortensen is an active participant in the legal community and a member of the Clark County and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Nevada, Defense Trial Lawyers of Nevada, American Health Lawyers Association, Professional Liability Defense Federation, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – August 8, 2018 – Partner Torben M. Welch was named as a Board Member of the Silicon Slopes - Legal Chapter. Silicon Slopes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization empowering Utah’s startup and tech community to learn, connect, and serve in an effort to make entrepreneurship and opportunity in Silicon Slopes open and accessible to all. To learn more, please visit their website

DENVER, CO – July 25, 2018 – The Law Firm Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Brent R. Wadman has joined the firm’s Denver office as a partner in our Corporate Practice Group. Brent brings over 19 years of corporate legal experience with an emphasis in the natural resource industry. He has extensive expertise in corporate governance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border equity and debt transactions, and corporate risk and crisis management.

Previously he was the Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary for Stillwater Mining Company, responsible for the legal affairs of the Company and proper governance of the Board. He has served as Senior Counsel at Combat Support Associates, a U.S. defense contractor in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Deputy General Counsel at infoGroup Inc., a direct marketing company in Omaha, Nebraska, and as an attorney for Ameritrade, Inc, a securities broker in Omaha, Nebraska.

Brent has over 17 years of broad corporate legal experience in a variety of industries. He currently counsels public and private companies concerning corporate ethics and governance, SEC compliance, internal investigations, and Board functions.

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SAN DIEGO, CA, May 31, 2018 – Messner Reeves Attorney Jesse F. Ruiz obtained a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of a national aircraft manufacturer after a three-week jury trial in United States District Court, Southern District of California, in a Wrongful Death action based upon claims of a defective design of a military aircraft. The Plaintiff’s attorney had made a non-negotiable pre-trial demand for $30 Million and asked the jury to award a total of $46 Million.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – May 1, 2018 – The Law Firm Messner Reeves LLP has announced the opening of a new office in Salt Lake City, Utah, the firm’s seventh office nationwide. The office will be managed by Partner Torben M. Welch, who was previously an attorney and partner with Messner Reeves’ Denver office from 2008 – 2017. The Salt Lake City office will draw upon the nationwide expertise of the firm, with the capacity to provide a full range of business legal services.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Messner Reeves and to serve the business community in Salt Lake City, the Silicon Slopes area, and those throughout the Intermountain West,” said Welch. “Personal matters took me away from Denver in early 2017, and I was unsure if and when I would be able to return to Messner Reeves. I was thrilled when the opportunity to expand Messner Reeves into the Salt Lake community was presented because I truly believe in this firm’s philosophy and client first mentality, something I am excited to bring to Utah.”

Messner Reeves now operates offices in Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Rancho Cucamonga, San Jose, and now Salt Lake City. Messner Reeves strong organic growth over the past five years is a direct result of the firm’s entrepreneurial spirit and unique culture.

Founding Partner and CEO Bryant “Corky” Messner explained, “Our growth is almost entirely client-driven, as a result of our entrepreneurial and client development-focused culture. Our strategic expansion allows us to provide comprehensive legal services to business of all sizes across the country. We are very thankful to have Torben re-join our firm, he has always embraced our unique culture, and is an impeccable example of our core values; he is entrepreneurial, extremely hardworking, and overall an exceptional attorney.”

Welch's practice focuses on complex business and commercial transaction in the corporate, real estate, finance, and sports industries. Duties include enterprise strategic planning, assets acquisitions, contract and lease negotiation, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, independent investigations, dispute resolution, etc.

SAN JOSE, CA - April 30, 2018 -- Messner Reeves is pleased to welcome Lindsey Pho as an associate attorney in our Silicon Valley office. She concentrates her practice in business litigation, including commercial breach of contract disputes and related tort actions, in both federal and state courts. 

DENVER, CO – March 26, 2018 – Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce nine of our Colorado attorneys have been named to the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyer is a rating service of outstanding attorneys, no more than 5 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, Business Litigation
Douglas C. Wolanske, Medical Malpractice: Defense
Heather A. Salg, Civil Litigation: Defense, Top 50 Women List
Michelle L. Harden, Medical Malpractice: Defense

Messner Reeves’ 2018 Colorado Rising Stars include:
Allison Dodd, Employee Litigation: Defense
Kendra N. Beckwith, Appellate
Katherine Otto, Medical Malpractice: Defense
Mary Byrne Fletcher, Health Care
Matthew R. Sullivan, Real Estate

DENVER, CO – March 23, 2018 – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce seven attorneys have been promoted to partner. The new partners represent a range of practice areas within the firm.

Founding Partner and CEO Bryant “Corky” Messner expressed, “These promotions are the well-deserved result of diligent efforts by this talented group of lawyers. They have each demonstrated grit, integrity, accountability, and professional excellence of which they should all be extremely proud.”

The new partners are as follows:

Adam M. Royval – Litigation
Adam’s practice focuses on trial advocacy and the representation of individuals, businesses, and their insurance carriers. He practices in Colorado and in courts around the country in the fields of personal injury, construction, employment, false advertising, and commercial litigation. Since joining the firm, Adam has tried numerous cases to verdict with favorable results. His experience as a transactional attorney and role as an active litigator allow him to provide practical advice to a wide variety of clients in both the courtroom and regarding their day-to-day legal affairs.

Allison J. Dodd – Litigation, Labor & Employment, Restaurant & Hospitality, Crisis Management
Allison has an active litigation and trial practice in a variety of areas including wage and hour, employment, foodborne illness, personal injury, premises liability, false advertising, class actions and complex civil litigation. Allison appears in both state and federal courts across the country for a variety of clients. In addition to her litigation practice, Allison counsels her clients in crisis prevention and crisis management on matters ranging from food safety and regulatory compliance to external and internal investigations and audits. Allison attended the University of Kansas Law School and has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list for the past four years.

Kendra N. Beckwith – Appellate, Litigation
Kendra’s practice focuses on appellate and complex litigation. She routinely represents clients before the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At the trial level, her practice emphasizes complex proceeding in federal and state court, including wage and hour class and collective action defense. Kendra graduated from University of Denver Strum College of Law and is actively involved in the Colorado legal community. She is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, a member of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee, and a 2016 graduate of Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (“COBALT”).

Mary Byrne Fletcher – Litigation, Healthcare Law
Mary represents individuals, businesses and insurance companies in the litigation of civil claims in state and federal court from receipt of the claim through appeal. She focuses her practice on representing healthcare professionals, practice groups and entities. Mary defends healthcare providers against claims of malpractice and negligence in litigation and represents them in matters involving the Colorado licensing board. She also advises healthcare clients on risk management matters and regulatory compliance, such as HIPAA requirements. Mary also has significant experience representing insurance carriers in bad faith and coverage disputes under a wide variety of commercial insurance policies. Mary attended the University of Denver Strum College of Law and has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2012.

Rachel Farr – Corporate
Rachel advises a wide variety of clients, including public and private companies, on organizational, general corporate, corporate compliance and governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity, and securities matters. Additionally, she has advised clients on state and federal regulatory compliance matters relating to a number of regulated industries. Rachel attended Temple University, Beasley School of Law and is admitted to practice in Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Thomas R. Blackburn – Litigation
Tom has extensive experience representing businesses in all forums from state and federal courts to arbitration and mediation. His practice areas are broad and include complex securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, employment collective and class actions, management of litigation for companies, real estate litigation and other commercial and general litigation matters. Tom prides himself on finding solutions that will help his clients grow their business and focus on their long-term objectives rather than becoming embroiled in costly litigation. Much of his practice is dedicated to avoiding disputes and litigation before they ensue. Tom graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is actively involved in the Colorado Business Community. He is a past Member of the University Of Colorado Alumni Association Board Of Advisors, a past participant in the Leadership 20 Program for the Association of Corporate Growth, and is currently participating in Impact Denver with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Tyler R. Rauert – International, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Banking & Financial Services
Tyler navigates the complexities of international business for clients in the US and abroad. Building on his decade of experience in US foreign policy and international law, Tyler focuses his practice on foreign investment, cross-border business transactions, entity formation and funding, capital formation, corporate governance, and intellectual property. He also advises U.S. and international clients on U.S. federal laws and regulations governing international business such as trade and investment agreements and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition to his International practice, Tyler advises clients on their advertising, branding, and marketing activities to ensure that they achieve the most comprehensive protection possible for their intellectual property rights. Tyler is actively involved with World Trade Center Denver where he sits on the Board of Directors and chairs the Trade Policy Committee.

DENVER, CO,  January 10, 2018 - Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Heather A. Salg has joined the firm as a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Salg brings 20 years of experience and has tried over 50 trials and arbitrations to verdict.

Ms. Salg defends insurance companies and their insureds, as well as large self-insurers in Federal Court and District Courts throughout Colorado. Her primary goal as an insurance defense attorney is to develop the relevant facts as quickly and economically as possible, provide an early and accurate assessment based on the facts and law, resolve matters as soon as they can be resolved, and zealously defend those cases that have to be tried.

Bruce A. Montoya, manager of Messner Reeves' litigation practice group, stated "We are thrilled to welcome Heather to our team. She is an accomplished trial lawyer and highly respected by the bench and bar as reflected by her nomination and election to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She is a tremendous addition to our esteemed trial group."

In 2013 Ms. Salg was invited to be a member of ABOTA, an organization with a primary mission of preserving the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and our civil justice system. ABOTA is an invitation-only organization consisting of lawyers who have tried a minimum of 20 civil jury trials to conclusion.

Ms. Salg has been named a Super Lawyer annually since 2014, and in 2017 she was named to Super Lawyers' list of the Top 50 Women attorneys in Colorado. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 she was recognized as a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine. In addition, she has been AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2009.

SAN JOSE, CA  January 8, 2018 - Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Matthew J. Wendt has joined our Litigation Practice Group in the Silicon Valley Office. He represents clients in a variety of general civil litigation matters including real estate, construction law and defect litigation, labor and employment, and business litigation.

Click here to view Matt's full biography to learn more about his experience. 

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