Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce that Partners Simone Montoya and Allison Dodd in the Firm’s Denver office, have been selected for the 2020 Colorado General Counsel Mentor Program.

The Colorado General Counsel Mentor Program is designed with the intent of building and strengthening relationships between talented and qualified law firm attorneys and Colorado’s senior in-house legal community. The goal of the Program is to provide mentees access to General Counsel and senior in-house lawyers throughout the Denver Metro Area with the hopes of helping attorneys to successfully grow their practice and expand their networks. The Program will also give participants insights on how to effectively build and manage client relationships, sell legal services, and develop relationships with chief legal officers (CLOs).

The Program is open to all current law firm attorneys who have a minimum of eight years of practice experience and a maximum of fifteen years of practice experience.

Simone Montoya is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. She is a seasoned trial attorney who has tried over 30 jury trials and numerous bench trials. Simone has a broad range of experience in criminal defense and corporate defense litigation. Her legal career began as a Deputy District Attorney in Denver, where she served in the Family Violence Unit, prosecuting felony crimes against children and domestic violence cases. After serving seven years with the District Attorney’s office, Simone transitioned into an in-house legal counsel position with a Fortune 100 Insurance Company, where she gained experience in civil practice and insurance defense. Simone currently represents individuals and corporations in the areas of general liability, professional liability, foodborne illness, criminal defense, and medical negligence.

Allison Dodd is a partner in the firm’s Litigation, Crisis Management, and Labor and Employment Groups. She 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. 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. She works actively to not only to prepare clients for potential crises but also to help them foresee crisis before it occurs.

The City and County of Denver is allowing for temporary extension of outdoor eating areas to accommodate for social distancing on either private property or within the public right-of-way.  The following types of businesses may be eligible for this program: restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, coffee shops, bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food, beverages, or alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.

https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/covid-19/support-services/business-assistance/temporary-outdoor-business-operations-.html

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On April 27, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment updated its rules that mandate employers in certain industries to provide paid leave for employees who have COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms. The Colorado HELP Rules became effective March 11, 2020 by executive order of Governor Jared Polis and remain in effect through May 27, 2020, or the duration of the State of Disaster Emergency declared by the Governor, up to July 11, 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact Messner Reeves attorneys John Shunk or LaRona Kitzinger if you have further questions or would like assistance complying with these laws.  

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On April 26, 2020 Colorado Governor Jared Polis adopted Executive Order D 2020 044 Safer at Home Guidance and Executive Order D 2020 045 permitting the limited recommencement of voluntary or elective procedures in Colorado. In conjunction with these Executive Orders, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued Public Health Orders 20-28 and 20-29 which outline required protocol and procedures to be implemented for businesses that are reopening. This article addresses these regulations and guidance for re-opening for med spas.

Note, proper compliance will require a highly fact-intensive inquiry with respect to applicability and implementation. As such, we highly recommend consulting a lawyer before reopening to ensure compliance and proper procedures are implemented.

Please do not hesitate to contact Messner Reeves attorneys Michelle Harden, LaRona Kitzinger, or Maria Bock if you have further questions or would like assistance complying with these laws.  

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On April 26, 2020, Executive Orders D 2020-009 and 027 requiring cessation of elective procedures expired, and Governor Polis issued a new Executive Order D 2020 045, permitting the limited recommencement of voluntary or elective surgeries and procedures. 

For questions on compliance with PHO 20-28, Governor Polis’ Executive Orders, or otherwise making a decision regarding your practice, please contact Katherine Otto, a Partner at Messner Reeves LLP, who has extensive experience advising Colorado chiropractors.

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Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, several California cities had already enacted ordinances providing for paid sick leave more generous than that provided by state law. In response to COVID-19, some of those same cities have implemented emergency measures to increase the paid sick leave benefits to certain workers. For employers with employees working in those cities, it is important to know whether the new laws apply to your business and, if so, what is required. Below is a summary of those new laws.

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On April 20, 2020, Governor Polis held a press conference indicating that Executive Orders D 2020-009 and 027 would be permitted to expire on April 26, 2020 without further extension.  Orders 2020-009 and 027 mandate cessation of all elective or non-essential treatment, surgeries, and procedures and mandate inventory of personal protective equipment.  These Orders [“PPE Orders”] have impacted and limited the practice of chiropractic, despite chiropractic care being deemed a critical service.

For questions on re-opening your practice, expanding your patient schedule, or otherwise making a decision regarding your practice, please contact Katherine Otto, a Partner at Messner Reeves LLP, who has extensive experience advising Colorado chiropractors.

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Wineries and Distilleries are now allowed to sell out of their approved sales rooms for off-premises consumption. Additionally, distilleries may deliver their product to customers via their employees. Growlers and Crowlers may be filled up, but only using new, unused containers, not to exceed 64 ounces. Please see the attached bulletin for more information.

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On April 2nd the MED clarified the Emergency Adoption in Response to COVID-19. Per the previously established executive orders, social distancing is still required for both Medical and Recreational stores. Gaming licensees, that hold a valid license, are allowed to work in the industry and transfers for samples are still required as long as they comply with social distancing requirements.

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Messner Reeves' attorneys John K. Shunk, Stephen K. Lehnardt, and LaRona Mondt Kitzinger compiled the COVID-19 Summary and Resouce Guide for Employers attached below. 

Please do not hesitate to contact attorney Stephen Lehnardt for any tax-related questions or attorneys John Shunk or LaRona Kitzinger if you have further questions in regards to employment or leave.

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