On March 16, 2020, Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment issued a Public Health Order regarding operation of bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums and casinos in Colorado. As it pertains to restaurants, the guidance provides as follows:

Restaurants will not be permitted to serve customers for on-premises consumption beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 17, 2020 and continuing for 30 days. Although not permitted to serve food to be consumed inside the restaurant, customers are permitted to have food delivered via a delivery service or to pick up food using window service, drive up/through service or by entering the restaurant in limited numbers - i.e. 5 people may be inside the restaurant so long as they are at least six feet apart while they are on the premises of the restaurant.

A copy of the Notice of Public Health Order 20-22 is attached here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Messner Reeves’ Restaurant & Hospitality Group.

 Colorado employers in certain industries must temporarily provide paid leave for employees that need to be tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Read our full alert here. 

Messner Reeves’ Partners Michelle Harden, Allison Dodd, and John Shunk, in partnership with Roslyn Stone, MPH from Zedic, have complied guidance on Coronavirus, or COVID-19, as it relates to the restaurant industry. Please contact our team with any specific questions you may have.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What You Should Know From A Restaurant Standpoint


Last night, Messner Reeves’ hosted an Investiture Reception for Partner David Yun to celebrate his appointment to the Colorado Court of Appeals, effect February 29, 2020.

"I am beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with the outstanding lawyers at Messner Reeves before I take the bench," said Yun. "The team at Messner Reeves has been extremely supportive and has made my transition easy. Although I have enjoyed practicing law for the last 26 years, I have always wanted to serve on the appellate bench, and I am deeply honored that Governor Polis selected me to serve on the Court of Appeals."

Congratulations David, we wish you all the success as you take the bench!

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Messner Reeves' Partners Bruce A. Montoya and Mark B. Collier presented at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Scientific Conference in San Antonio to over 1800 surgeons on the psychological and emotional impact of being sued and coping mechanisms to handle the stress of being involved in a lawsuit. The presentation included a mock courtroom direct and cross-examination of a medical expert witness. The attorneys received great feedback and many questions on the useful information provided. 

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Messner Reeves Partner, Scott Evans Named the 49th President of Sam Cary Bar Association (SCBA) Serving Over 300 African-American Lawyers in Colorado

Scott Evans, Partner of Messner Reeves is the chosen President of the 2020 Sam Cary Bar Association (SCBA). Mr. Evans assumed his new role on January 1, 2020, along with 6 other cabinet members. Mr. Evans will lead the new officers in serving over 300 African-American Lawyers in the association as well as the legal industry in Denver, CO. Initiatives include increasing membership, heightening community awareness, and partnering with the Board of Directors for the Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund to further the applicant base and reach of the scholarships awarded.

Scott Evans has been a partner at Messner Reeves for 7 years where he focuses his practice on business litigation and commercial disputes. He has significant experience in both state and federal courts, as well as mediation and arbitration proceedings.

“Scott has always demonstrated great balance between delivering excellence in legal counsel and leadership to the community. This position is well deserved for a stellar attorney.” said the firm’s founder, Bryant “Corky” Messner. “We’re pleased to have a leader like Scott as part of the Messner team.”

We’re pleased to announce partners Bruce A. Montoya, Douglas C. Wolanske, Michelle L. Harden, Kendra N. Beckwith, David A. Reeves, and Caleb M. Meyer have been named to 5280 magazine’s Denver’s Top Lawyers 2020 list. The issue is in its sixth edition. The ranking is based on a peer-review process and the 5280’s independent research.

Our team was recognized in the following categories:

Bruce A. Montoya – Medical Malpractice: Defense (6x winner)
Douglas C. Wolanske – Medical Malpractice: Defense (6x winner)
Michelle L. Harden – Medical Malpractice: Defense (5x winner)
Kendra N. Beckwith – Appellate (2x winner)
David A. Reeves - Real Estate (2x winner)
Caleb M. Meyer – Civil Litigation

For more information on the Denver’s Top Lawyers 2020 list, please visit 5280.com.

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Cannabis, restaurants and the law: Messner Reeves’ attorneys John Shunk and Rachel Farr were interviewed on the issue of cannabis and CBD in restaurants. Check out the full article here.

Partner John K. Shunk was recently quoted in the Denver Business Journal discussing a new Colorado rule banning forfeiture of vacation pay for terminated workers. Click here to view the full article online. 

LAS VEGASAug. 13, 2019 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Christina Mundy-MamerAriana N. KenourgiosCassidy R. Ellis, and Veronica N. Fink have joined the firm's Las Vegas Office in their Litigation Practice Group. Mundy-Mamer, Kenourgios, and Ellis join Messner Reeves from the Las Vegas Office of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP.

"We are excited to add these four talented attorneys to Messner Reeves," said partner Renee M. Finch. "We are thrilled to expand our team as well as deepen our bench and the expertise for the firm, specifically in the Vegas market. Our growth has been exponential here in Las Vegas, we have over doubled in size since last year."

Christina Mundy-Mamer's practice focuses on the defense of employment, professional and medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, hospitality/retail, tort liability, and business tort matters across the state of Nevada. Christina actively handles class actions and high exposure tort matters in both state and federal courts, and she has defended brokers, medical providers, and large employer groups and associations on a variety of claims. She has represented several hotels, casinos, restaurants and nightclub venues — including Fortune 500 companies – in a wide range of litigated matters.

Ariana N. Kenourgios is an associate in the firms' Las Vegas office, where she handles a variety of civil litigation matters, including construction defect, complex coverage, and catastrophic injury matters. Ariana graduated from the University of San Diego in 2011, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science and English. Ariana received her law degree from the California Western School of Law in 2015.

Cassidy R. Ellis has a broad range of civil litigation experience with an emphasis on matters involving products liability, premises liability, complex construction defect litigation, civil assault/battery claims, and general liability defense. Cassidy actively handles class actions and high exposure tort matters and has represented hotels, casinos, restaurants and nightclub venues – including Fortune 500 companies – in a wide range of litigated matters. Cassidy was recognized by Nevada Business Magazine as one of "Nevada's Legal Elite" attorneys for 2018.

Veronica N. Fink is an associate in the firm's Las Vegas office, where she handles medical malpractice matters. Veronica graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Anthropology. Veronica received her law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law in 2017.  Afterward, she clerked for the Hon. Linda Marie Bell in the Eighth Judicial District Court for the District of Nevada before moving to private practice.

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