DENVER, CO (February 23, 2017) The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Colorado Chapter has named Messner Reeves' partner, Bruce A. Montoya, as President. He assumes the role from outgoing president Sonny Flowers. Mr. Montoya was sworn in at the chapter's annual business meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a prestigious national organization of judges and civil trial lawyers dedicated to 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 civil jury trials as lead counsel to conclusion.

Mr. Montoya manages the Litigation Practice Group at Messner Reeves and has over thirty years' experience as a trial lawyer. In 2006, Mr. Montoya was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and was named president-elect for 2016.

 PR Newswire

ABOTA Business Event Pic 2.27.17 BAM and Sonny

January 24, 2017

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce the addition of four highly regarded attorneys to the firm, namely Michael M. Edwards, Nicholas L. Hamilton, JohnPaul Fortin and Jean E. Smith Gonnell. This exceptional team will contribute to the firm's litigation and corporate practice areas.

Mr. Edwards joins our Litigation practice group as a partner in our Las Vegas office. His practice focuses on the defense and trial of Professional Liability, Business and Commercial Disputes, Product Liability Matters, Environmental Litigation/Remediation, Construction Litigation, all areas of General Liability/CGL/Tort Litigation and Employment issues. He often lectures to insurance company claim departments, design professionals and corporate clients on risk prevention, contracts, insurance issues and related employment matters.

Mr. Hamilton joins Messner Reeves LLP as an associate and has practiced law for approximately ten years in both Nevada and Texas. He has been a member of the Nevada State Bar since 2008. Nick has represented clients in cases involving personal injury, premises liability, construction defect, business litigation and employment discrimination and has successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Nick received his Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University in 2002 and his J.D. from Drake University Law School in 2005.

Mr. Fortin joins our Litigation practice group as an associate.  Mr. Fortin was admitted to Practice in Nevada in 2000, California in 2001 and Washington in 2003. Mr. Fortin practices in the areas of construction defect, community association law, business litigation and contract disputes. Mr. Fortin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Arizona School of Law in 1999.

Ms. Smith Gonnell joins the Denver office as Of Counsel and is one of the nation's leading cannabis practitioners. where she practices cannabis commercial/administrative litigation, specializing in all facets of Colorado marijuana law. Ms. Smith Gonnell also routinely provides advice to cannabis industry businesses about medical/retail/recreational marijuana, licensing, regulatory compliance, general business transactional law, and the intersection of state and federal law. Ms. Smith Gonnell's clients include a number of businesses both in and out of the marijuana industry, as well as individuals and those facing a variety of legal proceedings at the District level. She has served the cannabis industry full time since 2012. 

DENVER, CO (January 05, 2017) – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce partners Bruce A. Montoya, Douglas C. Wolanske, and Michelle L. Harden have been named Denver’s Top Lawyers 2017 by 5280 Magazine. The three attorneys from Messner Reeves were selected for inclusion as Top Lawyers in Medical Malpractice: Defense. The list is in its third edition and is made up of more than 400 of the best attorneys across 50 legal specialties in the Denver metro area. The ranking is based on a peer-review process, as well as the magazine’s own research.

This is the third consecutive year Mr. Montoya and Mr. Wolanske have been selected to the Top Lawyers list, and the second consecutive year Ms. Harden has been selected. For more information on the Denver’s Top Lawyers 2017 list, please visit

5280 Banner 1

DENVER, CO (January 03, 2017) – The law firm of Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Michelle L. Harden has been named equity partner.

Ms. Harden joins founder Bryant S. “Corky” Messner, John Shunk, David Reeves, Bruce Montoya, Robert B. Hinckley, Jr., Douglas C. Wolanske, Mark B. Schellerup, Caleb Meyer, Torben Welch, Jeremy Wysocki, and J.C. Mazzola as an owner of the firm.

Ms. Harden represents individuals and businesses, large and small, striving to identify common sense solutions for difficult problems. Having worked as a nurse prior to attending the University of Colorado Law School, Ms. Harden brings a unique perspective and expertise to her practice. She has an active litigation and trial practice, appearing in state, federal and administrative courts. She serves as a trusted advisor to many clients on a wide variety of topics and serves as outside counsel for several businesses, including a large publicly traded company overseeing litigation throughout the United States.

Martindale-Hubbell has certified Ms. Harden as AV-Preeminent, a testament to the fact that her peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence. She was recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer – Rising Star in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and in 2017 was recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer. She’s also been named to the 5280 Magazine Top Lawyers list in 2016 and 2017.

Messner Reeves believes in letting lawyers build the practice that’s right for them. The result is a firm of dedicated lawyers doing what they love, practicing law and helping their clients achieve their goals. Founder Bryant S. “Corky” Messner expressed, “Ms. Harden is a brilliant attorney who embodies the Messner Reeves culture in all respects; she is hardworking and an incredibly loyal team player.”

Messner Reeves LLP is honored to add Ms. Harden to our distinguished group of shareholders.

 PR Newswire

Messner Reeves 2016 ECard


DENVER, CO (October 21, 2016) – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Caleb Meyer has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an exclusive and prestigious national organization of judges and civil trial lawyers with the primary mission of preserving the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and our civil justice system. ABOTA’s membership is by invitation only, and constitutes one of the most prestigious organizations of trial lawyers in the United States. To be considered for ABOTA candidacy, the applicant must possess a wealth of trial experience few attorneys achieve, and be approved by votes of the local Chapter and National Board. Acceptance constitutes peer recognition of trial acumen and professionalism. Mr. Meyer joins Messner Reeves’ Bruce Montoya and Douglas Wolanske as members of ABOTA.

As part of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Meyer focuses on trial advocacy and the representation of individuals, insurance companies, and business entities in courts of law, arbitration, mediation, and other regulatory proceedings. He has litigated and tried numerous cases including matters involving complex commercial litigation, medical/healthcare claims, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, construction defect, employment, catastrophic personal injury, general liability and contract.

Mr. Meyer also takes an active role in the legislative process on behalf of the civil defense industry by helping to craft and amend proposed legislation to protect individual and business interests in the community and enhance the ability of clients to successfully litigate civil claims.


DENVER, August 12, 2016 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce that Caleb Meyer has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.  The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys.  Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense.  Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.


EWylie Announcement


DENVER, CO (March 15, 2016) – Messner Reeves LLP has been named to BTI Brand Elite 2016: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. Clients place Messner Reeves in an elite group of law firms changing the way law firms do business, according to interviews with corporate counsel at more than 635 of the world’s largest and most influential companies. Corporate counsel see Messner Reeves standing out for its innovation and has earned a place on BTI's Honor Roll of Innovative Movers & Shakers.

BTI, a legal industry consulting group, conducts in-depth telephone interviews with legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue to identify law firms excelling in branding and positioning. In the report BTI explains, “This research is independent and unbiased—no law firm or organization other than BTI sponsors this study. No law firm or attorney influences the results, submits nominations, or provides client names to BTI.” Visit BTI’s website for more information on this year’s Brand Elite rankings.

DENVER, CO (March 14, 2016) – Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce seven of our Colorado attorneys have been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyer is a rating service of outstanding attorneys, no more than five 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, Litigation
Douglas C. Wolanske, Med Mal: Defense
Tanya E. Milligan, Employee Litigation: Defense

Messner Reeves’ 2016 Colorado Rising Stars include:
Allison Dodd, Employee Litigation: Defense
• Louis M. Grossman, Environmental Litigation
Mark B. Collier, Med Mal: Defense
Mary Bryne Fletcher, Med Mal, Defense

Visit us on Google+