March 20, 2019 – The Supreme Court of the United States issued its unanimous opinion in Oduskey v. McCarthy Holthus, holding that businesses engaged in non-judicial foreclosure proceedings are not debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Messer Reeves partner Deanne Stodden authored an amicus brief in the case on behalf of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association arguing that a non-judicial foreclosure does not constitute debt collection under the FDCPA as it is enforcing a security interest and recovering collateral as opposed to debt collection. The amicus brief filed on behalf of CMLA highlighted the uniqueness of Colorado’s foreclosure process.

DENVER, CO – February 26, 2019 –Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of three attorneys to Equity Partner; Heather A. Salg in our Denver Tech Center, CO Office, Matthew R. Sullivan in our Denver, CO Office, and Renee M. Finch in our Las Vegas, NV Office.

A member of the firms Litigation Practice group in Las Vegas, NV Renee M. Finch represents insurance companies and specializes in sudden stops, staged commercial accidents and examinations under oath. Ms. Finch’s career began as a manager overseeing claims professionals at a major insurance company. Ms. Finch’s practice is devoted largely to defending corporations, insurers, and their insureds, in high-exposure cases in which claimed medical expenses and other alleged damages total in the millions. To date, she has tried 15 such cases to verdict, obtaining in each of them either complete defense verdicts or verdicts lower than the plaintiffs’ lowest settlement demand. Her practice also includes prosecuting civil actions involving insurance fraud and conspiracy among litigants and care providers. Ms. Finch also specializes in representing new and small business owners in structuring their businesses and ensuring compliance with local and state laws and risk management standards.

A litigator with over 20 years of experience, Heather A. Salg heads Messner Reeves’ Denver Tech Center, CO Office and primarily defends insurance companies and their insureds, as well as large self-insurers in Federal Court and District Courts throughout Colorado. Ms. Salg has tried over 50 trials and arbitrations to verdict. In 2013, Ms. Salg was invited to be a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only organization consisting of lawyers who have tried a minimum of 20 civil jury trials to conclusion. Of her many awards, Ms. Salg has been AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2009, recognized as a Top Lawyer by 5280 for three consecutive years, named annually to Super Lawyers’ since 2014, since 2017 she has been named to Super Lawyers’ lists of Top 50 Women attorneys in Colorado, and in 2019 she was named to Colorado Super Lawyers Top 100 list of Colorado attorneys.

Matthew R. Sullivan is a member of the firms Real Estate and Corporate practice groups in Messner Reeves’ Denver, CO Office. Mr. Sullivan’s real estate practice focuses on a broad range of real estate transactions including leasing, acquisitions, and dispositions of real estate, title review, workout and recovery agreements, foreclosure agreements, financing real estate, and other related contracts and legal documents. His corporate practice focuses on representing public and private companies, with a focus on entity formation, structuring, debt and equity financing, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate governance. He also represents a variety of creditors in loan agreements and bankruptcy matters, including handling Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proof of claim submissions and relief from automatic stay issues. Mr. Sullivan has expertise representing Restaurants, Hotels, Retail companies, Medical/Dental professionals, as well as banking and financial institutions.

“Heather, Matthew, and Renee embody our firm’s values and have been key contributors to Messner Reeves’ growth and success,” said Bryant S. “Corky” Messner, Founder and CEO. “These three individuals are great lawyers, team players, and leaders. I’m very proud of the hard work they have put into building their own practices and the outstanding service they provide to our clients, the firm, and the communities we serve.”



Messner Reeves LLP Promotes Three Attorneys to Partner

DENVER, CO, February 21, 2019 – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Amish Shah, Tanner J. Walls, and Wade Warthen are now partners of the firm. Mr. Shah and Mr. Walls are members of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Warthen practices in the firms’ Real Estate Law Practice Group.

Amish Shah, Los Angeles Office – Mr. Shah represents clients with a wide variety of business and civil matters. He has vast experience with boutique to brand-oriented clients spanning a wide range of industries including public and private entities. Mr. Shah has a depth of knowledge in all aspects of business and employment litigation, with an emphasis on the litigation of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-and-hour claims, as well as other personnel and workplace issues.

Tanner J. Walls, Denver Office – Mr. Walls is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex civil litigation. He primarily represents corporations and businesses in civil disputes, with an emphasis on product liability actions and commercial litigation. He regularly represents large corporations and small businesses in contract disputes, premises liability cases, subrogation matters, business torts, trade secret actions, and consumer claims of all kinds. Having served on national and regulatory counsel teams in large multi-district pharmaceutical litigation pending in federal courts, as well as statewide coordinated proceedings across the country, Mr. Walls has a wealth of experience. Additionally, he has defended professional liability claims and represented physicians and attorneys in regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Wade Warthen, Denver Office – Mr. Warthen has over 20 years of legal experience, including positions as in-house counsel at a Denver-based REIT and at the country’s second-largest privately held corporation. He concentrates his practice on commercial real estate transactions of all types, including leases and amendments for landlords and tenants, purchases and sales from contract through closing, loan documents and financing arrangements, construction contracts, title, survey, and due diligence evaluations, boundary, access, and easement issues, development, land use, and zoning concerns, lien rights, and real estate regulatory compliance. He brings expansive real estate experience to the Messner Reeves team.

Founding Partner and CEO, Bryant “Corky” Messner expressed, “Each of these attorneys have demonstrated a commitment to Messner Reeves. Each has built a significant book of business and delivered results for their clients that exceed expectations in many cases. We are proud to call each of them our partners.”


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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

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