DENVER, CO, January 5, 2018 – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce partners Bruce A. Montoya, Douglas C. WolanskeMichelle L. Harden, and Heather A. Salg have been named Denver’s Top Lawyers 2018 by 5280 Magazine. Mr. Montoya, Mr. Wolanske, and Ms. Harden were selected for inclusion as Top Lawyers in Medical Malpractice: Defense. Ms. Salg has been selected as a top lawyer for Personal Injury: Defense. The list is in its fourth edition and is made up of more than 450 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 fourth consecutive year Mr. Montoya and Mr. Wolanske have been selected to the Top Lawyers list, and the third consecutive year Ms. Harden and Ms. Salg have been selected. For more information on the Denver’s Top Lawyers 2017 list, please visit


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NEW YORK, December 21, 2017 -- On October 24, 2017, Nicole D. Zolla received a passing score on the New York State Bar Examination. She took her oath of admission on December 21, 2017 at the Appellate Division, Supreme Court of the Second Judicial Department of New York.

Our team from Messner Reeves traveled to Philadelphia to support Army West Point Football as they defeated the Navy Midshipmen, 14-13, and brought home the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

Our CEO and founder, Bryant “Corky” Messner, West Point class of ’79, served as an Infantry Company Commander prior to leaving the Army and attending the University of Denver College of Law. In 1995 Corky founded Messner Reeves with a mission to create an entrepreneurial law firm unlike any other. Nearly 24 years later, the firm has grown to over 100 lawyers’ nationwide and has maintained its’ entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to providing our clients with the highest quality legal service possible.

Messner Reeves is proud to represent Army West Point Athletic Association and the Army Football Club and to be able to support them in guaranteeing the continued success of Army Athletics.   

SAN JOSE, Calif., November 27, 2017 – The law firm Messner Reeves LLP has opened a new office in San Jose, Calif., the firm’s sixth office nationwide and its third in California. The new office highlights the firm’s strong growth over the past three years and demonstrates the value of the firm’s entrepreneurial spirit and unique culture, as well as its commitment to providing highly skilled lawyers and localized services to clients.

Messner Reeves now operates offices in Denver; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; New York City; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and now San Jose. While the Messner Reeves office in San Jose is new, the attorneys that will form the core of the new office are all Silicon Valley veterans from the 50-year-old law firm Robinson & Wood who have elected to wind down their current operations and transition their practice to Messner Reeves.

The attorneys joining Messner Reeves have contributed to the evolution of Silicon Valley as the heart of the world’s technological and entrepreneurial innovation. The office is led by partners Jesse F. Ruiz and Jon B. Zimmerman, and they are joined by partners Ann A. P. Nguyen and Joseph C. Balestrieri, Of Counsel Bonnie M. Ross, and associate Gregory B. Cohen. The Silicon Valley Office will draw from the breadth of firm-wide knowledge and focus on Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate, Labor & Employment, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Professional Liability, Public Entity, Transportation, and Trusts and Estates.

“Our entire team is excited to join such an accomplished and innovative firm as Messner Reeves,” said Ruiz, the former managing partner at Robinson & Wood. “With its national platform and practice depth, the transition to Messner will allow us to further strengthen our services to clients. We have always been committed to providing the most comprehensive representation possible, and joining Messner Reeves will allow us to continue to do this now on a national level.”

“We couldn’t have asked for a finer, more experienced team to help us grow Messner Reeves in Northern California,” said Bryant S. “Corky” Messner, the founding partner and CEO of Messner Reeves. “The driving factor behind our strategic expansion and growth is our commitment to providing clients with the highest quality service possible. The addition of the Silicon Valley office allows us to continue to provide personalized solutions to all of our clients nationwide.”

Messner Reeves LLP held it's fourth Annual Turkey Drive in partnership with the Denver Rescue Mission. Our employees donated over $1700.00 to provide Thanksgiving meals to people in need. Messner Reeves would like to thank all of those who donated. Our donation will help feed over 900 people. Happy Thanksgiving! 


DENVER, October 31,  2017 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce the addition of four Associate Attorneys to our Denver Office. On October 5, 2017, Emily C. Schneider, John M. Sandberg, Omar L. Harris, and Tyler M. Nemkov received passing scores on the Colorado Bar Examination. On October 30, 2017, all four associates took their oath of admission. The admission ceremony was held at the Boettcher Concert Hall, in Denver, Colorado.

Each Associate participated in the Messner Reeves Summer Law Clerk Program in 2016, where they worked closely with attorneys to gain real legal experience beyond the classroom. During their summer with Messner Reeves, they were able to attend client meetings, negotiations, depositions, trials, courtroom hearings as well as drafting research memoranda, motions, briefs, and a broad array of transactional documents. Messner Reeves strives to be different than other firms by establishing a long-term commitment to mentoring and developing our future Associates. We identify new candidates through various sources each year to participate in our Summer Clerk Program. Our interview process is extensive and includes three rounds of panel interviews with multiple attorneys at the firm ranging from Associates to Partners, as well as the firm’s founder and CEO, Corky Messner. Finalists are sent formal offers to join our Summer Law Clerk Program which includes eight weeks of summer experience, and a full-time, permanent Associate position with the firm following graduation, pending bar results.

Emily C. Schneider and John M. Sandberg join Messner Reeves’ Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Schneider's practice focuses on general civil litigation with an emphasis on healthcare, restaurant, and hospitality work. Mr. Sandberg's work includes appellate and general civil litigation matters. Mr. Abromovitz' practice focuses on general civil litigation, trial advocacy, and commercial litigation. 

Omar L. Harris and  Tyler M. Nemkov join our transactional team at Messner Reeves. Mr. Harris first joined Messner Reeves through the Colorado Pledge to Diversity program after his first year of law school in 2015 and returned in 2016 for a second summer. His practice includes corporate transactions, corporate governance, contract drafting, mergers and acquisitions, issue resolution, and entity formation. Mr. Nemkov focuses his practice on food law, including local, state, and federal regulatory compliance, transactional issues, and related litigation.


WEST POINT, NY (September 14, 2017) – Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan has announced a new multi-year contract extension for football head coach Jeff Monken.

Monken is coming off a historic year on the gridiron for the Black Knights in 2016.

In his third year as Army head coach Monken led the Black Knights to their first win over Navy since 2001 and won a bowl game for the first time in six seasons. The last time the Black Knights accomplished both feats in the same season was in 1984. The eight wins in 2016 were the most in two decades, when Army went 10-2 in 1996.

"Jeff has been the right fit for the Army West Point football team since his arrival and this extension is a natural progression." Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. "In addition to building a winning program on the field, Jeff and his staff, including our Officer Representatives, believe strongly in the academy's larger mission of developing leaders of character to lead the U.S. Army. We're excited that Jeff will continue to lead our football program in the years to come."

Last fall, Army ranked second nationally in rushing offense and ran for an Army single-season record 46 touchdowns, which eclipsed the 1945 national championship team. On the defense side, the Black Knights were consistently ranked in the top-10 in total defense and finished the year listed fourth in the nation in total defense.

"I want to thank West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and the entire West Point community for their confidence and trust in me to be Army's head football coach," Monken said. "My family and I are humbled and honored to be associated with the world's premiere leadership institution and I am especially proud to have the privilege of coaching the outstanding young men that make up the Army West Point Football Brotherhood at the United States Military Academy."

Monken was hired back on Dec. 24, 2013 and is currently in his fourth season with the Black Knights. He sports a 16-23 mark overall and has led the Black Knights to five straight victories dating back to last season. In addition to last year's dramatic victory over Navy, Monken led Army to a thrilling season-ending 38-31 overtime defeat of North Texas in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Army is off to a 2-0 start with season-opening wins over Fordham and Buffalo. It marks the first time the Black Knights have opened their season at 2-0 in consecutive years since the 1979 and 1980 seasons. Army was won 10 of its last 15 games under Monken's direction. The Black Knights have scored at least 60 points four times during that stretch, marking the first time the Black Knights have accomplished that feat since Earl "Red" Blaik served as head coach.

"As we maintain the tradition, the history, and the legacy of one of college football's finest programs, we remain steadfast in our commitment to build leaders of character to serve our nation in the United States Army and beyond," Monken added. "This is an extraordinary place with amazing people and I am blessed to be the Head Football coach at West Point. BEAT NAVY!"

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DENVER, CO (August 11, 2017) – Messner Reeves LLP ranked 11th on the Denver Business Journal's list of Law Firms with the most Minority Attorneys in the Denver area as of October 1, 2016. 

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DENVER, August 1, 2017 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome Haley W. Maglieri to the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment practice groups. Haley is a Partner in the firm's Denver office. She focuses her practice on civil litigation involving labor and employment, construction defects, and general liability, including, premises liability and negligence. Haley represents both individuals and companies in complex and diverse matters and is highly regarded by her clients for her ability to assess risk and develop legal strategies that result in positive outcomes.

With regard to her labor and employment work, Haley is an advocate for individual and corporate clients facing allegations of unfair employment practices. She has successfully litigated matters involving harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and Title VII violations. She has a proven track record of handling employment claims in both the administrative process and litigation. In addition to her litigation practice, Haley counsels employers on a variety of matters to aid in the development of policies and protocols that minimize risk.

Haley has broad experience litigating and managing all aspects of multifaceted litigation, including motions practice; extensive fact and expert deposition discovery; preparing and defending witnesses; fact investigation; document discovery; and the use of protective orders to safeguard proprietary and privileged materials. Haley has tried cases in both state and federal court and when the claims are complex and potentially confusing, she develops themes and trial strategies that engage jurors. She is dedicated to providing her clients with the highest level of representation.


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