DENVER, CO – March 23, 2018 – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce seven attorneys have been promoted to partner. The new partners represent a range of practice areas within the firm.

Founding Partner and CEO Bryant “Corky” Messner expressed, “These promotions are the well-deserved result of diligent efforts by this talented group of lawyers. They have each demonstrated grit, integrity, accountability, and professional excellence of which they should all be extremely proud.”

The new partners are as follows:

Adam M. Royval – Litigation
Adam’s practice focuses on trial advocacy and the representation of individuals, businesses, and their insurance carriers. He practices in Colorado and in courts around the country in the fields of personal injury, construction, employment, false advertising, and commercial litigation. Since joining the firm, Adam has tried numerous cases to verdict with favorable results. His experience as a transactional attorney and role as an active litigator allow him to provide practical advice to a wide variety of clients in both the courtroom and regarding their day-to-day legal affairs.

Allison J. Dodd – Litigation, Labor & Employment, Restaurant & Hospitality, Crisis Management
Allison 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. Allison appears in both state and federal courts across the country for a variety of clients. 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. Allison attended the University of Kansas Law School and has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list for the past four years.

Kendra N. Beckwith – Appellate, Litigation
Kendra’s practice focuses on appellate and complex litigation. She routinely represents clients before the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At the trial level, her practice emphasizes complex proceeding in federal and state court, including wage and hour class and collective action defense. Kendra graduated from University of Denver Strum College of Law and is actively involved in the Colorado legal community. She is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, a member of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee, and a 2016 graduate of Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (“COBALT”).

Mary Byrne Fletcher – Litigation, Healthcare Law
Mary represents individuals, businesses and insurance companies in the litigation of civil claims in state and federal court from receipt of the claim through appeal. She focuses her practice on representing healthcare professionals, practice groups and entities. Mary defends healthcare providers against claims of malpractice and negligence in litigation and represents them in matters involving the Colorado licensing board. She also advises healthcare clients on risk management matters and regulatory compliance, such as HIPAA requirements. Mary also has significant experience representing insurance carriers in bad faith and coverage disputes under a wide variety of commercial insurance policies. Mary attended the University of Denver Strum College of Law and has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2012.

Rachel Farr – Corporate
Rachel advises a wide variety of clients, including public and private companies, on organizational, general corporate, corporate compliance and governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity, and securities matters. Additionally, she has advised clients on state and federal regulatory compliance matters relating to a number of regulated industries. Rachel attended Temple University, Beasley School of Law and is admitted to practice in Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Thomas R. Blackburn – Litigation
Tom has extensive experience representing businesses in all forums from state and federal courts to arbitration and mediation. His practice areas are broad and include complex securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, employment collective and class actions, management of litigation for companies, real estate litigation and other commercial and general litigation matters. Tom prides himself on finding solutions that will help his clients grow their business and focus on their long-term objectives rather than becoming embroiled in costly litigation. Much of his practice is dedicated to avoiding disputes and litigation before they ensue. Tom graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is actively involved in the Colorado Business Community. He is a past Member of the University Of Colorado Alumni Association Board Of Advisors, a past participant in the Leadership 20 Program for the Association of Corporate Growth, and is currently participating in Impact Denver with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Tyler R. Rauert – International, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Banking & Financial Services
Tyler navigates the complexities of international business for clients in the US and abroad. Building on his decade of experience in US foreign policy and international law, Tyler focuses his practice on foreign investment, cross-border business transactions, entity formation and funding, capital formation, corporate governance, and intellectual property. He also advises U.S. and international clients on U.S. federal laws and regulations governing international business such as trade and investment agreements and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition to his International practice, Tyler advises clients on their advertising, branding, and marketing activities to ensure that they achieve the most comprehensive protection possible for their intellectual property rights. Tyler is actively involved with World Trade Center Denver where he sits on the Board of Directors and chairs the Trade Policy Committee.

DENVER, CO,  January 10, 2018 - Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Heather A. Salg has joined the firm as a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Salg brings 20 years of experience and has tried over 50 trials and arbitrations to verdict.

Ms. Salg defends insurance companies and their insureds, as well as large self-insurers in Federal Court and District Courts throughout Colorado. Her primary goal as an insurance defense attorney is to develop the relevant facts as quickly and economically as possible, provide an early and accurate assessment based on the facts and law, resolve matters as soon as they can be resolved, and zealously defend those cases that have to be tried.

Bruce A. Montoya, manager of Messner Reeves' litigation practice group, stated "We are thrilled to welcome Heather to our team. She is an accomplished trial lawyer and highly respected by the bench and bar as reflected by her nomination and election to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She is a tremendous addition to our esteemed trial group."

In 2013 Ms. Salg was invited to be a member of ABOTA, an organization with a primary mission of 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 a minimum of 20 civil jury trials to conclusion.

Ms. Salg has been named a Super Lawyer annually since 2014, and in 2017 she was named to Super Lawyers' list of the Top 50 Women attorneys in Colorado. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 she was recognized as a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine. In addition, she has been AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2009.

SAN JOSE, CA  January 8, 2018 - Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Matthew J. Wendt has joined our Litigation Practice Group in the Silicon Valley Office. He represents clients in a variety of general civil litigation matters including real estate, construction law and defect litigation, labor and employment, and business litigation.

Click here to view Matt's full biography to learn more about his experience. 

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.


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