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.


DENVER, July 5, 2017 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome Deanne R. Stodden to our team as a Partner in our Denver office. Deanne joins the firms Banking/Financial Services, Corproate, and Real Estate Practice Groups. Deanne's practice encompasses all areas of real estate law, business law, banking law and creditor's rights. The majority of her legal career has focused on the representation of large and small financial institutions and other creditors in residential and commercial foreclosures, loan workouts, deficiency actions and real estate-related litigation. Deanne has significant experience negotiating and documenting loan transactions involving real estate. She drafts and negotiates leases, license agreements, cell tower leases and enjoys working with small businesses and entrepreneurs on entity formation, organization documents and contracts. In addition to her work, Deanne is active in the legal community and is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of real estate law and creditor's rights topics. Deanne is currently a member of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee and is a liaison to the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section Council. In addition, Deanne is the Managing Editor of the Colorado Bar Association/CLE Colorado Real Estate Practice books and collaborates with the other authors to teach the 13-week course in real estate law to new lawyers, paralegals and other attendees.


NEW YORK, June 26, 2017 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome Atienne Benitez to the firm’s Real Estate and Resturant and Hospitality Practice Groups. Atienne focuses her practice on retail leasing. She has extensive experience in counseling individuals as well as local, regional, and national commercial tenants in connection with the preparation, review, and negotiation of leases for retail locations in strip malls, enclosed malls, food courts and mixed use shopping centers. She has represented developers of franchises such as Dunkin' Donuts, Papa John's, PizzaRev, Retro Fitness, CycleBar and Pure Barre on all leasing matters.
In addition to handling commercial leasing transactions, Atienne advises clients in connection with the acquisition and disposition of real property.

She has also represented institutional lenders involving a variety of complex financing transactions with an emphasis on real-estate. She has extensive experience in connection with commercial mortgage-backed securities and mezzanine financing. In addition, she has also represented multi-unit franchise operators in the purchase and sale of assets, stock, and other equity interests.


DENVER, June 12, 2017 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome Jenny L Thornton to our team. Jenny is an associate in the firm’s corporate and real estate practice groups. Jenny concentrates her practice in commercial real estate and corporate business transactions, including commercial leasing, contract negotiation, and ancillary transactional matters in relation thereto. Prior to joining Messner Reeves, Jenny served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable David C. Higgs of Minnesota’s Second Judicial District Court in St. Paul. Jenny incorporates the practical wisdom and procedural knowledge she gained as a law clerk to assist her clients in effectively and strategically navigating the legal process.

Community outreach has always been a priority for Jenny and she enjoys volunteering for a variety of local and nonprofit organizations. While living in Minnesota, Jenny volunteered for Wills for Heroes, a program dedicated to providing first responders, police officers, and their spouses a volunteer attorney to assist in preparing wills and other estate planning documents at no cost. Jenny hopes to facilitate the establishment of the WFH program in Colorado in the near future.


DENVER, June 5, 2017 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome Dara N. Keller to our Litigation Practice Group. Dara focuses her practice in health care litigation and regulation and general litigation. Prior to joining Messner Reeves LLP, Dara practiced civil litigation including workers' compensation defense and subrogation. She also served as an attorney with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) where she practiced commercial and intellectual property litigation with USITC Administrative Law Judges. Dara joins our Denver office, and is admitted to practice is both Colorado and Massachusetts. 


DENVER, May 31, 2017 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome three new Associate Attorneys to our Denver Office. On May 4, 2017 Ben K. Hand, Cheyenne A.E. Moore, and Gregory M. Janssen received passing scores on the Colorado Bar Examination. On May 30, 2017, all three took their oath of admission. The admission ceremony was held at the Boettcher Concert Hall, in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Hand and Ms. Moore join our litigation practice group and Mr.Janssen joins our transactional team.

All three associates participated in the Messner Reeves Summer Law Clerk Program, where they worked closely with attorneys to gain real legal experience beyond the classroom. Each was able to attend client meetings, negotiations, depositions, trials, and 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.


LAS VEGAS, NV (APRIL 17, 2017) – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Brett J. Schwartz and Michael T. Nixon join our Las Vegas office as members of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Brett J. Schwartz - Brett was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He graduated with his B.A. from the University of Georgia, and he received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia, where he was the recipient of a merit scholarship and named to the Dean's list in five semesters. At Mercer, Brett completed the Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, & Drafting. Upon graduation, he was selected for induction into the Brainerd Currie Honor Society for outstanding academic achievements and service to the law school community.
A member of the Mercer Law Review, Brett was elected Articles Editor, Winter 2014 Volume 65, Number 2. Brett was also selected as a member of the Mercer Habeas Project. The Mercer Habeas Project is a small team of third-year law students who work on pro se post-conviction appeals. As a member, Brett worked on appeals before the Georgia Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and on a petition for writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States.

As a law student, Brett clerked at Cozen O'Connor, in the Atlanta office, working closely with attorneys specializing in complex commercial litigation, subrogation and recovery, insurance coverage, and the defense of products liability, toxic tort, and construction cases. In addition, Brett clerked at Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook, and Brickman, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, assisting in Class Actions, Pharmaceutical Drugs and Medical Devices, and Products and Premises Liability cases.

Upon completing law school Brett moved to the Las Vegas area to begin his career as an associate practicing civil litigation.

Michael T. Nixon -  Michael Thomas Nixon began his pursuit of a legal career in high school, where he competed on Brookwood High School's Debate Team as well as the inaugural Mock Trial team, serving as captain and leading the team to the regional competition. During this time, Michael also represented Brookwood's soccer, football, and track & field teams. Thereafter, Michael attended and graduated from Georgia Southern University, majoring in Justice Studies while completing a minor in Philosophy. While at GSU, Michael was a founding member of the local pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, one of the most prominent legal fraternities in the world, serving on the executive board in almost every capacity, as well as serving on the executive board of Alpha Tau Omega. Michael was a HOPE scholar and was honored by being named to the Dean's List.

After graduation from Georgia Southern, Michael delayed pursuit of his long-awaited legal career and worked in industrial supply and sales for well over a year before enrolling at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. There, Michael was again honored by being named to the Dean's List, earning a position on the Mercer Law Review, and competing on multiple Moot Court teams at national competitions. While completing his studies, Michael interned for Bibb County Superior Court Judge Philip Brown, worked part time at the law library for two years, and during his third year, worked as a law clerk for Adams & Jordan, P.C., a sophisticated law firm specializing in complex litigation, including medical malpractice and civil rights claims, in addition to municipal defense. Michael again served on the executive board of Phi Alpha Delta, while participating in several other student organizations. Michael also completed Mercer University's Legal Writing Certificate Program, and was awarded the CALI Award for Excellence by receiving the highest honors in Advanced Legal Writing. Michael also received the highest grade awarded in Appellate Practice & Procedure during his final semester at Walter F. George School of Law.

April 3, 2017

Messner Reeves Las Vegas Partner, Michael Edwards, recently presented an educational seminar at the 2017 Capital Projects Symposium held by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) in New Orleans, Louisiana. During this three-day high-level conference, Mr. Edwards lead a panel discussing the topic of Managing Your Risk in Our Cyber Society covering cyber security issues that dominate today's construction management environment on large scale projects. This session instructed Construction Managers and Owners involved in Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build projects on how to identify risks, implement risk management practices, and navigate and understand cyber insurance needs in today’s technology-dependent world of modern construction. Mr. Edwards shared his experience in defending CMs and Owners in construction litigation identifying tools and procedures that will help safeguard and limit liability in an electronic world. Mr. Edwards also included expertise from leading Cybersecurity Insurance Broker, Cobbs Allen, as they delved into the substantive issues of litigation, contract claims/defenses and coverage on large scale projects and data breaches.

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