The law firm of Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce that Torben Welch and Caleb Meyer have become equity partners at the firm. Mr. Welch and Mr. Meyer now join founder Bryant S. "Corky" Messner, John Shunk, David Reeves, Bruce Montoya, Mark Schellerup, Doug Wolanske and Robert Hinckley, Jr. as owners of the firm.

Founder, Bryant S. "Corky" Messner commented, “Messner Reeves has very high standards to becoming partner. Partners are expected to be great lawyers, team players and leaders. Also, a lawyer that has become partner has gained the confidence of clients by building a practice. I’m very proud of the hard work they have put into building their own practices and the leadership they provide. Each has made significant contributions to the firm, our clients and the community.”

As a member of the firm's Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups, Mr. Torben Welch's practice focuses on advising corporate clients, mortgage lenders, real estate professionals and professional athletes with their legal needs. Duties include asset acquisitions, contract and lease negotiation, document review and analysis, development and growth strategies, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, workout and recovery strategy, etc. Mr. Welch also serves as outside general counsel to clients providing risk management and assessment, asset management/leasing, litigation prevention, management of outside counsel on litigation and related matters, etc.

In addition, Mr. Welch represents a variety of creditors in bankruptcy matters, including handling Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings, proof of claim submissions, Chapter 11 and 13 plan review and objections, relief from automatic stay issues, objections to discharge, etc.

As part of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Caleb 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.

January 16, 2015

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome new attorney, Mark Collier, to the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Mark’s litigation practice focuses on litigation counsel, advice, and risk management in medical, dental, and mental health care. Mark represents practitioners and health-related entities in malpractice cases, and assisting professionals in front of licensing boards including the Colorado Medical Board, Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Nursing, and the mental health boards. In addition, Mark has represented clients with matters involving the Colorado Department of Public Health, Colorado Division of Civil Rights, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HIPPA complaints). Mark also assists clients with other care related matters and business concerns,   

Mark has been asked to speak and write on issues regarding medical records, subpoenas, HIPPA, and other risk management topics. He brings a unique perspective in helping his clients to understand their complex legal situations.

Mark began his career representing patients in complex litigation, where he was involved in numerous high value jury trials and depositions. He leans upon that previous experience to give his clients an honest and straightforward evaluation of their case or issue, including the likelihood of outcomes and possible resolutions of the case to effectively represent his clients’ interests.

About Messner Reeves LLP
With offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, Messner Reeves counsels a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and has earned a distinguished reputation for offering effective legal counsel, quick response, and the highest level of professional integrity in the following areas of practice:  corporate transactions & securities, labor & employment, litigation- including commercial, insurance, constructions and professional liability, natural resources, real estate, restaurant & hospitality and private client and tax services.

At Messner Reeves, our core values drive our business.  We are confident in the knowledge that we have a single-minded commitment to provide the best legal service possible.  We understand business.  We are energetic, available, accountable and solution-oriented.  We work to earn the trust of our clients.  More information on Messner Reeves LLP at www.messner.com.

January 8, 2015

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce the addition of an esteemed attorney and liquor licensing consultant.

Kate Mowry, Of Counsel, joins Messner Reeves’ Labor and Employment and Worker's Compensation practices. As an AV rated attorney, Ms. Mowry has nearly two decades of extensive experience litigating cases ranging from worker's compensation claims through the Colorado appellate courts.  She has handled every type of worker's compensation matter, as well as, administrative proceedings filed with the EEOC and Colorado Civil Rights Division. She has also participated in trials in both state and federal courts involving a range of issues, including employment contract disputes; sexual harassment; age, race, gender and disability discrimination; and retaliation claims.  Ms. Mowry has also represented clients in general litigation matters, including subrogation issues, negligence and premises liability cases. Ms. Mowry is licensed to practice in both Colorado and the 10th Circuit in Federal Court.

Messner Reeves is pleased to welcome Jon Gebers back to the firm. As a Liquor Licensing Consultant, Mr. Gebers provides retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers personalized and efficient representation on a wide array of matters from obtaining new licenses to modifications, transfers and renewals of existing licenses. Mr. Gebers works to provide a comprehensive approach to liquor licensing, in order to provide a streamlined process for clients – from original concept to opening day and beyond.  Mr. Gebers' client experience covers all facets of the liquor industry to include national restaurant portfolios, restaurants, taverns, hotels, liquor stores, brewery, distillery and winery manufacturers, distributors and importers, as well as, casino and sovereign Indian nation licensing. With his extensive knowledge and relationships with local municipalities, he provides a personalized service regardless of the client’s liquor licensing needs. Mr. Gebers serves on the City and County of Denver-Department of Excise and Licensing Advisory Committee and is an active member of the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals.


About Messner Reeves LLP
With offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, Messner Reeves counsels a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and has earned a distinguished reputation for offering effective legal counsel, quick response, and the highest level of professional integrity in the following areas of practice:  corporate transactions & securities, labor & employment, litigation- including commercial, insurance, constructions and professional liability, natural resources, real estate, restaurant & hospitality and private client and tax services.

At Messner Reeves, our core values drive our business.  We are confident in the knowledge that we have a single-minded commitment to provide the best legal service possible.  We understand business.  We are energetic, available, accountable and solution-oriented.  We work to earn the trust of our clients.  More information on Messner Reeves LLP at www.messner.com.

Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce that Steve Fine has joined the Firm as Of Counsel. Steve Fine has joined Messner Reeves LLP after a successful 25 year tenure at McDonald’s Corporation where he served as Senior Labor Relations Counsel, providing strategic advice and counsel to McDonald’s West Division clients. Comparable to his role at McDonald’s, Steve currently serves his clients on a broad spectrum of strategic labor and employment issues including management of employee on and off-boarding, discipline, EEO, wage and hour, immigration, leaves, child labor and litigation. He also represents clients in federal and state Occupational Safety and Health matters. “Steve’s extensive workplace law experience will meld well with Messer Reeves’ already stellar labor and employment practice group. The firm’s strategic vision of having the best and brightest attorneys available to meet all the legal needs of our diverse client base is enhanced by the addition of Steve to our team,” states Messner partner John Shunk.

Steve’s multifaceted experience, prior to joining McDonald’s, encompasses public service and private practice representing employers, employees and labor organizations; his work history includes the United Mine Workers of America, International as Special Counsel; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as Staff Attorney and Law Clerk; Illinois Fair Employment Practice Commission as Law Clerk to the ALJs, Investigator and Contract Compliance Officer; and Student Intern with the National Labor Relations Board, Region 13, Chicago. Steve also has extensive experience in labor arbitration and mediation as both an advocate and neutral, and was mentored by Arbitrator Samuel Edes.

As an educator, he has taught courses in labor relations, labor arbitration and collective bargaining at the former Indiana State University, Evansville, Indiana, and Roosevelt University, Chicago. Steve is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign earning a B.A. with honors in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree from the School of Labor and Employment Relations, as well as a Juris Doctor of Law from Loyola University, Chicago.
Here is a link to Steve’s biography page:
http://www.messner.com/steven-e-fine

We are very proud to announce the opening of our Las Vegas office!  The Las Vegas office will add to the firm's national presence and will allow the firm to provide the most comprehensive service to a wide range of clients.  The Las Vegas office will be led by experienced trial attorney, Mark Schellerup  along with an outstanding team of attorneys.  Read more about the expansion and new attorneys here: Messner Reeves LLP- Las Vegas


Join Bruce A. Montoya and The Colorado Chapter of ABOTA for:
Masters in Trial- A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statements through Jury Deliberations

Educating attorneys in the art of trial advocacy is a primary goal of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  The Masters in Trial shows how experienced trial lawyers conduct a trial.  All of the trial team counsel are ABOTA members and are well-known and highly respected in their fields. The mock trial demonstration is presented before a real judge and jury, complete with witnesses, experts and electronic courtroom visuals.  The jury will render a verdict with jury deliberations shown on-screen in the courtroom.    
 
Whether you are a novice or seasoned trial lawyer, plaintiff or defense counsel, no matter what area of law you practice, this program will assist you in your next trial and trials thereafter. Come and observe the best of the best trial lawyers as they demonstrate effective methods of opening, presenting lay and expert witnesses, and powerful closing arguments.

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:45 AM - 5:15 PM
City and County Building
1437 Bannock
Courtroom 466, 4th Floor
Denver, Colorado

 

We are very excited to be a partner with DSTILL for the second year.  This is an amazing week full of events celebrating American small-batch distilling and craft cocktails.   Learn more about the events below and don't forget to buy your tickets!

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From March 10-16, DSTILL presents a weeklong experience of American small-batch distilling, featuring spirit tastings, craft cocktail events, and workshops highlighting top artisan distillers from across the country.

DSTILL opens the week with a series of workshops, panels & tours with distillers, bartenders and industry experts. These programs provide an informative look at the craft of distilling and a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with the pioneers and innovators of the American craft spirit industry, including distillers, bartenders, journalists, and other supporting cast.

These educational programs lead-up to THE SHOWCASE, which will be held on Thursday, March 13, from 7:00-10:00pm at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver.

As the signature tasting event of DSTILL, The Showcase brings together over 40 artisan distillers from across Colorado and the U.S. for a serious celebration of American craft distilling and cocktails. The Showcase provides consumers and industry professionals alike, the opportunity to taste spirits from America’s top artisan distillers and sample an array of handcrafted cocktails from the barmen and women of the Colorado Bartenders' Guild.

A $50 ticket provides the opportunity to experience a true taste of American small-batch distilling with
distillers from the country who will be on hand sharing their spirits and stories. Proceeds support the Colorado Distillers Guild. 

The Showcase serves as the kickoff event to the American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) Convention & Trade Show. This inaugural national ACDA convention convenes in Denver for two-days of workshops, keynote speakers and master classes for the trade professional from March 13-16, during the week of DSTILL.

    
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
DSTILL comes together only with the support from an incredible group of partners, sponsors, venues, friends and family. Pick one or two to include in your DSTILL conversations! Thank you, all!

American Craft Distillers Association | Arts & Venues Denver | Beverage Distributors Co | Colorado Bartenders Guild | Colorado Distillers Guild | Colorado Licensed Beverage Association | Colorado Tourism Office | Denver Theater District | Eat Denver | Eldorado Water | Green Russell | Harmonic Media Heroes Like Us | Imbibe | Industry Denver | Larimer Square | Novo Coffee | Messner Reeves LLP | Republic National Distributing Company | Seattle Fish Company | Session Kitchen | Something Independent | Southern Wine & Spirits | Sprocket Communications | Ste. Ellie | TAG | Tender Belly | Visit Denver | Wynkoop Brewing Company | 5280|The Denver Magazine

It's that time of year again!   We are excited to be a sponsor of the Children's Hospital Holiday Card Project.  Every year patients at Children's Hospital Colorado design holiday cards with proceeds from the sale of the cards going towards treatment of pediatric cancer patients.  For the past six years we have participated in this wonderful program and cannot wait for everyone to see this year's card.  

Our card this year, "Smiling Snowman" was designed by Kate Blakeman, a 9 year old oncology patient at Children's Hospital Colorado.  Kate's card perfectly captures the joy of the holiday season.  We hope you like the card as much as we do!

Happy Holidays from Messner Reeves LLP

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We are proud sponsors of the 2013 Wright Award, which showcases leaders from the Colorado lifestyle industries.  This business-award competition charges award contenders with creating a 90-second video that conveys the company's core business proposition, vision and how Colorado has influenced their inception, culture and growth.

A committee of judges including partner, Steve Levine, will select a winner to receive $3,000.  This is always a great event that celebrates Colorado's entrepreneurs and small businesses.  To learn more visit: Something Independent/Wright Award.



The heat certainly didn’t keep the crowds away from Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival.  City Park played host to the event that brought together chefs, thought leaders, artists, musicians, and hungry crowds all working towards a world of more sustainable, wholesome and delicious food.

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The festival featured several musical acts including Cold War Kids, Denver’s own Air Dubai, Blizten Trapper, and more.  Chef demonstrations included world-renowned chef Amanda Freitag (Iron Chef America/Unique Eats), Richard Blais (Top Chef), Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, Nate Appleman, Joel Holland, and Scott Parker.

The festival also celebrated local and regional food with an Artisans’ Hall that featured samplings from an amazing collection vendors including, Teatulia Organic Teas, Little Man Ice Cream, The Real Dill, Backyard Soda Co. and many more.
 
Between all the festival activities and amazing food- Shophouse Rice Bowls, Gorditas, Cultivate Farmhouse Ale and more, we are already dreaming about next year’s event.

 

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