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.


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. 


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