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.

April 1, 2017

Our Las Vegas and Los Angeles Offices have moved! Please take note of our new addresses: 

Las Vegas

8945 W. Russell Road
Suite 300
Las Vegas, NV 89148

Los Angeles

11620 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90025

DENVER, CO (March 9, 2017) – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Aaron S. Motschenbacher, Mark B. Collier, and Renee M. Finch have been promoted to partner. Mr. Motschenbacher, Mr. Collier, and Ms. Finch are all members of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Aaron S. Motschenbacher is a Nevada and California civil litigator having direct, practical experience advising and defending numerous entities and individuals involved in the hospitality and services industries, including hotels, resorts, restaurants, nightclubs, supermarkets, department stores, and others. In addition, Mr. Motschenbacher has advised and provided defense for contractors and subcontractors in construction defect related matters and has defended and represented professionals in a variety of industries including real estate appraisers, special inspectors, and others. Having adjusted commercial general liability and auto claims for larger insurance carriers and a third-party administrator prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Motschenbacher scrupulously attends to detail in representing clients so as to ensure timely and accurate reporting and effective representation during all stages of litigation.

Mark B. Collier is a member of the firm's Litigation and Healthcare Practice Groups. His practice focuses on litigation counsel, advice, and risk management in medical, dental, and mental health care. Mr. Collier 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 (HIPAA complaints). Mr. Collier also assists clients with other care related matters and business concerns. Mr. Collier 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.

Renee M. Finch is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. After graduating from South Dakota State University in 2005, Ms. Finch began her career as a claims employee with Farmers Insurance in 2006. Following her initial exposure to insurance defense as a claims professional, Ms. Finch enrolled in and attended law school at William S. Boyd School of Law. In 2013 Ms. Finch began her legal career as an in-house litigation attorney for Farmers Insurance and ultimately came to Messner Reeves in 2015. Given her background in claims investigation, Ms. Finch places a heavy emphasis on claims client satisfaction and fraud prevention. As every claims professional knows, attention to detail is the background of a successful defense. She specializes in sudden stops, staged commercial accidents and examinations under oath. Ms. Finch is a skilled advocate who regularly participates in defense of high-exposure personal injury cases from inception through trial.

March 06, 2017

Messner Reeves LLP is thrilled to announce  Tanner J. Walls has joined our Denver office as an Associate. Tanner Walls is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex civil litigation. Tanner primarily represents corporations and businesses in civil disputes, with an emphasis on product liability actions and commercial litigation. In this capacity, Tanner regularly represents large corporations and small businesses in contract disputes, premises liability cases, subrogation matters, business torts, trade secret actions, and consumer claims of all kinds. He has also served on national and regulatory counsel teams in large multi-district pharmaceutical litigation pending in federal courts as well as statewide coordinated proceedings across the country. Additionally, Tanner has defended professional liability claims and represented physicians and attorneys in regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Tanner's versatility as a trial lawyer and breadth of experience provides a unique background that informs his approach to every case and trial, as well as his role as a trusted advisor to his clients.

Tanner is a frequent lecturer and speaker on the role of trial lawyers sustaining the legal profession through mentorship on behalf of the Colorado Supreme Court's Attorney Mentor Program (CAMP) and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. He has also presented on issues related to legal malpractice at seminars and continuing legal education courses.

Tanner also devotes his time to professional organizations and local charities through his involvement with the Colorado Poverty Law Project and represents indigent clients pro bono in housing-related matters, helping at-risk individuals and families stay in their homes.

When he is not in the office, Tanner is either on his bike or snowboard somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. He lives in Denver with his wife Alicia and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Barkley.

DENVER, CO (February 23, 2017) The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Colorado Chapter has named Messner Reeves' partner, Bruce A. Montoya, as President. He assumes the role from outgoing president Sonny Flowers. Mr. Montoya was sworn in at the chapter's annual business meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a prestigious national organization of judges and civil trial lawyers dedicated to 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 civil jury trials as lead counsel to conclusion.

Mr. Montoya manages the Litigation Practice Group at Messner Reeves and has over thirty years' experience as a trial lawyer. In 2006, Mr. Montoya was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and was named president-elect for 2016.

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DENVER, CO (January 05, 2017) – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce partners Bruce A. Montoya, Douglas C. Wolanske, and Michelle L. Harden have been named Denver’s Top Lawyers 2017 by 5280 Magazine. The three attorneys from Messner Reeves were selected for inclusion as Top Lawyers in Medical Malpractice: Defense. The list is in its third edition and is made up of more than 400 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 third consecutive year Mr. Montoya and Mr. Wolanske have been selected to the Top Lawyers list, and the second consecutive year Ms. Harden has been selected. For more information on the Denver’s Top Lawyers 2017 list, please visit 5280.com.

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DENVER, CO (January 03, 2017) – The law firm of Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Michelle L. Harden has been named equity partner.

Ms. Harden joins founder Bryant S. “Corky” Messner, John Shunk, David Reeves, Bruce Montoya, Robert B. Hinckley, Jr., Douglas C. Wolanske, Mark B. Schellerup, Caleb Meyer, Torben Welch, Jeremy Wysocki, and J.C. Mazzola as an owner of the firm.

Ms. Harden represents individuals and businesses, large and small, striving to identify common sense solutions for difficult problems. Having worked as a nurse prior to attending the University of Colorado Law School, Ms. Harden brings a unique perspective and expertise to her practice. She has an active litigation and trial practice, appearing in state, federal and administrative courts. She serves as a trusted advisor to many clients on a wide variety of topics and serves as outside counsel for several businesses, including a large publicly traded company overseeing litigation throughout the United States.

Martindale-Hubbell has certified Ms. Harden as AV-Preeminent, a testament to the fact that her peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence. She was recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer – Rising Star in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and in 2017 was recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer. She’s also been named to the 5280 Magazine Top Lawyers list in 2016 and 2017.

Messner Reeves believes in letting lawyers build the practice that’s right for them. The result is a firm of dedicated lawyers doing what they love, practicing law and helping their clients achieve their goals. Founder Bryant S. “Corky” Messner expressed, “Ms. Harden is a brilliant attorney who embodies the Messner Reeves culture in all respects; she is hardworking and an incredibly loyal team player.”

Messner Reeves LLP is honored to add Ms. Harden to our distinguished group of shareholders.

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DENVER, CO (October 21, 2016) – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Caleb Meyer has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an exclusive and prestigious national organization of judges and civil trial lawyers with the primary mission of preserving the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and our civil justice system. ABOTA’s membership is by invitation only, and constitutes one of the most prestigious organizations of trial lawyers in the United States. To be considered for ABOTA candidacy, the applicant must possess a wealth of trial experience few attorneys achieve, and be approved by votes of the local Chapter and National Board. Acceptance constitutes peer recognition of trial acumen and professionalism. Mr. Meyer joins Messner Reeves’ Bruce Montoya and Douglas Wolanske as members of ABOTA.

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


DENVER, August 12, 2016 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce that Caleb Meyer has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.  The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys.  Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense.  Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.


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