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.

 

DENVER, CO (March 15, 2016) – Messner Reeves LLP has been named to BTI Brand Elite 2016: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. Clients place Messner Reeves in an elite group of law firms changing the way law firms do business, according to interviews with corporate counsel at more than 635 of the world’s largest and most influential companies. Corporate counsel see Messner Reeves standing out for its innovation and has earned a place on BTI's Honor Roll of Innovative Movers & Shakers.

BTI, a legal industry consulting group, conducts in-depth telephone interviews with legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue to identify law firms excelling in branding and positioning. In the report BTI explains, “This research is independent and unbiased—no law firm or organization other than BTI sponsors this study. No law firm or attorney influences the results, submits nominations, or provides client names to BTI.” Visit BTI’s website for more information on this year’s Brand Elite rankings.

DENVER, CO (March 14, 2016) – Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce seven of our Colorado attorneys have been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyer is a rating service of outstanding attorneys, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected. Rising stars recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected.

The following partners at Messner Reeves LLP were named as Colorado Super Lawyers:
Bruce A. Montoya, Litigation
Douglas C. Wolanske, Med Mal: Defense
Tanya E. Milligan, Employee Litigation: Defense

Messner Reeves’ 2016 Colorado Rising Stars include:
Allison Dodd, Employee Litigation: Defense
• Louis M. Grossman, Environmental Litigation
Mark B. Collier, Med Mal: Defense
Mary Bryne Fletcher, Med Mal, Defense

DENVER, CO (February 18, 2016) – Legal industry consulting firm BTI has named Messner Reeves’ partner, Caleb Meyer, to its annual Client Service All-Stars list. BTI conducted more than 300 in-depth interviews with corporate counsel at the world’s leading companies, to identify attorneys who deliver the absolute best client service.

Mr. Meyer was one of only 8 attorneys recognized in Denver, Colorado. A total of 312 attorneys were recognized globally for superior client focus, outstanding results, unmatched business understanding and reinventing the client relationship. BTI Consulting Group’s annual Client Service All-Star honor is a unique spotlight on attorneys who deliver superior client service because no attorney or firm can self-nominate. In the publication, BTI notes “312 attorneys stood out as the absolute best at client service. Not just great – but head and shoulders above the rest as defined solely by clients.”

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.

DENVER, CO (February 12, 2016) – The law firm of Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Kathleen J. Mowry, Maclain Joyce, and Matthew R. Sullivan have been promoted to partners. Founding partner Bryant S. “Corky” Messner shares, “It is very rewarding to announce our new partners this year, and witness lawyers in our firm succeeding.” The promotion of these three attorneys is attributed to their professional excellence, along with their dedicated service to clients and the firm.

Kathleen J. Mowry is a member of the litigation practice group and works primarily in the Labor and Employment Group, including representing clients with Workers’ Compensation Matters. Ms. Mowry has nearly two decades of extensive litigation experience. She has handled every type of workers’ compensation matter, administrative proceeding filed with the EEOC and Colorado Civil Rights Division, and trials in both state and federal courts involving such issues as employment contacts disputes, retaliation claims, and sexual harassment, age, race, gender, and disability discrimination. Ms. Mowry's practice includes not only representing clients with litigated matters, but providing personal counseling services to counsel clients with respect to compliance issues, personnel matters, and effective strategies to lessen or avoid litigation if possible.

Maclain Joyce is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Groups. He works closely with individual and institutional clients across the country, from start-up and growth stage companies to Fortune 500 publicly traded entities. In Mac’s practice, he assists and advises his clients on matters of corporate formation and structuring, debt and equity financing, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate governance. Mac often acts as outside general counsel, providing broad ranging advice to entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and boards of directors in the hospitality, technology, services, and craft manufacturing fields. Mac understands successful representation requires deep legal knowledge paired closely with business and industry insight. Corporate structuring, permitting and licensing, intellectual property protection, and strong real estate protections are the foundations to a strong business, but must be accomplished with an eye towards the bottom line. Mac excels at helping his clients protect their assets, and simultaneously take calculated business risks to achieve growth and future success.

Matthew R. Sullivan is a partner in the firm's Real Estate, Corporate, and Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Groups. Mr. Sullivan's real estate practice focuses on a broad range of real estate transactions including leasing, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate, title review, workout and recovery agreements, foreclosure agreements, financing real estate and other related contracts and legal documents. Mr. Sullivan has extensive experience in negotiating with landlords in connection with commercial leases and lease disputes. He also represents a variety of creditors in bankruptcy matters, including handling Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proof of claim submissions and relief from automatic stay issues. Mr. Sullivan’s corporate practice focuses on representing public and private companies, with a focus on entity formation, structuring, debt and equity financing, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate governance. Additionally, Mr. Sullivan has experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry representing and acquiring companies, financings, and joint ventures involving foodservice companies and serves as business counsel to clients across a range of industries utilizing his education and experience to advise his clients.

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