DENVER, January 6, 2016 – Messner Reeves is pleased to announce three partners have been named to the 5280 Top Lawyers list. The list is in its second edition and is made up of more than 400 Denver metro area attorneys in 49 specialties. The ranking is based on a peer-review process and the magazines own research.

The Messner Reeves attorneys selected for inclusion in the 5280 Top Lawyers list are:

Bruce A. Montoya – Medical Malpractice: Defense

Douglas C. Wolanske – Medical Malpractice: Defense

Michelle L. Harden – Medical Malpractice: Defense

This is the second year Bruce Montoya and Douglas Wolanske have been selected to the Top Lawyers list. 5280, a local Denver lifestyle magazine, has more readers than any other local magazine in Colorado. For more information on the 2016 Top Lawyer list, please visit the 5280 website.

 

 

 

 

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DENVER, November 10, 2015 -- Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to welcome four new Associate Attorneys to our Denver Office. On October 8, 2015 Brenna Lee Wolcott, Clement J. Hayes, Courtney A. McShane, and Margaret K. Mandeville received passing scores on the Colorado Bar Examination. On November 9, 2015 the four associates took their oath of admission. The admission ceremony was held at the Boettcher Concert Hall, in Denver, Colorado.

All four associates participated in the Messner Reeves Summer Law Clerk Program in 2014, where they worked closely with attorneys to gain real legal experience beyond the classroom. Each were able to attend client meetings, negotiations, depositions, trials, and court room 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 though 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.

Brenna Lee Wolcott and Margaret K. Mandeville join Messner Reeves’ Litigation Practice Group. Both attended University of Colorado Law School and graduated spring of 2015. Ms. Wolcott’s practice focuses on general civil litigation, labor and employment, insurance, and commercial litigation. Ms. Mandeville joins our Healthcare Litigation Group assisting physicians, mental health clinicians, and other healthcare providers.

Clement J. Hayes and Courtney A. McShane join our transactional team at Messner Reeves. Mr. Hayes’ practice focuses on Corporate, Taxation, and Intellectual Property. Mr. Hayes attended St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2015. Ms. McShane joins our Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups, and is a University of Colorado Law School graduate.

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, banking & financial services, art law, health law, trust & estates, transportation logistics 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.

NEW YORK, NY. (September 25, 2015)- Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce Abigail Nitka has been selected to the 2015 New York Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Abigail opened the New York office for Messner Reeves in July 2013. Abigail’s practice focuses on litigation for businesses of all sizes. Her practice has recent expanded to representing local, regional, and national members of the restaurant and hospitality industry. Her practice in this area extends to individual and class action wage and hour litigation, covering claims for misclassification of employees, retaliation, spread of hours pay premises liability, liquor liability, and food-borne illness claims. Abigail's practice also includes handling complex marine, energy and property claims for individuals and domestic and international corporations and insurers. She has experience with a wide range of property damage disputes, pollution liability, marine casualty claims, and construction and design disputes.

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, art law, transportation and logistics, 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 three attorneys were selected as Colorado ‘Super Lawyers’ for 2015 and six attorneys were designated as ‘Rising Stars’ in Colorado and California by Super Lawyers Magazine. Super Lawyers 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 the lawyers in the state are selected.

The following members of Messner Reeves LLP were named as Colorado Super Lawyers:
Bruce Montoya, Trial Attorney
Douglas Wolanske, Trial Attorney
Tanya Milligan, Labor and Employment Defense

Messner Reeves’ 2015 Colorado and California Rising Stars include:
Michelle Harden, Trial Attorney
Derek Blass, Business Litigation
Travis Uhlenhopp, Corporate/Intellectual Property
Mark Collier, Personal Injury Med Mal: Defense
Mary Fletcher, Personal Injury Med Mal: Defense
Allison Dodd, Employee Litigation: Defense

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.

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.

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!

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