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

Holiday Card 2013


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.

Messner Reeves Cultivate 2013

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.


We are pleased to announce the opening of Messner Reeves LLP offices in Los Angeles and New York City.  View our news release to learn more about the expansion.

June 1, 2013- It was a perfect, sunny Colorado day for the annual Messner Reeves Block Party.  With a whole city block closed off, over 700 people enjoyed delicious food from Larkburger, Slotted Spoon, Chipotle, Mad Greens, Stoney's, Sweet Cow Ice Cream and more.  With drinks flowing from Coors, Peach Street Distillers, Spring 44 Distillery, Tingala and Oogave Soda, friends and family mingled and enjoyed music, while kids were entertained by bouncy castles and face painting. Good times were had by all- now let the planning for next year’s party begin!

check out pictures from the Block Party on our flickr photostream:

The 2013 "Rock the Research" Silver  Anniversary Celebration is right around the corner.  We are very proud to be a headline sponsor of this amazing event.  This celebration recognizes the contributions of Dr. J. Richard Steadman and benefits orthopaedic research and educational programs of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. 

Messner & Reeves proudly welcomes Caleb Meyer and Maclain Joyce to the Firm.  Mr. Meyer joins the Litigation Practice Group as Of Counsel after several years practicing at John R. Rodman & Associates.   Mr. Joyce joins the Corporate Practice Group after working at Vail Resorts.

Does your business have any employees?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a new Form 1-9   

Please be aware that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a new Form I-9.  Employers must begin using the new Form I-9 no later than May 8, 2013.  Key revisions include:

  •     Adding data fields, including the employee's foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and e-mail address.
  •     Improving the Form's instructions.
  •     Revising the Form's layout and expanding the Form from one to two pages (not including instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents).

A copy of the new Form I-9 can be found here:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact one of our labor and employment attorneys.

Congratulations to Bruce A. Montoya for being chosen to present at the Colorado Bar Association's Medical Malpractice Cases- Practical Advice and Winning Strategies program. Bruce and other distinguished trial attorneys shared their experience, expertise, proven trial tactics and winning strategies.

Messner & Reeves Bruce Montoya
Topics included:

    Screening & Evaluating the Case
    Preparing & Defending the Plaintiff's Case
    Depositions of Plaintiffs & Defendants
    Jury Selection Tips
    Demonstrative Evidence-Trial Tips and Traps
    Settlement Strategies


Messner & Reeves proudly welcomes Matthew Sullivan and Jacqueline Guesno to the Firm.  Mr. Sullivan joins the Real Estate Practice Group after serving as Corporate Counsel for Red Robin International, Inc.  Ms. Guesno joins the Litigation Practice Group after several years as a Public Defender for Arapahoe County. 

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