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Michelle L. Harden

Michelle Harden leads several Messner Reeves’ Practice Groups. In addition to her busy litigation and trial practice, she has very substantial involvement in Practice Groups, including Crisis Management, Employment Law and Health Law. Throughout her career, she has represented individuals and businesses, large and small, striving to identify common-sense solutions for difficult problems. Having a background in nursing and working as a nurse paralegal prior to attending the University of Colorado Law School, Michelle brings a unique perspective and expertise to her practice. 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.

Michelle has an active hospitality law practice and has been recognized locally and nationally for her efforts defending restaurants and other businesses. This practice includes proactive crisis management planning as well as partnering with her clients in the midst of crisis. She has been involved in the formation of advisory boards to assist clients in various topics including management practices, food safety, data security, and other issues.

Her litigation and trial practice spans commercial matters, professional liability defense, claims arising from foodborne and environmental illness and contamination, and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Title VII. She is frequently retained on claims and lawsuits involving allegations of catastrophic injuries and damages. Finally, she maintains a very active practice representing health care providers before licensing boards, including Boards of Medical Examiners, the Board of Nursing and other credentialing entities, including administrative law hearings on licensing issues.

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 has also been recognized by 5280 as a Top Lawyer in Denver annually since 2016.

Title: Partner

Admitted to Practice:
Colorado, 2005
U.S. District of Colorado, 2005
10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010

Practice Groups: Litigation, Health Care, Restaurant & Hospitality, Crisis Management 

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