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This summer has brought the firm new cases and with that – an outstanding lineup of new Messner Reeves attorneys. We are thrilled to welcome the following new attorneys to our firm: Brandon Friede – Associate, Denver Office Brandon joins Messner Reeves as an associate for the firm’s litigation practice group. Friede’s focus lies in […]

Coloradans have gotten used to alcohol delivery and takeout during the pandemic. Thanks to recent Colorado legislation, guests will continue to be able to do so. Attorneys Michelle Harden and Austin Gemmell cover the new law and what it entails in our Colorado Liquor Licensing Update below. The recent legislation creates new opportunities for liquor […]

By: Rowan P. Smith Now more than ever, we’re seeing a plethora of articles making the bold claim that the world’s biggest and most powerful companies don’t really care that much about intellectual property. Although provocative, the articles oftentimes miss the point. For example, in this article written by the Harvard Business Review, the authors […]

Independent Contractor or Employee? This one detail has an immense effect on employment and unemployment claims. On January 5th, the U.S. Department of Labor developed a multi-factor test determining whether workers are independent contractors for purposes of the FLSA regarding overtime and minimum wage issues. Despite this, the U.S. Supreme Court has stated numerous times that […]

Congratulations to Reagan Larkin who was recently appointed to the board of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association as co-chair of the programs committee. We’re incredibly proud of her contributions in and out of the office, her commitment to the fight for gender equality as well as the continuation of education and advocacy. “Reagan’s stellar work […]

If you delve into the world of workers’ compensation, ADA claims or personal injury issues, no doubt you have encountered chronic pain and the role is plays with employees and plaintiffs seeking treatment and damage components to lawsuits. It’s important to understand the definition of pain, and within that – what is chronic pain. Our […]

We’d like to take a moment to congratulate our attorneys Candace Herling, Christine Atwood and David Friedman for being selected as the Nevada Business Magazine Legal Elites Best & Upcoming Nevada Attorneys of 2021. Their monumental experience, exceptional counsel and entrepreneurial spirit exemplify the Messner Reeves mission to always strive for greatness and continuously pursue […]

Colorado passed the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act on January 1, enforcing employers to implement the additional prohibitions under existing Colorado law. Our very own Kate Mowry goes in-depth discussing what the law prohibits employers from doing, additional requirements and how this affects job postings and promotions. Click the link to download the full pdf and […]

New Colorado Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Employers: This week the Colorado Supreme Court weighed in on whether the so called “use-it or lose-it” vacation pay policies are prohibited by law. In a pivotal decision, the Court held that the Colorado Wage Claim Act (CWCA) bars employers from implementing policies that require employees to forfeit […]

Brent Wadman, a partner out of our Denver office, led a joint strategic discussion with Courtney Seely, vice president of Legal Operations for Molson Coors the importance of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). The presentation was part of an ongoing engagement series offered by the Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado […]

Messner Reeves LLP is proud to announce that Managing Partner, Michelle Harden has been named to BizWest’s Notable Women in Law list this year. This list recognizes those individuals that have not only set legal precedents in their careers but also find ways to give back to the community and their peers. In her sixteen […]

Our Las Vegas attorneys are always at the forefront, ready to defend their clients to the best of their abilities. In these three cases, Las Vegas partner, Mike Edwards, along with associates Nick Hamilton and David Pritchett, were able to achieve Summary Judgments on behalf of their clients. Case 1: The Plaintiff: In this case, […]

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