Denver-based Messner Reeves LLP, a full-service commercial and litigation practice with offices across the country, has expanded its presence in Colorado Springs with new office space and two newly formed local attorneys. Brenda L. Bartels and Amber Blasingame of the well-known and now-defunct law firm Hanes & Bartels will help lead and grow the team, along with office services.
The new office, which has strong ties to the Colorado Springs community, will be housed in the historic Pikes Peak area Boys & Girls Club at 105 East Moreno. Originally called the Colorado Springs Boys Club, the club was founded in 1888 to provide a safe place for the local boys in the area to inspire education and encourage activities.
The expansion also includes the addition of four paralegals, a billing specialist and a receptionist. This growth, coupled with this new team, further advances the firm’s reach and breadth of practice as it now adds immigration law to its already robust range of services.
“As we continue to focus on strategic growth, it made perfect sense to further develop and define our existing Colorado Springs footprint in such a historic space with such a rich community background,” said Messner Reeves CEO and Managing Partner Caleb Meyer. “Now that we have this incredible team together, we feel even more connected to Colorado Springs and understand that having a local national law firm allows us to provide quality service and legal support to the surrounding community.”
The new partners will join Intellectual Property (IP) partner Scott Hawranek while continuing to serve their existing clients. Bartels and Blasingame are tasked with expanding the firm’s practice areas, including real estate, construction and immigration law.
After moving from her home state of Nebraska, Bartels quickly made a name for herself in Colorado Springs, working on high-profile cases that impacted the local community. Since then, Bartels has been widely recognized for his work in litigation, real estate and construction law and brings over 35 years of legal experience to Messner Reeves.
Along with Bartels, Blasingame also joins the company and brings their knowledge to the immigration field. Blasingame has practiced immigration law since 1995 and began her career as a paralegal working primarily in the area of corporate immigration law. She started her practice as a lawyer in 2011 with a further focus in this area of practice and later expanded her expertise to include family and humanitarian matters.
Hawranek has been a fixture since the founding of the original Colorado Spring and will continue to lead the firm’s IP practice. Hawranek is well known in his field and has a renowned track record of winning patent, trademark, copyright, licensing and commercial litigation.
This team, combined with their wide range of expertise and collaborative approach, will not only continue to grow the business, but also nurture its entrepreneurial spirit while offering an expanded range of services in and outside of Colorado Springs.
“Community is at the heart of everything we do,” Meyer said. “Expanding our Colorado Springs office will undoubtedly bring us closer to the incredible people who live there and allow us to provide them with the legal advice and strategy they deserve.”
In addition to three locations in Colorado, Denver, Greenwood Village and Colorado Springs, Messner Reeves has offices in Orange County, Silicon Valley, Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Cheyenne and New York City.