Michelle L. Harden

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Denver, Colorado

Messner Reeves LLP
Michelle L. Harden
Messner Reeves LLP

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, Health Care view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2005

Education: University of Colorado Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2015
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Messner Reeves LLP

1550 Wewatta St
Suite 710
Denver, CO 80202 Phone: 303-623-1800 Email: Michelle L. Harden Visit website


Michelle Harden is COO and Managing Partner at Messner Reeves LLP. 

In addition to her busy litigation and trial practice, she has substantial involvement in the firm's 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 - particularly physicians and practice groups, claims arising from foodborne and environmental illness and contamination, 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.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense, Business Litigation, Health Care, Food and Drugs

First Admitted: 2005, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://messner.com/attorneys/harden/

Educational Background:
  • Colorado Christian University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2001
  • N/A, 2023
White Papers:
  • N/A, 2023
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • As COO & Managing Partner, Michelle has led the firm's efforts in DEI. Most recently, the firm was named a Certified Midsize Mansfield firm and also e achieved Certification “Plus” status. This reflects the firm's commitment to increasing DEI in leadership roles., 2023
  • Member, Denver Broncos’ Javonte Williams Foundation Board, 2023
  • President, Zarlengo Foundation Board, 2023
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Admissions: Colorado U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit U.S. District Court of Colorado, 2023
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • COO & Managing Partner of Messner Reeves., 2023
  • , Top Lawyers: 2016-2023, 5280 Magazine, 2023
  • Professionalism Award, CTLA, 2020
  • , Notable Women in Law, BizWest Colorado , 2021
  • , AV Preeminent Rating: 2014-2023, Martindale Hubbell , 2023
  • , Best Lawyers in America: 2022-2023, US News & World Report , 2023
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • International Association for Food Protection, 2023
  • Center for Legal Inclusiveness  , 2023
  • CDLA, 2023
  • DRI, 2023
  • CLM, 2023
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), 2023
  • The Federalist Society, 2023
  • Colorado Bar Association (Health Law and Litigation Sections), 2023
  • Member of various state and national restaurant associations and speaker at Fast Casual Summit and various food safety conferences.  , 2023
  • American Bar Association, 2023
  • American Health Lawyers Association, 2023
Industry Groups:
  • Crisis Management
  • Food Safety
  • Health Care Entity Structure
  • Professional Liability
  • Restaurant & Hospitality

Office location for Michelle L. Harden

1550 Wewatta St
Suite 710
Denver, CO 80202


8 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2015

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