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Bruce A. Montoya


Messner Reeves
1430 Wynkoop St.
Suite 300

Denver, CO 80202

Areas of Practice

Mr. Montoya manages the Litigation Practice Group at Messner Reeves and has over thirty-five years’ experience as a trial lawyer. He has participated in more than eighty trials and arbitrations. He has successfully defended numerous complex civil litigation matters, including high-exposure and class-action cases. He also has expertise in providing risk-management advice to corporations.

In 2006, Mr. Montoya was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and served as President in 2017. ABOTA is an organization with a primary mission of preserving the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and our civil justice system. A select group of
Colorado lawyers are currently ABOTA members. ABOTA is an invitation-only organization consisting of lawyers who have tried a minimum of twenty civil jury trials to conclusion.

Recognized as a leader by his peers, Mr. Montoya was inducted into the International Society of Barristers in 2002 and appointed to the Board of Governors. Only a handful of attorneys throughout the United States are nominated and elected into this national society each year. As a member of the Society, Mr. Montoya joins an exclusive list of preeminent attorneys in the country. In 2019, Mr. Montoya was invited into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The Academy limits fellowship to five hundred trial
lawyers in the United States and includes fellows from nearly forty countries. Trial lawyers become fellows after an extremely rigorous vetting process, which includes both peer and judicial reviews. He also became a member of the International Society of Defense Counsel in 1997 and served on the teaching faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) for over ten years.

Mr. Montoya is also AV certified with Martindale-Hubbell. This peer review rating attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. This is the highest rating possible for attorneys to achieve with ten years or more experience. He has maintained this certification for over twenty-five years.

Notable Recognitions: Best Lawyers, 2022 | Super Lawyers, 2006 to present | Denver Post Lawyer of the Year, 2018