FREE COVID-19 LEGAL HELP from Messner Reeves April 24,2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants are forgoing legal help for fear of accruing expenses they won't be able to pay. In an effort to give back to the restaurant community in its darkest hour and get operators the assistance they need, Denver-based law firm Messner Reeves is offering each Colorado restaurant up to four (4) hours of pro bono legal services to address issues arising from the pandemic. This offer is available to all Colorado-based and Colorado-located restaurants, and the only requirement is that your legal issue be COVID-19-related. Areas of assistance include: 

  • Landlord/Tenant negotiations and lease review;
  • CARES Act/SBA Funding (PPP and EIDL loan applications, forgiveness and other issues surrounding the programs);
  • Vendor negotiations;
  • Policies & Procedures including employee and customer health, food safety, and other compliance requirements;
  • and more. 

To access this assistance, send an email succinctly stating what your issue is to We will refer you to the Messner Reeves team, who will conduct a short intake interview to determine your primary needs and assign you to the correct practice. Please understand that Messner may be inundated by requests, and they will work through them as quickly as they can without sacrificing work quality.
About Messner Reeves:
Messner Reeves attorney John Shunk is one of the Colorado Restaurant Association's Legal Resource Center partners. The Denver-based firm has a nationwide restaurant and hospitality practice, with broad experience representing the industry locally, nationally, and globally across an array of legal areas. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm has fielded countless questions from CRA members, and conducted webinars on rent concerns and accessing federal assistance via the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

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