Torben Welch

Head of the Messner Reeves Utah office, and licensed in multiple states including Colorado New York and Utah, Torben Welch has built his legal expertise by aiding in the resolution of complex business and commercial transactions. His industry experience includes banking and financial institutions, corporations and businesses and he has a side interest in representing professional sports franchises. Among outside general counsel responsibilities, Torben has legal expertise in enterprise strategic planning, asset acquisitions, cyber-security, contract and lease negotiation, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, workout and recovery strategy (including representation of creditors in bankruptcy matters) for both domestic and international clients. Mr. Welch focuses on litigation prevention but serves as a trial attorney performing independent internal and external investigations or appeals hearings as needed.


Messner Reeves provides the full range of legal services to a diverse group of clients — from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs. We are as excited about working with the small business owner as we are the largest corporation because, for us, it’s all about maximizing potential. We develop the legal strategies that can help propel the minor operation to the next level or the next ten levels — whether that means doubling in size or becoming a worldwide, publicly traded enterprise. We serve family-owned and emerging enterprises, entrepreneurs, insurance carriers and agencies, banks and other financial institutions, venture capital funds, engineering firms, real estate developers, and individuals.

No other law firm is structured quite like we are. At Messner Reeves, we act as general counsel to an amazing array of clients which makes us a large consumer of legal services on our clients’ behalf. That means we are able to maintain a perspective — as both a client and a firm.         

We figured out a long time ago that clients want only the best!

  • Great quality
  • Great service
  • Great value
  • The highest level of professional integrity

And that’s what we deliver — effective legal counsel with a quick response and professional integrity in all we do.

We counsel clients with great personal attention.

“We work to understand your business and what you are trying to accomplish. We look at creative and flexible solutions to solve complex problems. And we do it in partnership with you.” — Bryant S. “Corky” Messner

The attorneys at Messner Reeves represent the highest standards in the legal profession. The firm is AV peer review rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, the authoritative source for information on attorneys and law firms worldwide. An AV rating is the highest awarded.  It confirms that our partners have reached the height of professional excellence, skill, and integrity.
Even more, we judge our own performance by the success we achieve for clients — from individuals to institutions and small business owners to large corporations.

Lance Lehnhof

Lance Lehnhof advises clients on a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including:

  • mergers & acquisitions
  • equity and debt financings (seed/angel to large VC financings)
  • strategic partnerships and joint ventures
  • general corporate law matters facing companies ranging from start-ups to established industry leaders.

Mr. Lehnhof’s list of representative clients and transactions include small tech companies as well large energy and industrial clients.  He is licensed to practice law in New York, Utah and Washington, DC

Education and Work Experience

  • J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 2002; Order of the Coif; Editor in Chief, BYU Law Review
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., 1999, International Studies
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Monroe G. McKay, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit – 2002-2003
  • Attorney, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Washington, DC, 2003-2005
  • Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP, Corporate Group, Salt Lake City, 2005-2008
  • Adjunct Faculty, J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU)


  • Anastasoff v. United States: The Judicial Power to “Unpublish” Opinions, 77 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 135 (2001) (with Thomas R. Lee).
  • Freedom of Religious Association: The Right of Religious Organizations to Obtain Legal Entity Status under the European Convention, 2002 BYU L. REV. 561 (2002).


Carman Lehnhof Israelsen LLP is a business law firm providing corporate, securities, and other transaction services to select entrepreneurs, companies, and investors. We have a team of attorneys with deep experience in a wide field of transactions across numerous industries and markets.

Our objective is to help our clients carry out their business strategies and meet their business needs.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Agreements and Transactions
  • Venture Capital
  • Private Equity
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Debt Finance
  • Fund Practice
  • Startup Practice
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Offerings
  • SEC Reporting
  • Litigation

Kevin Huser

Kevin received a B.S. in chemistry from Butler University and a J. D. from Indiana University. He practiced at Krieg Devault, LLP in Indianapolis before joining Maschoff Brennan. Kevin is a registered patent attorney and his legal practice focuses on all aspects of patent law. He has drafted and prosecuted chemical, mechanical, and electro-mechanical patent applications for several Fortune 500 companies and universities. Patents fields include medical devices, surgical instruments, surgical methods and techniques, internal combustion engines, agricultural equipment, pesticides, pest control devices and systems, and variable frequency drives, among many others.

Outside of work, Kevin enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and boating with his wife and their two young children.


– J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2006

– B.S., Butler University, Chemistry, 2003

Practice Focus

– Domestic and International Patent Prosecution

– Licensing, Other Transactional Work & Client Counseling

– Patentability Opinions

– Patent Infringement and Validity Opinions

– Due Diligence Investigations of IP Portfolios During Acquisition or Merger Transactions

– Defensive Opinions of Non-infringement and Design Around Strategies

Technical Experience

– Medical Devices, Surgical Instruments and Related Techniques and Procedures

– Internal Combustion Engine Controls

– Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems

– Agricultural Equipment

– Refrigeration Systems and Related Controls

– Variable Frequency Drive Control Systems

– Refrigeration Compressors and Related Controls

– Electro-chemical and Optical Analyte Detection Devices

– Analyte Detection Reagents

– Gas Turbine Engines

– Agrochemicals

– Pest Control Systems and Devices

Professional Admissions & Associations

– Utah State Bar

– Indiana State Bar

– Registered Patent Attorney