Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. is a law firm based in Jefferson City, Missouri comprised of accomplished attorneys who represent diverse regional and local interests.
Our firm’s location in Missouri’s state capital allows us access to all agencies of state government, as well as the legislature.
Paul A. Boudreau (Retired)
Paul Boudreau had a business and administrative law practice involving regulated industries including utilities. and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Energy Law. Paul has retired as of July 2020. Education: B.S., University of Missouri – Columbia J.D., University of Missouri – ColumbiaMeet Paul SEE ATTORNEYS
David V. G. Brydon (1937 – 2012)
David V.G. Brydon (1937 – 2012), was one of the founders of Brydon, Swearengen & England, P.C. Born in Jefferson City, Mr. Brydon was a 1955 graduate of Jefferson City High School, where he served as class and student body president. He spent his undergraduate career at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. and the University of Missouri – Columbia, graduating with a...Meet David SEE ATTORNEYS
Dean L. Cooper
Dean Cooper has a general administrative and civil practice with emphasis on public utility law, estate planning, and probate administration. He has appeared extensively before the Missouri Public Service Commission on behalf of public utilities (electric, natural gas, water, and sewer). He has also appeared before both state and federal courts (trial and appellate level) and many administrative bodies. Dean is a...Meet Dean SEE ATTORNEYS
Jamie J. Cox
Jamie Cox has a general administrative law practice. She is a former Assistant Attorney General and routinely handles matters before the Administrative Hearing Commission and various professional licensing boards, including the State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners, Board of Optometry, Missouri Dental Board and the Board of Nursing. She also represents agency clients in judicial review of their decisions before the...Meet Jamie SEE ATTORNEYS
Jesse W. Craig
Jesse W. Craig focuses his practice on the areas of Criminal Law and Civil Law, including Family Law, Estates and Trusts, and Business Law. He holds a Criminal Law concentration certificate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. During law school, Jesse devoted time to representing indigent and under-served members of the community by working with both the Trial and Central...Meet Jesse SEE ATTORNEYS
William R. England III
A former Assistant General Counsel for the Missouri Public Service Commission, William “Trip” England practices primarily in the area of public utility regulation including telecommunications law. Since 1991, Trip has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Communications Law and Energy Law. Trip is a former Vice Chairman of the Communications Committee of the Section of Public Utility...Meet William SEE ATTORNEYS
Scott A. Hamblin
For almost twenty years, Scott Hamblin has litigated cases in Circuit Courts and United States District Courts throughout Missouri. Scott regularly practices in the areas of family law, divorce, child custody, paternity, child custody modifications, State and Federal Criminal defense including drug trafficking, drug possession, firearm offenses, sexual crimes, money laundering, driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI), and manslaughter. As a former Assistant Prosecuting...Meet Scott SEE ATTORNEYS
Mikinzi (Kinzi) C. Harvis
Raised with integrity in the Air Force community, Kinzi Harvis has traveled extensively throughout 13 different countries, living in Asia for over seven years, before deciding to call Missouri home. A graduate of Florida State University, she went on to earn her JD from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia where she also obtained a Dispute Resolution Concentration. While...Meet Mikinzi SEE ATTORNEYS
Jennifer L. Hernandez
Jennifer Hernandez has a general administrative and civil practice with an emphasis in the areas of public utility law and environmental law. Jennifer is a former Assistant Attorney General where she defended clients in complex litigation and served as counsel to the Missouri Air Conservation Commission, Safe Drinking Water Commission, and the Hazardous Waste Management Commission. Jennifer has also worked at the...Meet Jennifer SEE ATTORNEYS
Brian T. McCartney
Brian McCartney has a general administrative and business practice with an emphasis in the area of corporate and telecommunications law. Brian regularly represents rural broadband and telecommunications providers in administrative, corporate, and regulatory matters. He is the author of the chapter on damages to personal property in the Missouri Bar’s Damages desk book. Brian is also a co-author of the chapter on administrative...Meet Brian SEE ATTORNEYS
Gregory C. Mitchell
Greg Mitchell is a former law clerk to a federal magistrate, Assistant Attorney General of Missouri, and Executive Director of the Missouri Motor Vehicle Commission, a state agency which was responsible for the licensure and regulation of Missouri’s motor vehicle sales industry. He has a general administrative and regulatory practice with an emphasis in motor vehicle dealer matters, franchise law, professional licensing,...Meet Gregory SEE ATTORNEYS
Johnny K. Richardson
Johnny Richardson practices in a wide variety of subject areas, including general civil litigation and trial and appellate work for clients. He is a former General Counsel for the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. He frequently represents physicians and other professionals in licensure and disciplinary proceedings before the Administrative Hearing Commission and professional licensing boards in Missouri, including the...Meet Johnny SEE ATTORNEYS
Stephen A. Rehagen
Born and raised in mid-Missouri, Stephen Rehagen has a general civil practice focusing primarily on estate planning, probate, and trust administration. Stephen also assists businesses with formation and governance, and he represents companies seeking federal permits to produce or distribute alcohol. Outside of the office, Stephen serves as a board member of the Pregnancy Help Center and is a graduate of the...Meet Stephen SEE ATTORNEYS
Charles E. Smarr
Charlie Smarr practices primarily in the areas of alcohol beverage law and liquor licensing. He is a former supervisor of the Missouri Division of Liquor Control, Assistant Attorney General of Missouri and past president of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators. His practice with the firm primarily involves representing interests of members of the alcohol beverage industry by providing corporate, administrative,...Meet Charles SEE ATTORNEYS
James C. Swearengen (Retired)
Jim Swearengen represented electric and natural gas companies before regulatory bodies in the courts and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Energy Law for many years. Jim has retired as of April 3, 2017. Education: B.A., Lawrence University J.D., University of Missouri – ColumbiaMeet James SEE ATTORNEYS
Erin L. Wiseman
Erin L. Wiseman has a general civil practice that includes Family Law, Criminal Law, Municipality Representation, and Business Law. Erin handles matters in various Circuit Courts throughout Missouri, practicing Divorce, Paternity, Child Custody, Child Support, Modifications, Traffic matters, Criminal matters, property and general business Litigation. Erin is a member of Zonta, Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce Young Professional (hYPe), Jefferson City Jaycees, Cole County...Meet Erin SEE ATTORNEYS
Small Estate Affidavits in Missouri
You may have heard of the small estate procedure or affidavit. A small estate affidavit is a written statement to authorize someone to claim a deceased person’s assets outside the formal probate process. Small estate affidavits can save time and money. Keep reading to learn more about how small estate affidavits work in Missouri. How Does A Small Estate Affidavit Work? After a person passes away, the legal process...Read MoreAll Blogs
What Is the Best Way To Distribute Inheritance in MO?
Without expertise in estate planning, it can be difficult to know and understand the best way to distribute an inheritance in Missouri. In this blog, we want to better educate you about Missouri inheritance laws, tax filings, passing with or without a will, and how to get more estate planning information. Spouses & Children Inheritance Laws First, let’s start with spouse inheritance laws. Spouses are legally entitled to the...Read MoreAll Blogs
Licenses for Centene Stadium
BSE’s Alcohol Law Practice Group is in the process of completing the liquor licensing for the new Centene Stadium in St. Louis. Centene Stadium is a $457.8 million 22,500-seat soccer-specific stadium and the future home of St. Louis City SC, the city’s expansion Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. The stadium is being built next to Union Station in the city’s Downtown West neighborhood. Lorene Williams (Senior Licensing Paralegal) recently visited...Read MoreAll Blogs
What Is the Purpose of an Estate Plan?
According to a recent report by CNBC, only 33% of Americans have formulated estate plans. Why? The majority of respondents said they just haven’t gotten around to it. Estate planning isn’t only for the rich. An estate plan ensures your assets, no matter what size, are preserved and distributed appropriately after your death. Through estate planning, you put your financial, legal, and medical affairs in order. Objectives Of Estate...Read MoreAll Blogs
What are the adoption requirements in Missouri?
The emotions surrounding adoption are constantly fluctuating. As a couple longing to build your family through adoption, you feel excitement one minute and fear the next. Before you begin the process, you need to know some basic requirements like age, living situation, marital status, etc. Which Adoption Scenario Is Right For You? There are two types of adoption: state adoption through foster care and private adoption. When determining which...Read MoreAll Blogs
Is Missouri a 50-50 State When it Comes to Divorce?
No matter how cordial, divorce is fraught with negotiation and stress. If a husband and wife cannot reach an amicable property settlement, the courts determine property and debt distribution. Nine states split marital property 50-50 during a divorce. Missouri is an equitable distribution state and not a 50-50 state. What Is The Difference In Distribution? Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin are 50-50 states....Read MoreAll Blogs
How Do I Legally Adopt a Child?
If you and your spouse have considered adoption, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable adoption lawyer. The process requires a serious investment in time, emotions, and possibly money. But adoption is a wonderful way to create or add to your family. What Is Adoption? Adoption legally transfers parental rights from a child’s birth parents to the adoptive parents. Once the process is complete, the adopted child is treated...Read MoreAll Blogs
How Many Points Will a Moving Violation Assess To My Missouri Driver’s License?
Maybe you got caught speeding recently and you are worried about the consequences and how it will affect your driving record. Or perhaps you drove without a license or with a suspended license. Many drivers have been in your situation, and it’s essential to understand what’s next. At Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C., we want to inform you further on the point system of Missouri and how it all...Read MoreAll Blogs
Appellate Decision Favors Wiseman Client
BSE Shareholder Erin Wiseman recently prevailed in an appeal of a family law matter before the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District. The case – K.T.L. by Her Next Friend, K.L.., and K.L. Individually, Respondents, vs. A.G., Appellant. – (Overview Summary) – was decided on December 28, 2021, and became final in January of 2022. The Court of Appeals found that the statutes governing third-party custody required...Read MoreAll Blogs
How Many Points Will a Speeding Ticket Deduct from My Missouri Driver’s License?
We all have been there – pulled over for speeding, feeling embarrassed as the police officer approaches you. It happens to the best of us. Whether this is your first ticket or tenth, you may want to know how many points will a speeding ticket deduct from my Missouri driver’s license? Like any state, Missouri has a point system process used to deduct from your license and too many...Read MoreAll Blogs
7 Steps to Preparing for a Divorce
Technically, divorce is the process of dissolving the marital estate and returning each spouse to their separate legal state. Emotionally, divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences you will ever go through. If you’re unfortunately contemplating a divorce, the attorneys of Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. offer steps to consider before you file. Preparing ahead of time eases some of the problems that come up during the...Read MoreAll Blogs
Hamblin 1st Place Best Lawyer
Jefferson City Magazine 2022 CITY’s Best results have been announced and we very excited to share that attorney Scott A. Hamblin has received 1st place in the Best Lawyer category! This is a tremendous honor and we are very grateful for the recognition. Check Jefferson City Magazine’s website in April for a full list of winners in their Special Edition CITY’s Best issue. https://bit.ly/3qQSnP2Read MoreAll Blogs
What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?
When in love and planning a future together, no one wants to consider the possibility of divorce. But divorce happens, and as a result, you may want to consider a prenuptial agreement beforehand. A prenuptial agreement (also known as a prenup or premarital agreement) is a legal contract that both the future husband and wife agree to in writing. The couple states their rights regarding premarital assets and how...Read MoreAll Blogs
Rehagen “Finally” Completes Leadership Jefferson City
BSE Attorney Stephen A. Rehagen graduated as a member of the Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2020/2021 on November 18, 2021. Leadership Jefferson City is designed to identify and motivate emerging leaders, and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by exposing them to the opportunities, realities, and challenges of the community. The Class of 2020 was halfway through its sessions in early 2020 when it was postponed for...Read MoreAll Blogs
Wiseman Visits USS Jefferson City
BSE shareholder Erin Wiseman recently visited the USS Jefferson City in her role as JC councilwoman. A very nice article from the Jefferson City News Tribune concerning this visit may be found at the following Link – JC Councilwoman Visits USS Jefferson CityRead MoreAll Blogs
Filing for Divorce in Missouri
No matter what the extenuating circumstances are, divorce is difficult for everyone involved. It can be emotionally painful as well as financially devastating. Make sure you have a divorce lawyer who can stand in the gap for you. Dissolution of Marriage/Divorce in Missouri Divorce is the process of dissolving a marital estate and returning each spouse to their separate legal state. In Missouri, the legal process for ending a...Read MoreAll Blogs
BSE Team Takes First Place in MADA Golf Tournament
The BSE team of Johnny Richardson, Trip England, Tanner Richardson, and Hank England took first place in Flight B of the 3rd Annual MADA Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament on Monday, October 11th at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri. One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds of this event will be used by the MADA Foundation for the funding of statewide charitable organizations and events.Read MoreAll Blogs
Welcome Kinzi Harvis!
Kinzi Harvis is a new associate with Brydon, Swearengen & England. She is licensed to practice in the state of Missouri and her practice focuses on the areas of Criminal Law and Civil Law, including Family Law. Ms. Harvis holds a Dispute Resolution Law concentration certificate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. She previously attended Florida State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and...Read MoreAll Blogs
Smarr Inducted Into NCSLA Hall of Fame
NCSLA ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) is pleased to announce three inductees to the NCSLA Hall of Fame: Mr. A. Keith Burt of the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission, Ms. Lynne J. Omlie with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), and Mr. Charles E. Smarr of the law firm Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. in Jefferson City,...Read MoreAll Blogs
You may have heard of the small estate procedure or affidavit. A small estate affidavit is a written statement to authorize someone to claim a deceased person’s assets outside...Read MoreAll Blogs
Without expertise in estate planning, it can be difficult to know and understand the best way to distribute an inheritance in Missouri. In this blog, we want to better...Read MoreAll Blogs
BSE’s Alcohol Law Practice Group is in the process of completing the liquor licensing for the new Centene Stadium in St. Louis. Centene Stadium is a $457.8 million 22,500-seat...Read MoreAll Blogs
According to a recent report by CNBC, only 33% of Americans have formulated estate plans. Why? The majority of respondents said they just haven’t gotten around to it. Estate...Read MoreAll Blogs
The emotions surrounding adoption are constantly fluctuating. As a couple longing to build your family through adoption, you feel excitement one minute and fear the next. Before you begin...Read MoreAll Blogs
No matter how cordial, divorce is fraught with negotiation and stress. If a husband and wife cannot reach an amicable property settlement, the courts determine property and debt distribution....Read MoreAll Blogs
Congratulations to BSE Shareholder Erin Wiseman for being voted #1 Attorney and #1 Family Law Attorney in the Jefferson City News Tribune Best of the Best 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards!Read MoreAll Blogs
If you and your spouse have considered adoption, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable adoption lawyer. The process requires a serious investment in time, emotions, and possibly money....Read MoreAll Blogs
Maybe you got caught speeding recently and you are worried about the consequences and how it will affect your driving record. Or perhaps you drove without a license or...Read MoreAll Blogs