Author: DeanCooper

Epple Competes in Vintage Car Rally

BSE Paralegal Lorene Epple (in yellow jacket), took on a new adventure and competed as driver in a family 1964 Ford Falcon in the 2019 Coker Tire Challenge (along with her Navigator, Mallory).  The Coker Challenge is a precise timed car Rally over 3 days.  This was Lorene’s first vintage car rally of which she came in at 7th place and scored two Aces (perfect scores) over the 3 days.

Wiseman for Zonta 100

BSE shareholder Erin Wiseman was recently featured in the Jefferson City News Tribune in regard to her admiration for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary Rhodes Russell,as a part of the recognition of the 100-year anniversary of Zonta International, a nonprofit organization that fights for women’s equality while providing a plethora of services to communities in dozens of countries.

Wiseman and Rehagen Attend SCG Legal Meeting

BSE shareholder Erin Wiseman and Stephen Rehagen recently attended the SCG Legal Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. at the Watergate Hotel on September 5 & 6. They attended various discussions throughout the course of the conference with a Capstone Session with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein discussing 45 A Forty-Five Year Watergate Retrospective.

Happy Labor Day!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day.  The lovely flowers below are outside the BSE offices and are provided and maintained by River City Florist.

Piccadilly in White 2019

Wiseman and Hernandez Support Piccadilly in White 2019

BSE’s Erin Wiseman and Jennifer Hernandez participated in Piccadilly in White Aug. 3, 2019, when High Street was turned into a summer party location.  The Piccadilly is hosted by Downtown Jefferson City to raise funds for beautification of the downtown area.

2019 Jefferson City Jaycees Fair

Wiseman and Hamblin Sponsor Jefferson City Jaycees Fair

BSE shareholders Erin Wiseman and Scott Hamblin are sponsors of the 2019 Jefferson City Jaycees Fair that will take place July 29 – August 3 at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, MO.

BSE with the rides

Happy 4th of July Weekend

Today will be the last day you can get a ride on the scrambler along with a consultation. 🙂  BSE will be closed July 4 and 5 for Independence Day weekend.  Have a happy and safe 4th.

Jennifer Hernandez

Jennifer Hernandez Joins BSE

Jennifer Hernandez has joined BSE as an associate attorney as of June 17, 2019. Jennifer was previously a Staff counsel with the Missouri Public Service Commission for approximately six and a half years, where she worked on a variety of matters to include those associated with the electric, water and sewer industries. Jennifer was most recently with the Office of the Missouri Attorney General, where she was a part of …

Tornado Damage

Tornado Recap

A random assortment of pictures from the 500 and 600 blocks of East Capital Avenue in Jefferson City, on May 23, 2019 (the day after the tornado). Our office is in the 300 block and, amazingly, completely unscathed.  Much work has bene done since these pictures were taken.  Unfortunately, much work also remains to be done.

Great 8 2018

Great 8 2018

BSE again sponsored a team in the Machens Great 8 Holiday Basketball Tournament, which took place December 27-29, 2018. This year we sponsored the Mt. Lebanon High School Blue Devils from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. BSE shareholder Dean Cooper was the team host. Mt. Lebanon finished in third place in the tournament after defeating Helias Catholic High School in the first round, losing to Harvest Prep from Ohio in the Semi-finals on …

Mansion Fundraiser

Wiseman Attends Mansion Fund Raiser

Erin Wiseman attended the Friends of Missouri Governor’s Mansion fundraiser with Governor Mike Parson and Councilman Ron Fitzwater. Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion raises money to restore and repair the Missouri Governor’s Mansion.

Ceres Being Lowered

Ceres Removed from Capital For Restoration

The bronze sculpture of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, fertility and a mother’s love of her children, was removed from the top of the Missouri Capitol dome on November 15 as part of a multi-million dollar renovation of the entire building.  The 10 foot tall, 2-ton statue will undergo repairs from damage sustained by lightning strikes. Attorneys Paul Boudreau, Erin Wiseman, Greg Mitchell and Stephen Rehagen walked the several …

Mitchel, Rehagen, Richardson

BSE Celebrates 50-Year Association With MADA

BSE Shareholders Johnny Richardson and Greg Mitchell, along with BSE Associate Stephen Rehagen, traveled to Branson last week to celebrate BSE’s 50 year association with the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association (MADA).  The late David Brydon began to represent MADA in 1968.  Mr. Brydon, and then BSE, have had a continuing relationship with MADA since that time. David Brydon introduced Johnny Richardson to MADA when he joined the firm in 1980. Johnny …

4th of July, 2018

BSE Observance of Independence Day

In observance of Independence Day, BSE will close at noon today and will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. We will return to regular office hours on Thursday, July 5. The “Salute to America” stages and carnival are set up downtown, so street parking in front of our office is difficult. Whether you are riding rides or just relaxing at home, all of us at BSE wish you a safe …

Lions Club Golf Tournament 2018

BSE Helps Sponsor Evening Lions Club Tournament

Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C., was recently a hole sponsor for the  Jefferson City Evening Lions Club 25rd Annual Golf Tournament.  The proceeds of the Jefferson City Evening Lions Club Tournament helps the Jefferson City Evening Lions Club assist a variety of many different important and worthwhile causes in the local community.

Wiseman Yellow Rose 2018

Zonta – Second Chance Scholarships Available

Pictured is Ruthi Sturdevant, chair, and Erin Wiseman, co-chair, of the 2018 Zonta Yellow Rose Luncheon presenting awards for Women of Achievement. Zonta is an international women’s organization of professional women that empowers and worldwide through service and advocacy. The Yellow Rose Luncheon is unique to Jefferson City in that it raises money for the Second Chance Scholarship Fund for women who have not taken a traditional educational route, are returning …

Missouri Bar Launches Site for the Public

The Missouri Bar Association recently launched a new web site to help ensure that the public has access to certain legal resources. The website is “devoted exclusively to the legal information needs of the general public.  The new site provides a variety of resources and services to the citizens of Missouri, such as information on how to find an attorney or download one of The Missouri Bar’s 50-plus publications on topics ranging from family law …

Target Scams on Top of Target Security Breach

The Missouri Attorney General has issued a warning  concerning various scams that have popped up attempting to take further advantage of persons on the heals of the Target security breach issues.  The Attorney General indicated that “Thieves pretending to be from Target or a consumer’s bank or credit-card company have been contacting consumers by phone or email and asking for their personal and financial information.  The thieves can use this …

Eye on the SEC Continues

My participation in KRCG’s Eye on the SEC contest continues.  Coming into bowl season, I have 97 points.  The leaders have 100 points.  With 2 points given for each bowl pick, there are opportunities to move up (and move down).

Twenty Years

Last Friday, November 15, 2013, marked my twentieth year with Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C.  Twenty years ago I returned from active duty with the U. S. Army, with a two week old child (who is now a sophomore at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri), and began to practice law in the same building where I am sitting today, with many of the same attorneys that were here in 1993.  …

Bankruptcy Court to Remain Open – For Now

BSE attorney Erin Wiseman has passed along the following e-mail from the Federal Court in the Western District of Missouri – “In the event of a federal government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of Missouri will remain open for regular business. The federal judiciary has fee generated reserve funds to remain open for approximately 10 business days even if …

Eye on the SEC Continues

The KRCG TV “Eye on the SEC” Challenge continues.  This week my perfect 9-0 mark combined with the total points of the Missouri game made me the winner of the “mythical Rod Lombardi Traveling Trophy.” See the write-up for the week along with current standings at the following link:

FRI Utility Symposium a Success

Several BSE shareholders attended the 2013 Financial Research Institute Public Utility Symposium – Visualizing the Future: Public Utilities in 2020, on September 18, 2013, in Columbia, Missouri.  Attending from BSE were Paul Boudreau, Russ Mitten, Diana Carter, Jim Swearengen, Brian McCartney, and myself. The Symposium was well-attended by Commissioners, regulators, utility employees, attorneys and others from multiple states.  Panel discussions involving several state commissions, as well as a CEO Panel Discussion were well-prepared …

Eye on the SEC

I will be participating in KRCG TV’s “Eye on the SEC” challenge this year.  After Week 1, I am in second place (albeit tied with 8 others).  I want to take the opportunity to see my picture in that second spot, as I am sure it won’t last. You can view the standings and other information at By the way, please drop me a note and let me know …

Have You Checked Your Estate Planning Documents Recently?

It is a good idea to periodically review your estate planning documents.  The first task, many times, is to just find those documents.  It is fairly common for folks to remember that they executed documents years ago, but be unable to find the originals.  If you can locate the originals, a person should secondly determine whether the choices made those many years ago are still applicable.  Changes in assets, marital status, children becoming adults, birth …

Mitchell Writes About Chiefs

Conjuring up images of the movie Almost Famous, BSE Counsel Greg Mitchell’s son, Sam Mitchell, is both a student at Rock Bridge High School and a Staff Writer for   An example of young Mr. Mitchell’s work can be found at the followig link: Chiefs Offseason 2013: Effects of the Past Week’s Moves .

National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day will be Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  The Cole County Bar Association will be providing free assistance with completion of healthcare directives and durable healthcare powers of attorney from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the following locations in Jefferson City – –  Clark Senior Center, 1310 Linden Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri –  Missouri River Regional Library, Art Gallery, 214 Adams Street, Jefferson City, Missour

“Annual Minutes Records Form” is Scam

On March 1, 2013, Missouri’s Secretary of State issued the following message concerning an “Annual Minutes Records Form” that has been circulated to various persons and businesses by the U.S. Mail: “Secretary of State Jason Kander is today alerting Missouri corporations to a potentially deceptive letter from an entity called Corporate Records Service. The solicitation, called “Annual Minutes Records Form,” falsely suggests Missouri businesses must complete the form and pay …

Open For Business

Many schools in the area are closed, but BSE’s doors are open today, Friday, February 22, 2013. If you need a way to pass some time this weekend while the snow melts, consider a legal movie.  Check out this list of the ABA Journal’s 25  Greatest Legal Movies.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The BSE offices are closed today, Thursday, February 21, 2013, as of noon, due to the weather.  Most attorneys will be checking e-mail and voice mail messages.  However, no receptionist will be available this afternoon.

Fiscal Cliff Deal Impacts Federal Estate Tax

It appears that the Fiscal Cliff Deal will, among other things, bring some certainty to the Federal Estate Tax system that has been lacking for the last thirteen years, or so.  Reports indicate that the legislation will make permanent the existing exclusionary amount and portability provisions, while the tax rate for amounts beyond the exclusionary amount will increase (the top rate will go to 40%, from a previous maximum of 35%).  A more detailed discussion …

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Matthew Quandt

I would like to welcome our newest associate – Matthew Quandt.  Matt has successfully passed the Missouri Bar Exam and was sworn in at the Missouri Supreme Court on Friday, October 5, 2012.  He is a graduate of Baker University and the Washburn University School of Law.  Dean

Election Information

The Missouri Judicial Performance Evaluation Committees today released their recommendations on the non-partisan system judges who will be standing in retention elections on  November 6.  Performance evaluations for the appellate judges that will be on your ballot may be found at the following link: Appellate Evaluations.

Missouri Supreme Court FInds Damage Cap Unconstitutional

On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in a 4-3 decision, the Missouri Supreme Court found the State’s $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases to be unconstitutional.  In doing so, the Court stated that “[t]he individual right to trial by jury cannot ‘remain inviolate’ when an injured party is deprived of the jury’s constitutionally assigned role of determining damages according to the particular facts of the case.”  The case is …

The Untitled Blawg Entry

It is time for a Blawg post – for no other reason than we haven’t had one for quite some time.  The following thoughts are as unfocused as the above title and this stated purpose. – My take on the Penn State/Joe Paterno/Sandusky situation – Loyalty is a character trait that is highly valued.  It can be defined as “steadfastness or faithfulness to a person, institution, custom or idea to which one …

Federal Estate Tax and Gift Tax Exclusions

The amount exempt from the federal estate tax will grow to $5,120,000 for 2012, while the annual gift tax exclusion will remain at $13,000 for the same year.  Unless Congress acts, the federal estate tax exemption will fall to $1,000,000 in 2013.


Street construction conitnues near our office as the street closure has moved to the intersection of Adams and East Capitol.  On-street parking is still available in front of our office.  However, you will have to approach from the west (Monroe/Madison) to access it.