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Hamblin to Serve as Attorney for Jaycees

Scott Hamblin offering the same service as the criminal lawyers Melbourne firm was appointed to serve as legal counsel for the Missouri Jaycees for the 2011 year. The Missouri Jaycees is a not-for-profit corporation. The United States Junior Chamber (JCs or more commonly Jaycees) is a leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 18 and 41. Areas of emphasis are business development, management skills, individual training, …


Borgmeyer wins benefits for disabled clients

On January 19, 2011, John Borgmeyer, an attorney from Brydon, Swearengen & England’s firm, helped a client prove her case at an appeals hearing before the Social Security Administration. The client suffered from severe and recurring depression as well as anxiety that prevented her from working her job. In the past, Borgmeyer has also successfully represented clients disabled by serious physical injuries as well as mental conditions like Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity …


Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

May peace, prosperity, and happiness be yours throughout the holidays and new year. From all of us at Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C.


James C. Swearengen named “Groundbreaking Lawyer of 2010” in state regulation and litigation by Public Utilities Fortnightly

James C. Swearengen of Brydon, Swearengen & England has been named a “Groundbreaking Lawyer of 2010” by Public Utilities Fortnightly for his work in the areas of state utility regulation and utility litigation. The magazine included Swearengen in its list of groundbreaking attorneys published in a November 2010 article entitled “Legal Battleground: 2010 Law & Lawyers Report.” The article indicates that utility companies face an uncertain regulatory atmosphere created by …


Hamblin Authors Desk Book Supplement

Scott Hamblin has authored the 2010 Cumulative Supplement to Chapter 1 entitled Chemical Test Refusal Cases which is being published by the Missouri Bar Association in its Missouri DWI Law and Practice desk book. The article provides in summary fashion legal opinions from the Missouri Courts of Appeal and changes in Missouri law governing situations involving a person’s refusal to submit to chemical blood alcohol test following an arrest for driving while intoxicated.  The …


BSE Spotlight: The Hammond Building

The storefront of Brydon, Swearengen & England’s office at 312 E. Capitol Avenue includes a window into Jefferson City history. The Hammond Building has been a part of downtown Jefferson City since C.G. Hammond built the structure as a grocery warehouse with impressive commercial roofing layout around 1910—about the same time the state capitol was under construction a few blocks away. The Goddard Grocery Company was one of the early …


BSE named one of America’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News & World Report magazine has named Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. as one of the best law firms in the United States. The recent article “Best Law Firms of 2010” listed BSE as a “Tier 1” law firm—the highest level—in the areas of Energy Law and Communications Law. To compile the rankings, the magazine surveyed thousands of clients, lawyers, law firm managers and recruiting officers. The recent surveys by …


Hamblin Attends Family Law Conference

Scott Hamblin attended the 2010 Misosuri Bar Association Family Law continuing legal education conference concerning advance dissolution of marriage topics.  Topics for discussion included business interests and finances, marital and sexual misconduct and bankruptcy implications of divorce. Scott is a shareholder with Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C.  and concentrates his practice in the areas of State and Federal criminal defense, personal injury law, and family law. Scott routinely practices in …


BSE Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America

Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. is pleased to announce that James C. Swearengen, William R. (Trip) England, III, Gary W. Duffy, Paul A. Boudreau, Dean L. Cooper, L. Russell Mitten and Charles E. Smarr have been selected by their peers to be included in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Charles Smarr is listed in the field of Food and Beverage Law.  The other attorneys are all …


Summary Judgement Granted to BSE Client

On August 6, 2010, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri issued a decision in favor of Wright County, Missouri.  BSE represented Wright County through its association with the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund (MOPERM). The plaintiff in the suit asserted a substantive due process claim under 42 USC §1983 and a negligence claim against Wright County and its former sheriff.  The claims arose from an incident …


Mid America Brick & Structural Clay Products, LLC, Completes Initial Capitalization

On June 1, 2010, Mid America Brick & Structural Clay Products, LLC, completed its initial capitalization, which will enable the company to commence operations manufacturing residential and commercial face brick at the former site of A. P. Green Refractories, Inc., in Mexico, Missouri. The company raised a total of approximately $21.9 million in debt and equity capital, which included loans guaranteed by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the United …


Empire Prevails at Southern District Court of Appeals

On March 31, 2010, the Missouri Court of Appeals – Southern District recently issued a decision in favor of BSE client, The Empire District Electric Company. The Missouri Office of the Public Counsel had brought suit in the Jasper County Circuit Court claiming amounts charged by Empire were in excess of its lawfully-approved rates.  Empire moved to dismiss the case arguing, among other things, that the Public Counsel lacked statutory …


Hamblin to Speak to Young Professionals

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, BS&E shareholder Scott Hamblin will participate in a Legal Panel presenting Legal Advice for Young Professionals.  The program is a Professional Development Seminar organized by the Jefferson City Area Young Professionals group associated with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.  Topics will include Family Law (divorce, wills, prenuptial agreements), Leases, Real Estate Transactions, Choosing a Business Entity, Non-Compete Agreements and a Question and Answer …


Smarr to Serve as Panelist for State Liquor Administrators

Brydon, Swearengen & England shareholder Charles Smarr will serve as a panelist for a presentation to the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators’ 2010 Annual Conference in New Orleans.   The Annual Conference will take place from June 20-24, 2010. Mr. Smarr will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Have Liquor Boards Lost Their Way? Are They Doing What They Were Set-up to Do?”  Mr. Smarr practices primarily in the areas of alcohol …


Smarr to Co-Chair Conference on Winery & Wine Distribution Law in the Midwest

On April 15 and 16, 2010, BSE shareholder Charles E. Smarr will Co-Chair the conference Winery & Wine Distribution Law in the Midwest entering, surviving and thriving in the wine business (http://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=10WINEMO).  Mr. Smarr will make a presentation entitled “Federal and State Case Law Update: Impacts of recent court decisions on the wine industry and retail sales, including Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins; Siesta Village Market, LLC v. Perry; …


Hamblin Makes CLE Presentation

BSE Shareholder Scott A. Hamblin was recently a lecturer for The Missouri Bar’s Continuing Legal Education progam entitled “How To Series: Criminal Law.” Mr. Hamblin made a presentation concerning basic criminal procedure.


Mitten Selected for Historic Preservation Commission

BS&E shareholder Russ Mitten was recently selected to serve as a member and secretary of the Historic Preservation Commission for Jefferson City. The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to identify and safeguard sites, buildings, structures and objects which reflect elements of the city’s historic conservation, to foster civic pride, and to enhance the city’s attraction to tourists and visitors. The Commission has nine members who are Jefferson City …


BS&E Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. is pleased to announce that James C. Swearengen, William R. (Trip) England, III, Gary W. Duffy, Paul A. Boudreau, Dean L. Cooper and L. Russell Mitten have been selected by their peers to be included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The firm is ranked #1 in Missouri in Energy Law, with six named attorneys listed in this category. Trip England …


Smarr at State Liquor Administrators’ Conference

Charles Smarr recently attended the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Smarr was the moderator for the panel entitled, “21st Century Challenges for the Regulators”. Panelists were Murphy Painter, Commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, Victoria Horton,Esq., President of the California Beer & Beverage Distributors, and Max Hess, Esq., of the law firm of Chorey, Taylor & Fine, Atlanta, Georgia. …


Hamblin Active in Family Law Matters

BSE shareholder Scott Hamblin, an experienced will and trust attorney, has recently been active in bar activities associated with his Family Law/Estate Planning practice. In November of last year, Mr. Hamblin made a presentation for the Missouri Bar concerning the Basics of Dissolution of Marriage at a continuing legal education program entitled “Stepping Up and Stepping Out: The New Lawyer Experience.” When it comes to matters related to divorce the …


Smarr Presentation to State Liquor Administrators

In October, 2008, Charles Smarr, served as the moderator for a panel entitled, “How to Prepare for a 21st Amendment/Antitrust Lawsuit” at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators Central/Western Region Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Panelists were Max Hess with the law firm of Chorey, Taylor & Feil in Atlanta, Georgia and Michael Madigan with the law firm of Madigan, Dahl & Harlan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Central to the …


Mitchell Named General Counsel to Licensing Board

Greg Mitchell, Counsel to the Firm, has been named General Counsel for the Missouri Board of Therapeutic Massage.  Greg also serves as General Counsel for the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Missouri Powersport Dealers Association and the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association.


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