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 www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/sports/content.aspx?id=939874#.UkHPutKsiQI  

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.  […]

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 seocnd place (albeit tied with 8 others).  I want to take the opporunity to see my picture in that second spot, as I am sure it won’t last. You can view the standings and other […]

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 KCChiefsDraft.com.   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 .

“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, […]

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.

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.

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 […]


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.


Construction continues at the corner of East Capitol and Monroe near our office.  Some on street parking is still available.  However, you must approach our building from the east (Adams Street) to access it.

Legal History Close to Home

The Boonville Daily News profiled John Tinker, a Fayette, Missouri man who, as a high school student in the 1960s, petitioned the courts and instigated a groundbreaking case. In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the U.S. Supreme Court famously declared that students and teachers do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom […]

Disability denied? Appeal!

Don’t be surprised if Social Security denies your claim for benefits. Most people’s initial claims are denied. The real question is:  What should you do now? One option is to submit a new disability application. The drawback of this approach, however, is that your new application will be considered by the same state Disability Determination […]