Alex cares about being a good attorney. Wanting to provide excellent services to those who might not otherwise get quality representation, he opened a private practice firm in 2016 with offices in Gillette and Newcastle. He shared his first Gillette office with Dwight Hurich (a veteran family law attorney) and Felix Sowada (the only bankruptcy and mental health commitment defense attorney in Gillette). Felix Sowada is nearing retirement and Dwight Hurich retired in November of 2018. Berger & Brown has benefited enormously from having Dwight and Felix as mentors.
Sean Brown went to law school with Alex. During law school, they developed a strong friendship—the bedrock of which is that they both wanted to become high-quality, ethical, and intellectually honest attorneys. For both, a law degree was more than just a meal ticket, it was a profession. They pushed each other to be better law students—to outwork everyone else—and they both graduated at the top of their class. They trust each other to be hardworking and ethical. After making several trips out west, Sean and his wife decided they wanted to move to this beautiful part of the country. Once Alex got established in Wyoming, he invited Sean (who was working in a mid-sized Indianapolis law firm) and his wife Jennifer (an elementary school teacher of ten years) to move to Gillette to start a law firm together. In 2017, Berger & Brown was formed. Offering legal services together, Alex and Sean hope to make Wyoming a better place.
Alex was a part-time prosecutor in Weston County in 2017 and in 2018, he successfully ran to become to the elected County and Prosecuting Attorney for Weston County, Wyoming. In October of 2018, Berger & Brown hired Saige Smith as an associate of the firm. She is primarily be working on family law in private practice and working as a prosecutor in Newcastle. And in 2019, Berger & Brown grew again, adding Randall T. Cox as an advisory attorney to the firm, and hiring Emily Simper as an associate. Emily works mainly on family law and estate planning. Then Berger & Brown moved its main office into the top floor of the First Interstate Building. Berger & Brown now shares its office with Jeremy Michaels and Deb Michaels of Michaels and Michaels, PC. Being in the same office as those two attorneys, with their wealth of experience is an amazing opportunity for Berger & Brown.
Berger & Brown focuses on the legal services that Gillette needs most: family law, bankruptcy, worker’s compensation, and personal injury. By narrowing their practice, Berger & Brown is able to keep abreast of new legal developments and the best ways to litigate those issues in local courts. Although these are the focus areas of Berger & Brown, Alex and Sean have experience in many areas of the law. Alex has over ten years of experience in real estate law working his way through college and law school as a title insurance researcher. Sean spent almost five years working with corporate clients through litigation. While Berger & Brown has focus, the primary goal of the firm is to provide excellent legal services, even if it falls outside the focus areas.