Schwarz and Widmer Join Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot
The law firm of Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot is pleased to announce that attorneys Michael Schwarz and Matt Widmer have joined the firm.
Schwarz joined the firm in January 2019 after practicing with a prominent law firm based in Westchester County, New York, for thirteen years. Schwarz has represented and counseled clients in a wide variety of matters including real estate, land use and zoning, municipal law, environmental law, foreclosure (commercial and residential), contracts, commercial disputes, and business torts. In addition, Schwarz has represented national and regional title insurance underwriters in connection with coverage matters and has also served as defense counsel for underwriters’ insureds. Schwarz is a welcome addition to the firm’s municipal, land use, real estate, and litigation practice groups.
Widmer joined the firm in November 2018, bringing more than thirteen years of civil and criminal litigation experience throughout Alaska. Widmer began his legal career in private practice in Bethel. After five years, he moved to Anchorage where he worked for the Office of Public Advocacy and the Public Defender Agency, handling felony-level offenses, parole, and post-conviction relief. Widmer graduated from William & Mary Law School. He is also involved as an instructor with Anchorage Youth Court and is on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Alaska.
In This Issue
Out of the Mine and into the Smelter
Mining has long been a key fixture of Alaska’s economy. On a small scale, people flock to the 49th state to tour different operations. Kennecott Mine was once a booming copper mining site and is now a National Historic Landmark, attracting tourists eager to visit the ghost town and get a feel of the Gold Rush era it once dominated.