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Schwarz and Widmer Join Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot

Aug 21, 2019 | Professional Services, Right Moves

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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.

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Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.

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