Schwartz, Bon, Walker, & Studer, LLC
141 South Center Street, Suite 500
Casper, Wyoming 82601-2588
Schwartz, Bon, Walker & Studer, LLC is a successor to one of the oldest legal traditions in Wyoming. Shortly after the turn of the century, R.H. Nichols and “Bull” Sterritt established their legal practice in the newly constructed Consolidated Royalty Building in Casper, Wyoming.
In the early 1950’s, Casper native, William T. Schwartz, began his practice in the same offices as Mr. Nichols, utilizing Verna Nichols, the wife of R.H., as his secretary long after Mr. Nichols passed away.
In 1951, another Casper native, William S. Bon, moved his practice into the ConRoy Building. In 1970, Bon began an association with Schwartz that lasted until William T. Schwartz’s death in 2008. “The Bills” cemented their friendship and legal association by creating a firm in 1977. The firm combined the talents of both men, with Bill Schwartz as a nationally renowned mineral and business lawyer, and Bill Bon as a pre-eminent civil trial attorney.
It was not long, however, before the firm began to grow. In 1975, the Bills were joined by Cam Walker, who had worked for both Bon and Schwartz before the law firm was formed. Schwartz, Bon, and Walker were all graduates of Natrona County High School; however, this tradition was broken when Judy Studer, a Pennsylvania native, (but a University of Wyoming graduate who did marry an NCHS alum), joined the firm in 1985. The firm continued to grow with the addition of Pat Holscher in 1990, Pete Young in 1993, Rick Koehmstedt in 1999, Peter Timbers in 2007, and Tassma Powers in 2008.
Schwartz, Bon, Walker & Studer, LLC continues its presence in the Consolidated Royalty Building, now a national historic site. While the firm has expanded its areas of practice to include Estate Planning and Intellectual Property (having the only licensed patent lawyer in the state of Wyoming), it still maintains a core business and civil litigation practice in the tradition of its founders. Also in the tradition of its founders, Schwatz, Bon, Walker & Studer, LLC practices in a wide variety of additional areas because sometimes folks just need help.
William T. Schwartz:
William T. Schwartz passed away in June 2008. Although he is no longer with us, Bill has been and will always be an important part of Schwartz, Bon, Walker & Studer, LLC. He served 50 missions with the US Air Force during World War II. It was his service in those missions that won him the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as many other medals and commendations. Bill and his wife, Anne, had four children together, all of whom are now continue the legacy of professionalism, community spirit, hard work, and nobility that William T. Schwartz believed in so strongly.
After his military service, Mr. Schwartz returned to Casper and began to practice law in the early 1950’s. In the early 1970’s, he and William S. Bon established a partnership, which grew into today’s law firm. Over the years, Bill was both mentored by and mentor for many great attorneys. He was known for his humility, hard work, and dedication. He served as the President of the Wyoming State Bar, and was founder and President of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He also co-founded and served as an original officer for the Wyoming Bar Foundation. At the time of his death in 2008, Bill Schwartz was recognized by Best Lawyers as “preeminent” in seven different areas of practice. This is a record that, like Mr. Schwartz himself, is unlikely to be matched.