Blazier Christensen Browder & Virr, P.C.

Blazier Christensen Browder & Virr, P.C.

AUSTIN BUSINESS AND ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEYS

Firm Overview

Serving Clients Throughout Central Texas
With roots dating back to 1976, the Austin law firm of Blazier, Christensen, Bigelow & Virr, P.C., has earned a reputation as one of Central Texas' leading law firms for businesses, entrepreneurs and their families. Our experience and knowledge is backed by a reputation for building trust and confidence. Whether you are seeking advice for a single problem or opportunity, or can benefit from a long-term relationship with experienced outside legal counsel, we are ready to help.

Areas of Focus
At Blazier, Christensen, Bigelow & Virr, paying close attention to your specific needs is the foundation of our success. Whether you are calling to schedule an initial consultation or have been a client for many years, you will be treated with respect and will never be taken for granted.

Business Law and Estate Planning
-Business law: We offer a full range of legal services for businesses, including business formations, acquisitions, succession planning, commercial contracts, trademarks, and employment law matters.
-Estate planning and probate: We serve the estate planning and probate needs of families of all wealth levels, from the writing of a will to the administration of an estate or trust.
-Tax law: Our firm offers depth of knowledge and experience in tax planning and compliance for most federal, state, and local taxes.
-Construction: We are seasoned advocates in construction law, including issues related to bids, contracts, and litigation and dispute resolution among professionals in the building trades.
-Employment law: We protect the rights of employers in litigation matters involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and workplace rights violations.

Civil Litigation and Administrative Law
-Litigation: Our litigators help business clients resolve a broad range of busines disputes in federal and state courts, including employment matters, trademark infringement, investment fraud, allegations of construction defects, contract disputes, and collections of commercial debts.
-Administrative law: We defend businesses and individuals clients before agencies of State of Texas on professional licensing, regulatory and tax matters.
Main Office
Main Office
901 S. Mopac, Bldg V, Ste 200
Austin  TX  78746
Phone
  • (512) 476-2622
Fax
Websites
Estate Planning
At Blazier, Christensen, Bigelow & Virr, P.C., we assist the preservation and transfer of assets while advising clients on sound tax planning.
Families of all financial means are commonly interested in preserving their assets for their children, grandchildren and favorite charities. We use a variety of legal tools to help you avoid high estate and gift taxes that can diminish the inheritance of your heirs. Through instruments such as wills and trusts, and with business succession planning, we will help you designate the people or organizations that will carry your legacy into the future.
Now in our fourth decade of providing legal services to families and business owners throughout Central Texas, the attorneys of Blazier, Christensen, Bigelow & Virr, P.C. remain personally invested in our clients' current and longstanding success.
In addition to estate planning, our practice also includes:
-Probate of wills
-Heirship
-Estate administration
-Guardianship of minors and incapacitated adults
-Special-needs trusts
-Fiduciary litigation
-Asset protection

We Will Help You Keep Your Business in Your Family
An central component of our estate planning practice is business succession planning. Following the death of an owner, the family members and employees who actively participated in day-to-day operations must assume responsibility for the continued success of the business. We help business owners plan for the next generation of leadership before a crisis happens, while everyone can still work together to make plans and legal decisions that are in everyone's best interest.

BRUCE BIGELOW

Mr. Bigelow provides legal services and advice to individuals and companies in administrative law matters, including occupational licensing. He regularly appears before many Texas State agencies, including the State Office of Administrative Hearings, various health agencies, and the Comptroller of Public Accounts in proceedings, including license revocation, enforcement, permitting, and rule-making.

Born in Findlay, Ohio, Mr. Bigelow earned his B.A. degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1967. After graduating, he attended the University of Texas School of Law where he earned his J.D. in 1971 and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. Military service in the U.S. Army interrupted law school for two years. Mr. Bigelow is a Texas administrative and business attorney.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Bigelow practiced with a small trial firm in Corpus Christi, Texas. He then joined the staff of the Texas Water Rights Commission (now part of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in 1973, and three years later, became general counsel of the Texas Water Development Board. With the merger of the three Texas water agencies in 1977, he became the first general counsel of the Texas Department of Water Resources, now the TCEQ. In 1980 he joined the firm of Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein, becoming a partner in 1982. He remained with the firm until 1991, at which time he joining Blazier, Christensen, Bigelow & Virr, P.C.

In 1989 Mr. Bigelow became Board Certified in Administrative law by the Texas Board of Specialization and has maintained this status. He is not board certified in any other area by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Bigelow is a member of the Austin Bar Association and State Bar of Texas, a board member of the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Austin, St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church and Grey Rock Golf Club. He volunteers for a Austin legal aid clinic.

Areas of Practice
-Business Formation
-Management
-Sales
-Administrative and Municipal Law
-Health Law
-Non-Profit and Charities

Bar Admissions
-Texas, 1972

Education
-The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
J.D. - 1971
-Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
B.A. - 1967

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Austin Bar Association, Member
-State Bar of Texas, Member
-Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, Member
-American Health Lawyers Association, Member
-Texas Bar Foundation, Member
-Kiwanis Club of Northwest Austin, Member
Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law
    J.D.

JOHN C. BLAZIER

John C. Blazier founded Blazier, Rutland & Lerner, P.C. in 1976, and has remained the president of the Firm, now Blazier, Christensen, Bigelow & Virr, P.C. Blessed with an active business practice, Mr. Blazier is keenly aware of the tax implications of various business transactions. He serves as corporate counsel for a number of mid-sized companies, handling numerous complex corporate matters, from acquisitions and restructuring, to employment law issues. He acknowledges he is a teacher, striving to help clients understand the tax implications in their planning process, whether in personal estate planning or the corporate setting.

Mr. Blazier earned his B.A. degrees at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1966, then attended the University of Texas School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Forum and was published in the Texas Law Review. He received his J.D. and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. district Courts of the western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas, as well as the U.S. Tax Court.

Following law school, Mr. Blazier entered the U.S. military, serving in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star on two occasions, as well as a Military Service Medal. Upon return from active duty, he served in the Texas National Guard, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel, and was employed by the IRS Estate and Gift Tax Division, Austin, District. Here he gained significant insight into complex tax matters and business valuation. Using his GI Bill, he then attended New York University School of Law, where he completed his L.L.M. in taxation.

Mr. Blazier is an active member of the American Bar Association and the Travis County Bar Association. He is a passionate leader in the Austin community for systemic change in public education. He is the founder of the Seedling Foundation, which provides mentors for children of incarcerated parents and works with the Austin Independent School District for campus beautification. He has served as Chair of Austin Partners in Education (2002-2003), and helped implement a number of initiatives, such as seeking logistical technology support from governmental entities and private businesses for high schools and middle schools in AISD. More recently John, along with Fleur Christensen, has worked to help build school to career pathways and facilities, such as the Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Travis High School, Auto Collision and Repair at Crockett High School, and the Kocurek Health Science Institute at Lanier High School.

Mr. Blazier has been recognized for his commitment to children with the award of Five Who Care, Partner of the Year with the Travis Education Foundation in 2001, and an elementary school named after him.

Areas of Practice
-Business Formation
-Management and Sales
-Taxation
-Estates
-Trusts & Probate
-Real Estate
-Non-Profit and Charities

Bar Admissions
-Texas, 1969
-U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
-U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
-U.S. Tax Court

Education
-New York University School of Law, New York, New York
LL.M. Tax, Master of Law(s) in Taxation
-The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
J.D.
Law Review: Texas Law Review
-University of Texas
B.A. - 1966

Professional Associations and Memberships
-American Bar Association, Member
-Travis County Bar Association, Member
Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law
    J.D.
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