BKBH Founding Partners
Browning & Kaleczyc began operations in the fall of 1982 when Steve Browning and Stan Kaleczyc opened their doors for business in the Securities Building on Helena’s historic Last Chance Gulch. Initially, there were only three employees – Steve, Stan and a single legal assistant.
From the Great Falls Tribune, February 27, 1994:
Lawyer Steve Browning remembers well the chance meeting that helped change his life a dozen years ago. It was on a Missouri River tour boat at Gates of the Mountains. Browning and his wife, Judy, were vacationing in Montana from Washington, D.C., and happened onto another D.C. couple whom they knew.
As the four chatted on the tour boat, Browning and the other man – also a lawyer – spoke of moving to Montana and opening a law practice. “I don’t know which one of us it was (who suggested it), but whoever said it, the other one said, ‘That’s a really good idea,’” Browning recalls.
Three weeks later, the Brownings returned to Washington, D.C., and Steve telephoned his acquaintance – attorney Stan Kaleczyc – to ask if he was serious about the Montana move. Kaleczyc replied that yes, he was serious, and that they should talk about it some more.
Less than a year later, in 1982, the pair “hung up a shingle” in Helena, establishing a practice that has grown into one of the largest and most politically well-connected firms in town – Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven.
In 1985, our law firm was transformed from a partnership into a professional corporation when Leo Berry and Dan Hoven were named shareholders, along with Steve and Stan. Our law firm’s name expanded from Browning and Kaleczyc into Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven, P.C. With such a lengthy name, we began to call ourselves – and were referred to by others as – “BKBH”.
As BKBH’s client list grew from around Montana and beyond, we responded to the needs of our clients and provided them with more opportunities for face-to-face legal services. In 2003 we opened an office in Missoula, in 2008 we opened an office in Bozeman, and in 2012 we opened an office in Great Falls.
To the many individuals, businesses and associations whose trust in BKBH since 1982 has enabled us to call ourselves Your Trusted Montana Legal Team, we give our heartfelt thanks.