Employing a combination of expansion, foreign alliances and
domestic mergers, Bryan Cave has established itself in the 21st
century as an ambitious upstart on the global scene while retaining
its historic ties to the Show-Me State. Today, the firm has more
than 1,000 attorneys and other professionals across three
Founded in 1873 in St. Louis as King, Phillips and Stewart, the
firm became Stewart, Bryan, Christie and Williams through a merger
in 1911. It is that Bryan who would take top billing in the firm
name in 1916, a place of honor the name holds nearly a century
later. When Rhodes Cave joined in 1917, the firm took on the name
Bryan, Williams and Cave.
With a focus on corporate and litigation work, Bryan Cave boasted a
roster listing some of the nation's top corporations by the dawn of
the 1930s. In 1939, the firm took on client James McDonnell and his
aviation company: McDonnell Aircraft. That company would later
become McDonnell Douglas before merging with Boeing, with each
successor company looking to Bryan Cave for counsel.
The firm launched a concerted effort at national expansion in the
1970s and turned its attention to overseas growth a decade later.
It wasn't long before Bryan Cave solidified its reputation abroad.
In 1993, the firm was selected by the government of Kuwait to
prosecute its $100 billion in claims against Iraq following the
Bryan Cave has branched out on all fronts over the years, adding an
office in San Francisco and hopping the pond to say bonjour,
buongiorno and gutentag to Paris, Milan and Hamburg, respectively.
Overseas dealmaking aside, the closing days of 2008 brought a
coup-and-a-half back in the homeland: the firm swallowed up
Atlanta-based Powell Goldstein, gaining 200-plus lawyers and new
outposts in Charlotte and Dallas while doubling its DC contingent.
PoGo's capital markets and real estate finance groups lent star
power to the deal, which officially took effect on the first day of
In January 2012, the shape of the firm changed again with another
big merger. Bryan Cave combined with Holme Roberts & Owen, a
Denver-based firm with specialties in energy, natural resources and
sports law. The move extended Bryan Cave's reach into the Rocky
Mountain region and deepened the firm's California presence, adding
approximately 150 lawyers in offices in Denver, Boulder, Colorado
Springs, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
More than Law
Because running a global law firm wasn't challenging enough, Bryan
Cave has its own consulting firm, as well. In 2005, the firm opened
up a wholly-owned, non-legal subsidiary trade and customs
consultancy, now called Bryan Cave International Consulting (BCIC).
Based in Asia, BCIC employs consultants who-along with the firm's
International Trade Group-provide advice to those engaged in
international business, both in Asia and throughout the world.
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Tour de Federal Court
As the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's outside counsel since 2000, Bryan
Cave provides guidance on routine anti-doping cases and has been
brought in as a lead member of the team on significant cases
brought by the agency such as cases against Tyler Hamilton, Floyd
Landis, Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. Bryan Cave's most recent
big case for the agency involved Lance Armstrong and his
co-conspirators on the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel
professional cycling teams. With USADA's in-house counsel, the firm
defeated Armstrong's federal court lawsuit in Austin seeking to
derail the USADA American Arbitration Association hearing process.
Bryan Cave was subsequently involved in drafting USADA's reasoned
decision and the strategy that ultimately led to Armstrong's
Keeping It Real Estate
Bryan Cave represents a major private equity fund and its
affiliates in connection with their various real estate
investments, including joint venture arrangements, asset and debt
acquisitions, sales, financings, restructurings, etc. and has
closed dozens of transactions for this client in the past year.
Recently, Och-Ziff Real Estate formed its second real estate fund
and has been pursuing numerous transactions to take advantage of
unique investment opportunities. These matters cover many asset
classes, such as residential, office, retail, resorts, hotels,
gaming and parking. Bryan Cave is lead counsel on all of these
Dr. Maya Angelou Black History Month Special
The firm recently worked to clear rights, negotiate and draft
talent contracts and related documents, obtain necessary releases
and insurance and even help book some of the talent for a 2013
Black History Month special featuring Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys,
Kofi Annan, Regina Taylor and Jennifer Hudson. The program ran all
month-from Feb. 1-28-on PRI networks throughout the U.S.
Coach against Cybersquatting
Bryan Cave lawyers represented Coach Inc. in a trademark,
cybersquatting and deceptive trade practice suit. In November,
Coach announced it obtained a default judgment of $257 million in a
lawsuit filed in Illinois Federal Court against individuals and
businesses that operate Web sites selling counterfeit Coach
merchandise. The judgment also awards Coach the ownership of 573
Internet domain names, which are the Web sites from which the
defendants conducted their illegal operations.
Laws for Santa Paws
Bryan Cave represented clients Disney Enterprises, Inc., Buena
Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., Key Pix Productions and two related
individuals in a copyright case brought by three individual
authors. The complaint alleged that the defendants committed
copyright infringement and engaged in a civil conspiracy by copying
plaintiffs' illustrated children's story Santa Paws in making the
movies Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws and The Search for
Santa Paws. Bryan Cave's clients were granted summary judgment
holding that, though some similarities of ideas existed between the
respective parties' works, overall the evidence showed that the
works are insubstantially similar to survive summary
Take a Look at TEKELEC
A team of Bryan Cave lawyers represented Tekelec (NASDAQ: TKLC), a
leading global provider of communication core network solutions, in
connection with its agreement to be acquired by a private equity
consortium led by Siris Capital Group LLC. The transaction, valued
at approximately $780 million, closed in January 2012.