Bryan Cave LLP at a Glance


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About Bryan Cave LLP

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 continents.

Taking Off

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.

Groovy Growth

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 Gulf War.

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 2009.

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. In addition, the firm opened its Frankfurt, Germany office. Bryan Cave has a long history of practicing in the German market.

In March 2014, Bryan Cave established its Miami office, serving the growing needs of clients in Latin America as well as in Florida.


April 2017
Diversity Dollars

As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, Bryan Cave announced a new diversity scholarship program. This program will award scholarships to up to four second-year law students. Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses during the student's final year of law school.

Wireless Win

Bryan Cave represented Ixia, a leading global provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, in the acquisition of Ixia by Keysight Technologies for approximately $1.6 billion. The combination of Keysight and Ixia brings together two highly complementary companies to create an innovative force in leading-edge technologies that spans electronic design, device and network validation, and application and security performance.

February 2017

The firm launched TechX, a new incubator designed to grow the firm's industry leading legal technology awareness, depth and expertise for competitive advantage by centralizing thought leadership and enabling participants to market innovation excellence. This group of forward-thinking attorneys and other professionals extends across multiple offices around the world, and includes many different practice groups and areas of experience. The firm's dedication to, and promotion of, innovation, will lead the way in revolutionizing the practice of law, and creating efficiencies for clients along the way.

December 2016
Pigskin Park

Bryan Cave represented HOF Village LLC (a joint venture between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group) in a historic, 18-year agreement with Johnson Controls Inc. to create the first sports and entertainment "smart city" in Canton, Ohio. The agreement ranks in the top 80th percentile of sports naming rights deals and is the largest ever for its market size. Johnson Controls also receives entitlement to The Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience. The estimated $120 million virtual reality amusement park experience is set to open in early 2019.

I Must Break You

Recent work with the "McLaren Reports" involved investigating doping in Russia's national athletics program, resulting in the Russian athletics team and paralympic team being excluded from the Rio Games. The two-part report confirmed there was an institutionalized doping conspiracy and cover-up that included more than 1,000 Russian athletes from the London 2012 Summer Games, Universiade Games 2013, Moscow IAAF World Championships 2013, and the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. 

November 2016
How Innovative

The firm launched BCXponent, a new division focused on delivering practical and innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges faced by law departments. The group uses process improvements, technology, and analytics to reduce the cost and risk of litigation and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of commercial contracting, and to enable companies to be "diligence ready" at any time. The innovative and practical nature of these solutions has been recognized with numerous awards including the 2016 ACC Value Challenge Award and multiple "Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year" designations from ILTA.

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Bryan Cave LLP

One Metropolitan Square
211 North Broadway, Suite 3600
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: (314) 259-2000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Therese D. Pritchard
  • Hiring Attorneys: Robert J. Lystad (Atlanta); Craig D. Jeffrey (Chicago); Sean R. Odendahl (Denver); Brett J. Souza (Irvine); Steven B. Becker (Kansas City); Jennifer A. Jackson & Rosario L. Vizzie (LA); Michelle K. McMahon (NY); Meridyth M. Andresen (Pheonix); Robert A. Padway & Tracy M. Talbot (San Francisco); Erika S. Labelle (St. Louis); Philip D. Bartz (DC)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 943

  • Base Salary

    Colorado, Kansas City, Phoenix
    1st year: $130,000; Summer associate: $2,500/week

    St. Louis
    1st year: $135,000; Summer associate: $2,596/week

    1st year: $150,000; Summer associate: $2,884/week

    California, Chicago, NY, DC
    1st year: $160,000; Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    31 out of 31 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Agribusiness and Food • Antitrust/US Trade • Appellate • Aviation, Aerospace & Defense • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights • Class & Derivative Actions • Commercial Litigation • Construction • Corporate Finance & Securities • Data Privacy and Security • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation • Energy & Natural Resources • Entertainment & Media • Environmental • Financial Services • Franchise & Distribution Law • Government Contracts • Information Technology • Insurance • Intellectual Property • International Arbitration • International Trade • Labor & Employment • Life Sciences & Health Care • Nonprofit Organizations • Outsourcing • Private Client • Private Equity • Product Liability • Public Policy & Government Affairs • Real Estate • Religious Organizations • Retail • Securities Litigation & Enforcement • Sports and Entertainment • Sustainable Energy & Climate Change • Tax Advice & Controversy • Technology, Entrepreneurial & Commercial Practice • Transactions • White Collar Defense & Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • St. Louis, MO (HQ) • Atlanta, GA • Boulder, CO • Charlotte, NC • Chicago, IL • Colorado Springs, CO • Dallas, TX • Denver, CO • Irvine, CA • Jefferson City, MO • Kansas City, MO • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • New York, NY • Phoenix, AZ • San Francisco, CA • Washington, DC Frankfurt • Hamburg • Hong Kong • London • Paris • Shanghai