Bryan Cave LLP at a Glance


  • “Good practice group teams”
  • “Great colleagues”
  • “Quality of work”


  • “Being on call 24/7”
  • “The computers”
  • “The unpredictable work flow”

The Buzz

  • “Midwest powerhouse”
  • “Very good export control practice”
  • “Old school”
  • “Dynamic but disorganized”

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.


April 2014

Stop the Presses! 
Bryan Cave secured a significant appellate victory in the Ninth Circuit for the firm's client, Courthouse News Service (CNS). The appeal reversed a prior decision from the Central District of California, which dismissed, on federal abstention grounds, CNS's claims against Ventura Superior Court that imposing delays for reporters to access civil complaints effectively denied them their First Amendment rights. Ventura Superior Court, and a minority of other courts in California, denied the press access to newly filed court records until after official processing was completed. This practice often delayed the press's access to records until the new matters were no longer news. CNS was supported in its appeal by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which filed an amicus brief.

The Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous 32-page opinion, reversing and remanding the Central District's decision, "so that the First Amendment issues presented by this case may be adjudicated on the merits in federal court, where they belong."  Along the way, the panel commented on several important aspects of the First Amendment right of access to court records and proceedings and media access to the courts as a general matter.  

March 2014

Defending DiCarmine
Bryan Cave is representing the former executive director of Dewey & LeBoeuf, Stephen DiCarmine, in various matters, including a state criminal fraud case, a federal SEC action and in proceedings in federal district courts and in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The firm scored significant early wins in two separate fraud cases brought against DiCarmine in the Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy proceedings when, on the eve of the defendants' filing their motions to dismiss both cases for lack of standing, the plaintiffs in both cases voluntarily moved to dismiss their own cases against DiCarmine.

Swinging for the Fences
A team of Bryan Cave lawyers represented the St. Louis Cardinals in connection with two significant matters-the grand opening of Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis and the closing of the Cardinals' acquisition of its Triple A minor league baseball franchise, the Memphis Redbirds, and the related leasing of the Memphis Redbirds' stadium, AutoZone Park. 

December 2013

New Firm Leadership
Bryan Cave named Therese D. Pritchard as its next chair. Her term will begin on October 1, 2014, following a planned transition period. Pritchard immediately took the title of chair-elect and will serve alongside Don G. Lents, who has served as chair since 2004. Pritchard will be the first woman to hold the position in Bryan Cave's 140-year history.

November 2013

A Healthy Acquisition 
Bryan Cave represented Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (via 4 West Holdings, Inc.), a real estate investment trust providing capital and financing to the long-term care industry, in the acquisition of Ark Holding Company, Inc., a skilled nursing platform. The transaction involves the acquisition/leaseback of 56 residential care facilities for $525 million and the leaseback to Ark Holding under a long-term lease.

October 2013

Mobilizing the World

Bryan Cave acted as special tax counsel to AT&T Inc., a premier international communications holding company, in the sale of 600 wireless towers and lease of 9,100 towers to Crown Castle International Corp., owner, operator and lessor of towers and other infrastructure for wireless communications, for $4.85 billion. The transaction strengthens Crown Castle's position as the largest provider of wireless infrastructure in the U.S.

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 it's Frankfurt, Germany office. Bryan Cave has a long history of practicing in the German market.

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

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Bryan Cave LLP

One Metropolitan Square
211 North Broadway, Suite 3600
Saint Louis, MO 63102
Phone: (314) 259-2000
Fax: (314) 259-2020


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Don G. Lents
  • Hiring Partners: Atlanta: Jennifer B. Dempsey; Chicago: Craig D. Jeffrey; Denver: Zhonette M. Brown; Irvine: Holly P. Lopez; Kansas City: Steven B. Becker; Los Angeles: James C. Pettis; New York: Ian M. Weiskopf; Phoenix: Meridyth M. Andresen; San Francisco: Marcy J. Bergman; St. Louis: Ryan S. Davis; Washington, DC: Alec W. Farr
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 1,079

  • Employment Contact
    Thomas A. Grewe
    Chief Legal Recruiting & Development Officer
    Phone: (312) 602-5122

  • Base Salary
    Atlanta, GA
    1st year:  $130,000
    Summer associate:  $2,500/week

    Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC
    1st year:  $145,000
    Summer associate:  $2,788/week

    Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO
    1st year:  $115,000
    Summer associate:  $2,212/week

    Phoenix, AZ
    1st year:  $120,000
    Summer associate:  $2,308/week

    St. Louis, MO
    1st year:  $125,000
    Summer associate:  $2,404/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    33 out of 38 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Agribusiness, Ag Biotechnology & Food Processing
    Antitrust/US Trade
    Audit Committee Counseling
    Aviation Law Practice 
    Banking, Business & Public Finance
    Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights
    Class & Derivative Actions
    Commercial Litigation
    Commercial Practice Team
    Corporate Finance & Securities
    Election Law & Government Ethics
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Energy & Natural Resources
    Entertainment & Media
    Financial Institutions
    Franchise & Distribution Law
    Fund Finance
    Government Contracts
    Information Technology
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade
    Labor & Employment
    Land Use
    Life Sciences & Health Care
    Non Profit Organizations
    Private Client
    Private Equity
    Product Liability 
    Public Policy & Government Affairs
    Real Estate
    Religious Organizations
    Securities Litigation & Enforcement
    Sports and Entertainment
    Sustainable Energy & Climate Change
    Tax Advice & Controversy
    Technology, Entrepreneurial & Commercial Practice
    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
  • Singapore
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