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
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.
Bryan Cave is representing Stifel Financial
Corp., a financial services holding company headquartered in St.
Louis, Missouri, in a 2015 acquisition of Sterne Agee, one of the
oldest and largest privately owned financial services firms in the
nation, for approximately $150 million.
Bryan Cave has named Denver-based Partner
Katie DeBord Chief Innovation Officer, a new position reporting to
Firm Chair Therese Pritchard. DeBord takes over as St. Louis
Partner John Alber transitions out of his role as the firm's
strategic innovation partner.
Bryan Cave represented Omega Healthcare
Investors, Inc. real estate investment trust providing capital and
financing to the long-term care industry, in the 2015 acquisition
of Aviv REIT, Inc., real estate investment trust specializing in
owning post-acute and long-term skilled nursing facilities and
other healthcare properties, for $3 billion. The combined company
will be the premier publicly traded REIT focused on skilled nursing
facilities, with a diversified portfolio including more than 900
properties operated by 81 different operators in 41 states.
Bryan Cave is representing the former
executive director of Dewey & LeBoeuf, Stephen DiCarmine, in
various matters, including a state criminal fraud case, an SEC
action and in a case pending in federal district court in Iowa.
The firm scored significant early wins in two separate fraud
cases brought against DiCarmine in the Dewey & LeBoeuf
bankruptcy proceedings when the plaintiffs in both cases
voluntarily moved to dismiss their own cases against DiCarmine.
The firm also scored a tactical victory in pretrial motion
practice in the criminal case when the court ruled, over the
prosecution's objection, that DiCarmine could present evidence that
the publicity surrounding the District Attorney's investigation,
rather than the defendants' conduct, led to the law firm's
collapse. The criminal trial began with jury selection on
April 27, 2015. Opening statements are tentatively scheduled to
begin on May 26th.
Bryan Cave and co-counsel represented Johnson
& Johnson in a major trial involving a Prolift mesh used for
pelvic organ prolapse. The plaintiffs claimed defective design and
inadequate warnings related to the mesh and sought tens of millions
of dollars in actual and punitive damages. After almost three weeks
of trial, the judge directed a verdict in favor of Johnson &
Johnson on the claims for failure to warn and punitive damages. The
case then settled before closing argument on the design defect
claim for a confidential amount.
Therese Pritchard has formally assumed the
duties of Chair of the firm. Pritchard succeeds Don Lents following
a nine-month transition. Lents will remain a partner in the firm,
working with clients and maintaining an active civic presence in
Pritchard is the first woman to be named Chair
in the firm's 140-year history. In her new role, Pritchard will
focus on developing greater market awareness of the value Bryan
Cave lawyers deliver to clients every day, including investing
extensive time in understanding their business and industry,
addressing their increasing need for specialized expertise and
providing innovative solutions to legal and pricing