Bryan Cave LLP at a Glance


  • “Collegial culture”
  • “New bonus structure”
  • “Quality assignments”


  • “Difficult path to partnership”
  • ”Elitism”
  • “Below market salary/bonuses”

The Buzz

  • “Sports law”
  • “Personable attorneys”
  • “Struggling?”
  • “Big box in Middle America”

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.


May 2016
Red Robin... Yummm!

Bryan Cave in partnership with client Red Robin has been recognized as a 2016 ACC Value Champion for implementing a holistic approach to Red Robin's contracting processes. The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) annually identifies and celebrates successful law department value initiatives and collaborations between clients and their law firms. The collaboration between our lawyers, the firm's Client Technology Group, Practice Economics Group, and our client Red Robin demonstrates our commitment to fostering a culture of innovation that welcomes the constant development of new ideas and leverages technology to enhance client value.

January 2016
Not Duped by Doping

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued its decision in the case of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) versus 34 players from the Essendon Football Club. The decision held that all of the players had been injected with Thymosin Beta-4, a prohibited but undetectable peptide, during the 2012 season. The players were suspended for the 2016 season. WADA engaged Bryan Cave to prosecute its appeal. This appeal was particularly important to the fight against doping because the AFL panel's decision set an almost impossible standard for proving a case of doping where there are no positive tests-an approach which has been successfully used in other cases in which Bryan Cave was involved, including Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones. The appeal also was important to ASADA because it was relentlessly attacked, both politically and in the press, for bringing the case in the first place.

Hello and Bonjour!

Bryan Cave represented U.S. based LesConcierges, Inc., a premier provider of global concierge services and solutions, in 2016 merger with France-based SAS Service Concierge d/b/a John Paul, Europe's leading provider of premium customer relationship management. The deal value was not disclosed. The transactional documents and negotiations were undertaken across various jurisdictions and in two different languages. This deal highlights the cross-border capabilities of our firm.

December 2015
Call of Duties

A recent opinion from the Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court opinion for firm client Nitek Electronics. This closely watched case involved an appeal by the U.S. government to reverse a Court of International Trade ruling that dismissed a claim for penalties by the government based on an alleged underpayment of duties. This case has been of considerable interest to the customs and trade bar, with Law360 covering the oral argument.

June 2015
Getting the MTA Places

Bryan Cave represented the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in connection with the $56 million sale of development rights and fee parcels in Long Island City, Queens, to a joint venture between Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization. The transaction closed June 4.

April 2015
Get Real (Estate)!

Bryan Cave represented Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. real estate investment trust providing capital and financing to the long-term care industry, in the 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.

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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: Jennifer B. Dempsey (Atlanta); Craig D. Jeffrey (Chicago); Zhonette M. Brown (Denver); Brett Souza(Irvine); Steven B. Becker (Kansas City); Jennifer A. Jackson & Rosario L. Vizzie (LA); Ian M. Weiskopf (NY); Meridyth M. Andresen (Pheonix); Robert A. Padway & Tracy M. Talbot (San Francisco); Arindam Kar (St. Louis); Philip D. Bartz (DC)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 957

  • Base Salary

    As of 1/1/2017

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

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

    Miami: 1st year: $145,000; Summer associate: $2,788/week California, Chicago, Dallas, New York, & Washington DC: 1st year: $160,000; Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    26 out of 26 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Agribusiness and Food
    Antitrust/US Trade
    Aviation Law
    Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights
    Class & Derivative Actions
    Commercial Litigation
    Corporate Finance & Securities
    Data Privacy and Security
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Energy & Natural Resources
    Entertainment & Media
    Financial Institutions
    Financial Services
    Franchise & Distribution Law
    Government Contracts
    Information Technology
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade
    Labor & Employment
    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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