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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.