Bryan Cave LLP at a Glance


  • “I make my own schedule”
  • “Welcoming atmosphere”
  • “Interesting work”


  • “No 401(k) match”
  • “Pay is less than market”
  • “Lagging technology”

The Buzz

  • “Good deal teams”
  • “Good reputation”
  • “Regional”
  • “Stuffy”

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.


May 2015

Everything Old is New Again

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.

April 2015

Fresh Ideas

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.

The Nurse Will See You Now

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.

March 2015

Defending Dewey

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.

January 2015

No More Tears

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.

October 2014

Madame Chair

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 St. Louis.

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 challenges. 


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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
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,017

  • 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
    Miami, FL
    1st year:  $140,000
    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
    29 out of 31 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Agribusiness, Ag Biotechnology & Food Processing
    Antitrust/US Trade
    Audit Committee Counseling
    Aviation Law Practice
    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
    Financial Services
    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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