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.
As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion,
Bryan Cave announced a new diversity scholarship program. This
program will award scholarships to up to four second-year law
students. Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 to help
defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses during
the student's final year of law school.
Bryan Cave represented Ixia, a leading global provider of
converged IP and wireless network test solutions, in the
acquisition of Ixia by Keysight Technologies for approximately $1.6
billion. The combination of Keysight and Ixia brings together two
highly complementary companies to create an innovative force in
leading-edge technologies that spans electronic design, device and
network validation, and application and security performance.
The firm launched TechX, a new incubator designed to grow the
firm's industry leading legal technology awareness, depth and
expertise for competitive advantage by centralizing thought
leadership and enabling participants to market innovation
excellence. This group of forward-thinking attorneys and other
professionals extends across multiple offices around the world, and
includes many different practice groups and areas of experience.
The firm's dedication to, and promotion of, innovation, will lead
the way in revolutionizing the practice of law, and creating
efficiencies for clients along the way.
Bryan Cave represented HOF Village LLC (a joint venture between
the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group) in a
historic, 18-year agreement with Johnson Controls Inc. to create
the first sports and entertainment "smart city" in Canton, Ohio.
The agreement ranks in the top 80th percentile of sports naming
rights deals and is the largest ever for its market size. Johnson
Controls also receives entitlement to The Johnson Controls Hall of
Fame Experience. The estimated $120 million virtual reality
amusement park experience is set to open in early 2019.
I Must Break You
Recent work with the "McLaren Reports" involved investigating
doping in Russia's national athletics program, resulting in the
Russian athletics team and paralympic team being excluded from the
Rio Games. The two-part report confirmed there was an
institutionalized doping conspiracy and cover-up that included more
than 1,000 Russian athletes from the London 2012 Summer Games,
Universiade Games 2013, Moscow IAAF World Championships 2013, and
the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.
The firm launched BCXponent, a new division focused on
delivering practical and innovative solutions to some of the
toughest challenges faced by law departments. The group uses
process improvements, technology, and analytics to reduce the cost
and risk of litigation and improve the efficiency and effectiveness
of commercial contracting, and to enable companies to be "diligence
ready" at any time. The innovative and practical nature of these
solutions has been recognized with numerous awards including the
2016 ACC Value Challenge Award and multiple "Most Innovative Law
Firm of the Year" designations from ILTA.