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.
IN THE NEWS
Stop the Presses!
Bryan Cave secured a significant appellate victory in the Ninth
Circuit for the firm's client, Courthouse News Service (CNS). The
appeal reversed a prior decision from the Central District of
California, which dismissed, on federal abstention grounds, CNS's
claims against Ventura Superior Court that imposing delays for
reporters to access civil complaints effectively denied them their
First Amendment rights. Ventura Superior Court, and a minority of
other courts in California, denied the press access to newly filed
court records until after official processing was completed. This
practice often delayed the press's access to records until the new
matters were no longer news. CNS was supported in its appeal by the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which filed an amicus
The Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous 32-page opinion, reversing
and remanding the Central District's decision, "so that the First
Amendment issues presented by this case may be adjudicated on the
merits in federal court, where they belong." Along the way,
the panel commented on several important aspects of the First
Amendment right of access to court records and proceedings and
media access to the courts as a general matter.
Bryan Cave is representing the former executive director of Dewey
& LeBoeuf, Stephen DiCarmine, in various matters, including a
state criminal fraud case, a federal SEC action and in proceedings
in federal district courts and in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the
Southern District of New York. The firm scored significant early
wins in two separate fraud cases brought against DiCarmine in the
Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy proceedings when, on the eve of the
defendants' filing their motions to dismiss both cases for lack of
standing, the plaintiffs in both cases voluntarily moved to dismiss
their own cases against DiCarmine.
Swinging for the Fences
A team of Bryan Cave lawyers represented the St. Louis Cardinals in
connection with two significant matters-the grand opening of
Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis and the closing of the
Cardinals' acquisition of its Triple A minor league baseball
franchise, the Memphis Redbirds, and the related leasing of the
Memphis Redbirds' stadium, AutoZone Park.
New Firm Leadership
Bryan Cave named Therese D. Pritchard as its next chair. Her term
will begin on October 1, 2014, following a planned transition
period. Pritchard immediately took the title of chair-elect and
will serve alongside Don G. Lents, who has served as chair since
2004. Pritchard will be the first woman to hold the position in
Bryan Cave's 140-year history.
A Healthy Acquisition
Bryan Cave represented Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (via 4 West
Holdings, Inc.), a real estate investment trust providing capital
and financing to the long-term care industry, in the acquisition of
Ark Holding Company, Inc., a skilled nursing platform. The
transaction involves the acquisition/leaseback of 56 residential
care facilities for $525 million and the leaseback to Ark Holding
under a long-term lease.
Mobilizing the World
Bryan Cave acted as special tax counsel to AT&T Inc., a premier
international communications holding company, in the sale of 600
wireless towers and lease of 9,100 towers to Crown Castle
International Corp., owner, operator and lessor of towers and other
infrastructure for wireless communications, for $4.85 billion. The
transaction strengthens Crown Castle's position as the largest
provider of wireless infrastructure in the U.S.
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 it's Frankfurt, Germany office. Bryan
Cave has a long history of practicing in the German market.
In March 2014, Bryan Cave established
it's Miami office, serving the growing needs of clients in Latin
America as well as in Florida.