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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

At a Glance


“Good people.”

“Work/life balance.”

“Early responsibility.”


“The hours.”

“Below-market pay.”

“Feast-or-famine workload.”

About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 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 1,400 attorneys and other professionals across three continents.

Come Together

Founded in 1873 in St. Louis as King, Phillips and Stewart, the firm became Stewart, Bryan, Christie and Williams through a merger in 1911. When Rhodes Cave joined in 1917, the firm took on the name Bryan, Williams and Cave. 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 April 2018, Bryan Cave merged with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The new firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, has combined revenues of over $900 million and provides clients with access to international practice and sector teams in 31 offices across 11 countries.

From the Workplace to the Landfill

Bryan Cave operates under a “One Firm” model that encourages cross-practice and cross-border teams. Among the firm’s practices are corporate, finance, investigations, litigation, regulatory, and tax. The firm has more than 550 litigators around the world counseling on issues ranging from antitrust to international arbitration to white collar defense to employment to IP matters. Its reputable employment and labor practice handles litigation, workplace investigations, and regulatory matters. The firm’s lawyers counsel on cross-border employment issues, diversity matters, employee privacy, labor law, management and employee training, wage and hour, whistleblowers, and more.

The firm is also known for its environmental law work—a practice the firm has specialized in for more than two decades. The practice is wide ranging and includes such areas as Clean Air Act, compliance matters, insurance-related issues, international environmental law, oil spills, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, solid waste and landfills, water rights and Clean Water Act, and more.

Tech Lifeline

As proficient as the firm is in representing its clients’ legal matters, Bryan Cave also solves their business problems—in a way that’s more like a tech firm than a law firm. Bryan Cave has created a multitude of proprietary tech platforms that provide legal advice: CrossLITE, a workflow management tool; Cantilever, meant to support in-house legal teams in balancing legal concerns with their growing roles as business consultants; SwiftAgreement, a service that drafts neutral contracts without the need for attorneys; and Clear/Cut, an AI program that analyzes risk to provide advice on whether to settle an issue or fight it out in court.

News & Awards


June 2019

Three partners from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner have been named to the Nation’s Best 2019 list from Lawyers of Color. Phoenix Partner George Chen, Chicago Partner Jason DeJonker, and Irvine Partner Shalem Massey have been named to the organization’s inaugural Nation’s Best list.

June 2019

Firm Co-Chairs Lisa Mayhew and Therese Pritchard were quoted on June 4, 2019 by Legal Week with advice to younger women in the profession about what it takes to succeed in the field of law and how to achieve balance.”It’s not a race. If you want to cut back for a while, then cut back and come back to work later,” Pritchard said.”We both, for periods of our career, have worked part time or flexibly,” Mayhew said.”These are personal decisions that people make. There is no longer a one-size-fits-all mould.” The two joined other top female lawyers who shared their insights for the article “Seven Tips For Female Lawyers from Women Who Made it to The Top.”

May 2019

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner was singled out as “among this year’s big winners” at the Legal Week Innovation Awards 2019. BCLP won the AI Innovation Award for the second year running. The firm also shared the award for Legal Services Procurement Innovation.

February 2019

Kansas City Partner Wesley Fields is among a select group of executives named to the Business Journals’ “Influencers: People We’re Watching in 2019” list. The list spotlights 100 businesspeople nationwide seen as poised to make headlines this year. Fields is one of just three individuals from Kansas City named to the list.

  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is currently lead counsel for 30 of the United States and Canadian member-franchises of the National Hockey League in a pending multi-district class action litigation relating to concussions/head-injury claims.
  • The firm advised World Wide Technology (WWT) in relation to a lease transaction in connection with the $115 million development of a 176-acre, build-to-suit campus in the St. Louis market. It is widely considered to be the largest industrial property transaction in St. Louis history.
  • Represented Ixia—a publicly traded provider of network testing, visibility and security solutions—in the company’s $1.6 billion sale to publicly traded Keysight Technologies.
  • Represented a New York-based private equity fund and its affiliates in connection with various real estate transactions, including sophisticated joint venture arrangements, equity and debt investments, developments, sales, financings, and restructurings.
  • Perfect Score on HRC Corporate Equality Index 2018 for the 11th year in a row
  • 2018 Mansfield Certification Plus Recognition
  • Yale Law name BCLP as Top Ten Female and Family Friendly Firm, 2019.
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is recognized in Chambers USA 2019. The firm received 26 regional rankings in 14 practice areas, while 66 attorneys are recognized for their outstanding work as individuals.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

One Metropolitan Square
211 North Broadway, Suite 3600
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: (314) 259-2000

Firm Stats

Co-Chairs: Therese D. Pritchard and Lisa Mayhew
Hiring Attorneys: Robert J. Lystad (Atlanta); Leslie A. Bayles (Chicago); Sean R. Odendahl (Denver); Brett J. Souza (Irvine); Steven B. Becker (Kansas City); James M. Attonito (New York); Jessica Maziarz (Phoenix); Tom Lee (San Francisco); Jennifer A. Jackson & Rosario L. Vizzie (Santa Monica); Vyas Suresh (St. Louis); Philip D. Bartz (Washington)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K

Base Salary

Colorado, St. Louis:
1st year: $140,000
Summer associate: $2,692/week Kansas City, Phoenix:
1st year: $135,000
Summer associate: $2,596/week Atlanta:
1st year: $160,000
Summer associate: $3,077/week California; Chicago; New York; Washington, DC:
1st year: $170,000
Summer associate: $3,269/week

Summer Program

No. of Summer Associates:
38 total (30 2Ls; 8 1Ls) (2019)

Employment Contact

Jennifer J. Sloop
Legal Recruiting & Development Director
(314) 259-2015

Major Office Locations

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
St. Louis, MO (HQ)
Washington, DC
Abu Dhabi
Hong Kong
Tel Aviv

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Class Actions
Commercial Construction
Commercial Disputes
Employee Benefits
Employment & Labor
Energy, Environment and Infrastructure
Intellectual Property
Investigations, Financial Regulation & White Collar
M&A and Corporate Finance
Planning & Zoning
Private Client
Product Liability
Real Estate
Restructuring and Insolvency
Structured Finance
Tax Advice and Controversy
Technology & Commercial
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.