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Ann Covington Named Of Counsel to Bryan Cave LLP

August 1, 2007

ST. LOUIS, August 1, 2007 – Ann Covington returns to the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP in the firm’s Jefferson City office. Covington joins Bryan Cave’s Appellate and Commercial Litigation Client Service Groups as of counsel. She was a partner in the firm’s St. Louis office from 2001-2006.

"As the first woman appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court, Ann Covington has truly helped shape our state’s history," said Bryan Cave Chairman Don Lents. "We are thrilled to have Ann back at Bryan Cave. She will be an outstanding addition to the Jefferson City office.

In 1987, Covington was the first woman appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals. Two years later, she was the first woman appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court, serving as chief justice from 1993 to 1995. Before becoming a member of the judiciary, Covington served as an assistant attorney general of Missouri and had a private practice in Columbia, Mo. Her work with Bryan Cave will focus on appellate and litigation matters.

Covington is 1963 graduate of Duke University. She received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1977.

Among Covington’s professional involvements, she serves on the boards of various law organizations and is a member of the American Law Institute. She has served on the board of the National Center for State Courts, has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States and as vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices. Covington has chaired the Judicial Critical Issues Committee of Missouri, and served as chair of the Planning Committee for the National Town Hall Meeting on Improving Court and Community Collaboration.

Covington is currently the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Shelter Insurance Companies. She also serves on the board of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and is a member of the board of the statewide body, Family and Community Trust (FACT).

Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 800 lawyers in 15 offices across the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.

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