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John C. Danforth, Former Ambassador to UN, Returns to Bryan Cave

February 15, 2005

ST. LOUIS – John C. Danforth has rejoined the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP as a partner in its St. Louis office, it was announced by Don Lents, chairman of the firm. Danforth was previously a partner with the firm before being appointed United States ambassador to the United Nations by President George W. Bush in July 2004.

Danforth joined Bryan Cave as a partner in 1995, the same year he retired from the U.S. Senate after 18 years of service. He also served as Missouri’s attorney general from 1969-76.

“I am delighted to be back with the people I have known and respected for so long,” Danforth said. “This firm has been a home to me for many years and I am pleased to return to Bryan Cave and Missouri.”

Among his recent public service contributions on a national or international scale, Danforth was named special envoy to Sudan in 2001 by President Bush to mediate peace in that region’s civil war. In 1999, he was appointed special counsel by then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate the 1993 death of Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

“We are proud of Jack’s contributions to the nation and the world through a lifetime of public service and we are delighted to have him back with Bryan Cave,” Lents said. “He is an invaluable asset to our clients and the St. Louis community.”

Danforth has earned a number of local and national honors, including the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in 2003 from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the Award for Excellence in Diplomacy in 2003 from the American Academy of Diplomacy; the Levee Stone Award, presented by the Downtown St. Louis Partnership in 2003; he was named one of America’s most outstanding board directors by Board Alert in 2003, particularly for his work with Dow Chemical and MetLife; and in 2004 was honored with a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame for his numerous contributions to the city, including his leadership of the group St. Louis 2004, the Washington Avenue streetscape project, redevelopment of the Old Post Office and the new grand staircase at the Gateway Arch.

Danforth received his J.D. in 1963 from Yale University. He received his B.A., with honors, in 1958 from Princeton University. In addition, Danforth also earned a bachelor’s degree in divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1963 and is ordained to the clergy of the Episcopal Church.

Bryan Cave is among the 35 largest law firms in the world and has a diversified international 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 800 lawyers in 15 offices across the United States, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.

Luis Mocete, Bryan Cave

Bennett Kleinberg, Goodman Media International