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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner focuses all of its energy and efforts on providing the best possible legal representation to further our clients’ interests. It is built on a unique "one firm" structure and philosophy, whereby our lawyers collaborate to bring the best skills and talent in the firm to support our clients in corporate transactions, in the courtroom and in helping to solve the complex business challenges facing their organizations across industries and geographic boundaries.

Throughout our long history, we have built substantial and enduring relationships with our clients. We take the time to understand our clients’ businesses, work as partners to help them address challenges and capitalize on opportunities, and deliver legal advice that provides the greatest benefit to them.

Whether we are working on a multibillion dollar deal, a multimillion dollar dispute or a pro bono matter, at the heart of everything we do is a set of core values that defines who we are and pushes us to become a better version of ourselves.

How do we differ?

By putting our core values into action daily we have developed a culture that we know set us apart from other law firms. We differentiate ourselves in four ways:

  1. Enduring Relationships – As a premiere law firm, we routinely handle bet-the-company litigation and complex mergers, but we embrace all work where our knowledge and service can help advance our clients' success. We build our client relationships with the goal of quickly gaining a comprehensive understanding of their needs. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ industries and issues, and we identify and implement solutions that are cost effective for those we represent.
  2. Experience and Execution – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in their fields. Our attorneys are published authors, frequent speakers, bar association presidents, and members of prestigious associations, such as the American College of Trial Lawyers. They are thought leaders within the profession. When we combine our knowledge and experience with a deep understanding of our clients, their industries and needs, our execution is unsurpassed. We believe that providing high quality work product in a very responsive way is only the first step. Our goal is to work with our clients to implement real world solutions in many areas and geographies over a long period of time. To ensure we are doing that, we measure our performance in a variety of ways, applying an analytic rigor to everything we do and consistently scrutinizing the data we collect to develop process improvements.
  3. Innovation – Our firm has been repeatedly recognized for our innovation in legal services and technologies. We have created three teams comprised of more than 40 lawyers, business analysts, actuaries, web developers and other professionals dedicated to creating better ways to serve our clients. Together these three teams comprise the profession’s best platform for client-focused innovation.
    • Our Practice Economics Group develops cutting-edge tools and data driven techniques to help our firm price and manage projects accurately and efficiently, making us leaders in delivering to our clients results that are on schedule and within budget.
    • Our Accelerated Review Team provides alternative staffing models to streamline workflow and provide support for process-intensive legal engagements.
    • Our Client Technology Group researches and develops new technologies to deliver innovative, improved and more cost-effective services to clients.
  4. Collaboration – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is a firm with a shared practice, not just a shared name. Our lawyers know each other well and are incentivized to match the lawyer with the best skills and experience in the firm with the client in need of those skills and experience. Our firm has chosen not to make our offices individual profit centers, and has put in place compensation structures that encourage teamwork. We have eliminated boundaries between our offices and developed client teams that work seamlessly to deliver the very best service on a global scale.


  • global law firm with more than 1,400 highly skilled lawyers
  • 32 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia
  • diversified transaction, litigation, real estate and financial services practice serving clients in key business markets around the world
  • client base that includes publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, not-for-profit organizations, government entities and individuals


Our practice is built on more than 140 years of dedication to clients and their success. Throughout our history, our vision has remained focused on finding new and innovative ways to deliver the highest quality services. It is through this client-centered vision that we have been able to build our respected reputation and grow into the singular law firm we are today.


  • 1873

    Firm founded as King, Phillips & Stewart in St. Louis, Mo., in a building across the street from the current St. Louis office.

  • 1911

    Merger results in Stewart, Bryan, Christie & Williams. In 1916, P. Taylor Bryan's name becomes first in the firm title, where it remains to this day.

  • 1917

    Rhodes Cave joins the firm, which then becomes Bryan, Williams & Cave.

  • 1939

    Firm takes on as client a "poor Scotsman with just a little 'bitty' aviation company" and has served it since its founding. That little company was McDonnell Aircraft Company, now The Boeing Company.

  • 1973

    As it begins its second 100 years, Bryan Cave has become a strong regional law firm with 52 lawyers in St. Louis. Creation of Executive Committee and Managing Partner position revolutionizes how firm handles its "law business".            

  • 1978

    First office outside St. Louis is opened in Washington, D.C., to enhance growing legislative practice. Offices in Los Angeles and New York follow.                              

  • 1982

    London office opens.

  • 1987

    Expansion to the west and southwest. Firm opens offices in Phoenix and Kansas City.

  • 1993

    Firm chosen to represent the government of Kuwait in the preparation, submission and prosecution of its claims of more than $100 billion against the state of Iraq arising out of the invasion and occupation of Kuwait.

  • 1994

    Asia presence established in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

  • 1996

    Firm lawyers represent client in multiple $100+ million mergers and acquisitions.

  • 1998

    Client Bob Costas emcees firm's 125 year anniversary celebration in nationwide simulcast.

  • 2001

    Chicago office opens.

  • 2002

    Bryan Cave and New York-based Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman merge, substantially enhancing the firm’s presence in New York.

  • 2004

    Firm establishes office in southern Illinois to assist clients with class action, product liability and commercial litigation matters in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois.

  • 2007

    Expansion in the European Union with the opening of our Hamburg office.

  • 2008

    San Francisco office opens.

  • 2008

    Continued expansion in the European Union with the opening of our Paris office.

  • 2009

    Bryan Cave and Atlanta-based Powell Goldstein merge, creating new offices in Atlanta, Charlotte and Dallas.          

  • 2012

    Frankfurt office opens.

  • 2012

    Bryan Cave and Denver-based Holme Roberts & Owen (HRO) merge, adding new offices in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs.  

  • 2014

    Bryan Cave establishes office in Miami.

  • 2018

    Bryan Cave combines with London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, expanding the firm's global reach and breadth of services.