St. Louis, Oct. 30, 2017 – By a vote of the partnership, the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP has elected 13 new lawyers to partnership in the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2018. This brings the number of partners firmwide to 381. The new partners are: 

Kenneth Achenbach, Atlanta
Achenbach helps clients with regulatory compliance, risk management, de-escalation and governance issues, with a primary focus on the banking, fintech and financial services industries. He has spoken to a wide range of groups and trade associations on diverse topics affecting the financial services industries and also is a regular contributor to The Bank Account, a podcast from the Financial Services Group.

Megan Gajewski Barnhill, Washington
Barnhill counsels foreign and domestic clients on regulatory matters related to international business transactions. Specifically, she advises clients on regulatory issues related to international trade, including U.S. export controls, trade sanctions, anti-boycott, registration and reporting under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and anti-corruption regulations.

Desmonne Bennett, Denver
Bennett has extensive experience in a wide array of complex commercial, class action, antitrust and competition litigation. She has represented clients in numerous different industries, in their most challenging litigation matters. She has experience in counseling her clients on contract disputes, trade secrets, competition, food and product labeling, and monopolization issues. Bennett has substantial experience handling all phases of litigation, including discovery, motions practice, mock trial exercises, trial and post-trial matters.

Jessica Edwards, St. Louis 
Edwards’ practice focuses on transactional tax advice. She represents clients in taxable and tax-free acquisitions, mergers, dispositions and spin-offs and advises clients with respect to associated tax issues. She also assists clients with domestic and international tax planning and restructurings. Edwards has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with ruling requests and in federal controversy matters. Edwards is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, where she teaches advanced corporate taxation.

Andrew Hart, London 
Hart is a corporate lawyer practicing in M&A and securities law. He advises on domestic and cross-border transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, joint ventures, business and asset acquisitions, and issues of equity and debt capital to institutional and non-institutional investors. Hart works closely with a number of the firm’s U.S. clients in connection with their international transactions and on-going EU operations. 

Stefan Mallen, St. Louis 
Mallen has a national practice that includes litigating, leading and managing complex product liability, commercial litigation and class action matters in state and federal courts across the country, including in multidistrict litigation and mass tort proceedings. He has extensive experience in pharmaceutical, medical device and automotive litigation, and represents several Fortune 500 manufacturers.

Karl Marschel, Chicago 
Marschel practices in the areas of real estate development and public finance. His practice includes representing REITs, private equity and other clients with respect to the acquisition, development and disposition of commercial, office, industrial, residential and condominium properties. Marschel also represents clients with respect to public-private partnership matters, such as corporate incentives and tax increment financing. He frequently serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and trustee’s counsel with respect to special district financings, tax increment and other redevelopment financing, including the workout of such financings. 

Julie Westcott O’Dell, Irvine 
O’Dell assists clients with their employment needs. She defends against employment-related claims brought under Title VII and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge. O’Dell also defends against claims of wage and hour violations, including class and representative actions. O’Dell advises and counsels clients on employment-related issues for compliance with federal and state employment laws, discipline and termination, requests for accommodation and leaves of absence. She also provides training to employers for harassment, leaves of absence, workplace violence and handling of employee complaints.

Michael Schwartz, St. Louis 
Schwartz focuses his practice in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and commercial transactions. He assists a range of clients including major corporations, privately held companies and startup enterprises in industries that include manufacturing, financial services, retail, health care and biotechnology.

Kamao Shaw, Irvine 
Shaw represents national banks, state banks, life insurance companies and private equity funds in a variety of senior-secured loan transactions, including construction financing, bridge financing and permanent financing. His practice spans multiple asset classes, including commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use. Shaw has developed substantial experience in advising lenders on how to create internal guidelines when joining multilender loan facilities in response to market trends.

Amy Simpson, Dallas 

Simpson’s practice includes all aspects of commercial real estate and lending, with an emphasis on CMBS loan origination and servicing matters. She is experienced in office, retail and industrial real estate transactions, including drafting various transaction documents, coordinating closings and conducting time-sensitive due diligence. 

Alexander Walden, New York 
Walden’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling. He advises clients regarding intellectual property issues in a wide range of industries, including computer hardware and software, mobile phone technologies, internet-based technologies, computer networks, communication systems, electronics, financial services, biometric technologies, mechanical devices, gaming and sports equipment. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to assisting clients with patent matters, such as post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, patent litigation, patent prosecution, the development and enforcement of patent portfolios, and opinion studies concerning patent invalidity, infringement and enforcement, and freedom-to-operate.

Amy Taylor Wilson, Atlanta 
Wilson’s practice focuses on representing private and public companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, representing publicly traded companies in connection with securities and corporate governance matters, and representing investment funds and emerging growth companies in growth capital transactions.

About Bryan Cave

Bryan Cave is a global law firm with more than 900 highly skilled lawyers in 26 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. The firm represents publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, nonprofit and community organizations, government entities, and individuals. With a foundation based on enduring client relationships, deep and diverse legal experience, industry-shaping innovation and a collaborative culture, Bryan Cave’s transaction, litigation and regulatory practices serve clients in key business and financial markets.