Kathryn Love balances her practice between serving as outside corporate counsel to entrepreneurial businesses, ranging from start-ups to established companies, and advising on middle-market M&A transactions. Clients consult Ms. Love for her strategic legal advice, business acumen, and practical problem-solving skills.
Ms. Love has counseled start-up companies for two decades. Her experience began with dozens of deals during the dot-com era, including many transactions implementing a Big 4 accounting firm’s venture capital strategy. Today, she is active in the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting Arch Grants, Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, and other local accelerators. She regularly represents start-ups, portfolio companies, and venture capital and private equity funds in connection with formation, private placements, commercial and operational matters, and exits. She is also founder and editor of the Start-Up Bryan Cave blog.
Ms. Love works regularly with non-profit clients, including schools, colleges, universities, charities, non-profits, and foundations on corporate structuring and governance, commercial and strategic contracts, compliance and regulatory matters, and transactions. She also leads teams of colleagues to address the other legal and tax issues that these organizations face.
Ms. Love’s broad-based transactional practice includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, commercial agreements, and private placement finance. She frequently counsels businesses regarding employment, consulting, licensing, and confidentiality and non-compete agreements. Many of her clients are women-owned or minority-owned businesses, and her work includes counseling them on WBE/MBE certification matters. Ms. Love’s depth and breadth of experience enable her to provide practical, efficient advice to help companies in all stages of the corporate lifecycle achieve their business goals.
Beyond her legal practice, Ms. Love is a leader in the St. Louis community and is an active board member of organizations including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, The Muny, and Pedal the Cause. In addition, she proudly serves as a co-founder and Chair of the Board of Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, a college prep, STEM-focused charter school for underserved students.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as law clerk to the Hon. Jean C. Hamilton, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.