Bryan Cave

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner logo.jpeg
HeadquartersOne Metropolitan Square
St. Louis, Missouri
No. of offices27
No. of attorneysapprox. 1600
Major practice areasDiversified international legal practice
Key peopleSteve Baumer, Co-Chair
Lisa Mayhew, Co-Chair
Revenue$900 million (2018)
Date founded1873
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is an international law firm with 25 offices worldwide, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

In 2018, Bryan Cave merged with Berwin Leighton Paisner to create Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. The new firm is led by co-chairs Lisa Mayhew and Steve Baumer.


Founded in 1873 as King, Phillips & Stewart in downtown St. Louis. Pendleton Taylor Bryan joined the firm in 1911, followed by Rhodes Cave in 1917.

In 2002, Bryan Cave acquired New York-based Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn, and Berman LLP, bringing the headcount of the combined firms up to over 800 lawyers.[1]

The firm established an office in southern Illinois in 2004 to assist clients with class-action, product liability and commercial litigation matters in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois.

In 2005 Bryan Cave lost its Riyadh and Dubai offices to the Houston-based mega-firm Fulbright & Jaworski, but retained its office in Kuwait.[2] The Kuwait office however soon closed as well.

In 2007 offices were opened in Hamburg[3] and Milan, followed by San Francisco and Paris[3] in 2008.

In 2009, Bryan Cave and Atlanta-based Powell Goldstein merged, creating an expanded firm with new offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Dallas.

At the beginning of 2012, Bryan Cave merged with Holme Roberts & Owen (HRO), a law firm based in Denver, Colorado with over 210 attorneys.[4]

Bryan Cave also established an office in Frankfurt, Germany in 2012, to be integrated with the firm's already established Hamburg office.

In 2018, Bryan Cave merged with the London firm of Berwin Leighton Paisner.[5]

Notable transactions[edit]

  • Represented Ralcorp in the $2.6 billion merger between Ralcorp and Kraft Foods' portfolio of cereals under the Post Cereal label.[6]
  • Advised Monsanto in its $290 million purchase of Aly Participacoes, a division of Brazilian global conglomerate Votorantim. Aly Participacoes operated two companies, CanaVialis S.A. and Alellyx S.A. which focus on sugarcane breeding and related applied genomics and biotech in the sugarcane industry.[7]
  • Counseled Barnes & Noble, the bookseller, on its $596 million purchase of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Inc., a division that had been spun off from Barnes & Noble in the mid-1980s. The acquisition closed on October 1, 2009.[8]


  1. ^ "(Press Release) Bryan Cave LLP and NYC-based Robinson Silverman to Merge; Combination Based on Client Benefits". Bryan Cave. 2002-06-10. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  2. ^ Djordjevich, Vera (2007-03-15). Brian Cave Closes Riyadh Office. ISBN 9781581314601. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  3. ^ a b "Our Offices | Offices | Hamburg". Bryan Cave. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  4. ^ "Bryan Cave Merges with Colo-based Holme Roberts & Owen - Law Blog - WSJ". 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  5. ^ "Bryan Cave to change its name in law merger". 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  6. ^ (Press Release) "Post Deal Raises Ralcorp's Clout". Dow Jones Newswires. Flex News. November 16, 2007. Archived from the original on May 14, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "(Press Release) Demarest and Souza Cescon in bio-tech acquisition". IFLR Legalwire. IFLR. November 25, 2008. Archived from the original on January 11, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2009.
  8. ^ Lowe, Zach (August 10, 2009). "Davis Polk, Bryan Cave on $596 million Barnes & Noble Deal". AmLaw Daily. Incesivemedia. Retrieved October 18, 2009.

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