2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people are the best thing about working at my firm.”
“Sophisticated clients; sophisticated work.”
“Consistency of workflow.”
“The lack of transparency in compensation and promotion.”
About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has established itself in the 21st century as an ambitious upstart on the global scene while retaining its historic ties to the Show Me State. Today, the firm has more than 1,400 attorneys and other professionals across three continents.
Founded in 1873 in St. Louis as King, Phillips and Stewart, the firm became Stewart, Bryan, Christie and Williams through a merger in 1911. When Rhodes Cave joined in 1917, the firm took on the name Bryan, Williams and Cave. The firm launched a concerted effort at national expansion in the 1970s and turned its attention to overseas growth a decade later. It wasn’t long before Bryan Cave solidified its reputation abroad. In April 2018, Bryan Cave merged with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The new firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, has combined revenues of over $900 million and provides clients with access to international practice and sector teams in 31 offices across 11 countries.
From the Workplace to the Landfill
Bryan Cave operates under a “One Firm” model that encourages cross-practice and cross-border teams. Among the firm’s practices are corporate, finance, investigations, litigation, regulatory, and tax. The firm has more than 550 litigators around the world counseling on issues ranging from antitrust to international arbitration to white collar defense to employment to IP matters. Its reputable employment and labor practice handles litigation, workplace investigations, and regulatory matters. The firm’s lawyers counsel on cross-border employment issues, diversity matters, employee privacy, labor law, management and employee training, wage and hour, whistleblowers, and more.
The firm is also known for its environmental law work—a practice the firm has specialized in for more than two decades. The practice is wide ranging and includes such areas as Clean Air Act, compliance matters, insurance-related issues, international environmental law, oil spills, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, solid waste and landfills, water rights and Clean Water Act, and more.
As proficient as the firm is in representing its clients’ legal matters, Bryan Cave also solves their business problems—in a way that’s more like a tech firm than a law firm. Bryan Cave has created a multitude of proprietary tech platforms that provide legal advice: CrossLITE, a workflow management tool; Cantilever, meant to support in-house legal teams in balancing legal concerns with their growing roles as business consultants; SwiftAgreement, a service that drafts neutral contracts without the need for attorneys; and Clear/Cut, an AI program that analyzes risk to provide advice on whether to settle an issue or fight it out in court.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions our 2020 Summer Associate Program was shortened to five weeks and administered remotely. The robust program, consisting of 60+ presentations, programs, and trainings, including billable and pro bono work, exposed our summers to the breadth or our work and practice groups. Additionally, through social and networking opportunities, and formal and informal mentoring, our summers were provided many opportunities to build lasting relationships with our attorneys. Upon completion of the program all summer associates were extended offers to return as new associates (2Ls) or for a second summer (1Ls). We anticipate we will recruit second year law students for our 2021 Summer Associate Program beginning fall 2020 through early 2021. Please see our website for updated information regarding our hiring timelines.
News & Awards
On behalf of the firm’s longtime pro bono partner Family Equality, a BCLP team filed an amicus brief in the Third Circuit supporting the city of Philadelphia in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case that will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2020-2021 term. This case asks whether taxpayer-funded foster care agencies can refuse to license same- sex couples as foster parents even if such discrimination violates state or local policies.
BCLP Cubed and its leaders, global Chief Innovation Officer Katie DeBord and BCLP Cubed CEO Neville Eisenberg, were featured in The American Lawyer as part of coverage highlighting major law firms that have launched alternative legal services. The publication noted that BCLP Cubed combines previously existing volume delivery teams in Manchester and St. Louis, now focusing on four areas: commercial contracts; real estate asset management; data access requests in response to new regulations in Europe and California; and loan financing agreements.
BCLP’s recently launched estate planning tool to help people identify the minimum requirements needed for the execution of wills, trusts and powers of attorney, including which states allow electronic or remote notarization of these documents, was featured by Bloomberg Law. The firm’s U.S. Private Client Group and Global Innovation Team, in collaboration with software developers Neota Logic, created the online solution to help people who need to update their wills or trusts but are impacted by restrictions under COVID-19.
BCLP announced that Partner Kamao Shaw was named a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 2020 Fellows Program, a landmark program to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Additionally, Associates Christian Bromley and Matías Gallego-Manzano were selected to participate in the LCLD Pathfinder mentoring program.
- Advised Housing Capital Company, a division of U.S. Bank, in connection with the extension of a master loan facility to a homebuilder in multiple states—a $125 million transaction.
- Represented XBiotech Inc. in the sale to Janssen Biotech Inc. of XBiotech’s True Human Antibody known as bermekimab for $750 million.
- Engaged by SoFi to lead negotiations to become the exclusive naming right partner for the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. SoFi entered into a 20-year agreement reportedly paying more than $30 million annually.
- Represented Pyatt Broadmark Management LLC and Broadmark real estate lending companies in connection with a series of mergers to form Broadmark Realty Capital Inc., a $1.5 billion REIT
- No. 1 “Legal Influencer” in the U.S. in technology, media and telecommunications law (TMT), 2020—Lexology
- Perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) (13th year in a row), 2020—Human Rights Campaign Foundation
- "Best Law Firms" rankings, 2020—U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®
- Top Performer and Compass Award winner, 2019—Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
- One of the law firms most recommended by corporate counsel, 2020—BTI Litigation Outlook 2020
One Metropolitan Square
211 North Broadway, Suite 3600
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: (314) 259-2000
Co-Chairs: Steve Baumer and Lisa Mayhew
Hiring Attorneys: Leah Fiorenza McNeill (Atlanta); Faisal Delawalla (Chicago); Laura S. Perlov (Denver); Brett J. Souza (Irvine); Steven B. Becker (Kansas City); James M. Attonito (New York); Jessica Maziarz (Phoenix); Tom Lee (San Francisco); Linda C. Hsu (Santa Monica); Vyas Suresh (St. Louis)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $140,000
Summer Associate: $2,692/week Colorado
1st year: $150,000
Summer Associate: $2,884/week Kansas City, Phoenix
1st year: $135,000
Summer Associate: $2,596/week Atlanta
1st year: $160,000
Summer Associate: $3,077/week California; Chicago; New York
1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $3,269/week
Jennifer J. Sloop
Legal Recruiting & Development Director
No. of U.S. Offices: 17
No. of International Offices: 14
Colorado Springs, CO
Jefferson City, MO
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
St. Louis, MO (HQ)
Washington, DC I Abu Dhabi
Antitrust & Competition
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Employment & Labor
Energy, Environment and Infrastructure
Investigations, Financial Regulation & White Collar
M&A and Corporate Finance
Planning & Zoning
Commercial Real Estate
Restructuring and Insolvency
Tax Advice and Controversy
Technology & Commercial
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.