Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

3 Star Rating     5 reviews 
Main Office:

146 Fleet Street | London | London | EC4A 2BU

Phone: 44-20-7246-5800 | Fax: 44-20-7246-5858

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Year of establishment 1873 Number of partners 847
Number of offices 30 Partner to associate ratio 2.30
Biggest office London Percentage of women attorneys 28.20
Number of attorneys 1558 Percentage of minority attorneys 9.20
Number of associates 365 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.90
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on October 13, 2020

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: Everything.

Partners to Avoid and Why: David Kasakove - a no talent lawyer who only got his position due to his ethnicity. William Hibsher - a snake in the grass. Austin Campriello - a nasty little man with a Napoleon complex.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Nothing

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on September 23, 2020

Advice to law firm management: N/A

Pros: The original Robinson Silverman crew is especially bad. The original Bryan Cave crew is much better to work with. Figure out who is who.

Cons: I previously worked here as a junior associate in the New York office. You will only be treated well if you look like them and worship like them. My advice to associates is to save your money and upon the anniversary of your second year start applying to bigger and better firms. Use this place as a stepping stone.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Too many to name.

Favorite Things About this Firm: N/A

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Job type: Full time


Companies – including 40% of the Fortune 500 - rely on us to protect their interests and make their business ambitions become business realities. We help clients overcome the complexity and challenges caused by competition, disputes, regulation, globalization and market disruption. Whatever opportunity or problem a business faces, we bring to bear the combined experience of 1,400 respected M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk lawyers across 31 offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our priority is applying legal excellence to help businesses find practical, executable solutions. Furthermore, having been named a leader in law firm innovation four times in the last decade, clients can expect us to do that efficiently, effectively, and to adapt quickly.

Practice Areas

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Agribusiness
  • Ag Biotechnology And Food Processing
  • Airport Concessions Team
  • Alternative Investments And Funds
  • Antitrust And Competition
  • Appellate Cross Team
  • Art Law Team
  • Audit Committee Counseling
  • Aviation Law Practice
  • Banking
  • Business And Public Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Restructuring And Creditors' Rights
  • Broker Dealer Litigation
  • Arbitration And Regulatory Practice
  • Class And Derivative Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Practice Team
  • Construction Practice Team
  • Consumer Financial Services Litigation
  • Consumer Protection And Data Privacy
  • Corporate Finance And Securities
  • Data Privacy And Security Team
  • E Discovery Services Team
  • Election Law And Government Ethics
  • Emerging Companies Practice
  • Employee Benefits And Executive Compensation
  • Energy And Natural Resources
  • Entertainment And Media
  • Environmental
  • Esop Team
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Franchise And Distribution
  • Fund Finance
  • Fund Formation Team
  • Global Anti Corruption
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team
  • Government Contracts
  • India Practice Group
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade
  • Internet & New Media
  • Labor And Employment
  • Land Use
  • Life Sciences And Health Care
  • Medical Device Team
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Mexico And Latin America
  • Mining And Natural Resources Industry Team
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Nutritional Products Team
  • Occupational Safety And Health Industry Team
  • Outsourcing
  • Private Client
  • Private Equity
  • Product Liability
  • Public Policy And Government Affairs
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Bankruptcy
  • Workout And Litigation Team
  • Real Estate Capital Markets
  • Records Management Team
  • Retail
  • Risk Management
  • Securities Litigation And Enforcement
  • Special Counsel And Investigations Team
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Infusion
  • Medical Supplies And Home Health Industry Team
  • Sports And Entertainment Group
  • Sustainable Energy And Climate Change
  • Tax Advice And Controversy
  • Tax Exempt And Charitable Planning
  • Technology
  • Entrepreneurial And Commercial Practice
  • Toxic Tort
  • Transactions
  • White Collar Defense And Investigations

Hiring Criteria

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Bryan Cave management looks at excellent performance at law school and undergraduate level. Also, taken into consideration are the relevant work experience, strong writing and leadership skills, and a desire to succeed in a challenging, team-oriented and congenial environment. The firm has been active in campus recruitment's as it visited 45 law schools in 2011, while participated in 7 job fairs.

Pro bono

Pro bono work at Bryan Cave includes a wide variety of both transactional and litigation matters, including intellectual property, criminal, corporate and transactional, appellate, family, tax, and civil rights litigation cases. Referrals from local legal services agencies and work for non-profit organizations make up much of the Firm's pro bono time.

Bryan Cave participates in the Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and encourages its attorneys to work at least 50 pro bono hours per year, although there is no minimum. In 2010, 68% of associates participated in pro bono work, and averaged 77 pro bono hours per associate.

Notable cases

  • Bryan Cave provided legal assistance to a number of clients in the varied fields of business. Some of the notable cases are mentioned as below:
  • A team of Bryan Cave lawyers represented Mueller Water Products Inc., a water infrastructure company that manufactures fire hydrants, valves and pipe fittings for the municipal and residential construction industries, in connection with its agreement to divest U.S. Pipe to Wynnchurch Capital Ltd. and The Comvest Group. The divestiture was valued at approximately $100 million.
  • The firm represented Ralcorp in the $2.6 billion merger between Ralcorp and Kraft Food's portfolio of cereals under the Post Cereal label.
  • Bryan Cave advised biotech major, 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.
  • It 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.
  • A team of lawyers represented Neenah Paper Inc., a leading manufacturer of fine papers and technical products, in connection with its purchase of premium paper brands and related assets from a subsidiary of Wausau Paper Corp. Neenah expects annual sales from the acquired brands will be approximately $100 million.
  • A litigation team of Bryan Cave secured a significant trial victory on behalf of Union Pacific Railroad resulting in a jury verdict of $22.6 million.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP Awards and Recognitions

Bryan Cave has been awarded by several noted international agencies and publications for its work towards legal services. Not only the firm, but also, its lawyers have been awarded.

Twenty-one Bryan Cave lawyers have been named "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S.

For the sixth consecutive year in 2012, Bryan Cave's Los Angeles offices have been selected as one of the "Best Places to Work" in Los Angeles County, as noted by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

ACQ, a premier global M&A magazine, has recognized Bryan Cave as a winner in the 2012 ACQ Global Awards, naming it the UK Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year.

Bryan Cave is recognized in Chambers and Partners USA 2011: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide. The firm received 21 regional rankings in 14 practice areas, while 60 attorneys were recognized for their outstanding work as individuals.


The firm gives special emphasis to equality and non-discrimination between its employees. It is the policy of Bryan Cave that all qualified persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran or any other status protected by local, state or federal law.

To make the firm's working culture diverse, inclusive and dynamic in nature, the firm has taken initiatives such as focused mentoring and networking programs, and a professional development curriculum. In addition, firm-wide Affinity Groups for Lawyers of Color, women lawyers, LGBT lawyers, and Lawyers With Reduced Work Schedules & Sites also offer opportunities for mentoring, networking and professional development.

The firm participates in a variety of diversity job fairs, diversity clerkship programs, and training programs.

Summer associate program

Bryan Cave offers a 10-week summer program in all of its domestic offices. Summer associates are expected to complete about 15 assignments over the course of the summer. The firm also holds weekly training sessions for summer associates during the first few weeks of the program. The summer associates typically meet clients, attend hearings, and receive substantive work assignments where they can expect both formal and informal feedback on their work.

Bryan Cave sponsors a variety of cultural, educational and purely recreational activities for its summer associates. Summer Associates get a compensation of US $ 2212 per week.

Working for the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Working at Bryan Cave not only offers promising career but would also lead becoming a partner at the firm. Bryan Cave has two partnership tracks, with an average of nine years to become eligible for non-equity partner, and an additional three years to become eligible for equity partner.

While some of the benefits like great mentors at the firm, friendly, intelligent co-workers and realistic working hours attract more and more aspirants to be an associate at Bryan Cave, downers like difficult to be a partner, firm's focus on foreclosure defense and little formal guidance given to the attorneys continue to be a challenge for freshers.

The firm also has a formal mentoring program, which pairs younger associates with partner mentors. The associate workflow system is practice-based. Also, the firm provides three weeks of vacation time on a use-it-or-lose-it basis.


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