Bryan Cave to Merge with Berwin Leighton Paisner


One of Kansas City’s top area law firms is changing its name and going global.  A vote by the partnerships confirmed that in early April, Bryan Cave LLP will merge with U.K.-based Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) LLP to become Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.  

The press release states that the merger will make Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP one of the top 50 largest law firms in the world with more than $900 million in revenue.  The firm will give clients access to 32 offices across 11 countries and a platform of about 1,600 lawyers.  The new combined firm will be led by Co-Chairs Therese Pritchard and Lisa Mayhew.

“This merger will result in an expanded presence and set of service offerings in key markets around the world and accelerate our utilization of technology and innovation to redefine efficiency and value in the practice of law,” Bryan Cave Chair Therese Pritchard said. “Both firms have long traditions of building strong relationships – both with clients and within our firms. This legacy is reflected in shared values, including a core belief that our greatest asset is our people and our greatest responsibility is to our clients.”