Bryan Cave Offers a Global Platform for Local Attorneys

Post-merger, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner operates in 32 offices around the world

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has three Colorado offices and roughly 100 attorneys in them. Following the merger that made the international firm into one of the largest in the world, the local offices are seeing the benefit of having a larger international footprint.

Firm co-chair Terry Pritchard said the firm is now in an “integration phase” as it forms its now 32 global offices into a cohesive unit. She said the firm is working on defining the benefits the attorneys and their clients get from the global scale and determining how to best share capabilities across its reach.

Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner combined in April, which made the firm one of the 50 largest in the world and, according to Bryan Cave, represent 53 of the world’s 100 largest companies.

Prior to the merger, Bryan Cave already had more than 800 lawyers in 25 offices across North America, Europe and Asia. And while the firm has reached around the world, the Colorado influence that came with the firm’s prior acquisition of Holme Roberts & Owen still makes Colorado one of the largest markets for the firm in terms of attorney count and provides a 100-plus year history in the area.

While the Colorado group makes up a small number of the firm’s attorneys and just one small part of its geographic footprint, Pritchard said Colorado attorneys and clients are seeing new opportunities. She said the Colorado offices are seeing many inbound opportunities brought their way from the UK attorneys while also opening doors for existing clients.

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