St. Louis, Oct. 10, 2017 – The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP has announced management changes to its Executive Committee, Client Service Groups and regional office management, effective Oct. 1. 

Executive Committee

Keith Aurzada (Dallas), George Chen (Phoenix), Rebecca Nelson (St. Louis) and Katie Schwarting (Charlotte) will join the Executive Committee. They replace Keith Dunsmore, LaDawn Naegle, Paula Pace and Larry Scarborough, who have completed their terms. Aurzada advises public and private corporations, boards of directors and management teams in his bankruptcy and commercial litigation practice. Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. Nelson devotes her practice to antitrust law, providing counseling, customized compliance training, and defending clients through state and federal government investigations. Schwarting’s practice focuses on CMBS and Freddie Mac securitizations (both the K Series and Small Balance Loan products), other portfolio and warehouse servicing agreements, and the sale of servicing rights.

The membership of the Executive Committee for the coming year will consist of:

  • Andy Auerbach
  • Keith Aurzada
  • Bob Bach
  • Steve Baumer
  • George Chen
  • Rob Ebert
  • Hope Goldstein
  • Michael Leue
  • Lee Marshall
  • Rebecca Nelson
  • Donal O’Brien
  • Therese Pritchard
  • Katie Schwarting
  • Bill Seabaugh
  • Bob Thompson
  • Greg Worthy

Firm Chair Therese Pritchard noted that Bryan Cave’s focus is on the delivery of excellent service to, and accomplishment of, superior results for clients, and the firm appreciates those who take on these new management responsibilities.

“We cannot accomplish our mission without efficient and effective leadership,” she said. “The efforts of those who take on management roles are often not as visible or apparent as contributions to the winning of a key case or the completion of a successful transaction. Those efforts are, however, critical to our success.”

Client Service Groups

The following attorneys will take on leadership roles within specific Client Service Groups (CSGs): 

Brian Walsh (St. Louis) will serve as the leader of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights CSG. Walsh represents debtors, secured lenders and others in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, receiverships, workouts and distressed transactions. A Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, Walsh also is an experienced appellate advocate and teaches in the Appellate Clinic at Washington University Law School. The role of Bankruptcy CSG leader was previously held by longtime Kansas City Partner Mark Stingley, who passed away earlier this year. 

The Environmental CSG is being combined with the Energy & Natural Resources CSG for a new practice group now known as Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources, which will be led by Bryan Keyt (Chicago). Keyt’s practice focuses on a wide range of environmental, energy, health and safety matters. Steve Poplawski (St. Louis) formerly served as leader of the Environmental CSG, while Keyt and Steve Richardson were co-leaders of the ENR Group.

Phil Bartz (Washington) will serve as the leader of the Antitrust, Franchise & Consumer Law CSG. His practice focuses on antitrust litigation, including the defense of antitrust class actions, complex commercial litigation, defense of federal and state investigations, and antitrust advice. Bartz previously served as co-leader of the group alongside Rebecca Nelson (St. Louis), who has been elected to the Executive Committee.

Dan Crowe (St. Louis) and Joe Richetti (New York) will serve as co-leader of the Intellectual Property CSG. Crowe has handled patent infringement cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of industries including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, electric motors and controls, business methods, banking/finance, automotive parts and assemblies, product packaging and medical devices. Richetti focuses his practice on intellectual property disputes, including patents, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. A significant portion of his practice is also devoted to representing clients in a variety of post-grant procedures at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Crowe and Erik Kahn (New York) previously served as co-leaders of the group.

Office Managing Partners

In addition, the firm announced leadership changes to regional office management as follows:

CHARLOTTE: Ben Sidbury will replace Katie Schwarting as office managing partner (OMP) of the Charlotte office. Sidbury focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, including litigating patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes in trial courts and appellate courts, and general IP counseling for clients across a range of industries. Schwarting has served as OMP since 2015 and now will join the Executive Committee. 

PHOENIX: Bryce Suzuki will replace Jay Zweig as OMP of the Phoenix office. Suzuki provides strategic business and dispute resolution assistance to a diverse range of lenders, companies and business owners dealing with insolvency issues. In addition, he advises businesses in the field of cryptocurrency (bitcoin), blockchain and related technologies. Zweig has served as Phoenix OMP since 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO: Seth Frederiksen will replace Marcy Bergman as OMP of the San Francisco office. Frederiksen advises clients of all sizes, from early stage and growing technology companies to mature companies, on mergers and acquisitions, financings and other complex business transactions. Bergman has served as OMP since 2014. 

About Bryan Cave LLP

Bryan Cave is a global law firm with approximately 1,000 highly skilled lawyers in 27 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. The firm represents publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, nonprofit and community organizations, government entities, and individuals. With a foundation based on enduring client relationships, deep and diverse legal experience, industry-shaping innovation and a collaborative culture, Bryan Cave’s transaction, litigation and regulatory practice serves clients in key business and financial markets.