The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com) has announced changes to the firm’s Management Committee, office leadership and Client Service Group (CSG) leadership.

Christine Cesare, a partner in the New York office, joins the Management Committee as a section leader and will oversee and work with a number of Bryan Cave’s litigation practices. Cesare’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class actions. She has served as leader of Bryan Cave’s Commercial Litigation CSG since 2008 and also previously served as a member of the Executive Committee and Compensation Committee, among other firm leadership roles. Cesare succeeds Irvin Belzer, who has completed his six-year tenure on the Management Committee.

Marcy Bergman becomes managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office, succeeding Lee Marshall in the role. Bergman is the leader of the firm’s Retail Group. She focuses her practice on representing retailers in a wide range of matters, with emphasis on commercial and intellectual property litigation. Bergman has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, litigating unfair competition, false advertising, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement cases along with class actions and other complex business disputes.

In addition, the firm has made the following Client Service Group leadership changes:

Lee Marshall has become leader of the Commercial Litigation Client Service Group. Since 2010, Marshall served as managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. Marshall focuses his practice on commercial, intellectual property and appellate litigation. He has represented clients in the United States Supreme Court, argued appeals in numerous appellate courts and tried cases in district courts across the country.

St. Louis Partner Mark Leadlove becomes deputy leader of the Commercial Litigation Client Service Group. His experience includes commercial litigation, franchise disputes, trade secret issues, intellectual property matters, restrictive covenant cases and property and municipal tax litigation. Atlanta Partner Jennifer Odom will continue her role as a deputy leader of the group.

Mark Srere has been named leader of the White Collar Defense & Investigations / Securities Litigation and Enforcement Client Service Group, a role previously held by the recently named Chair-Elect Therese Pritchard. Srere is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. His practice concentrates in the criminal area and he provides counseling to corporate clients on compliance issues and internal investigations.

Nicole Simonian has been named coordinator of Bryan Cave’s Asia practice, a role previously held by the recently named Chair-Elect Therese Pritchard. Simonian also leads the Asia labor and employment practice. She works with companies to ensure and manage compliance risks with government authorities in Asia on issues dealing with investment regulations, labor and employment, customs and trade, and FCPA. Simonian represents multinational companies in their international labor and employment strategy and regularly assists clients in their international business expansion throughout Asia.
 
Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com) has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiary Bryan Cave International Consulting provides trade and customs consultancy. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in over 30 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s key business and financial markets.

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