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Large firm view: 2012 revenue increases

Bryan Cave Chairman Don Lents says that expanded work and higher attorney headcount led to to a revenue increase at his firm. An early look shows some wildly diverse — but mostly positive — 2012 financial results for some members of the MOney 20, Missouri’s highest-grossing corporate law firms.

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Bryan Cave chairman Lents gets second term

Bryan Cave partners re-elected Don Lents to a second five-year term as chairman. Lents' second term will start in October. Under Lents' leadership, the firm grew revenue from $411 million to $502.5 million in 2008. In January, 220-attorney Atlanta firm Powell Goldstein was added in a merger. The firm now has 1,100 lawyers and other consulting professionals. Lents also has overseen the firm's response to the recession, including the laying off of 58 attorneys and 76 staff members in February, the cutting of associate salaries, and reduction of partner and counsel compensation.

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Staying closer to home

Lathrop & Gage typically has an all-attorney retreat every three years, meeting early in the year in a warm location such as Arizona. Even though 2009 marks the third year since the last all-attorney retreat, Lathrop hasn’t scheduled the event ...

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‘Last resort’

The unprecedented layoffs at Bryan Cave last week followed a string of increasingly aggressive cost-cutting measures aimed at avoiding exactly such job reductions. But they apparently weren’t enough. Citing a deteriorating economy, Bryan Cave announced the layoffs of 58 attorneys ...

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Bryan Cave lays off 58 attorneys, 76 staff, freezes salaries

Citing a deteriorating economy, Bryan Cave is laying off 58 attorneys and 76 staff members firmwide and freezing salaries for 2009. The steps followed efforts throughout 2008 to slash expenses in an attempt to avoid layoffs. "Over the course of the past year, we implemented a number of measures to reduce our costs," Chairman Don Lents said in an e-mail sent firmwide Thursday. "Unfortunately, the economy has continued to deteriorate, and we have concluded that further steps are necessary to adapt to this business climate."

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