Bryan Cave LLP Creates Private Client Practice for Washington, D.C., O…

Bryan Cave LLP Creates Private Client Practice for Washington, D.C., Office

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2007 – Bryan Cave LLP has added four lawyers to establish a private client practice for the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. The new group consists of Partner Mary Ann Mancini, Counsels Susan Blumenthal and Tanya Harvey and Associate Jordan Ware. Mancini, Blumenthal, Harvey and Ware join Bryan Cave from the Washington, D.C., office of a national law firm.

“Mary Ann is a highly regarded attorney with extensive experience in handling complex legal issues related to estate planning and tax matters,” said William Bavinger, managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. “She and her team will develop a private client practice in the Washington Metropolitan area as they also work to expand the firm’s national reputation in the Private Client practice.”

Members of Bryan Cave’s firmwide Private Client Group counsel and represent clients throughout the United States, Europe and Asia ranging from individuals, families and closely held businesses to major trust and charitable institutions.

Mancini’s practice focuses on estate and business planning and taxation. She has achieved national recognition for her skill in handling estate planning issues involving compensation-related benefits including employer stock and stock option plans. In addition, she has wide-ranging experience in handling sophisticated tax issues, and her work regarding compliance with the requirements set out in IRS Circular 230 is highly regarded within the industry. Mancini received her LL.M. in 1992 from the Georgetown University Law Center, her J.D. in 1984 from Catholic University Columbus School of Law and her B.A. in 1980 from Washington College.

Mancini is a frequent lecturer on estate planning issues on a national level to estate planning attorneys and other professional groups and is a co-author of the book “Structuring Buy-Sell Agreements”. She has served as an adjunct professor both at Washington and Lee University Law School and in the Graduate Tax Program at the Georgetown University Law Center. Mancini is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, she has been recognized as one of Washington’s “Legal Elite” by Washington SmartCEO magazine, and she is listed in The Best Lawyers of America – Trusts and Estates and in the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine.

Blumenthal managed the estate administration division within a large Washington, D.C. bank trust department before entering private practice 20 years ago, and her practice has continued to concentrate on counseling executors and beneficiaries through the tax and legal complexities of the estate administration process. She has extensive experience working with fiduciaries and beneficiaries to develop post-mortem plans to reduce estate taxes, and works closely with clients to resolve a wide spectrum of trust and estate issues. Blumenthal received her J.D. in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and her B.A., with distinction, in 1975 from the University of Michigan.

With more than 24 years of experience, Harvey has primarily focused her practice on estate planning and probate. She has experience providing counsel to individuals with special needs and non-traditional families on matters involving guidance and assistance with living trusts, health care powers of attorney and asset distribution. Harvey received her J.D. in 1982 from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo School of Law, her B.S., magna cum laude, in 1979 from SUNY Albany and her A.S., summa cum laude, in 1977 from SUNY Alfred.

Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international 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. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s nearly 800 lawyers in 13 offices across the United States, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets. For more information on Bryan Cave LLP, please visit

For more information, contact:

Raychiel Webb
Marketing Manager
Bryan Cave LLP
Washington Office
700 Thirteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202. 508.6045 | Fax: 202.508.6200
[email protected]

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