Bryan Cave LLP Elects Six New Partners – Lawyer Announcements

November 19, 2009 – LawFuel Lawyer News – By a vote of the partnership, the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP ( has elected six new lawyers to partnership in the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2010. This brings the number of partners firmwide to 387. The new partners are:

Andrew E. Auerbach, New York
Auerbach practices with the Real Estate & Banking Client Service Group. He concentrates his practice on the structuring, negotiation, documentation and administration of a broad spectrum of syndicated and non-syndicated loan transactions. His experience extends to secured and unsecured loans, acquisition credit facilities, senior and subordinated credit facilities, asset-based loan facilities, multi-currency facilities, cross-border financings, real estate financings, mezzanine loans and letter-of- credit facilities involving many different industries and asset classes, including lending to regulated industries and gaming-related transactions for new casino construction projects and casino expansions. Auerbach also has advised clients in connection with public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, complex restructurings and workouts, joint ventures and real estate private equity investments. He received his J.D. in 2001 from Villanova University, his M.H.S.A. in 1998 from George Washington University and his B.A. in 1996 from Union College.

Craig D. Jeffrey, Chicago
Jeffrey practices with the Real Estate & Banking and Financial Institutions Client Service Groups. His practice focuses on real estate finance, land acquisition, disposition and leasing, as well as commercial finance. Jeffrey counsels market participants in the negotiation and preparation of purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements and commercial leases. He also counsels lenders and borrowers on credit facilities, security documents and related opinion matters. Jeffrey received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Iowa and his B.A. in 1997 from Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Ricardo A. Kolster, Kansas City
Kolster is a construction lawyer practicing within the Commercial Litigation and Real Estate & Banking Client Service Groups. Kolster provides counseling to clients on all aspects of construction, including project development, contracting, negotiations, risk mitigation and dispute resolution. Kolster is part of the Bryan Cave Construction Group, the Energy Industry Group and the Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Group, and has experience in power generation, infrastructure and renewable fuels projects. Prior to his legal career, Kolster was a licensed professional engineer with 13 years of experience working for major international engineering firms, including Bechtel and Black & Veatch. He received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Kansas, his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1991 from Clarkson University and retains his PE license in Kansas.

Joel N. Lander, St. Louis
Lander practices with the firm’s Transactions, Corporate Finance & Securities and Technology, Entrepreneurial & Commercial Practice Client Service Groups. Lander represents a variety of public and private company clients and private business owners in connection with a broad range of corporate transactional matters such as merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions; public and private sales of debt and equity securities; contractual matters; corporate formation and governance matters; and general business and securities law matters. He received his J.D., Order of the Coif, in 2001 from Washington University and his B.A. in 1997 from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Darci F. Madden, St. Louis
Madden practices with the Class & Derivative Actions, Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense & Investigations and Securities Litigation & Enforcement Client Service Groups. She has experience in the defense and settlement of class actions and complex business litigation, including claims brought under federal and state antitrust laws, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and a variety of consumer fraud statutes. Madden received her J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1999 from Washington University and her B.S., cum laude, with distinction, in 1996 from Yale University.

Erika Z. Schenk, St. Louis
Schenk practices with the Technology, Entrepreneurial & Commercial Practice and Transactions Client Service Groups. She is leader of the firm’s Commercial Practice Rapid Response Team. Schenk concentrates her practice in the preparation and negotiation of various commercial agreements, including outsourcing arrangements; manufacturing, supply, distributorship and representative arrangements; consulting and other services contracts; employment contracts; confidentiality and decontamination agreements; noncompetition agreements; licensing arrangements; and other similar matters. Her practice spans a wide range of industries and clients, foreign and domestic, such as coal companies, information technology providers, technology developers and licensors, commercial aircraft and other manufacturers and Big 4 accounting firms. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 1997 from Saint Louis University and her B.J., magna cum laude, in 1994 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Bryan Cave LLP ( 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. Subsidiaries Bryan Cave International Trade and Bryan Cave Strategies provide trade and customs consultancy and government relations and strategic counsel, respectively. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in 26 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.

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For more information, contact:
Meghan Newton, (212) 576-2700 ext. 245
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