Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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"Top-notch" firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has "a terrific group, with great clients and great lawyers" in its private clients practice, says a source. Another interviewee says it is a "top-tier firm" in estate planning.

Sources praise the team's skills. "They are responsive, have a deep knowledge and are very intelligent," notes one, and another says its lawyers are "thorough and technically good." Another commentator adds: "They are all excellent attorneys."

Notable practitioners

Kathleen Sherby advises high net worth clients on matters including tax planning and trust administration. A source enthuses: "She is very thorough, she is always well prepared and she is technically very good. She brings a practical approach to her practice." Another interviewee adds that "she has a deep knowledge of trust law and the tax side, and is a superb estate planner."

Lawrence Brody has considerable experience in estate planning for high net worth individuals, and a noted expert in life insurance planning. One interviewee describes him as "a top-notch talent in tax and estate planning," and another says Brody is "very good technically in estate and income tax" and "an expert in planning with life insurance." A fellow attorney agrees, saying: "He is the go-to guy for life insurance planning in the whole country."

Stephen Daiker advises on estate and tax planning, charitable planning and business succession, and her clients include high net worth individuals, families and business owners. One source says Daiker is "very thorough and has a strong technical ability," and another agrees, saying that he is "technically very proficient."