Brian E. Kaveney is an experienced corporate litigator and leader of Armstrong Teasdale’s Industrial Security Practice. A former Marine Corps infantry captain, writer and researcher for the Secretary of the Navy’s office, Brian has a national reputation in the security clearance area and is frequently invited to speak to organizations across the country. Focusing on both litigation and security clearance matters, he employs a disciplined approach advocating strong prevention programs and collaboration to avoid litigation and costly delays.
Industrial Security Law
Brian’s experience includes legal compliance, internal investigations and defense of government actions. When possible, he employs a collaborative approach with the U.S. government, focusing on cost-effective solutions to save clients time, money and reputational harm. Brian has established strong compliance programs for government contractors, universities and others, and conducted extensive review of candidates and screening for employers to reduce risk exposure.
In the clearance context, matters relating to Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) often arise due to the global market. In response, Brian guides trustworthy individuals and companies to obtain and maintain cleared status and mitigate risk, while ensuring that cleared companies comply with Defense Security Service (DSS) regulations to prevent undue influence from foreign entities. He has extensive experience winning matters already in dispute before various tribunals including the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) and other U.S. agencies. Brian has prevailed in cases before the DOHA on behalf of executives and key employees.
Numerous legal journals and industry periodicals have published Brian’s articles, and he’s served as an expert witness in this context. Further, national publications such as Reuters and Bloomberg have interviewed and quoted Brian as a source for industrial security matters.
In the corporate area, Brian provides counsel on business law and governance matters, joint ventures involving multinational entities, and transactions. He implements plans and preventative measures to reduce risks and avoid litigation.
However, if litigation cannot be avoided, Brian represents clients in a wide range of matters including breach of contract, noncompete agreements, trade secrets, confidentiality and fiduciary duty matters, shareholder disputes, and employment matters. He has served as trial counsel in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Illinois as well as administrative hearings across the U.S.
Honors & Awards
Brian was selected as one of 163 attorneys under the age of 40 to be a National Law360 Rising Star in the aerospace and defense field in 2014. In addition, he received the 2013 Society Award from the Society of Industrial Security Clearance Professionals ("NCMS") and was recognized as a "40 under 40" honoree by the St. Louis Business Journal and an "Up and Coming Lawyer" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. He has also been named a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer.
Brian uses his legal knowledge, particularly with respect to compliance and corporate governance, to assist charities that serve veterans. For example, he has performed pro bono work for charitable organizations that serve veterans suffering from PTSD and those that help veterans and their families, particularly during challenging, long deployments.