Brian E. Kaveney is an experienced corporate litigator and leader of Armstrong Teasdale’s Security Clearance and Facility Clearance team. Focusing on both corporate law and security clearance matters, Brian employs a disciplined approach advocating strong prevention programs and collaboration to avoid litigation and costly delays.
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. He has published numerous articles in legal journals and industry periodicals and served as an expert witness in this context. Brian’s military background enhances his ability to guide individual employees, corporate executives, corporations and universities through the security clearance process.
Brian’s experience includes legal compliance, internal investigations and defense of government actions. When possible, he employs a collaborative approach with the 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 candidacy reviews 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 has guided trustworthy individuals and companies to maintain cleared status and mitigate risk, while ensuring that cleared companies comply with Defense Security Service (DSS) regulations such as 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 agencies. Brian has prevailed in cases before DOHA on behalf of executives and key employees.
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 that include breach of contract; non-compete 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 country.
Brian was selected as a National Law360 Rising Star in the aerospace and defense field in 2014. He was one of 163 attorneys under the age of 40 to make this national list. Honorees were chosen from more than 1,000 nominees in 28 different legal areas. In addition, he received the 2013 Society Award from the Society of Industrial Security Clearance Professionals ("MCMS") 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.