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Brian E. Kaveney
Partner & Security Clearance Team Leader

Brian Kaveney, a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group, focuses on both general business trial work and security and facility clearance matters.

With the coming changes in security clearance reform, Brian and his team stay current by keeping track of legislative trends. The founder and head of Armstrong Teasdale’s Security Clearance and Facility Clearance Task Force, Brian guides companies, key management personnel (KMPs), and employees through the process of obtaining and maintaining individual clearances and facility clearances (FCLs).  Brian’s practice includes personnel and facility clearance issues, including matters involving Foreign Ownership Control or Influence (FOCI).  The team anticipates security concerns and works with clients and the government to address or mitigate these matters.

Brian and his team work with cleared companies and facilities considering joint ventures and during mergers and acquisitions to conduct due diligence and ensure compliance with DSS.

With respect to individual clearance issues, Brian and his team are experienced advocates who have argued before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) and other government agencies.

In another key part of his practice, Brian works with government defense contractors to develop strong compliance programs and avoid violations of government procurement laws.

Brian also advises defense clients and certain universities on industrial security matters in a proactive manner. These include the mitigation of Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI), to ensure that classified information is protected without undue influence.

In his business litigation practice, Brian represents clients in non-compete and trade secret cases, contractual disputes and other corporate matters.


Before attending law school, Brian served as a United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer. He achieved the rank of Captain and received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Brian also served as an Aide to the Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 1999. His military experience and service give him a unique insight into the adjudicative process and enable him to assist clients during the written process and hearings before administrative judges in security clearance matters.