A former U.S. Marine Corps infantry captain and member of the Secretary of the Navy’s staff, Brian Kaveney founded and leads the firm’s Industrial Security practice area, which serves clients across the U.S. and the globe. His practice focuses on the areas of industrial security, investigations, litigation, outside corporate counsel guidance, and government contract challenges.
Industrial Security: Brian has earned a national reputation for providing trustworthy, efficient counsel to clients in industrial security issues. Focusing on matters involving Foreign Ownership Control or Influence (FOCI), he guides companies through the process with the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Service (DCSA) to obtain and maintain a facility clearance (FCL). Clients rely on Brian and the industrial team to make informed decisions as they navigate the FCL process from start to finish including the mitigation of FOCI. Brian also provides guidance on FCL issues such as invalidation, personnel clearance (PCL) issues, SF 86 legal review, individual clearance cases, government contract disputes, and hearings before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).
He employs a disciplined, practical approach advocating strong prevention solutions and collaboration with the U.S. Government to avoid disruptions such as costly delays or enhanced scrutiny from certain agencies of the Department of Defense (DoD), including DCSA. Brian also routinely assists contractors in developing and maintaining robust insider threat programs to comply with applicable regulations and protect organizational assets.
Investigations: Brian regularly conducts investigations for businesses, higher education institutions and government agencies to mitigate risk, identify key issues, maintain or restore compliance, and resolve regulatory disputes before charges are filed. He has conducted high-profile investigations as selected by the governors of Illinois and Missouri into conditions at veterans’ homes with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Litigation: An experienced trial attorney, Brian has conducted trials in federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations and administrative hearings across the U.S. His thoughtful, aggressive approach results in a succinct, clear theme that resonates with clients, juries and seasoned judges. When 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.
Outside Corporate Counsel: Brian serves as outside corporate counsel to companies across the country, including foreign companies who have established successful operations in the U.S. He advises companies about issues such as corporate governance, efficient processes to prevent disruption, and various hurdles such as dual citizenship and required visas. He also orchestrates joint ventures involving multinational entities and transactions.
Government Contract Challenges: Brian works to ensure clients anticipate changing policies and procedures within the U.S. Government, particularly DoD. He guides privately held entities, foreign-owned entities and publicly traded companies in maintaining and adhering to the appropriate rules, regulations and unique procedures. He has coordinated several successful novations under significant time constraints that required coordination across multiple agencies.
Services and Industries
- Industrial Security and Security Clearance
- Governance and Compliance
- Government Contracts
- Government Relations and Public Policy
- Internal Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
- Outside Corporate Counsel
- Noncompete and Trade Secrets
- Manufacturing and Innovation
- Private Equity and Venture Capital
- Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2005)
- College of the Holy Cross (B.A., cum laude, 1998)
- History, Departmental Honors
- French Honor Society, Member
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- The Society of Industrial Security Professionals (NCMS) (Ethics Committee, 2013-2020)
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Building Trial Skills Intensive Training (2020)
- National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
- The Missouri Bar
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Lawyers Association of St. Louis
- Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
- American Society for Industrial Security
- Law360 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board (2020)
Charitable and Civic Involvement
- Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (Adviser)
- Focus Marines Foundation - Serving Wounded Warriors (Adviser to the Board)
- USO of Missouri Inc. Young Leaders Board (Founder and Former Member)
- Missouri Friends of Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (Former Board Member)
- Marine Corps—Law Enforcement Foundation (Former Committee Member)
- Kids in Motion (Former Committee Member)
- Rebuilding Together—St. Louis
- The Best Lawyers in America®; Military Law (2020-present)
- St. Louis' Top Veterans in the Workplace, St. Louis Small Business Monthly (2022)
- Recognized with a Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from Burton Awards for “How Employers Can Mitigate Insider Threats” (2018)
- One of 163 attorneys under 40 selected for the Law360 national Rising Star list in Aerospace and Defense (2014)
- Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-2016); Super Lawyers®, Business Edition
- Received 2013 Society Award from the Society of Industrial Security Professionals (NCMS)
- Recognized as a 40 Under 40 honoree by the St. Louis Business Journal (2013)
- Named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2008)
- Board of Governors of the Marine Corps Association Award, Captain and Honor Graduate (1998)
- French (conversational)