Attorneys Brian Kaveney and Tod Stephens Featured in Super Lawyers Magazine

December 1, 2016 Media Coverage

Armstrong Teasdale partner Brian Kaveney, leader of the firm’s Industrial Security practice, was featured in the 2016 edition of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers magazine highlighting his role in the formation of the firm’s security clearance practice. Nine years ago, Brian recognized the need companies had for guidance in getting and maintaining security clearances for defense and other government contracts. Using his background and training as a U.S. Marine infantry captain, writer and researcher for the Secretary of the Navy’s office, he built the practice into an internationally respected business.

In the article Brian discusses the dramatic shifts the world has seen since the practice’s inception, including Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified documents and the Washington Navy Yard shooting in 2013, and how the practice has evolved in response. “The issues that need to be identified early on have increased, and the consequences have gotten far graver.”

Focusing on both litigation and security clearance matters, Brian employs a disciplined approach advocating strong prevention programs and collaboration to avoid litigation and costly delays. 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.

Also mentioned in the article is Litigation associate Tod Stephens, a former Army infantry officer and West Point graduate who served three years in Iraq and earned numerous recognitions, including the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. In the area of security and facility clearance law, Tod guides businesses in the resolution of defense industry compliance challenges.

“You talk about those calls we get where our adrenaline is absolutely pumping because we know the consequences,” Brian said. “There’s really no other way to say it than we feel like we have skin in the game.”

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