Armstrong Teasdale announced Friday that it has elected a new managing partner, David Braswell, to succeed the late John Beulick, who died in December 2018.
The firm’s chairman, Michael Chivell, had assumed the responsibilities of managing partner in the interim.
Braswell is a partner in the corporate services practice group in St. Louis. He joined Armstrong Teasdale in 1995, fresh from Stanford University Law School, and has spent more than a decade in various management positions within the firm. Braswell was leader of the corporate services group for nine years, and has been a member of the firm’s executive committee for the last eight years.
The firm said Braswell was “instrumental” in Armstrong Teasdale’s expansion into New York, where the firm opened a new 16-lawyer office in January. He was not available for an interview Friday.
“I am honored that my partners have entrusted me to serve the firm as managing partner,” Braswell said in a statement. “We have experienced strong growth in the past year with the opening of new offices and addition of new clients. We are well-positioned to build on this positive momentum.”
Armstrong Teasdale is a St. Louis-based Am Law 200 firm, ranking 183 by revenue among U.S. firms, with $116 million in gross annual revenues in 2017 and 229 total lawyers.
Beulick served as managing partner from 2016 until his death on Dec. 19 last year, and was member of the firm’s executive committee since 2002, just six years after making partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice.
Armstrong Teasdale made no mention of his cause of death in a statement issued upon his passing, but an obituary for Beulick directed mourners to consider donating to the melanoma fund at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis.
The firm said Beulick played a critical role in expanding the firm to Las Vegas, Denver and most recently to Philadelphia last year.
In the fall of 2018, Armstrong Teasdale created a Philadelphia office with the addition of seven lawyers from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, including the Philadelphia firm’s then-executive chairman, Richard Scheff.
Fewer than six months later, in January 2019, Armstrong Teasdale opened its new office in Manhattan, again pulling lawyers from Montgomery McCracken.