Thompson Coburn

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Thompson Coburn LLP
Thompson Coburn logo.jpg
No. of offices 5
No. of attorneys approximately 380 (2015)
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Thomas J. Minogue, Chairman[1] Steve Blackwell, Chief Operating Officer
Revenue $198M (2014)[2]
Date founded 1996
Company type Limited liability partnership

Thompson Coburn LLP is a U.S. law firm.

Practice areas[edit]

Thompson Coburn is a law firm with more than 380 attorneys[3] nationwide and offices in Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C, and Southern Illinois. The firm’s attorneys practice in more than 40 areas of the law and serve Fortune 500, mid-market and smaller clients on a national, regional and international basis.[4] In 2012, Thompson Coburn was rated one of the top 13 law firms in the U.S. for client service.[5] The firm has been especially active in the field of product liability.[6] The firm also has practices in business litigation, class action, mergers and acquisitions, admiralty law, aviation, bankruptcy and restructuring, government contracts, intellectual property, labor law and employee benefits, environmental law, railroad law, corporate law, real estate and transportation.[7]

Thompson Coburn attorneys serve Fortune 500, mid-market and smaller clients on a national, regional and international basis.[4] The main headquarters are located in St. Louis, Missouri. Thompson Coburn is a law firm that has become cutting edge in computer technology that improves client service. The firm’s IT department has an internal team that is tasked with developing custom applications that can improve attorneys’ ability to serve clients.[8]


The firm was founded in 1929 and became known as Thompson Coburn in 1996 through the merger of two St. Louis firms, Thompson & Mitchell and Coburn & Croft.[citation needed] In July 2007 Thompson Coburn completed a merger with Fagel Haber of Chicago, giving the firm its first outpost in the Windy City. In December 2009 and January 2010, 10 attorneys from the Chicago law firm of Schain, Burney, Ross and Citron joined the firm, strengthening its client services in the area of Land Use Real Estate Law. In 2013 the firm launched its Lobbying & Policy Group.[9][10] Also in 2013, the firm combined with Los Angeles-based Freedman Weisz LLP and opened an office in Los Angeles.[11]

Notable Cases[edit]

Community Involvement[edit]

  • Thompson Coburn was the first major law firm in Missouri to support a bill extending basic workplace protections to members of the LGBT community.[15][16]
  • Thompson Coburn represented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis pro bono in a $30 million EPA settlement that will clean up 10-acre Superfund site in St. Louis.[17][18]
  • Thompson Coburn is a sponsor of Street Law, a pipeline program with the Association of Corporate Counsel that introduces high school students to possible careers in the law.[19]


  • 112 attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2015 edition (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)[20]
  • The firm earned perfect scores in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work Survey for six consecutive years (2009-2015)[21]
  • Finalist, 2015 Best Places to Work, St. Louis Business Journal[22]
  • Finalist, 2014 Top Work Places, St. Louis Post Dispatch[23]
  • 2014 Healthiest Employers Awards, St. Louis Business Journal[24]
  • Named to the 2014 BTI Client Service 30 (one of just two firms outside of the AmLaw 100).[25]
  • Recognized in 2013 by BTI as one of the nation's top 13 firms at providing exceptional value for the dollar; BTI Consulting is the leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel.
  • Nationally ranked in 35 major practices – U.S. News /Best Lawyers®, 2014 “Best Law Firms.” [26]
  • The most Tier 1 rankings - 45 in all – in the U.S. News/Best Lawyers® 2014 “Best Law Firms.” Rankings for St. Louis[26]
  • 106 attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014 edition (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).[20]
  • Five Thompson Coburn attorneys named 2014 "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers®.[27]
  • Twenty-nine attorneys recognized in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA.[28]
  • Ranked in Band 1 in Missouri by Chambers USA 2014 for Corporate/M&A Services, Environment, Commercial Litigation and Real Estate.[28]
  • The firm has earned perfect scores in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work Survey for the past five consecutive years (2009-2014).[29]
  • Presented with the Gerald R. Ortbals Outstanding Law Firm Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (2013).[30]

In the News[edit]

Tom Minogue was appointed by Tom George, the Chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, to serve as chairman of the Chancellor’s Council of the University. The advisory board is composed of 50 civic and community leaders that counsel the Chancellor on issues of strategic, financial and legislative importance to the University.[31]

In January 2015, the United States Olympic Committee appointed Ken Salomon to the organization’s ethics committee. Salomon replaces outgoing committee member Bill Ide of McKenna, Long & Aldridge as one of three independent representatives on the five-member committee.[32]

In 2000, Thompson Coburn attorney Michael Lazaroff admitted that he had charged clients for "$380,651 worth of entertainment and gifts they believed were free", using falsified bills that inflated costs for telephone and fax charges, witness preparation and courier and legal services. The Associated Press reported that Lazaroff left Thompson Coburn and would surrender his law license. Thompson Coburn's chairman John Musgrave said that according to an independent audit, Lazaroff had improperly billed around 50 clients, and no other lawyer besides Lazaroff was involved in the billing irregularities.[33]

In 2008, Union Planters Bank, then operating as Magna, filed a complaint against Thompson Coburn alleging negligence and breach of contract and seeking $11,789,053 from the firm, in an amendment to an earlier suit filed in 2003. Magna was eventually awarded $3,654,606.40 in damages by a Madison County Circuit Court jury. Both parties appealed, but the judgment was upheld by Fifth District Appellate Court justices in 2010.[34]

Notable lawyers and alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Minogue's attorney resume". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Am Law 200: Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue". The American Lawyer. 
  3. ^ "The List: Largest Law Firms - St. Louis Business Journal". St. Louis Business Journal. 30 January 2015. 
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  5. ^ "GCs Say 13 Firms Provide Best Bang For The Buck". 
  6. ^ "Thompson Coburn LLP - Law Firm Thompson Coburn LLP Overview -". 
  7. ^ "Full list of practice areas". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Microsoft Customers". 
  9. ^ "Thompson Coburn expands with $1 million practice". St. Louis Business Journal. 12 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Martha Neil. "Midwest firm to acquire Los Angeles legal shop, plans further growth there". ABA Journal. 
  11. ^ Lee Enterprises. "Thompson Coburn adding L.A. office". 
  12. ^ "News". 
  13. ^ "Religious Groups Given 'Exception' to Work Bias Law". The New York Times. 12 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Unanimous Supreme Court ruling supports Hosanna-Tabor". LCMS News & Information. 
  15. ^ "Thompson Coburn LLP Joins A Growing Coalition of Businesses That Support Workplace Protections". 
  16. ^ "Michael Sam announcement could provide boost to Missouri Non-Discrimination Act". PoliticMo. 
  17. ^ "Cleaning the Carter Carburetor site to transform a neighborhood". St. Louis Business Journal. 5 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "EPA Deals Enable $30M Urban St. Louis Cleanup Project". 
  19. ^ "ACC-St. Louis and Thompson Coburn launch new Street Law Program... -". 
  20. ^ a b "Best Lawyers". 
  21. ^ "Best Places to Work 2015". Human Rights Campaign. 
  22. ^ "Announcing: Best Places to Work finalists for 2015 - St. Louis Business Journal". 
  23. ^ "The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces 2015". TopWorkplaces. 
  24. ^ "Announcing St. Louis' Healthiest Employers of 2014 - St. Louis Business Journal". 
  25. ^ "Law Firm Client Service 30 - BTI Client Service A-Team". 
  26. ^ a b "Thompson Coburn LLP". 
  27. ^ "Error - Best Lawyers". 
  28. ^ a b "Thompson Coburn LLP". 
  29. ^ "Best Places to Work 2014". Human Rights Campaign. 
  30. ^ "Legal Services Of Eastern Missouri Will Honor 12 Equal Access To Justice Champions At August 29 Reception". 
  31. ^ "A look at UMSL's influential advisory group: The Chancellor's Council - UMSL Daily". UMSL Daily. 
  32. ^
  33. ^ Lawyer admits to billing clients for gifts he gave them, The Southeast Missourian (Associated Press), June 15, 2000
  34. ^ Fifth District upholds jury verdict in Union Planters v. Thompson Coburn dispute, The Madison-St. Clair Record, June 8, 2010
  35. ^ "Bond joins St. Louis-based law firm Thompson Coburn". 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  36. ^ "Cullerton's attorney resume". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 

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