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Thompson Coburn LLP

At a Glance


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About Thompson Coburn LLP

With headquarters in St. Louis, Thompson Coburn has offices spread across the U.S., from DC to California to Illinois to Texas. The firm is known for its copyright, corporate, labor & employment, litigation, and environmental practices, and its high-profile client list includes AT&T, Chrysler Group LLC, Enterprise, ExxonMobil, Monsanto, Scottrade, Union Pacific Railroad, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.

A Tale of Two Mergers...and a Senator

Thompson Coburn is a product of two mergers: one in 1996, when St. Louis firms Thompson & Mitchell and Coburn & Croft merged and one in 2007, when Thompson Coburn merged with Chicago firm Fagel Herber. Post-mergers, Thompson Coburn became one of the largest firms in the country, ranking in the AmLaw 250.

The firm has been recognized year after year by BTI Consulting’s Most Recommended Law Firms report. And it prides itself in its commitment to truly listening to clients, providing cost-effective services, and providing a cohesive culture for its lawyers and staff.  

Multidisciplinary Approach

With dozens of practices, Thompson Coburn has vast experience across many areas of law. The firm services a range of industries, from automotive and manufacturing to cannabis and energy to financial services and real estate—and many more.

The firm’s robust litigation practice covers such areas as banking and financial services litigation, business litigation, appellate, insurance litigation, IP litigation, securities and investment litigation, trust and estate litigation, white collar defense, and more. In other words, if you are hoping to work in litigation, Thompson Coburn offers ample experience. The firm also embraces a multidisciplinary approach, working across practices to tackle complicated disputes.

The firm also has a strong corporate practice and works closely with its clients to learn their businesses and detect issues before the client incurs liability.

When it comes to environmental law, Thompson Coburn’s lawyers have received their share of accolades from such publications as Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA. On the litigation side, the firm has handled everything from chemical trespass to criminal defense to environmental contamination. And Thompson Coburn lawyers also handle regulatory issues as they arise with regard to compliance, permits, and transactions.

Diversity Minded

Thomas Coburn sponsors the Thomas F. Eagleton Scholarship, which is awarded to a minority law student attending Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri-Columbia, or the University of Illinois-Champaign, in memory of late U.S. Senator and firm partner Thomas F. Eagleton. The scholarship provides not only law school funds but also a post-1L summer paid internship and a full year of mentoring from a firm partner. The firm has also earned a “Gold Standard Certification” from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum multiple times. The award is given to firms for incorporating women into the highest levels of leadership.

Thompson Coburn LLP

One US Bank Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: (314) 552-6000

Firm Stats

Chair: Roman Wuller
Hiring Partner: David Dick
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
250 - 500

Base Salary

Chicago; Los Angeles; Washington, DC
1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $3,269/week St. Louis
1st year: $140,000
Summer Associate: $2,692/week

Employment Contact

Lesley Wynes
Chief Legal Talent Officer
(312) 282-3440

No. of U.S. Offices: 7

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Belleville, IL
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
St. Louis, MO (HQ)
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Financial Services
Human Resources
Intellectual Property
Private Client Services
Real Estate