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Reinvent, rebuild, revitalize. These are the automotive industry’s 21st century challenges in the wake of the transformational economy of 2008. Our attorneys can use the institutional knowledge they have gained serving auto industry clients to help them tackle new legal issues as they work to build a modern, competitive industry on a century-old foundation.

Our services to the auto industry are wide-ranging and include significant representation of auto manufacturers and automakers’ financing companies. We have developed particular strengths in counseling auto manufacturers on transportation regulatory matters, handling their labor and employment issues, and defending them in class actions and in products liability and warranty litigation. We also represent the companies that supply the auto industry with essential components, such as seat belts and brake pads, in products liability litigation.

Thompson Coburn represents automotive dealerships as well. In guiding our dealer clients, we offer services including, but not limited to, consumer class action defense, labor and employment counseling and litigation defense, regulatory compliance, auditing, advertising review, and corporate/transactional services. Our broad-based industry knowledge and experience help us craft creative, reasonable and seasoned approaches to difficult situations.

We have successfully defended auto manufacturers and suppliers in class actions, attorney general investigations, multidistrict litigation and other complex litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. We serve as national class action counsel for FCA US LLC, and as national class action counsel and products liability counsel for Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA.

We have extensive experience in representing lenders in connection with dealer floor plan financing arrangements as well as loan facilities for dealership acquisitions, real estate construction and tenant improvements. Our experience in representing lenders to motor vehicle dealers also covers replevin actions and self-help repossessions, as well as Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Several of our attorneys have supervised and conducted the repossession and foreclosure of vehicles from single-location dealers and multiple-location megadealers.

We also have deep experience in the acquisition, leasing and finance of large fleets of vehicles. We represent major transportation companies, such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental, in connection with the purchase, sale, financing, lease and rental of vehicles worldwide. We also handle intellectual property issues, including trademark registrations, on a global basis for these companies.

Publications

5 tips for environmental due diligence in business transactions

D.C. appellate court strikes another nail in the coffin for the Frye test

Industry custom evidence held admissible in CA product liability case based on defective design

California expands pay equity, limits pay stub requirements

What U.S. companies need to know about their IP rights post-Brexit

Former head of OSHA discusses workplace injury policies, DOJ enforcement

New OSHA reporting and anti-retaliation rules

Court preserves GM’s copyright claims against Autel and its VP

Plaintiffs use catalyst theory to win attorney's fees after Ford class action mooted by recall

California auto dealers: Re-check your pay plans and wage statements before January 1, 2016

California Highway Patrol seeks to eliminate identity theft in vehicle purchases with proposed new thumbprint requirement

TPP accord faces uncertain future in Congress

Appellate decision helps CA dealers navigate CLRA responses

Blog Posts

In Pegasus-related copyright suit, judge sidelines as art critic

News

Thompson Coburn helps Yamaha resolve significant injury cases

Helen Kim honored as one of Law360’s Influential Women in Securities Law

Supporting worldwide growth of Enterprise

Thompson Coburn earns corporate counsel recommendations five years running in national report

Tim Sullivan completes government contracting blog series on Federal News Radio

Jury throws out hearing loss claims against Federal Signal in Philadelphia

David Warfield talks US Fidelis case on CNBC’s ‘American Greed’

Cherie Stephens Bock selected for 2014-2015 class of Leadership St. Louis

Jim Slear leads webinar on ‘Navigating the Russian and Ukrainian Sanctions Maze’

Kawasaki wins defense verdict in Jet Ski explosion suit

Francis X. Buckley, Jr. elected to board of directors of the American College of Bankruptcy

Chicago judge tosses nationwide class action against Kawasaki

102 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2013 Best Lawyers list

David Coffman joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6455

Cherie represents financial institutions and borrowers in various secured and unsecured lending transactions.

Cherie represents financial institutions and borrowers in various secured a...

Cherie Bock
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9418

As a real estate litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Jeff develops and executes highly effective litigation strategies for clients with all types of commerci...

As a real estate litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Jeff deve...

Jeff Brown
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2210

Frank is a longtime advisor to financial service providers who assists with insolvency and restructuring matters, loan enforcement, and a host of other business issues.

Frank is a longtime advisor to financial service providers who assists with...

Francis X. Buckley, Jr.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6139

Dan handles various types of complex litigation, including business, tort, product liability, intellectual property, and class action defense.

Dan handles various types of complex litigation, including business, tort, ...

Dan Cox
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6354

Stephen aggressively defends companies against consumer class action lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country as a member of Thompson Coburn's Business...

Stephen aggressively defends companies against consumer class action lawsui...

Stephen D'Aunoy
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6330

Jim is an experienced real estate strategist and negotiator who counsels companies on a broad range of real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, develo...

Jim is an experienced real estate strategist and negotiator who counsels ...

Jim Dillon
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6146

Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of matters for more than 25 years, the last 10 of which have focused on intellectual property.

Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of matters for more than 25...

Steve Garlock
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6049

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed Harvey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6054

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial and litigation practice in complex commercial disputes and white collar crime cases.

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial and litigatio...

Steve Higgins
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9430

Recognized as one of the top woman litigators in California by The Daily Journal, Helen represents public and private companies, their directors, officers and principal s...

Recognized as one of the top woman litigators in California by The Daily Jo...

Helen Kim
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6576

Sarah advises corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, corporate governance and general business counseling.

Sarah advises corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities law...

Sarah Larson
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6542

Greg represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated securities offerings, and offers advice on the wide range of regulatory and compliance issues affect...

Greg represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated secur...

Greg Mennerick
Chairman
St. Louis
314 552 6080

Tom has served as chairman of Thompson Coburn for 16 years, leading the firm through a period of growth and nationwide expansion.

Tom has served as chairman of Thompson Coburn for 16 years, leading the fir...

Tom Minogue
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6421

Manoo serves as a strategist for high-stakes litigation, tapping his well-honed research and writing skills to craft motions and briefs that help clients navigate thorny ...

Manoo serves as a strategist for high-stakes litigation, tapping his well-h...

Manoo Mofidi
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6084

Rick's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis in product liability, commercial litigation and maritime matters.

Rick's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis ...

Rick Mueller
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6185

Carl has represented corporations in high-stakes litigation on a regional and national basis for over 25 years.

Carl has represented corporations in high-stakes litigation on a regional a...

Carl Pesce
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3415

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage litigation including FELA, trucking, product liability, class action and mass tort litigation.

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage l...

Kurt Reitz
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9412

Art represents employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor relations matters.

Art represents employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor rel...

Art Silbergeld
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3411

For nearly 20 years, Erick has defended product liability, toxic tort, and railroad injury cases in some of the most difficult jurisdictions in the country.

For nearly 20 years, Erick has defended product liability, toxic tort, and ...

Erick VanDorn
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6337

Kathy is a highly experienced litigator who has spent the majority of her career defending large corporations, including major auto manufacturers, in class actions across...

Kathy is a highly experienced litigator who has spent the majority of her c...

Kathy Wisniewski
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6121

Roman is a nationally recognized litigator who represents major corporations in high-stakes litigation in venues across the country.

Roman is a nationally recognized litigator who represents major corporation...

Roman Wuller