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The manufacturing sector has long been the engine of America’s economy. Today, efficient processes, technological advances and true cooperation among industry participants are business imperatives as companies struggle to remain competitive in a global playing field. In the face of a challenge, be it economic or environmental, or when an opportunity calls for swift response, Thompson Coburn provides an integrated approach designed to meet manufacturers’ unique business needs.

We work with our manufacturing clients to provide solutions to help them be more efficient and more competitive. We work with public and privately held companies to identify appropriate acquisition opportunities and to strategically assess potential divestiture of non-core operations. Our attorneys advise clients on competition issues and help them implement antitrust compliance programs. In addition, we assist clients with distribution issues and advise them with respect to advertising marketing and the use of sweepstakes and contest. We can devise appropriate tax strategies designed to minimize a company’s overall tax rate. We also help clients negotiate Customs and Border Protection and U.S. State Department regulations to facilitate efficient supply-chain and distribution channels.

Recognizing that proprietary processes and products are the core of every manufacturing business, we help companies protect their intellectual property. In addition, we work with our clients to maximize their investment in their employees, including developing competitive benefit plans, implementing comprehensive immigration strategies for the employment of key international personnel, and working with management on labor relations.

Our client Yamaha Motors was involved in a significant products liability suit with nearly $400 million at stake. The suit stemmed from the death of a man while using Yamaha personal watercraft on the Colorado River. Because the man owned an annuities brokerage firm, nearly 20 expert witnesses were called to try to calculate his future earnings. The first trial resulted in a hung jury. The second trial is scheduled to begin in June 2010.

Thompson Coburn represented Kawasaki Heavy industries and its subsidiaries in major patent litigation against a Bombardier Recreational Products. Bombardier first filed suit against our client in the Middle District of Florida on several patents and demanded a substantial royalty payment. We successfully petitioned the USPTO to re-examine all of the patents in suit from the Florida litigation, resulting in a Court Order staying that litigation. Simultaneously, Kawasaki filed suit against Bombardier in the Eastern District of Texas on several Kawasaki patents, thus shifting the advantage to Kawasaki. The parties settled on terms favorable to our Kawasaki. This was a complex case, with four lawsuits filed in four jurisdictions.

Our client Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA was involved in a class action lawsuit filed in Johnson County, Texas, a nationally known class action venue. The presiding judge in the case had ruled on nearly every class action filed in that venue in the preceding 10 years and had certified every single one. Discovery was very broad and lasted for almost two years. During a two-week certification hearing, both sides presented expert testimony, including legal experts, economists and engineers. Our work during the certification was so compelling that the plaintiff’s counsel withdrew the action before the closing arguments in the hearing.

Our attorneys served as counsel to Zoltek Companies, Inc. in connection with $150 million secondary offering of common stock through underwriters led by Merrill Lynch & Co.

The firm served as counsel to the owners of Northstar Battery LLC in connection with sale of Northstar Battery to Altor.

Publications

Missouri to join Right to Work ranks: Is the fight over or just warming up?

New circuit split raises questions about ‘permit shield’ defense in Clean Water Act cases

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

EPA reveals first 10 chemicals to be reviewed under a more robust toxic substances act

Texas overtime ruling directly affects California employers

In new litigation, Amazon takes a stronger stance on counterfeit products

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

California expands pay equity, limits pay stub requirements

Nevada case a reminder to foreign entities: Protect your due process rights when served

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

U.K. now requires supply chain transparency on human trafficking risks

Key considerations for representation and warranty insurance

Doing business in California or the UK? You may be required to be a watchdog for human trafficking

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

Fashion industry awash in copyright lawsuits: What you can do

Former head of OSHA discusses workplace injury policies, DOJ enforcement

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule updating overtime regulations

New OSHA reporting and anti-retaliation rules

Micro UAS Committee charts bold new course for FAA treatment of smaller unmanned aircraft

Shippers, are you ready for SOLAS’ verified container weight mandate?

Preemption prevails in watercraft case under Federal Boat Safety Act

Missouri municipal entities must follow statutorily-required steps before executing settlement agreements

Government contractors must address domestic trafficking

Illinois appellate court strengthens sole proximate cause defense in asbestos cases

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

USPTO publishes new (and largely improved) guidance for subject matter eligibility

Supreme Court overturns EPA’s 'Tailoring Rule,' upholds GHG BACT for 'anyway' sources

Sale/leaseback transactions moving full steam ahead

Counterfeits can kill U.S. troops. So why isn't Congress and DoD doing more to stop it?

Does the Prometheus decision extend to business and computer method claims?

Acceptable specimens are key to strong trademark protection

International trade compliance: 6 basic products questions a company should answer

Blog Posts

Has Trump dumped privacy protections for EU citizens?

Cybersecurity liability: Delaware has good news for directors

New Prop 65 warning rules impose additional burdens on California businesses

The serious security vulnerabilities of mobile devices

Don’t doubt the data breach: Massive Yahoo hack reminds us it’s not if, but when

Chicago cybersecurity event to address U.S.-EU data regulation

NIST and FAIR develop tool to merge cybersecurity risk standards

Can 3D printing technology be stolen by sound recorders?

What you need to know about the new EU-U.S. data transfer pact

Is San Francisco’s sugar-sweetened beverage rule watering down First Amendment rights?

TCLE

Overtime Law 2016 – Expanded New Rule: What It Means for You

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed

News

Ryan Russell Kemper named to St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list

A stitch in time: Thompson Coburn secures trademark protection for iconic Cherry Dress

Three Thompson Coburn attorneys tapped for St. Louis Magazine’s 2016 ‘Power List’

Congratulations to our 2017 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Sean McGowan, Tyler Black publish series on drone technology for global security publication

Updated trade compliance materials now available

Tim Sullivan, Jayna Rust to lead ‘Lunch and Learn’ for federal contractors at Eastern Foundry

Securing global trademark protections for PowerBar

Silencing product liability claims against a siren manufacturer

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

Tim Sullivan completes government contracting blog series on Federal News Radio

Los Angeles litigator, business advisor Rich Reinis joins Thompson Coburn

Jury throws out hearing loss claims against Federal Signal in Philadelphia

Thompson Coburn earns eight national top-tier rankings in U.S. News ‘Best Law Firms’ survey

Intellectual property litigator Sam Watkins joins Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles

Jason Schwent, Kelly Simon named 2014 Up & Coming attorneys

Chemical Safety Board investigator shares insights from two high-profile environmental incidents

Thompson Coburn sponsors St. Louis ‘Inventor of the Year’ awards celebration

29 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

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

UMSL Research & Innovation Week to feature Tom Schlafly presentation

Steve Ritchey publishes article on patent basics for American Ceramic Society

St. Louis CLE will explore intellectual property enforcement in China

Two partners named ‘2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars’

Ryan Kemper, Thompson Coburn environmental practice featured in St. Louis Lawyer

Jim Burger writes about counterfeits for Defense One

Kawasaki wins defense verdict in Jet Ski explosion suit

Cliff Godiner, Hope Abramov to dissect a modern labor dispute at SHRM annual conference

Thompson Coburn wins union election, decertifies longtime union facility

Eric E. Boyd joins Thompson Coburn's Environmental Group

Thompson Coburn secures latest defense win for Federal Signal in product liability trial over sirens

Chicago judge tosses nationwide class action against Kawasaki

Manufacturing magazine publishes Rob Kamensky article on distribution agreements

102 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2013 Best Lawyers list

Kim Eilerts named 2012 ‘Up and Coming’ attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Thompson Coburn leads Federal Signal’s $110 million sale of FSTech to 3M

David Coffman joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

Steve Garlock quoted in front-page Wall Street Journal story on FURminator’s patent successes

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6496

A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor and employment practice is bolstered by her experiences as an in-house attorney for more than ...

A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor...

Hope Abramov
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6003

Gordon is a highly experienced trial attorney who has achieved significant courtroom wins for clients in cases involving commercial disputes, white collar criminal defens...

Gordon is a highly experienced trial attorney who has achieved significant ...

Gordon Ankney
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6377

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corporate restructuring, from acquisitions and dispositions to spinoffs and management changes.

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corpor...

Ed Buchholz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6019

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of which involve multi-party environmental litigation.

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of ...

Ed Cohen
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6021

Cathy focuses her practice on employee benefits, taxation and closely-held businesses.

Cathy focuses her practice on employee benefits, taxation and closely-held ...

Cathy Conrad
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2234

With over 30 years of experience, Walter serves a diverse group of clients in the acquisition, development and sale of commercial, industrial and residential properties f...

With over 30 years of experience, Walter serves a diverse group of clients ...

Walter Cupkovic
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6552

Matt serves as co-chair of our insurance practice group, guiding policyholders, insurers, and insurance professionals on everything from policy placement through the liti...

Matt serves as co-chair of our insurance practice group, guiding policyhold...

Matt Darrough
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6520

Lisa advocates for clients facing complex product liability and personal injury litigation.

Lisa advocates for clients facing complex product liability and personal in...

Lisa DeBord
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6142

David is a lead trial lawyer with a track record of success across a diverse array of claims, including various types of construction and real estate disputes, business t...

David is a lead trial lawyer with a track record of success across a divers...

David Dick
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...

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Jim Dillon
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2217

Allen Fagel practices in Thompson Coburn’s Corporate & Securities area.

Allen Fagel practices in Thompson Coburn’s Corporate & Securities area....

Allen Fagel
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6038

A Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Dean has extensive first chair trial experience, limiting his practice to intellectual property and commercial lit...

A Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Dean has extensive ...

Dean Franklin
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2207

Jay serves as a critical business partner and advisor for a variety of companies, from startups to multi-level international organizations.

Jay serves as a critical business partner and advisor for a variety of comp...

A. Jay Goldstein
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2306

Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entrepreneurs toward growth and success at each stage of their business.

Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entreprene...

Matt Hafter
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6045

Ron advises clients on privately negotiated acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, including transactions requiring prior notification to the Federal Trade Commissi...

Ron advises clients on privately negotiated acquisitions and dispositions o...

Ron Haglof
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
St. Louis
314 552 6485

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety of privately-held businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

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Benjamin Hulsey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6304

David represents clients in a variety of intellectual property disputes, including patent prosecution, trademark, non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions.

David represents clients in a variety of intellectual property disputes, in...

David Jinkins
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6568

During her more than 30 years of legal practice, Lori has been to helping clients solve some of the most challenging employee benefit problems.

During her more than 30 years of legal practice, Lori has been to helping c...

Lori Jones
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2247

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2342

David is a corporate architect who develops and implements creative legal strategies that help clients achieve their high-level business and financial objectives.

David is a corporate architect who develops and implements creative legal s...

David Kaufman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6345

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and related areas.

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, includ...

Kevin Kercher
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6464

John represents companies and individuals in business litigation, class actions, regulatory disputes, and securities and investment litigation across the country.

John represents companies and individuals in business litigation, class act...

John Kingston
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6171

Andy practices in the firm’s corporate finance and securities practice group.

Andy practices in the firm’s corporate finance and securities practice grou...

Andy Klinghammer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6170

Michele serves as a key corporate securities and compliance advisor to public and private companies.

Michele serves as a key corporate securities and compliance advisor to publ...

Michele Kloeppel
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6066

Nick is a highly experienced trial lawyer in all types of civil litigation, including the defense of railroad, product liability and other personal injury claims, and the...

Nick is a highly experienced trial lawyer in all types of civil litigation,...

Nick Lamb
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2242

Litigation can be a chess match or a street fight: Rob has the skills and experience needed to navigate either approach.

Litigation can be a chess match or a street fight: Rob has the skills and e...

Rob Lang
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6068

Bob advises public companies on a wide range of sophisticated corporate finance and securities transactions.

Bob advises public companies on a wide range of sophisticated corporate fin...

Bob LaRose
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6072

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides clients with common-sense solutions to address complex transactional issues.

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides client...

Tom Litz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6161

Janette has over thirty years’ experience practicing in all areas of state and local taxation, including representing clients before state and local taxing authorities in...

Janette has over thirty years’ experience practicing in all areas of state ...

Janette Lohman
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 6149

Mike focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and over the course of his legal career has compiled substantial first-chair jury trial experience.

Mike focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and over the ...

Mike Nepple
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6284

Alan represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, with a strong emphasis on patent litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels, and ...

Alan represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation,...

Alan Norman
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
St. Louis
314 552 6232

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and provides comprehensive counsel on licensing and technology transfer.

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and...

Steve Ritchey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6100

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been covered by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The New York Times

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been cover...

Carl Rowley
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2311

Dave is a practical and resourceful business litigator with a long track record of successful results.

Dave is a practical and resourceful business litigator with a long track re...

David Rownd
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6926

Robert counsels clients in all aspects of international transactions with a focus on the trade and shipment of goods.

Robert counsels clients in all aspects of international transactions with a...

Robert Shapiro
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
St. Louis
314 552 6537

Kelly uses her experience with US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the US Department of Labor, and the US Department of State to gain compliance for employers with a...

Kelly uses her experience with US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the...

Kelly Simon
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6338

Clyde prepares and prosecutes patent applications in mechanical and electromechanical arts.

Clyde prepares and prosecutes patent applications in mechanical and electro...

Clyde Smith
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6154

Paul is a highly effective litigator and regulatory compliance attorney who has resolved environmental and real estate/construction disputes in state and federal courts a...

Paul is a highly effective litigator and regulatory compliance attorney who...

Paul Sonderegger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6109

Peter is a nationally recognized environmental attorney who helps companies respond to major environmental incidents, navigate regulatory actions, and successfully resolv...

Peter is a nationally recognized environmental attorney who helps companies...

Peter Strassner
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6110

Dave represents railroads and major manufacturers in environmental and occupational exposure litigation throughout the Midwest and across the country.

Dave represents railroads and major manufacturers in environmental and occu...

Dave Stratmann
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
Los Angeles
310 282 9407

John serves as a one-stop resource for employment counseling and litigation for companies across the country, particularly as they relate to California operations.

John serves as a one-stop resource for employment counseling and litigation...

John Viola
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6580

Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law practice groups.

Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law pra...

Jennifer Visintine
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6115

Dudley handles commercial and product liability litigation.

Dudley handles commercial and product liability litigation.

Dudley Von Holt
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