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Our attorneys are dealmakers and problem solvers who provide practical, industry-driven legal advice that addresses each client’s unique real estate needs. Working on a national scale, we help clients respond to and capitalize on the recent “boom” in commercial real estate activity, which has prompted institutional owners and users of commercial real estate to move forward aggressively in addressing pent-up real estate needs.

Tapping our diverse practice and industry experience and our knowledge of the commercial lending markets, we frequently advise clients on the entire lifecycle of a real estate transaction. At each step in the process, we put ourselves in the shoes of our clients and pursue collaborative, mutually-beneficial solutions led by their priorities for a deal. We truly care about the outcome of a transaction, and are honored that many of our institutional clients look to us for the management of their entire real estate portfolios. 

Our diverse client roster includes real estate lenders and capital equity market providers, and Fortune 500 companies, as well as a variety of institutional business clients. We advise these clients on real estate transactions of all sizes and complexities based on the East Coast, West Coast, and nearly all states in between. 

We tackle the issues common to every transaction — land use regulations, environmental concerns, tax implications and financing — as well as more specific issues, such as state and federal economic incentives and green building considerations. 

Depending on the needs of our clients, we frequently partner with our public finance, tax credits, environmental, corporate and tax colleagues, offering an experienced interdisciplinary approach that provides our clients with timely, cost effective-solutions. We can also consult with our litigation colleagues on the best way to handle disputed construction contracts, leases or other business disputes. 

For over two decades, we have represented U.S. Bank in over 800 real estate matters throughout the Midwest and across the country. This work includes traditional lender representation in commercial lending as well as counsel to a division of US Bank in dealing with New Market Tax Credits and related incentives.

Over $1B of sale/leaseback work across the country for a Fortune 50 Company since 2006.

Multi-property/multi-parcel transactions for a nationwide fast food chain in 26 states totaling more than 500 transactions.

$85M in office building purchase transactions in 2009 for an expanding national company.

$60 million, four-property transaction for a national discount broker for use in expanding its operations.

$100 million multistate, multiproperty real estate portfolio transaction as part of a strategic corporate acquisition.

Acquisition and development of more than 20,000 multifamily units.

Experience in data center development, financing and operations.

For a major industrial rail company, negotiated and closed an asset sales agreement including various industrial buildings and a demolition agreement involving substantial governmental and environmental compliance issues.

Real Estate tax appeals saving clients will in excess of $100M in taxes over the past years.

Adaptive reuse of an historic warehouse building into 158 dwelling units/commercial space. Work included the land use entitlements, historic preservation work and assistance on economic stimulus incentives.

Obtained entitlements for a large near downtown parcel which was being converted from railroad land to a major residential and commercial development of over 800 rental units. The work included significant transportation issues in order to accommodate a future speed rail line.

Market rate residential development with low income component in all phases including acquisition, land use entitlements and TIF district incentives.

Land use approvals for a 71 acre medical campus.

Publications

Are ‘Gross Up’ provisions gross in commercial leases?

5 tips for environmental due diligence in business transactions

Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

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

Chicago lifts limits on efficiency units close to transit

A reminder about changes to tenant security deposits in Missouri

Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

Due diligence checklist for commercial real estate acquisitions

California real estate: Change the ownership, increase the tax

Do you need a Section 404 permit for your real estate development?

Unpaid construction work? Stay calm – and make sure every word of mechanics lien is accurate

Missouri expands project delivery options for public works projects

Waivers of implied warranty strengthened for condo, home builders in Illinois

Public contracting requirements: Not just for ‘traditional’ government contractors

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

Crowdfunding for real estate - buyer beware

Understanding triple net leases

Sale/leaseback transactions moving full steam ahead

Todd Rowden co-authors chapter in real estate litigation book

Considerations for auctioning real estate

Blog Posts

Arizona case could point way on enforcement of commercial leases for medical marijuana dispensaries

Will a court recognize ‘aerosol artists’?

‘Home Improvement’ decision may provide tools for drafting, managing CAM in commercial leases

Cannabis industry taps REITs to draw financing

‘I’m yours … and yours’: California Supreme Court puts restrictions on ‘dual agents’

New Prop 65 warning rules impose additional burdens on California businesses

California appeals court rejects ‘creative’ sham guaranty defense

Valuation of affordable housing projects in bankruptcy – a muddied landscape

Commercial landlords: Time to tune up your indemnity provisions

Thompson Coburn to host ethics webinar on confidentiality issues

TCLE

Arbitration and Other Forms of ADR

News

Justin Newman named to Law Bulletin’s distinguished ‘40 Under 40’ list

Thompson Coburn sponsors vacant property summit at SLU Law

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

Jarrod Sharp named to 2016-17 Class of Leadership St. Louis

23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

Tom Boyle joins Real Estate Tax Assessment group as partner

A merger story: Tom Minogue and Jack Musgrave discuss 20 years as Thompson Coburn

Jason Zeigler joins Thompson Coburn in Washington, D.C., as real estate partner

Real Estate Group retains high ranking in 2015 ‘Best of the Best’ survey

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

25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA

Lafayette Preparatory Academy moves to Lafayette Square in St. Louis

Justin Newman joins Thompson Coburn's real estate practice in Chicago

Real estate attorney Bill Kuehling joins Thompson Coburn

Los Angeles litigator, business advisor Rich Reinis joins Thompson Coburn

Katriina S. McGuire joins Thompson Coburn's real estate practice in Chicago

Congratulations to our 15 St. Louis ‘Lawyers of the Year’

112 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2015 Best Lawyers list

Real Estate Group retains a top ranking in 2014 Best of the Best Survey

St. Louis Business Journal covers Thompson Coburn’s work on unique Superfund settlement

Trial judgment ends longtime business battle involving $100 million Lake Geneva luxury waterfront housing development

27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Thompson Coburn represents U.S. Bank in financing named Wall Street Journal's 'Deal of the Week'

Gary Plotnick joins local ADL board of directors

St. Louis Bar Foundation honors Paul Brown for program targeting ‘problem properties’

Thompson Coburn closes acquisition of Lion’s Choice restaurants

Longtime St. Louis mayoral advisor Barbara Geisman joins Thompson Coburn

Associates join Business Litigation, Real Estate Tax Assessment groups

Downtown Chicago office tower sails through city zoning process under TC counsel

Thompson Coburn attorneys to collaborate with St. Louis City Counselor’s office on problem properties

Documentary featuring Senator Kit Bond premieres at St. Louis International Film Festival

Real Estate group supports $51 million apartment complex purchase

Kit Bond hosts two-day housing conference in St. Louis

Affordable housing group honors Senator Kit Bond with lifetime achievement award

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6225

Douglas represents real estate clients in the development, financing, construction, acquisition, zoning and leasing of various types of real property.

Douglas represents real estate clients in the development, financing, const...

Douglas Baron
Partner
Chicago
312 580 5063

Tom helps commercial, industrial and residential property owners challenge their property tax assessments to capture significant long-term cost savings on their tax liabi...

Tom helps commercial, industrial and residential property owners challenge ...

Tom Boyle
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
Counsel
Chicago
312 580 2317

Bethany practices in the areas of commercial real estate and business and corporate law.

Bethany practices in the areas of commercial real estate and business and c...

Bethany Bruno
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 6376

Matt represents real estate developers, property owners, financial institutions, commercial landlords and tenants, and corporate clients on a wide range of real estate ma...

Matt represents real estate developers, property owners, financial institut...

Matt Buesching
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6131

Hap represents developers, lenders and businesses in real estate matters and transactions across the country.

Hap represents developers, lenders and businesses in real estate matters an...

Hap Burke
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2209

Bernie represents developers, land owners and building owners in the areas of land use and municipal law in the City of Chicago and its surrounding municipalities.

Bernie represents developers, land owners and building owners in the areas ...

Bernie Citron
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6090

Laura practices in the firm's real estate and construction areas.

Laura practices in the firm's real estate and construction areas.

Laura Corcoran
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2223

Patrick practices in Thompson Coburn’s Real Estate Tax Assessment Practice Group.

Patrick practices in Thompson Coburn’s Real Estate Tax Assessment Practice ...

Patrick Cullerton
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 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...

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

Jim Dillon
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6031

Dan serves as a practical, imminently accessible legal advisor to developers, institutional owners and corporate users of commercial and industrial real estate throughout...

Dan serves as a practical, imminently accessible legal advisor to developer...

Dan Engle
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6051

As an experienced real estate and construction practitioner, Gary counsels clients on a variety of real estate transactions and contract issues.

As an experienced real estate and construction practitioner, Gary counsels ...

Gary Heifetz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6167

Cheryl represents lenders and obligors in complex finance transactions, loan restructurings, and bankruptcy, receivership, foreclosure and other proceedings involving cre...

Cheryl represents lenders and obligors in complex finance transactions, loa...

Cheryl Kelly
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6394

Developers, nonprofit corporations, and public entities seek Bill's varied and extensive background in real estate transactions and infrastructure finance.

Developers, nonprofit corporations, and public entities seek Bill's varied ...

Bill Kuehling
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6055

Brian practices in the firm's business litigation area, where he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation.

Brian practices in the firm's business litigation area, where he represents...

Brian Lamping
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
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6074

Paul has represented real estate developers, financial institutions, national tenants and construction companies in a variety of complex real estate transactions througho...

Paul has represented real estate developers, financial institutions, nation...

Paul Macon
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2347

Anita's practice focuses on banking and commercial finance and real estate tax assessment.

Anita's practice focuses on banking and commercial finance and real estate ...

Anita Mauro
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2326

Katriina helps clients navigate challenging land use and zoning issues throughout the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs, paving the way for successful developments.

Katriina helps clients navigate challenging land use and zoning issues thro...

Katriina McGuire
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5036

Jeff serves a diverse segment of real estate clients by offering a 360-degree approach to achieving their objectives.

Jeff serves a diverse segment of real estate clients by offering a 360-degr...

Jeffrey Merar
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6211

Bill represents a range of clients in the areas of real estate, construction, development, and public finance.

Bill represents a range of clients in the areas of real estate, constructio...

Bill Metzinger
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2327

Experienced with both real estate transactions and litigation, Justin uses a hybrid approach in representing purchasers, sellers, landlords, tenants, owners, operators, l...

Experienced with both real estate transactions and litigation, Justin uses ...

Justin Newman
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5071

Daniel is an associate in Chicago.

Daniel is an associate in Chicago.

Daniel North
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2315

Jack Parrino represents clients engaging in real estate and construction matters by stepping into the deal from his client's perspective to offer trusted, practical advic...

Jack Parrino represents clients engaging in real estate and construction ma...

Jack Parrino
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2236

Gary uses his extensive real estate background to help developers and investors piece together their real estate projects from start to finish.

Gary uses his extensive real estate background to help developers and inves...

Gary Plotnick
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6053

Jennifer is an experienced real estate attorney who provides guidance on a variety of complicated real estate transactions, including purchase and sales, leasing, financi...

Jennifer is an experienced real estate attorney who provides guidance on a ...

Jennifer Price
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2335

Fred has primarily focused on working with Firm's clients in the disposition and acquisition of properties and developing strategy to minimize real estate tax risk.

Fred has primarily focused on working with Firm's clients in the dispositio...

Fred Richards III
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2229

Todd helps businesses solve some of their thorniest problems.

Todd helps businesses solve some of their thorniest problems.

Todd Rowden
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
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6124

Allie represents investors, lenders, and community development entities in transactions involving various forms of debt, equity and public financing, including federal an...

Allie represents investors, lenders, and community development entities in ...

Allie Isaak Rudroff
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6516

Jarrod is the chair of Thompson Coburn's Tax Credits practice and has over 15 years of experience representing lenders, community development entities and investors in co...

Jarrod is the chair of Thompson Coburn's Tax Credits practice and has over ...

Jarrod Sharp
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5034

Shannon represents property owners in real estate tax assessment proceedings in Cook County and throughout the state of Illinois.

Shannon represents property owners in real estate tax assessment proceeding...

Shannon Sheehan
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6208

Gayle advises clients in the areas of commercial real estate acquisition and development as well as commercial finance.

Gayle advises clients in the areas of commercial real estate acquisition an...

Gayle 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
Senior Counsel
Los Angeles
310 282 9429

Mitchell is an accomplished business and real estate litigator and counselor.

Mitchell is an accomplished business and real estate litigator and counselo...

Mitchell Stein
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
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9448

Barry serves as a corporate strategist and outside general counsel to small- to mid-sized companies, as well as their principals, in a variety of industries.

Barry serves as a corporate strategist and outside general counsel to small...

Barry Weisz
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6561

Thomas is an associate in Saint Louis.

Thomas is an associate in Saint Louis.

Thomas White III
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6978

Jason is a trusted advisor to developers, bankers, and investors in all types of commercial real estate transactions.

Jason is a trusted advisor to developers, bankers, and investors in all typ...

Jason Zeigler