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Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners

January 1, 2012

Thompson Coburn is proud to announce that the firm has elected the following attorneys to partnership: Heather Counts, Amanda Hettinger, Brian Hockett, Meg McNaul, Jonathan Musch, James Oakley, and Jarrod Sharp. They have joined the partnership effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Heather Counts practices in the firm’s Consumer Products Litigation group. She has worked on the defense trial teams in cases such as United States v. Phillip Morris USA, Inc., a civil RICO case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the tobacco industry; City of St. Louis v. American Tobacco Co., a state court tobacco-cost recovery action that resulted in a full defense verdict from the jury; and In re: Tobacco Litigation, a multi-phase state court action consolidating the personal injury claims of hundreds of plaintiffs. On behalf of a pro bono client, Heather co-authored an amicus brief that was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court as part of the majority opinion in the court’s 2010 landmark Second Amendment decision, McDonald v. Chicago. Heather earned her law degree (Order of the Coif) from Washington University School of Law.

Amanda Hettinger practices in the firm’s Business Litigation and Class Action groups. She handles complex commercial matters including defending Fortune 100 companies against consumer fraud class actions, tax class actions, business torts, and contract disputes. She has successfully argued motions in state court, drafted briefs securing the dismissal of multi-million-dollar lawsuits in federal court and mediated consumer fraud class actions. Amanda earned her J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Brian Hockett practices in the firm’s Financial Restructuring group. Brian's practice focuses on protecting and advancing the financial interests of secured creditors, unsecured creditors, and debtors in all aspects of debtor-creditor relationships, including workouts, litigation, and bankruptcy. Brian graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law magna cum laude.

Meg McNaul practices in the firm’s Utilities Law group. Meg represents municipal utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in the federal appellate courts. Her regulatory practice primarily involves electric transmission policy, rates and compliance with national standards for electric reliability. Meg earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law.

Jonathan Musch practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property group. He focuses on several aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition law. In this role, he has both prosecuted and defended patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement actions in federal court. Jonathan earned his J.D. (Order of the Coif) from Washington University School of Law.

James Oakley practices in the firm’s Litigation group. He litigates disputes involving contracts for goods or services and promissory notes, as well as business torts, including fraud and tortious interference with contractual relationships. He also represents developers, contractors and material suppliers in mechanics’ lien and bond claim matters and construction contract disputes. James earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jarrod Sharp represents lenders, operating businesses and developers in all types of commercial finance and real-estate-related finance transactions. In most cases, the transactions include several sources of equity and debt and incentives like tax credits, tax increment financing, tax exempt bonds and real property tax abatement. He also represents businesses and developers in the acquisition and sale of real and personal property and the development and leasing of commercial real estate. Jarrod graduated cum laude from the Saint Louis University School of Law.