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Thompson Coburn appoints new managing partner of Chicago office

August 26, 2013

Thompson Coburn has named partner Todd Rowden as the new managing partner of its 62-attorney Chicago office. Rowden, 49, has practiced in the firm’s business litigation group since October 2007 and serves as vice-chair of the group on a firmwide basis.

“Todd has become a recognized leader both in the Chicago office and our litigation group as a whole, in addition to the legal and business community at large,” said Tom Minogue, chairman of the St. Louis-based firm with more than 340 attorneys firmwide. “We look forward to his leadership to help us advance and grow the office even further.”

Rowden, who is listed in Chambers, represents some of the largest financial services corporations, manufacturers and service companies in the country. He was named to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s prestigious “40 under 40” list in 2003 and is active in his hometown of Palatine, where he serves as a Palatine Police Peer Jury Judge Administrator.

Thompson Coburn’s Chicago office has been growing for years, gaining two attorneys in 2012 and another six so far in 2013. At 62 attorneys, the firm’s Chicago attorney count is up by 28 from July 2007 when the firm first established a Chicago presence by adding 34 attorneys in a merger with FagelHaber. To accommodate the growth, the firm expanded to a second floor in March 2013 with a 12,000-square-foot addition at its 55 E. Monroe St. offices.

Rowden follows Frank Buckley who served as managing partner since 2007. Buckley, a financial restructuring partner, moved from St. Louis to Chicago to oversee the integration of the two firms and helped established a solid footprint in the Chicago market.

“We truly appreciate the work Frank has done as managing partner,” Minogue said. “His efforts were a vital part of the success of our merger with FagelHaber, as he brought our two firms together on the ground from day one.”

Thompson Coburn’s Chicago outpost boasts significant litigation, real estate and corporate practices, in addition to capabilities in intellectual property, employment/benefits, finance/bankruptcy, private client, environmental, health care, lobbying/policy, public finance and tax.