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Thompson Coburn expands to Los Angeles

September 10, 2013

Thompson Coburn is proud to announce it is expanding to the West Coast by opening an office in Los Angeles. The transaction, expected to be completed in early October, will result in Thompson Coburn having more than 350 attorneys working in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Southern Illinois, and Washington, D.C.

The firm is launching its new office by combining with Freedman Weisz LLP, a 10-attorney firm based in Los Angeles. The combination enhances Thompson Coburn’s coast-to-coast legal offerings for its many public and private clients, a large number of whom are located in California. Clients already served by Thompson Coburn include the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Orange County Transportation Authority and Foothill Transit; the cities of Anaheim, Azusa, Banning, Colton, Pasadena, Riverside and Roseville; Neu Investment; Kawasaki; and a number of high net worth individuals in Southern California.

For Freedman Weisz, a widely-respected firm in Los Angeles with a diverse practice in Southern California, the move provides access to the resources and support of one of the largest law firms in the Midwest.

“This expansion is good for Thompson Coburn, and, more importantly, good for our clients,” said Thompson Coburn Chairman Tom Minogue. “We’re proud of our national reputation for delivering value to clients, and the talented attorneys at Freedman Weisz further strengthen our ability to deliver that value in California. They’ve built a fine practice that aligns perfectly with a number of our key areas of focus: corporate transactions, tax and estate planning, litigation, real estate, intellectual property and private client services. We couldn’t be happier about following so many of our clients to California and teaming up with such a splendid group of lawyers, and plan expeditiously to more than double the size of the office.”

Freedman Weisz Managing Partner Barry Weisz will lead Thompson Coburn’s new Los Angeles office. “We are delighted to become part of Thompson Coburn, a firm that has developed a national reputation as a client-focused, value-driven law firm with a deep bench of savvy litigators and skilled corporate strategists,” Weisz said. “We’re particularly excited about our ability to offer our clients a new level of service in a host of additional areas, like securities, patents, environmental compliance and public policy, all delivered via the nationally-recognized technology and information systems capabilities of our new firm. Everyone here is looking forward with great anticipation to our new role for Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles.”

Thompson Coburn and Freedman Weisz were introduced to each other by Watanabe Nason, one of the most respected professional search firms in California. Watanabe Nason will continue to represent Thompson Coburn as it grows its presence in Los Angeles.

About Thompson Coburn
Thompson Coburn is a full service law firm with 350 attorneys nationwide, practicing in more than 40 areas of the law. Its clients range from high net worth individuals and venture-backed startups to Fortune 100 companies. Thompson Coburn previously entered the Chicago marketplace with its highly successful merger with FagelHaber LLC. The firm’s Federal practice is a leader of its kind in Washington, D.C., and earlier this year launched a bipartisan lobbying practice with the creation of Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy. In 2012, Thompson Coburn was selected as one of the top 13 firms in the nation at “providing value for the dollar,” as ranked by BTI Consulting, the country's leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel.