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Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2014

January 7, 2014

Thompson Coburn is proud to announce that the firm has elected the following attorneys to partnership.

Kim Bousquet, Matt Guletz, Nick Kappas, Ryan Russell Kemper, Anita Mauro, Kevin McGinleyJennifer Simmons, Kelly Simon, Ali Tilghman, and Jennifer Visintine have joined the partnership effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Kim Bousquet practices in the firm's Business Litigation and Environmental practice areas, and focuses primarily on complex civil litigation. She has represented clients in multi-state class action lawsuits, breach of contract disputes, disputes involving higher educational institutions, and cases alleging fraud, misrepresentation and misappropriation of trade secrets. Before joining Thompson Coburn, Kim spent three years as an assistant attorney general, serving as General Counsel for the Missouri State Board of Nursing. She obtained her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Matt Guletz practices in the firm's Business Litigation and Banking and Financial Services Litigation practice areas. He concentrates on the representation of banks and financial services clients and has obtained favorable results for clients in the defense of federal statutory claims and state law claims. He has also represented clients in class actions and complex business litigation matters in areas such as products liability, deceptive trade practices or consumer fraud, malpractice, and insurance defense. Matt earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as associate editor of the law school’s Journal of Law and Policy.

Nick Kappas concentrates his practice in the firm's corporate tax group, with a particular emphasis on federal and state tax credit transactions, tax-exempt organizations, public finance, state and local tax matters, and tax controversy. He has represented clients on new markets, historic rehabilitation, low-income housing tax credit transactions, state and local bond issuances, federal and state tax appeals on income, and various matters related to tax-exempt organizations. Nick received his LL.M. in taxation from Washington University in St. Louis and his law degree from New York Law School in New York City.

Ryan Russell Kemper is a member of the Environmental practice group. His practice focuses on litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters arising under all major federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and their state-law counterparts. He also deals with issues regarding climate change and sustainability initiatives and has been a frequent speaker on environmental policy and politics. Before attending law school at Washington University, Ryan worked on legislation involving voluntary cleanup programs, energy regulation, and invasive species as a staff member of the Illinois State Senate’s Environment and Energy Committee.

Anita Mauro practices in Thompson Coburn’s Real Estate Tax Assessment and Banking and Commercial Finance practice groups. Her commercial lending and secured transactions experience includes a host of commercial finance and tax issues, including asset-based and secured financing programs, commercial real estate and construction financing, and debt restructurings and workouts. She also focuses on local real estate tax assessment issues, exemptions and incentives, as well as real estate tax appeals. A former assistant vice president and the director of marketing of a Chicago-area community bank, Anita earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Kevin McGinley is a litigation partner focusing in the areas of asbestos, toxic tort, personal injury, products liability, and railroad litigation. Kevin has defended lawsuits in numerous state and federal courts. His current focus is the defense of asbestos lawsuits across the Midwest, where he has obtained significantly beneficial litigation results for his clients, including no-pay dismissals and low settlements in some of the most plaintiff-friendly venues in the nation. Kevin obtained his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennifer Simmons focuses her practice in the areas of commercial finance and real estate. She represents lenders, developers, nonprofit organizations, and investors in connection with residential and commercial transactions that involve various forms of public financing, including federal and state new markets tax credits, historic tax credits, and low-income housing tax credits. She also counsels clients in workout and foreclosure matters, as well as the acquisition, leasing, and disposition of commercial property. Jennifer earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kelly Simon's practice includes a broad range of business immigration and I-9 issues. Kelly frequently assists clients in developing nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) strategies on behalf of their foreign national employees. She uses her extensive experience with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State to gain compliance for employers with all aspects of U.S. immigration law, including I-9 compliance and the E-Verify program. Kelly earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

As a partner in the Public Finance group, Ali Tilghman is experienced in various types of tax-exempt and taxable financings as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, issuer's counsel, disclosure counsel and bank counsel. She routinely represents underwriters and financial institutions in public debt offerings and private placement transactions, and municipal and school district borrowers in connection with ballot initiatives, general obligation bond issues, revenue bond issues and lease financings. Ali earned her law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Jennifer Visintine practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media Law practice groups and helps clients build and protect their brands and other valuable intellectual property. She regularly advises clients regarding trademark selection, registration and enforcement, domain name disputes, and copyright ownership, registration, fair use and infringement issues. Jennifer also drafts and effectively negotiates license and other agreements related to intellectual property, and helps clients conduct business online by counseling them on various Internet, licensing, e-commerce and privacy issues. She obtained her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Intellectual Property associate Hadi S. Al-Shathir and Railroad Litigation associate Crystal Campbell have been promoted to counsel.