Thompson Coburn welcomes all the new associates who have joined the firm since May 2014.
Aaron Banks (St. Louis) practices in the firm’s Business Litigation practice group. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield, summa cum laude, and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. Prior to his legal practice, Aaron worked for more than a decade as a software developer in the financial and insurance industries.
Tyler Black practices in the firm’s Transportation regulatory group. Tyler received a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University and a J.D., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University, where he was a Lead Articles Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review. Prior to joining Thompson Coburn he interned at the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation, and the White House.
Ryan Gehbauer (Chicago) practices in the firm’s Business Litigation group. Ryan received a B.S. in Marketing with a concentration in Sports Management from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Note and Comment Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. Prior to joining Thompson Coburn he was a branch manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in addition to serving as a legal intern at Spectrum Brands, Inc.
Maria Lanahan (St. Louis) practices in the firm’s Business Litigation practice group. She received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Gonzaga University. While at law school, she served as an Articles Editor on the University of Chicago Law Review. Prior to entering private practice, Maria clerked for Justice Brian Zahra of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Taylor Melching (St. Louis) practices in the firm's Corporate and Securities group, where he focuses primarily in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and general business counseling. Taylor earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Washington University Law Review. Before receiving his law degree, Taylor earned a B.S. in Business Administration, Economics and Finance from Saint Louis University.
Scott Morgan (St. Louis) practices in the firm’s Business Litigation group and focuses on defending clients in litigation involving contract disputes, transportation issues, business damages, and personal injury and premises liability claims. He previously worked as an associate with Brown & James, where he tried, second-chaired, and handled cases in federal and state courts throughout Missouri and Illinois. Scott earned his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and obtained a B.S. from Washington University.
Justin Mulligan (St. Louis) practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property group. His practice is dedicated to litigating a wide range of matters, including matters concerning patent, trademark, and copyright infringement and unfair competition. Justin received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he graduated salutatorian in addition to serving as Lead Notes and Comments Editor for the Saint Louis University Law Journal.
Emily Wang Murphy (Washington, D.C.) is an associate in the firm's Corporate and Securities practice. She regularly counsels clients on day-to-day general corporate matters, as well as their long-term business goals. During her time as an associate with both Dow Lohnes and Venable, Emily negotiated and closed a variety of complex and strategic transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures of assets and lines of business, equity and debt financings, as well as corporate reorganizations and restructurings, private and public equity investments, joint ventures and other partnership arrangements. She obtained her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Emory University.
Kristen Sanocki (St. Louis) practices in the firm’s Business Litigation practice group. She received her B.S. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Missouri State University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Missouri. During law school, Kristen represented low income veterans who had been injured during military service before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. She also served as Chair of the Board of Advocates and was selected as a member of Order of the Barristers.
Monica Thoele (St. Louis) is an associate in the firm's Real Estate and Public Finance practice groups. Monica earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School, where she served as an editor of the Boston College Law Review. Before receiving her law degree, Monica earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Economics, from the University of Missouri-Columbia.