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Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2015

January 5, 2015

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

Tabitha Davisson (St. Louis) represents management in disputes related to human resources law. She has successfully represented employers in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Among her litigation successes, Tabitha has obtained awards of summary judgment in favor of employers in cases alleging violations of the FMLA, Equal Pay Act, Title VII, RLA, and the MHRA. Tabitha has also successfully defended wage and hour class and collective actions in state and federal court. She earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Katie Kraft (Washington, D.C.) counsels some of the largest public transit agencies in the country on issues involving transit procurement, Buy America compliance, section 13(c) labor protective arrangements, and compliance with federal statutes and regulations applicable to state and local grantees. She represents clients in administrative and regulatory proceedings before the Federal Maritime Commission and the Surface Transportation Board, and has authored U.S. Supreme Court briefs on constitutional issues affecting transit clients. Katie, who also works on financial restructuring and general litigation matters, obtained her J.D. from Saint Louis University.

Mike Lane (St. Louis) practices in the employee benefits area of human resources law. He counsels public, private and tax-exempt organizations on a broad range of employee benefits matters, including qualified retirement plans, executive compensation and health and welfare plans. He has represented clients in issues before the PBGC, the U.S. Department of Labor and the IRS. Mike regularly drafts and reviews equity compensation arrangements, employee stock purchase plans and prospectuses and incentive compensation plans, and offers counsel on various Section 409A compliance matters. He also advises employers on employee benefits and executive compensation matters in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Mike earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Greg Patterson (St. Louis) practices in the firm’s corporate and securities area, focusing on the areas of corporate finance, securities regulation and business organizations. He represents both investment advisors and institutional investors in fund formation and private equity, venture capital, real estate, and hedge fund investments, and advises broker dealers, investment advisors and federally-chartered banks on regulatory and compliance matters. Greg has developed a special focus on representing start-up companies and incubator/venture capital financing institutions in economic development efforts in St. Louis and across the state of Missouri. He earned his law and business graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

Emily Peel (Chicago) is a business litigator who represents companies, their executives and officers in a variety of business disputes. Her work frequently brings her before federal and state courts to brief and argue substantive motions, including injunctions, and she has an extensive track record of success at trial. Her case experience includes contract disputes, business torts, real estate and foreclosure litigation, in addition to commercial loan enforcement and trust and probate litigation. For financial services clients, Emily prosecutes cases on behalf of creditors and defends creditors against lender liability, consumer fraud and other claims. Emily earned her law degree from DePaul University.

Real estate associates Bethany Bruno and Barbara Geisman have been promoted to counsel.