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Southern Illinois

525 West Main Street
Suite 300
Belleville, IL 62220-1547
618 277 4700 main
618 236 3434 fax

Through our predecessor firms, Thompson Coburn has maintained an office in Southern Illinois since 1917, and we continue that commitment to the region.

Southern Illinois, "with less than one percent of the United States population, attracts more class actions each year than some of the nation's most populous communities" (according to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research). Each year the number of class action cases filed in Madison County increases, even though the companies being sued generally are not even Illinois businesses and do not have a significant presence in the state. According to the same publication, "nearly every case involves attorneys who…travel to Madison County to bring their lawsuits because they consider it a favorable venue."

While many attorneys come to the area to try cases, few firms maintain offices in Southern Illinois. We have a number of seasoned trial attorneys who work from the Southern Illinois office. These attorneys have handled hundreds of cases in Southern Illinois trial courts, as well as appeals before the Fifth District Appellate Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The attorneys in our Southern Illinois office are particularly skilled regarding class actions involving product liability, FELA, labor and retaliatory discharge issues, and the Railway Labor Act. Clients also can work with the class action attorneys in our St. Louis office who have significant experience in class actions involving insurance companies and financial institutions.

When you want attorneys with experience in a challenging venue, Thompson Coburn is the firm to choose.

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Senior Counsel
Southern Illinois
618 236 3406

Tom defends major railroads and other corporations facing personal injury suits, primarily in the areas of FELA, product liability and medical malpractice.

Tom defends major railroads and other corporations facing personal injury s...

Tom Alvey, Jr.
Paralegal
Southern Illinois
618 236 3453

Jennifer is a paralegal in the Toxic Tort and Railroad litigation departments.

Jennifer is a paralegal in the Toxic Tort and Railroad litigation departmen...

Jennifer Burton
Counsel
Southern Illinois
618 236 3469

Crystal practices in the firm's railroad litigation area.

Crystal practices in the firm's railroad litigation area.

Crystal Campbell
Practice Area Assistant
Southern Illinois
618 236 3422

Mike assists with all aspects of litigation cases, including document production, records collection and summarization, deposition preparation, case file and database org...

Mike assists with all aspects of litigation cases, including document produ...

Mike Diak
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3424

Misty represents companies facing litigation in high-risk venues across southern Illinois.

Misty represents companies facing litigation in high-risk venues across sou...

Misty Edwards
Paralegal
Southern Illinois
618 236 3410

Lora has extensive experience assisting railroad clients facing litigation across Southern Illinois and Missouri.

Lora has extensive experience assisting railroad clients facing litigation ...

Lora Erickson
Paralegal
Southern Illinois
618 236 3423

Kellie assists with all paralegal aspects of railroad litigation cases, including mediation, document production, collecting and summarizing medical records, deposition p...

Kellie assists with all paralegal aspects of railroad litigation cases, inc...

Kellie Evans
Paralegal
Southern Illinois
618 236 3466

Danette assists railroad clients with all aspects of litigation.

Danette assists railroad clients with all aspects of litigation.

Danette Gravot-Blades
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3419

Harlan represents national railroads involved in lawsuits in state and federal courts in Illinois and Missouri, primarily in the areas of FELA, grade crossing accidents a...

Harlan represents national railroads involved in lawsuits in state and fede...

Harlan Harla
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3413

Heath Hooks is a railroad associate based in the firm's Southern Illinois office.

Heath Hooks is a railroad associate based in the firm's Southern Illinois o...

Heath Hooks
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3418

As one of the most experienced trial attorneys in Missouri and Illinois, Tom has achieved significant results for clients facing major litigation in state and federal cou...

As one of the most experienced trial attorneys in Missouri and Illinois, To...

Tom Jones
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3425

Erik practices in the firm's railroad and toxic tort litigation areas.

Erik practices in the firm's railroad and toxic tort litigation areas.

Erik Lewis
Paralegal
Southern Illinois
618 236 3462

Mallory assists with all aspects of railroad litigation cases, including document production, collecting and summarizing medical records, scheduling and preparing attorne...

Mallory assists with all aspects of railroad litigation cases, including do...

Mallory May
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3467

Kevin is a litigation partner focusing in the areas of asbestos, toxic tort, personal injury, products liability, and railroad litigation.

Kevin is a litigation partner focusing in the areas of asbestos, toxic tort...

Kevin McGinley
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3415

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage litigation including FELA, trucking, product liability, class action and mass tort litigation.

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage l...

Kurt Reitz
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3412

Darren Smith, an associate focused on railroad litigation, is based out of the Firm's Southern Illinois office.

Darren Smith, an associate focused on railroad litigation, is based out of ...

Darren Smith
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3411

For nearly 20 years, Erick has defended product liability, toxic tort, and railroad injury cases in some of the most difficult jurisdictions in the country.

For nearly 20 years, Erick has defended product liability, toxic tort, and ...

Erick VanDorn
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3429

Mike is an associate in the firm's railroad litigation practice group.

Mike is an associate in the firm's railroad litigation practice group.

Mike Vogel
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3430

Ryan practices in the firm's railroad and toxic tort litigation areas.

Ryan practices in the firm's railroad and toxic tort litigation areas.

Ryan Webb