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Washington, D.C.

1909 K Street, N.W.
Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006-1167
202 585 6900 main
202 585 6969 fax

Success. It means different things to different people. Thompson Coburn attorneys are committed to understanding what it means to you and helping you achieve it.

Whether you are general counsel to a Fortune 500 company, an entrepreneur, the head of a family-owned business, a government agency, multinational corporation or government contractor, we are committed to working with you to solve the problems keeping you up at night – formulating strategies to grow your business, prevail in agency action or court proceedings, or comply with increasingly complex regulations.

And, if you are an attorney considering a move, learn why so many attorneys have found Thompson Coburn to be an excellent platform through which to take their successful practices to the next level. Thompson Coburn is different. The exceptional support, entrepreneurial spirit, collegial atmosphere and midwestern values permeate our culture and are just some of the factors contributing to the success of the firm and our attorneys.

Thompson Coburn’s D.C. attorneys serve the needs of financial institutions, hospital systems, developers, government contractors, utilities, trade associations, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and distributors located throughout the country and around the world. Our premier transportation practice regularly advises transit agencies, shipowners and operators, ports, aircraft owners and air transportation associations.

We counsel companies operating in regulated industries and those affected by new legislation, providing daily advice on interactions with federal agencies and the U.S. Congress. Our finance attorneys handle all aspects of a variety of financing arrangements, including structured finance and domestic and international equipment finance. We also advise on the protection of intellectual property. Experienced counsel in the D.C. office work closely with colleagues throughout the firm, providing clients with access to the depth and breadth of resources necessary to handle a wide variety of legal obstacles to success.

Contracting with the Federal Government? We know the paths to success and can help you avoid the pitfalls. (Resources: The 10 Myths of Government Contracting and The 10 Commandments of Government Contracting)

Expanding the footprint of your office complex, manufacturing facility or international trade supply chain? Our talented attorneys will team with you and your staff to complete the project on time so that you are well-poised for growth. (Resources: Trade Compliance Handbook and Checklists of Foreign Countries Subject to Sanctions)

Need assistance in responding to or defending your company from agency action? Our lawyers have decades of experience representing clients in a wide variety of complex enforcement actions, rulemakings and other critical regulatory issues arising before federal agencies and courts, the U.S. Congress and international bodies.

Looking for new business partners or opportunities to license your technology for broader distribution and potential royalties? Our seasoned lawyers will help you develop potential prime-sub contracting relationships and other collaborative options, as well as implement joint ventures and software licensing agreements to help you reach your goals.

Facing potential litigation or challenging agency decisions? We assist you in seeking judicial review of agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act and with all phases of litigation. We are keenly aware that litigation strategy must always align with company goals. Our experienced attorneys handle litigation before federal agencies and at all levels in most state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Our appellate attorneys have appeared multiple times before the Supreme Court and argued two landmark constitutional cases arising out of transportation controversies.

Interested in testifying or scheduling meetings on Capitol Hill? Our attorneys and lobbyists influence agency and legislative action. We advocate on our clients’ behalf before members of Congress, congressional committee staff, Executive Branch appointees and independent agency officials. Our team develops legislative strategies and crafts industry position papers on complex legal and public policy matters. We have substantial experience in preparing witnesses to testify before Congress and the Executive Branch.

Looking for financing or investors? Our corporate finance attorneys have helped numerous businesses obtain less costly financing and have helped start-ups raise capital and structure their businesses for success.


Publications

Tenth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt not stereotype thine opponent

Ninth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt be prepared to reciprocate

Eighth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt maintain thy integrity

Seventh Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt avoid hostility

Sixth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt avoid political intervention

Fifth Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt document thy actions

Fourth Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt stay informed

Third Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt start as low as possible

Second Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt study thy adversary

First Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt do thy homework

Myth No. 10: Solicitations are mostly boilerplate and we don’t have to read them closely

Government Contracting Myth No. 9: Only the big guys succeed

Myth No. 8: We can treat government customers the same as commercial ones

Myth No. 7: Our business information is safe with the government

Myth No. 6: We don’t have to market to federal agencies like we do in the commercial sector

Myth No. 5: My prime contractor will tell me what clauses should be in our subcontract

Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 4 - Subcontractors aren’t as exposed as primes

Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 3: The contracting officer isn’t really our customer

Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 2 - We should always protest

Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 1 - We should never protest

BIS releases final rule implementing STA license exception

Blog Posts

Make college great again: Higher education in the Trump era

ED’s new rules for teacher preparation programs

TCLE

A Tough Act to Follow: How to Comply with the Complex Trade Agreements Act

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed

Election Prognostication: A Webinar on the State of the 2016 Presidential Election

News

Emily Wang Murphy appointed to Lawyers Have Heart board

Margie Krumholz elected to ELFA board

126 Thompson Coburn attorneys included in 2017 Best Lawyers® list

Thompson Coburn Management Committee welcomes Tony Anderson, Steve Sherman

Tony Anderson elected to Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees

25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

Thompson Coburn's lobbying group honored as among the top in the nation

Sean McGowan, Tyler Black publish series on drone technology for global security publication

Updated trade compliance materials now available

Arcus Awards honor Thompson Coburn as a finalist for ‘Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award’

Warren Dean writes op-ed on Open Skies, Mid-East airline subsidies for The Hill

Tim Sullivan, Jayna Rust to lead ‘Lunch and Learn’ for federal contractors at Eastern Foundry

Download Thompson Coburn's 2016 Congressional Calendar

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2016

Closing the food gap in D.C. and L.A.

Claire Schenk to moderate Missouri Bar Health and Hospital Administration panel presentation

Jason Zeigler joins Thompson Coburn in Washington, D.C., as real estate partner

Thompson Coburn returns to the U.S. Supreme Court on state sovereign immunity

Congratulations to our 8 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

125 Thompson Coburn attorneys included in 2016 Best Lawyers® list

Aaron Lacey, Chris Murray author paper on regulatory hurdles for competency-based education

Betsy Haanes authors chapter on IP asset protection strategy

Tim Sullivan completes government contracting blog series on Federal News Radio

Michael Hawthorne to lead webinar on ‘The JOBS Act and its Regulatory Implications’

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2015

Margie Krumholz co-authors chapter on leasing commercial vessels

Tim Sullivan’s government contracting ‘myths’ featured on Federal News Radio

Thompson Coburn welcomes new associates

Chris Murray named to National Law Journal’s '40 under 40'

Jim Burger leads panels at 2014 ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’

Tim Sullivan wraps up blog series: ‘10 Myths of Government Contracting’

10 TC attorneys appear on 2014 Super Lawyers list for Washington D.C.

Jim Slear leads webinar on ‘Navigating the Russian and Ukrainian Sanctions Maze’

Federal Maritime Commission decides administrative action over ‘split routing’

U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sides with position of Thompson Coburn airline client

Dr. Betsy Haanes joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

108 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2014 Best Lawyers list

Jim Burger writes about counterfeits for Defense One

Thompson Coburn files U.S. Supreme Court brief for international airline group

Katie Kraft headed to Leadership Summit of International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation

Michael Hawthorne picked for Leadership Greater Washington class of 2014

Margie Krumholz named the new chair of Marine Financing Committee

Lobbying & Policy group revs up with first three clients

Thompson Coburn launches new bipartisan Lobbying & Policy group in Washington, D.C.

Government contracts partners to speak at National Law Journal Regulatory Summit

102 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2013 Best Lawyers list

Jim Slear featured in BBC reports on New York financial services regulator

Michael de León Hawthorne joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

Jonathan Benner, former Federal Bar ‘Transportation Lawyer of the Year,’ joins Thompson Coburn’s D.C. office

Jeff Craven, Harvey Levin and Tim Sullivan listed as SmartCEO’s ‘Legal Elite’

Jeff Newman joins Thompson Coburn LLP as partner

Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6928

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation's largest transit systems.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation...

Tony Anderson
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6985

Jonathan's practice is focused on domestic and international maritime and shipping matters, as well as international trade regulation issues that are incidental to the gl...

Jonathan's practice is focused on domestic and international maritime and s...

Jonathan Benner
Associate
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6932

Tyler is an experienced regulatory attorney who analyzes federal regulations and provides comprehensive guidance to clients in a variety of sectors, including transportat...

Tyler is an experienced regulatory attorney who analyzes federal regulation...

Tyler Black
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6905

Bonnie has 40 years of experience focusing on wholesale ratemaking and regulatory policy in the electric utility industry, electric industry restructuring, antitrust issu...

Bonnie has 40 years of experience focusing on wholesale ratemaking and regu...

Bonnie Blair
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6906

Eileen is a successful negotiator and strategist who focuses on her clients' goals while keeping an eye on the big picture.

Eileen is a successful negotiator and strategist who focuses on her clients...

Eileen Brown
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6909

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, communications, and government relations support to the information technology industry.

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, ...

Jim Burger
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6919

Adrienne represents her clients in proceedings to enforce the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC's) rules for open access transmission service, formation and op...

Adrienne represents her clients in proceedings to enforce the Federal Energ...

Adrienne Clair
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6958

Jeff advises business leaders on corporate structuring, the formation and financing of domestic and international transactions, FCC licensing and regulatory matters, and ...

Jeff advises business leaders on corporate structuring, the formation and f...

Jeff Craven
Practice Area Assistant
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6949

Marcus currently focuses on patent prosecution.

Marcus currently focuses on patent prosecution.

Marcus Cunningham
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6908

Warren focuses on federal regulation of business, both domestic and international, and represents several of the nation's largest transportation and energy interests befo...

Warren focuses on federal regulation of business, both domestic and interna...

Warren Dean, Jr.
Associate
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6938

Caitlin represents borrowers, lenders, lessors, and lessees in commercial finance and equipment leasing transactions in the transportation industry, including maritime, t...

Caitlin represents borrowers, lenders, lessors, and lessees in commercial f...

Caitlin Farrell
Technical Advisor
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6973

With experience both in scientific research and in academic technology transfer, Susan assists in the drafting and prosecuting of patent applications as a Technical Advis...

With experience both in scientific research and in academic technology tran...

Susan Faust, Ph.D.
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6951

Clients look to Milada, an attorney and a registered nurse, for critical assistance on complex regulatory compliance matters.

Clients look to Milada, an attorney and a registered nurse, for critical as...

Milada Goturi
Legislative Assistant
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6948

Ben serves as legislative assistant to Thompson Coburn's Lobbying & Policy Group.

Ben serves as legislative assistant to Thompson Coburn's Lobbying & Pol...

Ben Grove
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6920

Betsy offers 20 years of legal experience and 10 years as a professional researcher to firm clients, especially those in the life sciences industries.

Betsy offers 20 years of legal experience and 10 years as a professional re...

Betsy Haanes, Ph.D.
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6936

Nationally recognized in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law, Michael has extensive experience working on securities matters and help...

Nationally recognized in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitio...

Michael de Leon Hawthorne
Paralegal
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6945

Ean is a versatile paralegal who helps corporate clients comply with federal regulatory schemes, pursue domestic and international transactions, and secure patent protect...

Ean is a versatile paralegal who helps corporate clients comply with federa...

Ean Hundley
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6912

Matt practices in the firm's Transportation and International Commerce group, focusing on maritime and trade finance and related United States government guarantee progra...

Matt practices in the firm's Transportation and International Commerce grou...

Matthew Kaiser
Associate
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6968

From mid-market to Fortune 500 companies, manufacturers to financial institutions and transit agencies, Deona works with clients on antitrust claims and complex civil lit...

From mid-market to Fortune 500 companies, manufacturers to financial instit...

Deona Kalala
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6922

Katie advises public transit agencies around the country on issues involving third-party procurement, Section 13(c) labor protection, Buy America compliance, and adherenc...

Katie advises public transit agencies around the country on issues involvin...

Katie Kraft
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6913

Margie's practice spans more than 30 years representing borrowers, lenders, lessors, and lessees in structuring, negotiating, and closing financing transactions, includin...

Margie's practice spans more than 30 years representing borrowers, lenders,...

Margie Krumholz
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6942

Harvey has 30 years of experience as a civil litigator and commercial lawyer, representing banks and other public lenders, private lenders, metropolitan transit auth...

Harvey has 30 years of experience as a civil litigator and commercial ...

Harvey Levin
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6976

With 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, Sean helps his clients navigate through and maintain compliance with the complex web of federal regulations af...

With 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, Sean helps his ...

Sean McGowan
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6940

Meg serves as an advisor and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) counsel to municipally-owned utilities around the country.

Meg serves as an advisor and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) co...

Meg McNaul
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6939

Emily counsels owners and executives of private and public companies on day-to-day corporate matters, as well as their long-term business objectives.

Emily counsels owners and executives of private and public companies on day...

Emily Wang Murphy
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6916

Chris came to Washington to attend college and has been at the intersection of politics and education ever since.

Chris came to Washington to attend college and has been at the intersection...

Chris Murray
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6977

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts, federal and state procurement, and administrative law and litigation.

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts,...

Jeff Newman
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6931

Kym works with companies in their dealings and contractual relationships with Federal government agencies.

Kym works with companies in their dealings and contractual relationships wi...

Kym Nucci
Law Clerk
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6959

Johann is a law clerk in Washington, DC.

Johann is a law clerk in Washington, DC.

Johann Pavri
Associate
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6982

Lough litigates disputes on behalf of states, local government entities, corporations, and individuals, in both federal and state forums.

Lough litigates disputes on behalf of states, local government entities, co...

Lough Potter
Associate
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6929

Jayna advises companies, individuals, and transportation authorities throughout the various stages of the contracting process and litigation.

Jayna advises companies, individuals, and transportation authorities throug...

Jayna Rust
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6904

Ken has spent his entire legal career in the public and private sectors in Washington, DC and has a thorough understanding and appreciation of how lobbying can advance cl...

Ken has spent his entire legal career in the public and private sectors in ...

Ken Salomon
Associate
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6943

Devin assists clients with matters before Customs, including Importer Self Assessment Applications, protests and HTS classifications, as well as with legal issues under t...

Devin assists clients with matters before Customs, including Importer Self ...

Devin Sefton
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6926

Robert counsels clients in all aspects of international transactions with a focus on the trade and shipment of goods.

Robert counsels clients in all aspects of international transactions with a...

Robert Shapiro
Associate
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6911

Rebecca represents municipally-owned utility clients in electric rate proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Rebecca represents municipally-owned utility clients in electric rate proce...

Rebecca Shelton
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6981

Jim advises domestic and international clients on trade compliance and enforcement, including the economic and trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Asset...

Jim advises domestic and international clients on trade compliance and enfo...

Jim Slear
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6924

Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of issues from funding to project development to procurement.

Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of...

Jane Sutter Starke
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6910

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and Tax practice groups.

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and T...

Ray Stewart
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6930

Tim has devoted his 40-year practice to the representation of Government contractors in all areas of Government contract law.

Tim has devoted his 40-year practice to the representation of Government co...

Tim Sullivan
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6925

Kent is Chair of the firm's Public Transit group.

Kent is Chair of the firm's Public Transit group.

Kent Woodman
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6978

Jason is a trusted advisor to developers, bankers, and investors in all types of commercial real estate transactions.

Jason is a trusted advisor to developers, bankers, and investors in all typ...

Jason Zeigler