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Chris Hohn


St. Louis
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Chris leads complex litigation and class action defense for a host of major corporations in the financial services and agriculture industries.

He is a partner in Thompson Coburn's Class Action and Business Litigation groups, serves as the co-chair of the Financial Services Litigation practice area, and is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Chris got his start in complex financial services litigation, where for 20 years he has regularly represented some of the nation's largest financial institutions and brokerages. Incases involving multiple plaintiffs, class actions, or multidistrict litigation, Chris excels at developing a highly focused litigation strategy. He regularly serves as lead and coordinating counsel for several financial institution clients in consumer-related credit card and mortgage cases. Chris represents clients in trial, in arbitrations and mediations, and on appeal.

As the co-chair of the firm's Agriculture industry group, Chris has taken a lead role in nearly every major litigation over the last decade related to alleged crop contamination by genetically modified strains of rice, soybeans, and corn. For agribusiness giants like Riceland, Bunge, and Monsanto, Chris has successfully litigated claims related to the introduction of GM crops and the disruption of the supply chain and export markets. Chris helps lead a GM task force within the firm that has developed an extensive database of experience, litigation capabilities, and successful trial and appellate strategies. He draws on that experience to defend clients facing individual or class action claims, and counsel them on risk management for new biotechnology or GM varieties.

Riceland Food Jury Trial

Along with a team of attorneys, Chris tried a four-week jury trial in Arkansas state court on behalf of firm client, Riceland Foods, Inc. The trial was the culmination of years of work by the legal team that defended Riceland foods on multiple litigation fronts, including defense of multiple class action lawsuits in Arkansas, classes of farmers consolidated in an MDL in the Eastern District of Missouri, and several European Union customers suing in federal court. The Riceland legal team's strategy reversed Riceland's defensive position by asserting a cross-claim against a codefendant resulting in $136.9 million jury verdict for Riceland.

Hargis v. Webster Bank

Chris represented Webster Bank and won summary judgment of a nationwide class action alleging the unauthorized practice of law related to fees charged on mortgage accounts. On appeal, Chris argued the case before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the judgment.


“Can You Really Sue for Fraud? Evaluating Potential Fraud Claims in Commercial Transactions”;
The St. Louis Bar Journal, Summer 2007

Co-Author, “Recent Trends and Defense Strategies for Pharmaceutical Class Actions”;
The St. Louis Bar Journal, Spring 2005

Co-Author, “The Attorneys’ Fee Award in Class Action Litigation – Is the Carrot Too Big?”;
St. Louis Lawyer, November 1999


"Mandatory Arbitration Provisions";
Association of Corporate Counsel Program, July 2011

Lecturer, "Class Action Basics";
February 2004

Lecturer, "Class Action Practice and Procedure";
Federal CLE Program, May 2000

Faculty/Panelist, "Mentoring to Build a Better Place";
American Bar Association Teleconference-- Webcast Program, November 2007