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Deborah K. Rush

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Debbie is a key legal advisor to public entities, investment bankers, banks and developers in all types of public finance and development incentive transactions. As a co-chair of Thompson Coburn's nationally recognized public finance practice, Debbie leads a collaborative team of highly experienced practitioners who handle complex transactions across the country and offer creative solutions that help clients get the deal done.

With 25 years of experience in public finance, tax and development incentives, Debbie has served as underwriter, bond, bank and developer counsel on hundreds of tax-exempt and taxable financings involving multi-million dollar municipal, public-private, retail and commercial projects.

Often acting as an integral member of large finance teams, Debbie documents complex financings and advises clients on key decision points. As part of the finance team, Debbie strives in every transaction to provide creative, problem solving approaches to legal and structuring issues, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the transaction moves forward to completion.

Hands-on and detail-oriented, Debbie has helped develop the reputation of Thompson Coburn's Public Finance practice as a team of talented legal professionals who add value to every transaction with their efficiency, creative problem solving, and in depth industry and legal knowledge.

Debbie served for eight years as a member of the firm's Management Committee. She is currently the chair of the firm's Marketing Committee and is a founding member of the Thompson Coburn Women's Initiative Steering Committee.

American Bar Association
Missouri Bar
Illinois Bar Association
Illinois Tax Increment Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Missouri Economic Development Financing Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Women in Public Finance
Downtown STL, Inc.
Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees (2016-present)
Downtown Community Improvement District Board
Board of Trustees (2010-2015)
Chair - Finance Committee (2012-2015)
Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Board of Trustees (2011 to present)
Chair - Finance Committee (2012-present)
FOCUS St. Louis
Board of Trustees (2012-2016)
Leadership St. Louis (2003-2004)
Forsyth School
Board of Trustees (2002-2008)
Chair - Finance Committee (2004-2008)
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®" (2012-2016)
Listed in "Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers" (2007-2014)
Named Lawyer of the Year for Public Finance Law in St. Louis by "Best Lawyers®" (2012)
Deborah K. Rush
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
J.D. (1991)
Order of The Coif
Associate Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly
Saint Louis University
M.B.A. (1988)
University of Missouri-Columbia
B.S. (1983)
Thompson Coburn LLP
Partner (2000-Present)
Associate (1991-1999)
District of Columbia (2005)
Illinois (1992)
Missouri (1991)
Deborah K. Rush