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Todd Rowden


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Todd helps businesses solve some of their thorniest problems. He represents many of corporate America's largest financial services corporations, service companies and privately held businesses. Todd is also managing partner of Thompson Coburn's Chicago office and a vice-chair of the firm's business litigation practice group.

As a skilled litigator and shrewd negotiator – who clients describe as both "tough" and "personable" – Todd builds and executes strategic business dispute resolution plans. Todd is a good listener who first gets to the root of his clients' business issues before recommending and deploying litigation strategies to achieve their goals.

Todd's clients include publicly traded companies, financial services clients, educational service companies, farmers council, real estate developers and small companies with business disputes, internal investigations and dispute resolution – including through early mediation and arbitration.

Todd has won consistent results in trials and appeals for clients in cases involving:

   • Financial services fraud
   • Agriculture and seed technology disputes
   • Deceptive practices and business torts
   • Complex contract disputes
   • Preliminary injunctions
   • Internal investigations for public and private clients
   • Commercial loan enforcement
   • Construction contracts

Todd has large and small-firm experience. Having run his own law practice before joining Thompson Coburn in 2007, Todd possesses an entrepreneurial spirit that drives his client service and firm management roles. As office managing partner, Todd sits on the firm's management and executive committees and is responsible for overseeing the strategic growth of the Chicago office and its integration with the rest of the firm.

Agriculture law/forensic financial analysis

Obtained a jury verdict in less than 30 minutes after a three-day trial that awarded the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and the Mid-America Research and Development Foundation more than $600,000 in their case against a former executive who wrongfully profited from contracts for valuable soybean technologies.

Software/technology/expedited relief

Obtained a preliminary injunction to stop a remaining LLC member of a biotech software company from siphoning company revenues and improperly converting intellectual property assets. Then, reached a favorable settlement over intellectual property ownership and revenues, giving full ownership to client.

Financial services/consumer statutes

In one of the largest individual check fraud scams, obtained a precedent-setting summary judgment victory on all counts for Citibank in a multimillion-dollar altered check case against American National Insurance Co. The court held that because ANICO was not the payee on the checks, it lacked standing to recover from Citibank.

Construction litigation

Ending a 10-year business dispute, obtained a six-figure trial judgment against a prominent home builder who a court found breached a settlement agreement that removed his ownership stake in an exclusive $100 million resort development on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.

Thompson Coburn Publications

Todd Rowden co-authors chapter in real estate litigation book


Todd Rowden discusses $600,000 verdict for Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council;
RFD-TV Market Day Report, June 29, 2016

"Use of Receivers to Sell Foreclosure Properties - Real Estate Litigation," 85-93 Aspatore Books from Thomson Reuters Westlaw (2012)(co-authored with David B. Altman)


"Managing Title Issues Affecting Lien Enforcement";
Presented to CitiMortgage, Inc., O'Fallon, Missouri, May 14, 2015

Winter Commencement Address, Keynote Speaker, University of Michigan-Flint;
December 14, 2014

"Ethics and Governance Best Practices";
Presented to Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, February 12, 2014

"Overview of Commercial Lending, Guaranties and Recent Defenses";
Presented to Citibank, N.A. Irving, Texas, January 15, 2014

"Topical Legal Updates";
Presented to CitiMortgage, Inc., Consumer Litigation Group, O'Fallon, Missouri, October 9, 2013

"Bank Fraud: Investigations, Civil Litigation and UCC Overview";
Presentation at Cook County State's Attorney's Office Regional Organized Crime 2013 Training and Annual Conference, Hamburger University at McDonald 's Campus, Oakbrook, Illinois, July 30, 2013

"Overview of 2012 Financial Scams and Trends - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update";
Presented to Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, January 16, 2013

"Navigating Your Business Through the Home Affordable Modification Program ('HAMP')";
Presented to CitiMortgage, Inc. Consumer Litigation Group, O’Fallon, Missouri, October 9, 2012

"Bank as Check Payee - The Risks";
Presented to Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, March 14, 2012


Thompson Coburn leads Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council to $600,000 jury verdict

125 Thompson Coburn attorneys included in 2016 Best Lawyers® list

Trial judgment ends longtime business battle involving $100 million Lake Geneva luxury waterfront housing development

29 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

TC attorneys appear on 2014 Super Lawyers list for Illinois, Southern California

Todd Rowden, Thompson Coburn profiled in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Thompson Coburn presents on bank fraud during organized crime training conference

Thompson Coburn secures Illinois appellate victory for Legion Indemnity Co.

Chicago litigator secures dismissal of federal lawsuit against CitiMortgage

Litigators support Chicago pro bono program with successful settlement in first appointed case

Todd Rowden named vice-chair of Thompson Coburn’s Business Litigation Group