Thompson Coburn is a leader in public law among Midwest-based law firms, having a long tradition of representation of state and local governmental entities, and we pride ourselves on providing a one-stop array of legal services to public sector clients. We serve as general counsel or primary outside counsel and Village Attorney for a significant number of governmental entities throughout the country and particularly in Illinois and Missouri. Our service is further enhanced by the past and present involvement of members of the firm in public service activities on the local, regional and national levels.
Our attorneys have represented governmental entities effectively in a wide-variety of areas, including civil rights, employee benefits, construction, contracts, environmental, labor and employment, transportation, tax and utilities. In addition to a wealth of experience in public finance and state and municipal law, our attorneys bring a strong business and financial perspective to the representation of governmental entities in connection with transactional and special projects.
Public-Private Development Partnerships
We regularly counsel governmental entities, lenders and private developers in Missouri and Illinois, including the City of Chicago and the collar counties, in connection with real estate development projects. With decades of experience shepherding projects through the maze of agency review and approval, we establish public-private partnerships and utilize development incentives. We creatively implement strategies such as tax increment financing, tax abatement and tax credits, including the formation and/or use of community improvement and transportation development districts. We have also prosecuted, defended and advised clients on condemnation/eminent domain matters for more than 30 years. With our skillful guidance, government agencies and developers have accomplished complex community development projects.