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Thompson Coburn’s experience in representing the tobacco industry dates back to at least 1957, when Richmond C. Coburn defended R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in one of the first smoking and health lawsuits in the nation.

During the years since, our attorneys have served as national counsel in hundreds of tobacco lawsuits, taking a wide variety of cases to verdict before juries throughout the country. These trials have included the largest defense jury verdict in the history of tobacco cost recovery litigation, a zero-damages result in a $280 billion civil RICO case brought by the United States Department of Justice, a complete defense win in the nation’s first-ever medical monitoring class action tried to verdict, a complete defense jury verdict in a multi-billion dollar consumer protection class action, trial to successful verdict of a mass consolidation of the personal injury claims of 1,200 individual plaintiffs, and multiple individual smoking and health cases throughout the country, including asbestos and asbestos/synergy lawsuits.

Relatively few firms have been chosen to represent tobacco companies as national counsel because of the extraordinary challenges, complexity, and financial risks that characterize the litigation. Success in this environment requires legal teams and trial lawyers with a depth of experience and mastery of scientific and technical issues; the ability to efficiently and effectively manage large volumes of information and data; and the skills to advocate with credibility, clarity, focus, and resolve. Our accomplishments reflect the depth of our practice and our ability to create legal teams with a proven track record of meeting our clients’ needs.

Our lawyers have tried virtually every type of tobacco case that has gone to verdict in the United States, from multi-billion-dollar cost recovery and consumer protection lawsuits, to individual smoking and health cases, to medical monitoring lawsuits and class actions, to Engle progeny lawsuits and asbestos/synergy cases, to the largest civil RICO lawsuit ever filed by the United States government. 

 

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6420

Liz represents consumer product manufacturers in high-stakes product liability and false advertising litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

Liz represents consumer product manufacturers in high-stakes product liabil...

Liz Blackwell
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6551

Heather defends clients facing consumer products claims and commercial litigation.

Heather defends clients facing consumer products claims and commercial liti...

Heather Counts
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6024

Jim practices in the firms litigation area with emphasis inland-use litigation, environmental contamination and product liability defense.

Jim practices in the firms litigation area with emphasis inland-use litigat...

Jim Cox
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6411

As a member of the firm's business litigation practice area, Allison has extensive experience in trial preparation and practice in both state and federal courts.

As a member of the firm's business litigation practice area, Allison has ex...

Allison Manger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6081

Mike has extensive experience in complex litigation, including products liability, RICO, toxic tort claims, and contract disputes.

Mike has extensive experience in complex litigation, including products lia...

Mike Minton
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6086

Jack tries complex cases involving intellectual property, product liability and commercial issues before various state and federal courts.

Jack tries complex cases involving intellectual property, product liability...

Jack Musgrave
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6088

Bill tries complex cases before various state and federal courts in the United States.

Bill tries complex cases before various state and federal courts in the Uni...

Bill Newbold
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6100

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been covered by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The New York Times

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been cover...

Carl Rowley
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6102

Bruce is co-chair of the firm's appellate practice and has participated in more than 60 appeals involving a diverse range of subjects, such as products liability, FELA, c...

Bruce is co-chair of the firm's appellate practice and has participated in ...

Bruce Ryder
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6087

Retired Judge Booker Shaw brings clients valuable insight and perspective gained from his more than 25 years on the bench.

Retired Judge Booker Shaw brings clients valuable insight and perspective g...

Booker Shaw
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6350

Sue represents product manufacturers facing high-exposure suits in courtrooms across the country.

Sue represents product manufacturers facing high-exposure suits in courtroo...

Sue Werstak
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6458

Jason is a dynamic and highly effective litigator who develops and executes creative solutions to resolve product liability, personal injury, and commercial disputes in s...

Jason is a dynamic and highly effective litigator who develops and executes...

Jason Wheeler