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PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT, BENEFITS AND PENSIONS

For more than three decades, Thompson Coburn has counseled governmental entities on their relationships with public sector employees. The state of these relationships is even more critical given the current economic climate, which has left many public entities at a financial crossroads with respect to their retirement systems.

The challenges faced by public entities extend beyond employee benefits. Whatever the business needs of a governmental entity, Thompson Coburn can provide a wide range of legal services and a depth of experience that is unique among law firms. This broad experience makes it possible for us to quickly understand the needs of a new client and provide comprehensive market and historical context.

We represent many of the country's largest cities, as well as mediumsize and small governmental entities, in their public sector employee matters. For some governmental entities, we have served as the primary or regular outside counsel for more than 20 years. For others, our work is focused on developing an effective legal strategy for a specific transaction or operational matter,

We draw on the experience of our attorneys in virtually all major areas of law to provide legal services across a variety of disciplines, including employee benefits, public law, litigation, labor and employment services, and investments. Our work includes matters as diverse as the design and implementation of public sector employee benefit plans to the negotiation and litigation of employee labor disputes.

Our experience in restructuring pension plans and dealing with pension liability and related litigation is particularly important in today's environment of underfunded plans. For example, we have served as counsel for the City of St. Louis in its efforts to redesign an underfunded and untenable pension plan for the city’s unionized firefighters. We have worked on similarly innovative approaches to pension reform with major public entities in New York, Austin, TX, Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA.

Our attorneys are also extensively involved in the representation of governmental entities in the investment of their pension funds. For these entities, we evaluate and determine the appropriateness of certain investments, offer counsel on the fiduciary duties of trustees with respect to investment programs, negotiate and document investment management arrangements, and handle any litigation stemming from failed investments.

Types of Legal Services

Benefit Design including 401(k) & 403(b) Plans
Benefit Disputes & Litigation
Health and Fringe Benefit Plans
Health Plans and Benefit Matter
Higher Education Benefit Plans (Colleges & Universities)
HIPPA Matters
Government Contracting
Investment of Plan Funds
Labor & Employment Counseling
Labor & Employment Negotiations
Labor Protection
Legislative
Pension Litigation
Public Law (Constitutional Provisions, State Statutes & Local Ordinances)
Retirement Plan Counseling

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6001

Allen is a nationally recognized litigator with an outstanding record of success for clients.

Allen is a nationally recognized litigator with an outstanding record of su...

Allen Allred
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6928

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation's largest transit systems.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation...

Tony Anderson
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2218

Mike represents management clients in a wide variety of labor and employment matters and related litigation.

Mike represents management clients in a wide variety of labor and employmen...

Mike Duffee
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6039

Larry has extensive experience in cases involving shareholder rights, business valuations, fiduciary duty claims, and other contract and business disputes.

Larry has extensive experience in cases involving shareholder rights, busin...

Larry Friedman
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6400

Paul focuses his practice on employee benefits law and taxation.

Paul focuses his practice on employee benefits law and taxation.

Paul Griesemer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6415

Amanda is a litigator and a highly experienced litigation trial team leader for Fortune 500 companies facing class actions and complex business disputes.

Amanda is a litigator and a highly experienced litigation trial team leader...

Amanda Hettinger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6054

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial and litigation practice in complex commercial disputes and white collar crime cases.

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial and litigatio...

Steve Higgins
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6568

During her more than 30 years of legal practice, Lori has been to helping clients solve some of the most challenging employee benefit problems.

During her more than 30 years of legal practice, Lori has been to helping c...

Lori Jones
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6522

Michael's practice is focused on providing practical, comprehensive solutions that meet the business goals of clients in the employee benefits area of human resources law...

Michael's practice is focused on providing practical, comprehensive solutio...

Michael Lane
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6069

Mike focuses his legal practice on public finance, corporate law, business transactions, governmental and nonprofit law.

Mike focuses his legal practice on public finance, corporate law, business ...

Michael Lause
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6072

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides clients with common-sense solutions to address complex transactional issues.

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides client...

Tom Litz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6470

Rick is one of the few attorneys nationwide who devotes his entire practice to the defense of employers in ERISA litigation related to pension, life, health, and disabili...

Rick is one of the few attorneys nationwide who devotes his entire practice...

Rick Pautler
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6095

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor to private and public sector employers across a wide spectrum of industries.

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor t...

Chuck Poplstein
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6295

Dee Anne focuses her practice on representing registered investment companies in public offerings, including preparation of SEC registration statements and advice with re...

Dee Anne focuses her practice on representing registered investment compani...

Dee Anne Sjögren
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6924

Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of issues from funding to project development to procurement.

Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of...

Jane Sutter Starke
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2202

Rhonda is a finance attorney who leads complex, large-scale projects for public- and private-sector clients across the country.

Rhonda is a finance attorney who leads complex, large-scale projects for pu...

Rhonda Thomas
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6217

In an era of escalating pension liabilities and sweeping health care reforms, Trish serves as an employee benefits advisor to public and privately-owned businesses and al...

In an era of escalating pension liabilities and sweeping health care reform...

Trish Winchell
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6925

Kent is Chair of the firm's Public Transit group.

Kent is Chair of the firm's Public Transit group.

Kent Woodman