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Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2018

January 4, 2018

Thompson Coburn is proud to announce that the firm has elected 10 attorneys to partnership, effective January 1, 2018.

Nicole Allen (Washington, D.C.) represents electric and natural gas clients in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), working with each client to provide a regulatory strategy tailored to its business goals. She provides guidance on rate design and energy tariffs, assists with mergers and facility acquisitions, helps industry groups draft comments on FERC rulemakings, and represents clients in all aspects of FERC proceedings. She earned her law degree from St. John's University School of Law and obtained an L.L.M. in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice from American University Washington College of Law.

Wil Holtz (St. Louis) represents clients seeking patent protection for biotechnology and pharmaceutical innovations around the world. With a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology and experience working for a major biotechnology company, Wil has developed a deep understanding of the needs, goals and concerns of clients, and has the scientific foundation to understand the complex nature of their work and provide comprehensive advice on their legal issues. Wil earned his law degree and his Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Scott Lane (St. Louis) represents government contractors in disputes with federal and state governments, including bid protests, Contract Disputes Act claims, and suspension and debarment proceedings. Scott also assists clients in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and the DFARS, including developing corporate policies and negotiating with prime contractors, subcontractors or government agencies. Before joining Thompson Coburn, Scott was a Government Contracts Specialist for The Boeing Company, where he led proposals and negotiations for major defense systems. Scott earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. 

Dave Mangian (St. Louis) represents and advises a host of major corporations in class action defense, complex business disputes, and state and local tax controversies. Dave also defends some of the nation's largest financial institutions in various types of financial services litigation across multiple jurisdictions. He earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Sara Melly (St. Louis) represents lenders, community development entities and investors in tax credit and financing transactions. For more than a decade, she has advised clients on a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, including serving for several years as general counsel, vice president and corporate secretary of a publically-traded special purpose acquisition company. Sara has successfully litigated a variety of commercial disputes in federal and state trial and appellate courts in Missouri and Illinois. She earned her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. 

Greg Mennerick (St. Louis) represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated securities offerings, and offers advice on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues affecting public and private companies. He has represented public and private companies in numerous corporate acquisitions and divestitures in excess of $50 million and advised companies across a host of industries on the most effective strategies to transition, restructure or expand their operations. He earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. 

Patrick Morales-Doyle (Chicago) represents a diverse group of clients in state and federal litigation, including professional services companies, governmental entities, and agricultural organizations. As a key member of several trial teams, he has helped secure favorable jury verdicts for clients in complex commercial litigation. Patrick also has significant appellate experience, both at Thompson Coburn and in his previous roles as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Chicago. Patrick earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Rebecca Shelton (Washington, D.C.) represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in proceedings primarily regarding wholesale transmission rates, including FERC settlement negotiations and hearing processes. She also provides guidance to clients related to issues arising under the Federal Power Act and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. Rebecca received her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Brent Trame (St. Louis) represents and advises public and private companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions and other significant corporate transactions. Brent also counsels companies in a variety of industries with respect to federal and state securities laws compliance, corporate governance, risk management and corporate financing. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. 

Sarah Wade (St. Louis) represents lenders, banks and borrowers in complex financing transactions and provides in-depth regulatory counsel to clients in two of the most heavily regulated industries in the country: financial services and alcohol manufacturing and distribution. Before pursuing a career in the law, Sarah worked for several years at a community bank and served for nearly eight years as a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In 2017, Sarah was named an Up & Coming attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. She earned her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. 

In addition, Laura Corcoran has been promoted from associate to counsel.