The St. Louis Business Journal has named Thompson Coburn associate Nino Przulj to its 30 Under 30 list for 2018. He was selected from more than 200 nominations, and is one of only four attorneys in the 2018 class to receive the honor. Fellow honorees include up-and-coming business leaders in accounting, real estate and finance.
Nino is a member of the Firm’s business litigation and financial restructuring and bankruptcy groups, and represents a broad spectrum of clients in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts.
Pursuing a career in the law and using his skills to help the community is a personal cause for Nino. Born in Sarajevo just before the start of the Bosnian War, Nino was three years old when civil war broke out. Being ethnically mixed (his father is a Bosnian Serb, his mother a Bosniak), his family wasn’t safe on either side of the war, so they fled their home with just $100 and four suitcases. His family settled in St. Louis a few years later, thanks to a government-run program for refugees. His older sister served as the family translator.
Nino attended Saint Louis University and SLU Law. He joined Thompson Coburn as an associate in 2016, and in two short years, he’s already helped clients achieve significant victories. In one matter, he assisted a securities brokerage client in a data breach class-action suit. The case involved an appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and litigation in state and federal courts in California and Florida. He also helped resolve a significant case involving a shareholder dispute. In the week before a determinative summary judgement hearing, Nino was instrumental in securing a favorable settlement for his client.
Nino takes on pro bono cases through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the St. Louis Bankruptcy Pro Se Assistance Program. In another pro bono case, he represented a state prisoner who had filed an excessive force claim against three prison guards. Nino convinced the jurors to rule in favor of his client over the testimonies of the three guards and won $20,000 for his client.
Another important cause for Nino is the mission of the International Institute of St. Louis, which helped his family transition to life in the United States. He serves on the board of directors for the Institute’s Community Development Corporation, an arm of the organization that provides small business loans to immigrants and refugees. He’s also on the board of the Bosnian-American Professionals Association, and is active on its scholarship and mentorship committees.
Nino and the other members of the “30 Under 30” class of 2018 will be featured in the July 6 print issue of the Business Journal, and will be honored at a reception in the Caramel Room on July 12.
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