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Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2019

December 3, 2018

Thompson Coburn is proud to announce that the firm has elected seven attorneys to partnership, effective January 1, 2019.

Sara Chamberlain (St. Louis) represents clients in a variety of environmental litigation, regulatory enforcement, and transactional matters, including those arising under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, CERCLA, RCRA and their state law counterparts. She has helped clients modify and transfer environmental permits, respond to regulatory enforcement actions and inquiries, and investigate environmental concerns tied to corporate transactions. She earned her law degree from William & Mary Law School and her undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University.

Sean Crowley (Chicago) serves as a tax advisor to companies and concentrates his practice on business formations, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, financings, debt offerings and equity offerings. He assists clients in understanding the tax implications of transactions and develops creative solutions for a variety of strategic and private equity clients to structure transactions in the most tax-advantageous fashion. Sean earned his law degree, a Master’s of Accountancy and his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.

Nicole Jobe (St. Louis) advises health care providers and health plans on structuring transactions and analyzing health care regulatory issues with an eye toward effective, proactive compliance that meets the clients' business needs. She has extensive experience in regulatory issues related to HIPAA, fraud and abuse, licensure, and various Medicare and Medicaid matters. Nicole has helped structure complex payor and provider relationships. She has created, and regularly advises clients on operational and regulatory issues related to, clinically integrated networks, messenger model networks, accountable care organizations, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid managed care plans, HMOs, health insurance companies, and direct-to-employer networks. Nicole earned her law degree from the University of Tulsa School of Law, an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Audrey Mense (Chicago) is a commercial litigator who represents local businesses, national banking institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and multi-national corporations. She has extensive experience handling mass tort claims, contract disputes, business torts, fraud claims, and asbestos cases in state and federal courts across the country. She also serves as national counsel coordinating the defense of multi-jurisdictional product liability claims. Audrey earned her law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas.

Jeffrey Merar (Chicago) represents clients in the financing, leasing, acquisition and sale of commercial real estate. His litigation experience includes mortgage foreclosures and workouts, breach of contract actions, and post-judgment collection and enforcement actions. Jeff's distinct experience with both transactional and litigation-based commercial real estate allows him to advise on a wide range of industry-related issues. He earned his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.

Felicia Williams (St. Louis) represents clients in complex commercial litigation, including mass tort actions, class actions, contract disputes, business torts, unfair business practices, and loan-related disputes. She has developed a special focus on defending mass tort actions against clients in the pharmaceuticals and medical device, automotive, and tobacco industries, at the state court, federal court, and multidistrict litigation levels. Felicia was the first recipient of Thompson Coburn’s Thomas F. Eagleton Scholarship and the first recipient to be elected to partnership. She earned her law and undergraduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

Nelson Williams (St. Louis) represents employers in litigation. He has defended multiple single-plaintiff and complex employment lawsuits. Nelson developed a special focus in defending high-stakes wage and hour class and collective actions, having handled more than a dozen class litigation matters from inception to completion. His work has resulted in the dismissal, denial, and decertification of wage and hour class and collective actions across the country. Nelson also represents employers in various union arbitrations covering both employee discharge decisions and contract interpretation grievances. Nelson earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and his law degree from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.