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Gayle Mercier selected for 2019-2020 Class of Leadership St. Louis

June 11, 2019

FOCUS St. Louis has announced that Thompson Coburn’s Gayle Mercier has been selected for the 44th Leadership St. Louis program (LSL), a prestigious 9-month program for leaders who are committed to improving the St. Louis region. Gayle, the vice chair of the Firm’s real estate practice, is one of 63 outstanding individuals selected.

Leadership St. Louis is one of six leadership programs offered by FOCUS St. Louis to achieve its mission of educating and connecting leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region. The LSL curriculum explores such issues as economic development, racial equity, education, poverty and social services, arts and culture, and the criminal justice system. More than 2,000 leaders have graduated from the program since its inception in 1976.

We are excited to welcome this talented and diverse group of participants into our next class of Leadership St. Louis.” said Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., President & CEO of FOCUS St. Louis and Director of the Leadership St. Louis program. “Over the next year, they will gain a better understanding of St. Louis’ civic landscape by exploring the issues, institutions and systems shaping it.”

Gayle, who has been with the Firm since 2001, advises clients in the areas of commercial real estate acquisition and development, as well as real estate and commercial finance. She represents real estate developers and financial institutions, including both bank and non-bank institutional lenders and corporate clients in a variety of complex real estate transactions throughout the United States. 

Thompson Coburn has a rich history with Leadership St. Louis; many of our attorneys have completed the LSL program, including Ali Rafferty, Ryan Russell KemperBill Bay, Lori Jones, Jarrod Sharp, Ed Cohen, Pamela Meanes, David Dick, Laura Jordan and Cherie Stephens Bock.