Thompson Coburn is proud to announce that the firm has elected five attorneys to partnership, effective January 1, 2020.
Robyn Ast-Gmoser (St. Louis) is an experienced patent litigator who represents clients in patent and trademark matters in federal courts. Her litigation experience has included intellectual property relating to a wide range of products, from simple mechanical devices to highly valued pharmaceutical patents in Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigation. She utilizes her varied product experience to counsel clients on matters ranging from product development and launch to day-to-day general IP concerns. Robyn earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, and B.S. degrees in Horticulture and Plant Biology from Michigan State University.
Simran Bindra (Los Angeles) provides strategic banking and finance counseling to his clients as well as representing owners and developers of commercial real estate in the acquisition, disposition and financing of assets. He represents numerous institutions as counsel in all manners of commercial financing transactions. He previously served as general counsel and senior director for the commercial and specialty finance group at Capital One, N.A. as well as serving as senior counsel with a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Simran earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from the Occidental College.
Garrett Fischer (St. Louis) counsels banks, financial institutions, and other businesses on a variety of commercial transaction and regulatory issues. He frequently represents lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of commercial finance transactions, including secured and unsecured lending transactions. He also provides clients with practical guidance regarding compliance with the myriad of federal and state commercial and consumer lending laws and regulations impacting financial institutions and other businesses. Garrett advises clients on a variety of tax issues, including significant work in the purchase and sale of state tax credits, including credits for low-income housing and rehabilitation of historic properties. Garrett earned his J.D. and a LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S.B.A. in Economics and Finance/Accounting from Rockhurst University.
Shoko Naruo (St. Louis) helps companies protect their valuable brands in markets around the world through strategic trademark counseling and enforcement. On behalf of major global brands, Shoko has registered and enforced trademarks in nearly 200 countries. Shoko advises companies in the manufacturing, food and agriculture and hospitality industries, and has extensive experience advising cannabis companies on trademark and other IP matters. A native Japanese speaker who is also fluent in English, Shoko assists Japanese clients with other business and legal matters. Shoko earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law, and obtained a B.A. from Keio University in Tokyo.
Shannon Sheehan (Chicago) represents property owners in real estate tax assessment proceedings in Cook County and throughout the state of Illinois. She also provides guidance on the latest county and municipal incentives available to industrial and commercial property owners. Shannon leads real estate tax appeals for a wide range of properties and represents clients in the RETA appeal process at all levels, including before assessors, Boards of Review, circuit courts, and the Property Tax Appeal Board. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago and obtained a B.A. from DePaul University.
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