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Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C. 20006
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If you do business internationally, in a regulated industry or with the federal government, you know that what happens in Washington directly affects you. 

The attorneys and lobbyists in the D.C. office of Thompson Coburn represent clients before agencies, courts and Congress, helping businesses and public entities navigate legal, regulatory and legislative challenges in Washington and beyond. We are committed to achieving your goals with practical, value-driven legal and government relations counsel, solving problems and unlocking new opportunities for your success.

And, if you are an attorney or lobbyist considering a move, learn why so many have found Thompson Coburn to be an excellent platform for elevating already successful practices to the next level. Our culture is based on entrepreneurial spirit, collegial atmosphere and exceptional support for our teams, and of course, our commitment to providing value to our clients. Those are just some of the factors contributing to the success of our Firm and our attorneys.

Thompson Coburn’s D.C. attorneys and lobbyists serve the needs of financial institutions, hospital systems, developers, government contractors, utilities, trade associations, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and distributors located throughout the country and around the world. 

Our premier transportation practice regularly advises transit agencies, shipowners and operators, ports, aircraft owners and transportation associations. 

How can we help you? Just take a look:

  • Contracting with the Federal Government? We help companies navigate the intricacies of government contracting and offer practical solutions to problems that arise on a day-to-day basis. (Popular resources: The 10 Myths of Government Contracting and The 10 Commandments of Government Contracting)
  • Do your technology, design, sales or supply chains extend beyond the borders of the United States? Our talented Transportation and International Trade attorneys will team with you and your staff to assure compliance, reduce regulatory hurdles and help you to realize cost savings. (Popular resources: Trade Compliance Handbook and Checklists of Foreign Countries Subject to Sanctions)
  • Facing pressure to develop and maintain critical infrastructure, and provide safe and efficient transportation services within the diverse transportation sector? Our highly-experienced Public Transit attorneys provide comprehensive legal solutions and meaningful counsel on a wide range of federal transportation issues, including the development and implementation of major capital investment projects and assistance with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements in the project development process, procurement and contracting for vehicles and services, FTA grants, financing, and congressional authorization and appropriations measures. Our work involves advising on compliance with FTA’s Circulars and regulations, Buy America, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), civil rights, 13(c) labor protection, pension and labor issues, and related claims, actions and litigation. 
  • Looking for new business partners or opportunities to license your technology for broader distribution and potential royalties? Our lawyers will help you develop potential prime-sub contracting relationships and other collaborative options, as well as implement joint ventures and software licensing agreements to help you reach your goals. 
  • Need assistance responding to or defending your company from agency action? Our attorneys and lobbyists have decades of experience representing clients in Washington on a wide variety of complex enforcement actions, rulemakings and other critical regulatory and policy issues arising before federal agencies and courts, the U.S. Congress and international bodies.
  • Facing potential litigation or challenging agency decisions? We can help you seek judicial review of agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act and assist with all phases of litigation. Our experienced attorneys handle litigation before federal agencies and most state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Our appellate attorneys have appeared multiple times before the Supreme Court and argued two landmark constitutional cases arising out of transportation controversies. 
  • Seeking legal advice on a complex commercial or regulatory issue related to rail, motor, and air carriage? Our national transportation practice regularly assists ocean carriers, ports, air carriers, motor carriers, public transit systems, trade associations, shippers and cargo owners, and can handle the variety of issues affecting the industry and its customers.
  • Interested in scheduling meetings or testifying on Capitol Hill? Our lobbyists and attorneys have helped clients significantly impact legislative and agency actions. We advocate on our clients’ behalf before members of Congress, congressional committee staff, Executive Branch appointees and independent agency officials. Our team develops government relations strategies and crafts position papers and legislative language on complex legal and public policy matters. We have substantial experience in preparing witnesses to testify before Congress and the Executive Branch. 
  • Looking for financing or investors? Our team of finance attorneys has decades of hands-on experience representing lenders and investors in a myriad of secured and unsecured finance transactions in both commercial grade and alternative asset transactions of any size and nature. We successfully represent clients in all segments of infrastructure and are prepared to provide legal guidance and assistance with respect to even the most complex infrastructure projects.

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Publications

OFAC initiates 45-day wind-down of Belarus General License 2

Growing U.S.-China tensions put companies in a bind

U.S. government response in China Section 301 Master Answer continues fight

U.S., EU, and UK ease trade tensions in Boeing-Airbus dispute and temporarily halt tariffs

USTR proposes duties in response to six countries’ Digital Services Tax

FAA ends 2020 with announcement of two major drone rules

Additional due diligence may be required for many exports to China

Blog Posts

Colloquy

Committee of Jurisdiction

Dynamic Scoring

Debt Ceiling

Conference Chair

Senate Parliamentarian

Budget Reconciliation

Fifth Circuit vacates $4.3M HHS enforcement penalty for HIPAA violations

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds reporting requirements

Presidential Transition Act

Presidential Electors

Filibuster

State Emergency Declarations: When do they expire and what impact do they have for health care facilities and providers?

Congressional Review Act

Free Title IX compliance checklist for institutions of higher education

Legislative Day

Thompson Coburn releases free Title IX training series for institutions of Higher Education

Unanimous Consent

Pro Forma Session

Minding FERPA during COVID-19

Proxy Voting

CARES Act funds: Significant new USED guidance includes surprises

ED issues instructions to Higher Ed to obtain CARES Act funds

Supplemental Appropriations - COVID-19 Edition

The CARES Act: More options for higher education

The CARES Act: Summary of provisions impacting higher education institutions and borrowers

Byrd Rule

10 cybersecurity tips for a safe holiday season

TCLE

A Tough Act to Follow: How to Comply with the Complex Trade Agreements Act

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed

News

Jayna Rust selected for NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program

Josh Adrian, Matt Rudolphi join Thompson Coburn’s national energy practice

U.S. Mint releases Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin to benefit client FIRST

Living our values in 2020

Congratulations to our 2021 Best Lawyers ‘Lawyers of the Year’ and ‘Ones to Watch’

Thompson Coburn’s Management Committee welcomes three new members

Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2020 Chambers USA

Thompson Coburn’s 2020 Congressional Calendar now available

Eileen Brown named managing partner of Thompson Coburn’s D.C. office

Thompson Coburn recognized as Legal Innovator by Missouri Lawyers Media

President Trump signs bill approving commemorative coin to benefit client FIRST

Congratulations to our 14 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2020

Thompson Coburn’s UAS practice launches Three Lawyers and a Drone podcast

Margie Krumholz named 2019 recipient of Edward A. Groobert Award for Legal Excellence

Thompson Coburn further expands Energy practice with addition of Erica Rancilio

Thompson Coburn adds energy and natural resources policy advisors to growing Lobbying & Policy team

Ben Grove elected President of Q Street

Thompson Coburn earns 11 national top-tier rankings in U.S. News 2019 ‘Best Law Firms’ survey

Tony Anderson among LGBTQ execs honored by the Washington Business Journal

Running to raise funds for the American Heart Association

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2018

Emily Wang Murphy named as co-chair of 28th Annual Lawyers Have Heart

Thompson Coburn welcomes four attorneys to its utilities practice

Emily Wang Murphy appointed to Lawyers Have Heart board

Margie Krumholz elected to ELFA board

Thompson Coburn Management Committee welcomes Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson elected to Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees

23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

Thompson Coburn's lobbying group honored as among the top in the nation

Sean McGowan, Tyler Black publish series on drone technology for global security publication

Updated trade compliance materials now available

Arcus Awards honor Thompson Coburn as a finalist for ‘Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award’

Warren Dean writes op-ed on Open Skies, Mid-East airline subsidies for The Hill

Tim Sullivan, Jayna Rust to lead ‘Lunch and Learn’ for federal contractors at Eastern Foundry

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2016

Closing the food gap in D.C. and L.A.

Claire Schenk to moderate Missouri Bar Health and Hospital Administration panel presentation

Thompson Coburn returns to the U.S. Supreme Court on state sovereign immunity

Aaron Lacey, Chris Murray author paper on regulatory hurdles for competency-based education

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2015

Margie Krumholz co-authors chapter on leasing commercial vessels

Thompson Coburn welcomes new associates

Chris Murray named to National Law Journal’s '40 under 40'

Jim Slear leads webinar on ‘Navigating the Russian and Ukrainian Sanctions Maze’

Federal Maritime Commission decides administrative action over ‘split routing’

U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sides with position of Thompson Coburn airline client

Thompson Coburn files U.S. Supreme Court brief for international airline group

Margie Krumholz named the new chair of Marine Financing Committee

Lobbying & Policy group revs up with first three clients

Thompson Coburn launches new bipartisan Lobbying & Policy group in Washington, D.C.

Government contracts partners to speak at National Law Journal Regulatory Summit

Jim Slear featured in BBC reports on New York financial services regulator

Jonathan Benner, former Federal Bar ‘Transportation Lawyer of the Year,’ joins Thompson Coburn’s D.C. office

Jeff Newman joins Thompson Coburn LLP as partner

Partner
Washington, D.C.

As counsel to a variety of electric industry participants, Josh helps clients navigate state and federal regulatory processes and resolve complex transactional and ratema...

As counsel to a variety of electric industry participants, Josh helps clien...

Josh Adrian
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Nicole advises electric utilities and cooperatives, natural gas companies and local distribution companies on a wide range of FERC regulatory and policy matters.

Nicole advises electric utilities and cooperatives, natural gas companies a...

Nicole Allen
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation's largest transit systems.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation...

Tony Anderson
Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Jonathan's practice is focused on regulatory and litigation issues that affect domestic and international maritime and shipping matters, as well as international trade re...

Jonathan's practice is focused on regulatory and litigation issues that aff...

Jonathan Benner
Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Henry's tax practice work emphasizes partnerships, limited liability companies and nonprofit organizations.

Henry's tax practice work emphasizes partnerships, limited liability c...

Henry Bettendorf
Associate
Washington, D.C.

Tyler is an experienced international trade and regulatory attorney who analyzes federal law and regulations, providing comprehensive guidance to clients in a variety of ...

Tyler is an experienced international trade and regulatory attorney who ana...

Tyler Black
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Bonnie advises and advocates for clients on wholesale electric market rules and transmission access and pricing issues.

Bonnie advises and advocates for clients on wholesale electric market rules...

Bonnie Blair
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Eileen is a successful negotiator and strategist who focuses on her clients' goals while keeping an eye on the big picture.

Eileen is a successful negotiator and strategist who focuses on her clients...

Eileen Brown
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Adrienne represents clients in electric and natural gas pipeline matters, and counsels on compliance and enforcement.

Adrienne represents clients in electric and natural gas pipeline matters, a...

Adrienne Clair
Associate
Washington, D.C.

Evelyn advocates for clients in civil litigation matters involving the federal government – including fraud investigations and administrative proceedings.

Evelyn advocates for clients in civil litigation matters involving the fede...

Evelyn Clark
Associate
Washington, D.C.

Christine advocates for clients in disputes against the federal government — in fraud investigations, challenging federal regulations, and administrative proceedings — an...

Christine advocates for clients in disputes against the federal government ...

Christine Couvillon
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Warren focuses on federal regulation of business, both domestic and international, and represents several of the nation's largest transportation and energy interests befo...

Warren focuses on federal regulation of business, both domestic and interna...

Warren Dean, Jr.
Associate
Washington, D.C.

Mike focuses on transportation and international trade matters and provides guidance to clients in a variety of sectors.

Mike focuses on transportation and international trade matters and provides...

Mike Deutsch
Counsel
Washington, D.C.

A former deputy general counsel for a private university, Scott understands the unique challenges that our higher education clients face and how to best help them achieve...

A former deputy general counsel for a private university, Scott understands...

Scott Goldschmidt
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Hospitals, health systems, physicians and other health care clients look to Milada, an attorney and registered nurse, for critical assistance on a range of complex regula...

Hospitals, health systems, physicians and other health care clients look to...

Milada Goturi
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Ed advocates for his clients across the country focusing on intellectual property, trade secrets, corporate technology, licensing, patent strategy, trademark prosecution,...

Ed advocates for his clients across the country focusing on intellectual pr...

Ed Gray
Legislative Assistant
Washington, D.C.

For Elisa, the thrill of walking the halls of Congress never grows old.

For Elisa, the thrill of walking the halls of Congress never grows old.

Elisa Greenberg
Legislative Director
Washington, D.C.

As a relentless builder of strategic networks, Ben leverages his bipartisan connections in Washington and throughout the country to connect clients to Congress, the Admin...

As a relentless builder of strategic networks, Ben leverages his bipartisan...

Ben Grove
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Jesse advises cooperatives and other clients as they navigate complex FERC proceedings and comply with FERC rules.

Jesse advises cooperatives and other clients as they navigate complex FERC ...

Jesse Halpern
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety of privately-held businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety ...

Benjamin Hulsey
Advisor
Washington, D.C.

Jack combines his policy and communications experience to help clients meet their legislative and regulatory goals.

Jack combines his policy and communications experience to help clients meet...

Jack Jacobson
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Matt's practice focuses on maritime and trade finance and related United States government guarantee programs.

Matt's practice focuses on maritime and trade finance and related United St...

Matthew Kaiser
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Margie's practice spans more than 30 years representing borrowers, lenders, lessors, and lessees in structuring, negotiating, and closing financing transactions, includin...

Margie's practice spans more than 30 years representing borrowers, lenders,...

Margie Krumholz
Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

A successful negotiator and litigator, Peter is well-versed in the broad range of issues affecting the electric utility industry.

A successful negotiator and litigator, Peter is well-versed in the broad ra...

Peter Matt
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Sean helps his clients navigate the complex web of federal regulations that affect their transportation and export operations.

Sean helps his clients navigate the complex web of federal regulations that...

Sean McGowan
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Meg serves as an advisor and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) counsel to municipally-owned utilities around the country.

Meg serves as an advisor and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) co...

Meg McNaul
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Clients have consistently praised Emily for her "practical, common sense solutions" and "natural instincts" for deal flow.

Clients have consistently praised Emily for her "practical, common sense so...

Emily Wang Murphy
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Chris came to Washington to attend college and has been at the intersection of politics and education ever since.

Chris came to Washington to attend college and has been at the intersection...

Christopher Murray
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts, federal and state procurement, and administrative law and litigation.

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts,...

Jeff Newman
Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Kym works with companies in their dealings and contractual relationships with Federal government agencies.

Kym works with companies in their dealings and contractual relationships wi...

Kym Nucci
Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Jennifer provides counsel to a broad range of clients in the health care and life sciences industries, including institutional providers, medical practices, health system...

Jennifer provides counsel to a broad range of clients in the health care an...

Jennifer Pike
International Trade Analyst
Washington, D.C.

Ronen Plechnin is an International Trade Specialist who specializes in import and export trade issues, sanctions and general customs compliance.

Ronen Plechnin is an International Trade Specialist who specializes in impo...

Ronen Plechnin
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Erica guides clients and litigates in regulatory matters concerning natural gas and oil pipelines and electric utilities.

Erica guides clients and litigates in regulatory matters concerning natural...

Erica Rancilio
Associate
Washington, D.C.

Jayna advises companies, transportation authorities, educational institutions, and other entities regarding their rights and obligations when doing business with (or...

Jayna advises companies, transportation authorities, educational insti...

Jayna Marie Rust
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Ken has spent his entire legal career in the public and private sectors in Washington, DC and has a thorough understanding and appreciation of how lobbying can advance cl...

Ken has spent his entire legal career in the public and private sectors in ...

Ken Salomon
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Robert counsels clients in all aspects of international transactions with a focus on the trade and shipment of goods.

Robert counsels clients in all aspects of international transactions with a...

Robert Shapiro
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Rebecca represents municipal and cooperative electric utilities in complex electric rate proceedings before FERC.

Rebecca represents municipal and cooperative electric utilities in complex ...

Rebecca Shelton
Senior Advisor
Washington, D.C.

Kyle works with clients at the intersection of energy and environmental project development, policy and regulation.

Kyle works with clients at the intersection of energy and environmental pro...

Kyle Simpson
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Jim advises domestic and international clients on trade compliance and enforcement, including the economic and trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Asset...

Jim advises domestic and international clients on trade compliance and enfo...

Jim Slear
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of issues from funding to project development to procurement.

Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of...

Jane Sutter Starke
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and Tax practice groups.

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and T...

Ray Stewart
Law Clerk
Washington, D.C.

Hope is a Law Clerk in the higher education group.

Hope is a Law Clerk in the higher education group.

Hope Watson
Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Katie handles a wide variety of regulatory and transactional work for the nonprofit and for-profit higher education sector, including online education programs, and has e...

Katie handles a wide variety of regulatory and transactional work for the n...

Katie Wendel
Associate
Washington, D.C.

Jecoliah leverages her practical background in natural resource management to assist energy clients with a variety of regulatory issues.

Jecoliah leverages her practical background in natural resource management ...

Jecoliah Williams
Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Kent practices in the surface transportation area, with emphasis on major public transit and highway projects, procurement, federal regulatory requirements, and transit l...

Kent practices in the surface transportation area, with emphasis on major p...

Kent Woodman