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Bill Metzinger


St. Louis
314 552 6211 direct

Bill represents a range of clients in the areas of real estate, construction, development, and public finance. Drawing on his dual experience in public finance and real estate matters, he advises lenders, owners, developers, and contractors on an array of contractual and financing issues. In each transaction, he focuses on providing clear, concise counsel and a pragmatic approach to challenges.

Bill has provided legal counsel to contractors, subcontractors, and owners on significant national public and private development projects. He frequently represents real estate lenders, and has developed notable experience representing issuers in public finance transactions, with proficiency in dealing with low-income housing tax credits. Bill drafts and negotiates commercial leases for retail and office transactions for major corporate clients, both tenant and landlord. In his representation of several major regional hospitals, Bill facilitates construction contracts for expanding health care hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, and remote centers throughout the country.

Prior to entering private practice at Thompson Coburn, Bill served as a law clerk in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He gained significant experience in real estate and public finance law regarding contract disputes and quiet title actions, and declaratory judgments involving municipal governments, tax increment financing, construction contracts, easements, insurance, bonds and equipment finance. In addition, Bill has diversified his legal knowledge with advanced courses in taxation from Northwestern University School of Law.

Noteworthy transactions

- The Wall Street Journal, Deal of the Week (March 2014) column featured a substantial housing redevelopment in the historic Tremé neighborhood if New Orleans for which Bill and his colleagues in Thompson Coburn's real estate group represented U.S. Bank.

- A top design-build contractor garnered a new 200,000 square-foot headquarters project for a major systems integration company using construction documents Bill helped negotiate.

- Bill was part of the legal team that helped U.S. Bank fund a $22.2 million bridge loan enabling the Iberville public housing project to be renovated and constructed into a 23-acre mixed-use development. Bill has since assisted in representing U.S. Bank through three additional phases of the project.