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Steve Sherman


St. Louis
314 552 6565 direct

Steve represents corporations in large-scale business and regulatory disputes and defends individuals and corporations in criminal cases and proceedings in federal and state court, and before the Securities and Exchange Commission, state regulatory agencies, and FINRA.

His commercial litigation experience includes representing telecommunications companies in regulatory disputes and litigation over construction, privacy, and commercial matters; representation of civic groups in election and redistricting matters; and representation of a variety of companies in trade secret litigation.

As the vice chair of Thompson Coburn's White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group, Steve primarily focuses on securities matters and has helped companies successfully resolve regulatory investigations without facing criminal charges, paying fines, or admitting any wrongdoing.

Steve also has represented clients in matters relating to FCPA and OFAC investigations.

His white collar defense experience includes the successful representation of Charter Communications, Inc., in a two-year accounting fraud investigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC. Steve represents public companies, broker-dealers, and financial advisors before the SEC and state regulatory agencies. He has also tried numerous broker-dealer disputes before FINRA.

Steve has extensive experience conducting internal investigations. He also frequently counsels businesses in compliance matters, including the creation and monitoring of FCPA compliance programs.

Representative matters:

Representation of a major telecommunications and cloud solutions provider in a False Claims Act matter that resulted in no charges, no fines, no penalties, and no finding of wrongdoing.

Representation of North Carolina and South Carolina public service commissions in the investigation of accounting fraud allegations against Duke Energy. The inquiry resulted in Duke paying a $25 million fine to regulators.

Obtained judgment at trial for U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation in a partnership dispute concerning a large apartment development financed through federal tax credits.

Successful representation of Charter Communications in a significant legal malpractice case filed against one of its former transactional law firms. The suit, which sought $150 million in damages, was one of the largest legal malpractice cases brought anywhere in the country.

Obtained judgment at trial on behalf of citizens challenging St. Louis County's redistricting plan.


Preserving the Attorney Client Privilege


"The Anti-Spoofing Provision of the Dodd-Frank Act: New White Collar Crime or ‘Spoof' of Law?"
The St. Louis Bar Journal Winter, 2016


"What to do When the Government Decides to Investigate," Co-presenter,
Association of Corporate Counsel Institute April, 2016

Co-Presenter, "Who's Afraid of E-Discovery . . . Not I";
Bar Association of St. Louis Federal Practice Seminar, March 2009

Co-Presenter, "Practical E-Discovery, or What's Under the Hood";
Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference, August, 2008