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CIVIC AND GOVERNMENTAL SPORTS ISSUES

For civic and government entities looking to get a team, keep a team, or meet contractual obligations, Thompson Coburn attorneys can work with officials to craft contracts, leases, and deals that boost revenue and craft sound business structures around athletic teams. Investments in professional sports involve millions in public expenditures. Our attorneys can help ensure local and state governments receive the maximum benefit of these business and civic relationships.

Stadium finance

Thompson Coburn maintains one of the largest public finances practices in the Midwest. The firm has more than 30 years of experience in public and private financing projects related to the acquisition, construction, and improvement of most of St. Louis’ professional sports facilities, including Busch Stadium, the Edward Jones Dome and the Scottrade Center.

Our award-winning public finance attorneys can act as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, special counsel, or represent a credit enhancer in sports venue transactions.

Franchise relocation

Our attorneys have experience with the myriad legal considerations any team faces when considering or attempting a relocation, and have the savvy negotiation skills needed to accomplish a team’s business goals and help it plan for the future.

Real Estate

Working on a national scale, our real estate attorneys represent financial lenders, commercial and institutional owners, and a wide array of businesses in their real estate transactions. We serve clients with real estate holdings from the east coast to the west coast, with a regional emphasis on the Midwest.

Our real estate and environmental attorneys also are adept at guiding clients through state and federal regulations, from capitalizing on federal tax credits and obtaining final permitting for a development project, to interpreting key environmental regulatory schemes.

We frequently collaborate with our public finance, environmental, corporate and tax attorneys to empower us to handle all facets of a real estate transaction. We can also tap into our litigation attorneys for the disposition of construction contract or other business disputes.

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Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6455

Cherie represents financial institutions and borrowers in various secured and unsecured lending transactions.

Cherie represents financial institutions and borrowers in various secured a...

Cherie Bock
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9432

Vicky is a versatile commercial finance attorney who represents banks, investors, and borrowers in a wide variety of financing transactions and investments.

Vicky is a versatile commercial finance attorney who represents banks, inve...

Vicky Gilbert
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6065

Sara is a trusted legal advisor to public entities, nonprofit borrowers, investment bankers and bankers in a wide variety of public financing and lending transactions.

Sara is a trusted legal advisor to public entities, nonprofit borrowers, in...

Sara Kotthoff
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2242

Litigation can be a chess match or a street fight: Rob has the skills and experience needed to navigate either approach.

Litigation can be a chess match or a street fight: Rob has the skills and e...

Rob Lang
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6904

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
Chicago
312 580 2202

Rhonda is a finance attorney who leads complex, large-scale projects for public- and private-sector clients across the country.

Rhonda is a finance attorney who leads complex, large-scale projects for pu...

Rhonda Thomas
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6509

As chairman of the Firm's Sports Law Group, Bob represents teams, prospective buyers of sports teams, companies interested in sports marketing and civic and government en...

As chairman of the Firm's Sports Law Group, Bob represents teams, prospecti...

Bob Wallace, Jr.