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Representation of Multinational Sewer Rehabilitation Company 

We represent a publicly held company that manufactures sewer liners and performs sewer rehabilitation projects throughout North America and Western Europe. We often conduct environmental due diligence for the company’s acquisitions and divestitures. Recently, we represented the company in connection with the stock purchase of a corrosion-control engineering and services company with 45 owned and leased facilities throughout the United States as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. We also recently represented the company in connection with the acquisition of several large facilities located in Louisiana, Texas and California.

Multistate Acquisition of Chemical Manufacturing Facilities 

Thompson Coburn represented a commercial real estate development company with the acquisition of a portfolio of thirteen (13) former chemical manufacturing facilities located in California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Montreal, Canada. After the acquisition, we assisted the client in the cleanup, development and sale of the facilities.

Multistate Purchase of Motor Repair and Service Business 

We represented a client in the purchase of approximately forty (40) motor repair and service centers located in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Sale of Multistate Heat Treatment Business 

We represented a client in the sale of five heat treating facilities located in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and California. This representation involved coordination of due diligence activities, negotiation of contract terms and obtaining environmental insurance to back-stop an indemnity from the buyer for remediation liability. In connection with this representation, we gained working knowledge of the significant pre-purchase due diligence responsibilities imposed upon and liability protections potentially available to buyers under Michigan’s Environmental Response Act (MERA).

Award-Winning Brownfield Development 

Thompson Coburn represented a developer in connection with the purchase of a 153-acre abandoned manufacturing plant and its subsequent transformation into a business park. The negotiation of cleanup cost cap and pollution legal liability insurance policies were integral to the success of the development. In addition, the project received a Community Impact Award from the prestigious Phoenix Award Program in Illinois.

Hospital and Healthcare Facility Acquisition and Divestitures 

We often represent hospitals and other medical care facilities with respect to real property and business acquisitions and divestitures. For example, we represented a buyer in connection with the acquisition of 23 hospitals in 9 states. As a result of these transactions, we have developed a comprehensive environmental due diligence checklist for environmental issues specifically related to health care facilities.

Multistate Residential and Mixed Use Housing Development 

We represent a developer of mixed use and multifamily housing units which are constructed generally in urban areas with significant environmental concerns. The development projects are located in many states, including Tennessee, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Because of the residential nature of the developments, we are often involved in negotiating Brownfield Agreements with the state agencies to implement cleanups that are both cost effective and protective of the future residents. 

Sale of East Coast Electronics Manufacturing Facility 

We represented a client in the sale of a former electronics manufacturing facility located in Connecticut that had been impacted with solvent contamination. This representation involved working through the complex requirements and procedures of the Connecticut Transfer Act, including the use of an Environmental Land Use Restriction.

Multistate Purchase of Scrap Metal and Battery Recycling Facility 

Thompson Coburn represented a client in the purchase of a company with approximately ten (10) scrap metal/battery recycling facilities in Wisconsin and the purchase of three additional scrap yards in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. The due diligence included investigation of current and former facilities, disposal facilities and regulatory compliance audits. The contract negotiations included cleanup commitments by and indemnities from the sellers for conditions identified by the due diligence.

Purchase of Multistate Vehicle Manufacturing Facility 

Thompson Coburn represented a client in connection with the asset purchase of eight (8) emergency vehicle manufacturing facilities located in Florida, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming. This representation included the coordination of Phase I, Phase II and compliance assessments, negotiation and documentation of liability allocation between the seller and buyer and the post-closing resolution of contamination and compliance issues identified during due diligence.

Brownfield Development of Former Steel Plant 

We assisted our client in the purchase and the development of a former steel plant into the then largest open air shopping center in St. Louis. We planned and directed the client’s due diligence investigation, along with the environmental consultants, negotiated and obtained governmental approval of cleanup plans and objectives for distinct areas of the site, presented those plans to and obtained approval from the lenders and bond underwriters that provided the financing for the project, created escrows to fund post-closing cleanup, and assisted the client in its implementation and completion of all cleanup activities.

Manufactured Gas Plant Site Cleanup/Redevelopment 

We are currently representing clients involved in the investigation, cleanup and potential development of several former manufactured gas plant sites (FMGP sites). Some of the FMGP sites are located near or adjacent to major waterways. Portions of the investigations and remediation have been funded through Brownfield grants, private contributions and/or through remediation tax credits.

Cleanup Funded through Remediation Tax Credits 

Thompson Coburn represented a major university in its successful efforts to develop and lease a portion of its campus to establish the world headquarters of a major business concern. Necessary remediation work revealed by environmental and geotechnical borings were funded primarily through the generation and sale of Brownfield remediation tax credits.

Retail Petroleum Facilities 

For many years, we have represented a land owner who owns the ground under multiple service stations throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, the largest car wash company in the state of Missouri and one of the country’s most significant gasoline/convenience store chains. We have assisted these clients in numerous matters, including the buying, selling and leasing of property, underground storage tank technical compliance, contaminant investigation and remediation and tank fund reimbursement claims.


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Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2020 Chambers USA

St. Louis litigators John Galvin, Suzanne Galvin join Thompson Coburn

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17 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2019 Chambers USA

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Congratulations to our 14 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2019

Barry Klinckhardt, Susan Myers among 2018 Corporate Counsel Award winners

Crystal Kennedy inducted into the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame

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Ryan Russell Kemper named to St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list

Congratulations to our 2017 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Ryan Russell Kemper to head United Way fundraising effort

23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

Eric Boyd hosts discussion with retired EPA official to kick off Clean Air Act seminar

25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA

Congratulations to our 15 St. Louis ‘Lawyers of the Year’

St. Louis Business Journal covers Thompson Coburn’s work on unique Superfund settlement

Chemical Safety Board investigator shares insights from two high-profile environmental incidents

27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Ryan Kemper, Thompson Coburn environmental practice featured in St. Louis Lawyer

EPA, Boys & Girls Club announce $30 million cleanup of Superfund site

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Eric E. Boyd joins Thompson Coburn's Environmental Group

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Paul Sonderegger appointed chair of environmental law committee for St. Louis bar

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Eric represents clients in litigation, regulatory compliance, and transaction matters with respect to all of the major environmental programs.

Eric represents clients in litigation, regulatory compliance, and transacti...

Eric Boyd
St. Louis

As a litigator with the Environmental Group, Tim is dedicated to achieving client goals in complex environmental disputes and regulatory matters.

As a litigator with the Environmental Group, Tim is dedicated to achieving ...

Tim Briscoe
St. Louis

Sara assists clients in identifying, navigating and responding to environmental risks and liabilities.

Sara assists clients in identifying, navigating and responding to environme...

Sara Chamberlain
St. Louis

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of which involve multi-party environmental litigation.

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of ...

Ed Cohen
St. Louis

John represents domestic and international clients in complex litigation and multi-district litigation in some of the most challenging state and federal venues in the cou...

John represents domestic and international clients in complex litigation an...

John Galvin
St. Louis

Clients turn to Suzanne Galvin for results in complex high-profile litigation, particularly in the areas of pharmaceutical, medical device, and environmental exposure cla...

Clients turn to Suzanne Galvin for results in complex high-profile litigati...

Suzanne Galvin
St. Louis

Suzanne is a litigation associate in the firm's environmental group.

Suzanne is a litigation associate in the firm's environmental group.

Suzanne Hart
St. Louis

Ryan has a broad and diverse practice serving clients navigating sophisticated matters related to air, water, land, energy, agriculture, emergency response and climate is...

Ryan has a broad and diverse practice serving clients navigating sophistica...

Ryan Russell Kemper
St. Louis

Crystal has 30+ years of national environmental experience and leads the transactional area of the Firm's environmental practice.

Crystal has 30+ years of national environmental experience and leads the tr...

Crystal Kennedy
New York

Steve represents financial institutions, businesses and constituencies in major commercial disputes, with a particular focus in lender liability cases, fraud-based invest...

Steve represents financial institutions, businesses and constituencies in m...

Steven Mandelsberg
St. Louis

Paul is a highly effective litigator and regulatory compliance attorney who has resolved environmental and real estate/construction disputes in state and federal courts a...

Paul is a highly effective litigator and regulatory compliance attorney who...

Paul Sonderegger
St. Louis

Peter is an environmental attorney who helps companies respond to major environmental incidents, navigate regulatory actions and successfully resolve civil and criminal l...

Peter is an environmental attorney who helps companies respond to major env...

Peter Stark Strassner