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FAMILY WEALTH AND BUSINESS COLLABORATIVE

At the complex and rewarding intersection of family and business, you’ll find Thompson Coburn’s Family Wealth and Business Collaborative (FWBC).

FWBC is a core team of legal and business advisors who provide dedicated service to family offices, closely held companies, and the multi-generational families connected to those businesses. Supported by the resources and deep legal bench of Thompson Coburn, FWBC advises high-net-worth individuals and their families on a wide range of legal and business issues, helping them grow and transfer wealth, save millions in taxes, and pursue new business and charitable opportunities.

No family is alike and no business is alike. Our attorneys are deeply committed to the success of multi-generational families and strongly attuned to the often complex interplay between family dynamics and business operations. We help the leaders of family businesses sort through these dynamics, craft a responsive business or legal strategy, and achieve success as they have defined it.

Whatever the needs of the business or the needs the family, FWBC is ready to provide thoughtful, comprehensive advice or collaborate with a family office on a sophisticated long-term plan of action.

Our services include but are by no means limited to: 

  • Estate planning 
  • Gifting strategies
  • Business succession
  • Business ownership and governance disputes
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax strategies for individuals and businesses 
  • Intellectual property 
  • Domestic and international corporate finance opportunities
  • Executive compensation
  • Human resources and employee benefits
  • Real estate
  • Venture capital

With Firm operations based in the Midwest, FWBC can provide significant value while representing client interests across the United States and globally. We can scale with the growth of a business and its family members, and help chart a path to lasting wealth and a legacy that future generations can take pride in. 

 
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6126

Mike has extensive experience handling probate and trust litigation for both fiduciaries and beneficiaries and leads the Firm's Trust and Estate Litigation practice.

Mike has extensive experience handling probate and trust litigation for bot...

Mike Bartolacci
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6377

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corporate restructuring, from acquisitions and dispositions to spinoffs and management changes.

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corpor...

Ed Buchholz
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6090

Laura represents clients in a variety of real estate transactions and financings.

Laura represents clients in a variety of real estate transactions and finan...

Laura Corcoran
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6039

Larry has extensive experience in cases involving shareholder rights, business valuations, fiduciary duty claims, and other contract and business disputes.

Larry has extensive experience in cases involving shareholder rights, busin...

Larry Friedman
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 6155

Ruthanne represents parties on both sides of complex commercial transactions, providing responsive advice on a variety of finance and sales matters.

Ruthanne represents parties on both sides of complex commercial transaction...

Ruthanne Hammett
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2247

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6522

Michael's practice is focused on providing practical, comprehensive solutions that meet the business goals of clients in the employee benefits area of human resources law...

Michael's practice is focused on providing practical, comprehensive solutio...

Michael Lane
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6070

Rick advises companies and individuals on a variety of federal (domestic and international), state and local tax matters.

Rick advises companies and individuals on a variety of federal (domestic an...

Rick Lawton
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6072

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides clients with common-sense solutions to address complex transactional issues.

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides client...

Tom Litz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6331

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the world's largest consumer products companies and service providers, with a focus on IP portfolio man...

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the worl...

Tom Polcyn
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6095

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor to private and public sector employers across a wide spectrum of industries.

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor t...

Chuck Poplstein
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6190

Chris is a valued strategic partner to emerging companies and the institutions and individuals that invest in them.

Chris is a valued strategic partner to emerging companies and the instituti...

Chris Reid
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2229

Todd helps businesses solve some of their thorniest problems.

Todd helps businesses solve some of their thorniest problems.

Todd Rowden
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6562

Jason is a trusted legal advisor to multi-generational families and their businesses.

Jason is a trusted legal advisor to multi-generational families and their b...

Jason Thein