ST. LOUIS – Global law firm Armstrong Teasdale has
Patricia J. Churchill its new corporate services attorney.
Churchill has decades of experience providing legal guidance for government agencies and
private sector businesses. She previously served as chief legal counsel in the
Governmental Affairs Division for former Missouri Attorney General Chris
Koster, where she oversaw 35 attorneys and staff while providing legal representation to several state office agencies.
Churchill’s background also includes practicing law at a Jefferson City firm, where she focused on business formation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense and general business. She also served as general counsel for the Department of Revenue and Corrections and the Missouri Gaming Commission. This is in addition to a role as manager within the state and local tax group of a St. Louis consulting firm.
"Her impressive and extensive background in this
area will be of great value to our clients," Jon Dalton, partner at Armstrong
Teasdale and president and CEO of AT Government Strategies LLC (ATGS), a subsidiary
of the law firm, told the St. Louis Record. “Over the course of her career,
Patricia has represented a number of state departments, and her knowledge of
those agencies, in combination with her skills as a litigator, makes her a true
asset to our government law practice.”
Churchill will focus on representing clients in
all aspects of government affairs, which includes administrative law and
regulatory matters. In previous positions, she represented a variety of statewide
officials, as well as the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the government, and will leverage this expertise in her new role. She also has litigated in Missouri administrative tribunals and courts, including the Missouri Supreme Court.
“Patricia is perfect for this role because of her practical experience
and perspective as a state government lawyer at some of the highest levels,” Dalton said. “Her more than 20 years of experience serving as legal counsel for
both government agencies and private sector businesses lends well to the work
she is doing at the firm and for ATGS.
In addition to her role as corporate services of counsel,
she will serve as director of regulatory affairs for ATGS, Armstrong Teasdale’s
subsidiary, which provides full-service government relations and strategic counsel.
“We have a strong team of public policy lawyers, lobbyists and political
consultants who have a long track record of success helping shape legislation
and regulations on behalf of clients at the federal, state and local levels of
government,” Dalton said. “We immerse ourselves in key issues, political
activities and legislative developments relevant to our engagements to best advice
and counsel clients who are affected by or interested in governmental affairs
at any level.”
Churchill is licensed to practice law in both
Missouri and Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business management
from Quincy University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the
Missouri Bar as well as the Illinois State Bar and was previously the chair of the
Missouri Bar Taxation Law Committee.
She will work out of Armstrong Teasdale’s Jefferson
City office, as well as its St. Louis location.