St. Louis Attorney Elected to National Kidney Foundation Board of Directors

Charles H. "Chip" Fendell of St. Louis, Missouri has been elected to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Board of Directors. Mr. Fendell is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, where he practices in the areas of technology and intellectual property law.

"Like one in nine American adults, I have been directly affected by kidney disease" says Fendell. "I've been incredibly fortunate to have received two life-saving kidney transplants from very generous living donors, but this is not the norm. In the United States today, there's a drastic organ shortage. More than 100,000 people are awaiting kidney transplants and less than 20% will actually receive them each year."

Mr. Fendell is committed to working with the National Kidney Foundation to educate the public about kidney disease and ultimately increase the number of kidneys available for transplantation through new NKF initiatives promoting living donation.

"Mr. Fendell has been devoted to fighting kidney disease locally, serving on the Board of Directors for the NKF Serving Eastern Missouri and the Metro East region for five years," says Bruce Skyer, Chief Executive Officer at the National Kidney Foundation. "His personal experience with transplantation, along with his professional leadership qualities, make him a model representative to advance the NKF's national awareness, prevention and treatment goals."

Mr. Fendell has been voted by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2005 and was named by The Best Lawyers in America as the 2013 Copyright Lawyer of the Year for St. Louis. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law, where he has taught for 20 years and has lectured throughout the U.S. and India on technology law issues. Mr. Fendell received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and his Juris Doctorate from the Washington University School of Law.

About the National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.

About Thompson Coburn LLP

Thompson Coburn is a full service law firm with 375 attorneys in offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Southern Illinois, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., practicing in more than 40 areas of the law. Its clients range from high net worth individuals and venture-backed startups to Fortune100 companies. In 2012, Thompson Coburn was selected as one of the top 13 firms in the nation at "providing value for the dollar," as ranked by BTI Consulting, the country's leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel.