16 Attorneys Join Our Indianapolis Office

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We are excited to announce to our clients and friends that our growth in Indiana has continued with the addition of 12 experienced attorneys joining us over the last three months. This significant expansion makes our Indianapolis office our second largest and firmly cements SmithAmundsen’s position as a full service firm with broad transactional, labor and employment and litigation capabilities across the Midwest and beyond.

We are a business firm with a simple promise - to put you first. We know that the addition of this significant talent in Indianapolis will provide our clients with an even greater level of support and counsel than they have already come to expect from us. Our new colleagues are not only excellent attorneys, but also great people who we know you will enjoy working with as much as we do.

These new colleagues join established intellectual property lawyers Constance Lindman, Dennis Schell, and Eric Lamb as well as litigator Jeanne Hamilton and labor and employment attorney Suzanne Newcomb in our Indianapolis office.

Please join us in welcoming them to SmithAmundsen!

Stephen Stitle, Indianapolis Managing Partner

Steve is a member of the firm's banking and financial institutions and business and transactions groups. He is the former Chairman of PNC Bank, Indiana and the former President of National City Bank in Indiana and Executive Vice President of National City Corporation. He held executive positions at Eli Lilly and Company for nearly 25 years where he was Secretary and Deputy General Counsel, President of Lilly Canada; President of Hybritech, a Lilly subsidiary in San Diego; Vice President of Global Human Resources; Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs and head of Lilly’s Washington office. He currently serves on the board of directors for Central Indiana Corporate Partnership; Center for Leadership Development; Past Chair Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; Past Chair Indiana University Foundation; St. Vincent’s Heart Center of Indiana; Simon Youth Foundation; and Develop Indy. Additionally he sits on the board of trustees of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.

John Tanselle, Partner, Banking & Financial Institutions

John has more than 30 years of experience counseling the management of financial institutions and their boards of directors with respect to general corporate matters, corporate governance issues, securities law compliance, regulatory compliance, regulatory enforcement situations and executive compensation issues. John acted as chair of the Financial Institutions Practice Group and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the law firm of Krieg DeVault before joining SmithAmundsen. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Methodist Health Foundation and Christian Theological Seminary in Indiana.

Eric Baker, Partner, Commercial Transportation

Eric understands the regulatory, environmental and economic challenges facing companies today; he spent 18 years serving as general counsel in the transportation industry. As a former general counsel, Eric was involved in determining the strategic direction of companies, managing legal matters, reviewing and drafting employment policies and documents, and reviewing and drafting commercial contracts. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic commercial real estate, corporate compliance and governance, employment law, intellectual property and international licensing and authorized representative agreements.

Phillip Fowler, Partner, Commercial Litigation

Phil is skilled in complex business litigation and represents corporate clients and their owners, officers and directors. He defends his clients in issues such as: product liability, professional liability, alternative dispute resolution and financial matters. Phil is past chair of the Indiana State Bar Association, litigation section and former chair of the USLAW, e-discovery committee.

Douglas Gallagher, Partner, Intellectual Property

Doug is a registered patent attorney and a member of our Intellectual Property Practice Group, Doug protects the intellectual property assets of his clients, while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. He assists clients with patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright issues in a variety of industries, including aviation, automotive, medical, manufacturing, telecommunications and sporting equipment.

Steven Lammers, Partner, Health Care & Insolvency and Restructuring

Steve is skilled in complex litigation matters and routinely defends hospitals, nursing homes, long term care facilities and physicians in complex contract disputes, medical malpractice, premises liability and other matters for the Health Care Practice Group. He also represents banks and other secured and unsecured creditors in loan workouts, foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings as a member of the Insolvency & Restructuring Group.

Wendy Kaufman, Partner, Family Law

Wendy's practice focuses on family law. She handle traditional divorce and custody matters and practices in paternity court and juvenile court handling cases involving children in need of services with the Department of Child Services. She is a trained guardian ad litem, collaborative practitioner and prides herself on providing practical advice applicable to all family members involved in divorce.

Martha Lehman, Partner, Insolvency & Restructuring

Martha handles all facets of bankruptcy and insolvency representation including secured lenders, unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and debtors. She is board certified in the area of Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification.

Debra Mastrian, Partner, Labor & Employment

Debra represents management in a variety of matters, including wage and hour violations and retaliation claims, and she prosecutes and defends claims involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other forms of unfair competition. She defends collective and class actions, including FLSA collective actions and represents employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, among other agencies.

Melinda Shapiro, Partner, Health Care

Melinda defends medical professionals and health care providers in litigation and enforcement proceedings before state and federal courts, and before government agencies and counsels health care providers in developing proactive risk-management approaches. She currently serves as board president of Hooverwood Nursing Home in Indiana and formerly served on the board of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Larry Tomlin, Partner, Banking & Financial Institutions

Larry represents commercial banks, thrifts, bank holding companies and public and private corporations. He advises financial institutions on matters including dealing with bank regulatory agencies, responding to adverse regulatory examinations, and the implementation of new regulations under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Larry currently serves of the board of directors for the Young Audiences of Indiana.

Mark Wenzel, Partner, Insolvency & Restructuring

Mark counsels creditors, debtors and investors. He is board certified in the area of Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. He is former chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association, commercial law and bankruptcy section.

Laura Bonadies, Associate, Health Care

Laura defends nursing homes, transitional care facilities, hospitals, and other health care providers in medical malpractice litigation.

Philip List, Associate, Health Care

Philip represents health care providers in medical malpractice litigation. Outside the office, Philip volunteers his time with the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation Indiana and Back on My Feet Indianapolis.

Andrew Podgorny, Associate, Banking & Financial Institutions

Andrew is a member of the firm’s Banking and Financial Practice Group. In his practice, he frequently advises clients on regulatory compliance and securities law as well as corporate matters.

Christopher Simpkins, Associate, Health Care

Chris defends health care providers and long term care facilities in medical malpractice matters and advises clients on litigation avoidance strategies and regulatory compliance. Chris also has extensive experience in insurance coverage disputes, subrogation matters and general liability insurance defense litigation. He was former chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association, sports and entertainment law executive committee.