We are excited to announce to our clients and friends that our growth in Indiana has continued with the addition of 16 experienced attorneys joining us. 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 our established 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.
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.
Brandt Hardy, Partner, Banking & Financial Institutions
Brandt assists clients in various matters including, commercial loan workouts, debt restructuring, foreclosures and receiverships. He also protects his clients’ interests in bankruptcy proceedings. Brandt’s broad background in public and private practice, combined with 21 years of experience as in-house counsel to bank lending and workout officers, offers banks and other financial institutions skilled, practical, and experienced counseling and support to assist with all types of business problems.
David Jose, Partner, Health Care
David represents community mental health centers, hospitals, physicians, and long term care facilities in a variety of matters. He regularly assists clients with regulatory compliance, reimbursement and audit appeals, clinical and financial integration transactions, commercial and corporate transactions, and nonprofit corporate governance. Outside the office David volunteers and supports organizations that expand opportunities for individuals who are marginalized due to disabilities and other adversities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Traylor, Associate, Litigation
Elizabeth represents clients in contract disputes, negotiates coverage disputes, and handles all aspects of litigation on behalf of insurance companies.