INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The law firm of SmithAmundsen continues aggressive growth in Indiana adding 10 lateral attorneys in less than three months to its Indianapolis office. This significant expansion makes the firm's Indianapolis office its second largest and firmly cements SmithAmundsen's position as a law firm to watch in the region.
Attorneys across the Midwest are regularly moving to SmithAmundsen to join its supportive and inclusive culture, mindful client service focus and a collaborative environment. SmithAmundsen attorneys put the client first with a commitment to work as a business partner rather than just a service provider.
"SmithAmundsen's way of doing business is refreshing in the legal marketplace," said Stephen Stitle, a partner in the firm's Indianapolis office with more than 40 years of business and legal experience. "Many larger firms seem to have lost their way in terms of innovating and adapting to a rapidly changing market. SmithAmundsen provides the support my colleagues need to thrive rather than merely survive as attorneys."
"These very talented lawyers are a great acquisition for our firm and they're an important part of our strategic growth to serve the broad needs of our clients," said firm founder and Executive Committee Chairman, Glen Amundsen. "These additions continue our mantra – Top Flight Counsel, Bottom Line Results."
These 10 experienced attorneys join established intellectual property attorneys Constance Lindman, Dennis Schell, Eric Lamb, Kelly Smith and Gabriel Applegate as well as litigator Jeanne Hamilton and labor and employment attorney Suzanne Newcomb in the Indianapolis office.
Stephen Stitle, Indianapolis managing partner, 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, 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.
Martha Lehman, partner, Insolvency & Restructuring, 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, 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, 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.
Gina Thompson, partner, Health Care, is an attorney and a registered nurse. Her twenty year career in health care has supplied her with an extensive background in all matters affecting health care providers including hospitals and health care systems, physicians and provider groups, home health and hospice agencies, and more. She counsels clients on matters relating to compliance, regulations and standards and she assists clinical, operational, and executive leaders with the interpretation and application of state and federal rules and health care regulations. Gina is formerly Executive Director of IU Health Regulatory Affairs.
Larry Tomlin, partner, Banking & Financial Institutions, 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, 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, defends nursing homes, transitional care facilities, hospitals, and other health care providers in medical malpractice litigation.
Philip List, associate, Health Care, 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.
ABOUT SMITHAMUNDSEN: SmithAmundsen is a law firm comprised of more than 150 attorneys practicing from offices in Chicago, St. Charles, Rockford and Woodstock, IL; Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; and Milwaukee, WI. The firm handles the transactional, labor and employment and litigation needs of companies across the U.S. For more information, visit: www.salawus.com. Connect with @SmithAmundsen on Twitter or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/smithamundsen-llc.
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