SmithAmundsen Announces Merger With Madsen, Farkas, & Powen

CHICAGO - SmithAmundsen LLC and Madsen, Farkas, & Powen LLC have announced that effective Jan. 1, 2011, they merged their practices.

The attorneys and staff of Madsen, Farkas, & Powen concentrate on serving clients in the aerospace and aviation industries, with significant trial and commercial litigation experience as well. They are joining forces with SmithAmundsen, a firm of more than 140 lawyers headquartered in Chicago and operating throughout the Midwest.

"The addition of MFP's aviation practice is a great strategic addition to the firm that enables us to serve a new segment of the transportation industry," said Glen Amundsen, SmithAmundsen's Chairman and CEO.

The group, which will be led by partners Alan L. Farkas and Brandt R. Madsen, also includes partners Suzanne Massel and Michael McGrory and associates Anna Panchenko and Michael Shapiro. Ken Cunniff will be joining the firm in an of counsel capacity.

The aerospace group will continue to advise clients on legislative affairs affecting the aerospace industry, administrative rulemaking, regulatory compliance/enforcement concerns, business deals and aircraft transactions, and aerospace litigation matters.  The group will offer a broad range of legal services to members of the aviation industry, including airplane and helicopter pilots, municipalities, airports, aircraft owners, fixed base operators, insurers who underwrite aviation risks, aircraft maintenance and manufacturing companies, and aircraft lessees and lessors.

Working with SmithAmundsen practice teams in other disciplines, the former MFP group will now be able to offer expanded services to their clientele including augmented assistance with equipment acquisition and financing, negotiating and documenting contracts, creditors' rights assistance, intellectual property, and labor and employment representation and counseling.

Attorneys on the aerospace team are headquartered in SmithAmundsen's Chicago office and offer their services to clients nationwide.

SmithAmundsen LLC has 140 attorneys with offices in Chicago, Rockford, St. Charles, and Woodstock, Ill., Milwaukee and St. Louis. For more information on the firm, visit