Meet Amundsen Davis
At Amundsen Davis’s core, you’ll find a full service law firm built on a foundation of integrity, tenacity, shared values and commitment to our clients. Our attorneys are prepared to handle a multitude of diverse legal services from the inception of business, to labor and employment issues, and litigation. With the combined heft and power of a multinational firm and the predictability and project management attention of a boutique, we are our clients’ most trusted business advisors. We offer top-flight counsel, educational resources and programming, and determination to exceed expectations in pursuit of their goals.
We get our drive from a shared sense of entrepreneurship. The firm was established, and still operates, on the idea that the potential for career growth should be endless and that the success of our individual attorneys should be based on their efforts and not be hindered by other factors. We conduct all of our interactions with clients, colleagues and competitors with the utmost respect and professionalism. We put the client’s wishes and business goals ahead of our own without exception.
MIDWEST BASE, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL REACH
We operate 12 offices across the Midwest with more than 230 attorneys. While our brick and mortar presence is regional, we resolve legal issues internationally. Our clients’ businesses are located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Central & South America and Australia.
- Banking & Finance
- Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
- Cannabis, CBD & Hemp
- Cryptocurrency, Blockchain & FinTech
- Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
- Corporate & Securities
- Commercial Contracts
- Commercial Lending
- Corporate Governance
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Money Management/Investment Adviser
- Securities & Capital Markets
- Securities Enforcement
- Shareholder Activism
- Outside General Counsel
- Insurance Transactions
- Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliance Agreements
- Venture Capital & Private Equity
- Craft Beer & Spirits
- Entertainment & Media
- Health Care
- Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism
- Intellectual Property
- Labor & Employment & Benefits
- Affirmative Action
- Cannabis in the Workplace
- Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
- Employment Advice & Counsel
- Equal Pay Compliance
- Government Regulation, Audit & Compliance
- Immigration & Global Mobility
- Prevailing Wage
- Public Sector
- Staffing Agency, Independent Contractor & Contingent Workforce
- Traditional Labor & Union Relations
- Unfair Competition Counseling & Litigation
- Vaccine Mandates in the Workplace
- Manufacturing & Food Processing
- Medical Devices
- Nonprofit Institutions & Tax-Exempt Organizations
- Public Entities
- Real Estate, Zoning & Public Finance
- Reputation & Crisis Management
- Telecommunications/Public Utilities
- Transportation & Logistics
- Trusts & Estates –
- Wellness & Nutrition
- White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When will the new firm launch?
The expanded firm combining SmithAmundsen and Davis Kuelthau will launch on November 1, 2022.
What will the expanded firm be called?
The expanded firm will be known as Amundsen Davis. The firm will offer a Midwest brick and mortar footprint with 12 offices throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. While our physical presence will be in the Midwest, our attorneys serve clients nationally and internationally in many cases. The firm will be comprised of more than 230 attorneys and 165 administrative team members making it a significant force in the legal community.
How will my day-to-day experience change?
We plan to do our best to ensure that your day-to-day experience does not change, and where it may have to, we will walk you through the process with as little disruption as possible. You’ll note our name is changing which means you’ll start to see communications from us under the new firm name, Amundsen Davis. Our email addresses will change, as will our URL, and we will provide you with all of that closer to the launch date. You can also expect from us a move to a more paperless system and some efficiencies in our processes. You may see us using some different software but again, we intend for this to have little to no effect on our clients’ daily experience.
How does this combination benefit me?
SmithAmundsen and Davis Kuelthau clients will see an immediate expansion of the service offerings of each firm but will be happy to know that the expanded firm will maintain the sensible, business focused approach that you have come to know and appreciate at both firms. A move like this guarantees more resources for our clients.
Will I still be working with the same attorneys?
Yes, your relationship partner and core teams will not change. The benefit of combining these firms is the added resources that we will be able to bring to you, our valued clients. That being said you may see some new faces as part of the expansion, but only when called for and never without your approval.
Will your service quality or policies change?
While we work through this integration, there may be some policy changes. We will do our best to ensure they do not affect the service you receive. As always, we promise to uphold top notch client service standards. To learn more about our client service standards, please visit: https://www.amundsendavislaw.com/client-service-standards-amundsendavis.
Are the rates I pay increasing?
This change will not affect rates. However please note that as we approach year end, some rates will rise as they do annually per the terms in our engagement letters. Please understand that these annual raises help us to maintain business standards and deal with rising costs and are not a symptom of this change in our business.
If I have outstanding invoices who do I pay now?
You will continue to see invoices from and make payments to SmithAmundsen or Davis Kuelthau, respectively, through November 30, 2022. After December 1, you will see invoices with the new firm name, Amundsen Davis, along with updated banking information. We will remind you of these changes at that time.
I have questions about billing and other things under the new firm. Who should I reach out to?
After November 1, 2022, you will receive a communication from us laying out all key contacts and contact information.
How do I make payments via ACH, credit card, etc.?
With your first Amundsen Davis branded invoice, you will receive information, including banking instructions, for securely making ACH payments. We will also provide a secure, credit card link for self-process or a number to call to reach a member of our accounting department who can walk you through the payment process over the phone. This informational material will also contain contact information for our accounting and billing departments and any of those team members are happy to help with any questions you may have.
Are you moving office locations?
SmithAmundsen’s existing Milwaukee office will move to the space already occupied by Davis Kuelthau at 111 E. Kilbourn Ave. All other offices throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio will remain the same.
Will I remain on your mailing lists or do I need to sign up again?
We will do our best to migrate all your preferences over to our new system! If you would like to ensure you are included and if you’d like to expand your communication preferences to other areas of service, please visit: https://www.amundsendavislaw.com/newsroom-signup.
Why was this combination attractive to Davis Kuelthau?
SmithAmundsen’s infrastructure and international practice offers Davis Kuelthau clients and attorneys a platform that will be of endless benefit. Davis Kuelthau clients will see an even more comprehensive approach taken to solving their business issues with the addition of the legal perspectives SmithAmundsen’s attorneys bring across so many areas of service.
Why was this expansion attractive to SmithAmundsen?
SmithAmundsen has spent the last 25 years growing its service offerings and geographic footprint to fit client demands. With the addition of Davis Kuelthau’s attorneys, SmithAmundsen will expand its bench and breadth of services in Wisconsin in particular but also nationwide.
Will you be under new leadership, if so, who is in charge now?
Amundsen Davis will be run by an executive committee under Managing Partner Larry Schechtman. Larry is a founding member of SmithAmundsen, a renowned trial attorney and has been running the business operations at SmithAmundsen since its inception. To find out more about Larry, you can view his biography here: https://www.amundsendavislaw.com/professionals-Larry-Schechtman.
Introducing Amundsen Davis LLC
The law firms of SmithAmundsen LLC and Davis|Kuelthau s.c. will formally combine on November 1, 2022 to form Amundsen Davis, LLC. The new entity will be comprised of more than 230 attorneys. Amundsen Davis will operate 12 offices throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. While its brick and mortar presence is regional, Amundsen Davis will serve clients nationally and internationally. Based on data published by Law 360 in June of 2022, the combined firm will be amongst the largest 200 law firms in the U.S. based on total domestic attorney count.
Drawing upon both firms’ talent, Amundsen Davis will offer a full suite of business law services including, but not limited to: labor and employment, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, commercial real estate, cybersecurity, tax, and, for individuals, estate and wealth planning. The firm will serve clients in industries like: manufacturing, health care, finance, distribution, construction, transportation, hospitality, retail, public entities, cannabis and cryptocurrency to name a few.
“SmithAmundsen has grown steadily and strategically over the last 25 years to add service areas and expand our geographic reach to truly benefit our clients,” said Managing Partner Larry A. Schechtman. “The opportunity to combine with a firm that is so like-minded is one we are very excited about. What will set Amundsen Davis apart from our large law firm competition is our ability to maintain a boutique firm feeling in terms of client service while providing the resources and infrastructure of a large national firm.”
“Davis|Kuelthau’s clients represent the best of the best in Wisconsin business and this combined Amundsen Davis platform will allow us to better serve their needs geographically while expanding the depth and capabilities offered to them,” said Joseph E. Tierney IV, President of Davis|Kuelthau. “The synergy between SmithAmundsen and Davis|Kuelthau in our respective service areas, client bases and overall philosophies of the client experience make this combination a fantastic opportunity.”
Amundsen Davis’s Milwaukee and Brookfield, Wisconsin offices will be co-managed by Joe Trevino of SmithAmundsen and Matt McClean of Davis|Kuelthau. Sherry Coley, Davis|Kuelthau partner, will remain manager of the firm’s Appleton and Green Bay presence. Integration efforts are well underway to ensure a smooth transition for all clients.
To learn more about Amundsen Davis, LLC and its services, click here. Clients of the firm will also find a helpful FAQ guide at this address.
SmithAmundsen LLC is a law firm comprised of more than 180 attorneys practicing from offices in Chicago, St. Charles, Rockford and Crystal Lake, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; and Columbus, OH. The firm handles the transactional, labor and employment, and litigation needs of companies across the U.S. Major practice concentrations include commercial litigation, labor and employment, corporate and securities, banking and financial services, construction, real estate, insurance services, commercial transportation, intellectual property, class action and health care to name a few. Learn more at www.amundsendavislaw.com or follow the firm at www.linkedin.com/company/Amundsen Davis.
Founded in 1967, the Davis|Kuelthau team takes great pride in providing personalized 360-degree service to business owners and corporations of all sizes, including emerging, middle-market, and Fortune 500 companies, high-net-worth individuals and families, private and institutional investors, and lenders. From staying apprised of the latest tax and wealth preservation strategies, executing the purchase or sale of a business, advising on employment regulations, and protecting business interests in litigation, the firm offers far more than just legal advice. D|K brings real-world experience and understanding, and a results-oriented mindset, to help businesses and individuals achieve their objectives now and well into the future. Served industries include manufacturing, distribution, commercial and industrial construction and real estate, food and beverage, retail, and B2B service providers. Based in Wisconsin, the firm offers national experience combined with strong community ties and Midwestern values. For more details, visit D|K at www.dkattorneys.com.
- Introducing Amundsen Davis LLCIntroducing Amundsen Davis LLC
The law firms of SmithAmundsen LLC and Davis|Kuelthau s.c. announce today that they will formally combine on November 1, 2022 to form Amundsen Davis, LLC. The new entity will be comprised of more than 230 attorneys. Amundsen Davis will operate 12 offices throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio.