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Mark S. Samila

Mark S. Samila

Co-Managing Partner
Mark Samila is a business lawyer whose practice includes tax and estate planning, financial services, including bank and bond financing, creditors’ rights, workouts and bankruptcy and business law. Mark blends his accounting and financial background with his legal experience. In so doing, he provides legal analysis and also understands and considers the business and financial implications of a client’s legal options. Mark is also an Indiana certified civil mediator.


  • 1986: University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., B.S. cum laude
  • 1989: University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., J.D.


  • Provides complex estate planning services for clients with taxable federal estates.
  • Counsels clients on business succession planning and wealth transfer issues.
  • Represents banks and borrowers in bank and bond financing.
  • Represents banks and borrowers in workouts of troubled loans.
  • Represents business owners in purchase and sale of businesses.
  • Provided tax and management consulting to privately-owned businesses for the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
  • Certified Public Accountant.

Representative Transactions

Mark has been involved in transactions including the following:

  • Deaconess Bond Financing
  • Purchase of Coburn Ford
  • Purchase of Marshall Chevrolet
  • Purchase of Lindsay Lincoln Mercury
  • Sale of 104.1 FM – WIKY
  • Sale of 96.1FM – WSTO
  • Sale of 107.5 FM – WABX
  • Sale of 93.5 FM – WLFW
  • Sale of 92.9 FM – WJXA
  • Sale of 96.3 FM – WCJK
  • Sale of 97.5 FM- WJXB
  • Sale of 95.7 FM – WVRX
  • Sale of 103.5 FM – WIMZ
  • Sale of Research Systems Corporation
  • Sale of Leisure Living West, LLC

Publications and Presentations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Indiana State Bar Association: Taxation Section Council, Estate Planning Section
  • Evansville Bar Association
  • Evansville Estate and Financial Planning Council
  • Indiana Licensed Real Estate Instructor

Civic Affiliations

  • Boys & Girls Club of Evansville, Indiana: Board of Directors and Former President
  • YMCA of Southwestern Indiana: Board of Directors
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Partners: Board of Directors
  • Evansville Bar Foundation: Board of Directors and Former President
  • Leadership Evansville: Program Alumnus
  • Jacob’s Village: Former Director
  • Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe): Former Director and President
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church: Former Chair of Finance Commission, Former Member of Parish Council


  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America©, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Rated, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected, Indiana Super Lawyers® Magazine

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Missouri

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court