June 8, 2010

Polsinelli Shughart PC, a national law firm committed to providing outstanding, innovative and creative solutions for its clients, welcomes financial services attorney Monika J. Machen as shareholder to the firm’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice in the Financial Services department. Prior to joining Polsinelli Shughart, Machen practiced at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Chicago.

Machen focuses her practice primarily on issues arising from Chapter 11 bankruptcies. During her legal career, she has had the opportunity to counsel a wide array of clients across a broad span of industries, including real estate, banking and finance, automotive, manufacturing and retail. Machen has counseled debtors, statutory committees, secured lenders, banks, unsecured creditors, equipment lessors, franchisors, asset purchasers in 363 sales, landlords and pro bono organizations.

“Monika’s broad understanding of insolvency issues, including her work experience with the Federal Bankruptcy Court, enables her to knowledgably counsel clients during times of financial distress, and assist them through the complexities of the Bankruptcy Code,” said Managing Director/Chicago Anthony J. Nasharr. “We are pleased to have her join our talented team of attorneys in financial services.”

Machen received her J.D. degree in 2000 from the University of Michigan Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association, the Turnaround Management Association and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation. Machen also has served as a law clerk to the Honorable George L. Proctor, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

“Polsinelli Shughart’s presence in key bankruptcy markets, its entrepreneurial sprit, and commitment to outstanding client service were key reasons for my joining the firm,” Machen said. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to build on and help expand the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice.”


Machen is a good source for reporters working on stories about:

  • Challenges for debtors/creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • Illinois law insovlency issues
  • Bankruptcy Code issues


For more information contact:


Heather McMichael, Public Relations Manager, 816-395-0618,

Bob Inderman, Parris Communications, 816-931-8900,


About Polsinelli Shughart


With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 16 offices located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Washington, New York, Wilmington, Overland Park, St. Joseph, Springfield, Jefferson City, Topeka and Edwardsville