November 17, 2017

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Phone: 414-271-6560

Businesses need more from a law firm than skilled advice and representation alone — they need a long-term strategic partner like Michael Best.

We’ve earned many loyal clients by understanding each one’s unique goals, opportunities, and challenges and by delivering results, year after year. Our focus is on your entire organization, not just on the legal matters we’re involved in. 

Michael Best is a full-service firm with more than 220 lawyers who provide our clients with the exceptional legal service and business acumen that have defined our firm for generations. Our practice is broadly organized into the following areas, each with its own sub-practices:

  • Banking & Financial Services

  • Corporate & Transactional

  • Energy Law

  • Environmental & Natural Resources

  • Government Relations & Public Policy

  • Intellectual Property

  • Labor & Employment Relations

  • Litigation

  • Real Estate

  • Tax

We serve regional, national, and international corporations, as well as municipalities, trade associations, nonprofits, family trusts, and individuals. Our clients range in size from small start-up ventures to global Fortune 500 companies, in many different industries. Michael Best has a long history of serving clients in the consumer and industrial products sectors. As those sectors evolve, our practice has grown to encompass a diverse range of technology and software clients.
Additionally, we have deep experience in a number of industries that are subject to unique regulatory schemes or rapidly changing market conditions, such as:

  • Agribusiness

  • Energy

  • Food & Beverage

  • Higher Education

  • Life Sciences

We work in collaborative, cross-practice teams that focus not only on legal and regulatory matters, but also on operational issues, market opportunities, and competitive advantage. We always strive to provide excellent service within a highly competitive cost structure, and clients consistently praise our responsiveness and value.

Contributing authors from Michael Best & Friedrich LLP:

Cheryl Aaron, Michael Best Law Firm, Finance and Corporate Law Attorney
Senior Counsel
Cheryl represents financial institutions, energy companies, and commodity trading firms (including both end-users and swap dealers) on a variety of derivatives transactions, and drafts...
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Thomas Agnello, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
Associate
Thomas is a trademark attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. His practice focuses on the acquisition, enforcement, and litigation of intellectual property rights,...
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Kenneth M. Albridge III Michael Best Law Firm patent litigation
Associate
Ken helps clients resolve patent disputes, whether they are seeking to enforce their own patent rights, defend against another’s claims of patent infringement, or both. He has represented...
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Victor J. Allen, Michael Best, Commercial Torts Lawyer, Complex Disputes Attorney
Attorney
Victor represents clients in a broad scope of litigation matters in both state and federal courts. His experience in all facets of pre- and post-trial litigation encompasses pre-suit...
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Michael H. Altman, transactional lawyer, corporate mergers attorney, Milwaukee Law firm
Partner
Clients across multiple industries turn to Michael to coordinate their more complex business transactions. They value his quick assessment of issues and their implications, as well as his...
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Louise Arnott, Michael Best, internet issues lawyer, domain-name disputes attorney
Associate
Louise focuses her practice on trademark law. She handles all aspects of selection and protection, including domestic and international clearance, prosecution, maintenance, licensing, due...
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Luis Arroyo, Labor attorney, employment relations lawyer, Michael Best, Milwaukee Law firm
Partner
Luis represents employers in a range of labor and employment matters and has developed a significant practice focusing on employee defection and recruitment, including litigating injunction...
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Rachel Bach, patent litigator, trademark lawyer, Intellectual Property Attorney, Michael Best Law Firm
Associate
Rachel focuses on intellectual property litigation, primarily on complex patent cases as well as trademark litigation. With a strong technical background and a degree in mechanical...
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Marie G. Bahoora, litigation, commercial contract disputes, property tax, Michael Best Law Firm
Associate
Marie has represented clients at all stages of litigation in both federal and state court. She has experience handling a broad range of litigation matters including commercial contract...
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Michael C. Barnhill, Michael Best, contractual breaches lawyer, torts attorney
Associate
Mike has experience in all stages of litigation and has contributed to the successful resolution of a broad range of civil disputes. He has represented corporate and individual clients in...
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Steven R. Battenberg, business and tax lawyer, Waukesha law firm, Michael best
Partner
Steve focuses his practice in the areas of taxation and general corporate matters with a specific emphasis on non-profit tax, partnership tax, and Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange...
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scott c. beightol, partner, labor and employment law, michael best law firm
Partner
Scott counsels clients on their “people” issues. Businesses, owners, and boards of directors look to Scott as their outside general counsel to ensure legal compliance of their operations...
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Paul E. Benson, product and tort liability litigator, michael best law firm
Partner
For more than 25 years, Paul has specialized in product liability defense, class action defense, insurance litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He is particularly well known for...
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Danielle M. Bergner, Michael Best, Real Estate Transactions Lawyer, Commercial Development Attorney
Partner
Danielle is widely recognized for her solutions-oriented approach to complex real estate projects and transactions. Clients benefit from her strategic problem-solving skills, her creative...
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Don Best, Michael friedrich, intellectual property attorney, government contracts lawyer, fraud litigation legal counsel
Partner
Don’s outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in complicated and high-profile intellectual property litigation across a wide range of industry sectors and in courts...
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intellectual property, litigator, Albert Bianchi, Michael Best, Madison law firm
Associate
A.J. focuses his litigation practice on intellectual property and federal court matters, including disputes over evolving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, contract disputes,...
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linda h, bochert, partner, michael best law firm, environmental regulation
Of Counsel
Linda has spent her career in the arena of environmental regulation. Bringing her 17 years of experience as a state regulator, for 24 years she has continued to help our clients establish...
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matthew c. carlson, partner, real estate law, michael best friedrich, transactional attorney
Partner
Matt is an experienced real estate practitioner who advises clients on a wide array of real estate and development matters. Matt is adept at handling large-scale, politically sensitive...
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Anne Carroll, employment relations, attorney, Michael best, law firm
Associate
Anne provides counseling and representation to employers with respect to a full spectrum of legal issues that arise out of the employment relationship. Anne focuses her practice on the...
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alan c. cheslock, attorney, michael best and friedrich, intellectual property, patent engineer
Partner
Al works with manufacturers that are developing products such as vacuum cleaners, power tools, heat exchangers, and air purifiers. These clients rely on Al for his quick work and novel...
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Holly E. Courtney, Employment Relations, Michael Best, Law Firm
Associate
Holly concentrates her practice on labor and employment disputes and counsel. As a litigator, she mounts forceful and persuasive defenses before federal and state courts and administrative...
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intellectual property, Michael Best Law Firm, Patent Agent, Julie Cox, inventions, life science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology
Patent Agent
Julia Cox is a Patent Agent and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Madison office. Dr. Cox has an extensive background in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular...
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David A. Crass agribusiness law attorney Michael best Law Firm
Partner; Industry Group Chair, Agribusiness, Food & Beverage
David’s practice sits squarely at the intersection of the food-water-energy nexus. His work in the areas of environmental, regulatory, agricultural production, manufacturing and...
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David W. Croysdale, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor Employment Attorney
Partner
David is a zealous and unrelenting advocate in employment and labor relations matters. He also serves as general counsel for selected clients. David’s practice is defined by his singular...
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Michelle L. Dama, Attorney, Litigation, Michael Best Law Firm
Partner
Corporate clients turn to Michelle for her experience litigating commercial and intellectual property disputes, among other matters. Michelle also serves as a member of the firm’s Class...
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Luke W. DeMarte, Michael Best Law Firm, trademark, copyrigh,t entertainment law
Partner
Luke focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. Known for his close relationships with clients and the practical advice he offers on a wide range of complex...
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Andrew Dufresne, intellectual property, attorney, Michael Best, law firm
Attorney
Andrew Dufresne is an attorney focusing his practice on intellectual property law. Dr. Dufresne has experience with patent prosecution, reexamination, and post-grant proceedings before the...
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Michelle Wagner Ebben, Construction, Real Estate, Land Use Practice
Partner
Michelle provides strategic counsel and representation to clients involved in a range of construction, real estate and project development matters. Representative work includes: Complex...
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Michael Best & Friedrich LLP's eBusiness/Information Technology Practice Group counsels clients on a full spectrum of legal needs related to new technologies and new ways of doing...
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Adrienne Ehrhardt, Michael Best Law Firm, Corporate and Transactional Attorney
Partner
Known for giving practical and actionable legal advice, Adrienne counsels clients on the many complex aspects of privacy and data management matters. Her extensive background includes...
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Sarah N. Ehrhardt wealth planning attorney michael best law firm
Partner
Sarah works with clients from varied family and financial backgrounds on estate planning, business succession, and trust and estate administration matters. The foundation of her practice is...
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Energy and infrastructure powers our economy. The firm’s Energy Team is a leading legal practice serving the entire energy industry. Our multi-disciplinary team possesses an industry-...
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Managing Partner, Richard F. Ensor, Michael Best, Construction Lawyer, business disputes attorney
Managing Partner, Salt Lake City & Midvale Offices
Clients rely on Rick’s deep understanding of the mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appellate processes. Rick has been the lead trial attorney on a variety of complex cases presented...
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Joshua Erekson, Michael Best Law Firm, Corporate Law Attorney
Senior Counsel
As senior counsel, Josh advises clients in all realms of corporate law, including federal and state securities law compliance, the formation and financing of start-up businesses, and...
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Gilberto E. Espinoza, intellectual property law attorney michael best law firm
Partner
Gilberto is a persuasive and effective advocate for clients seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. Focusing his practice on patent litigation at both the trial and appellate...
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Benjamin E. Evans, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Prosecution
Associate
Ben concentrates his practice on preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications, particularly in the mechanical arts field. He provides his clients with a broad array of...
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Edward J. Evans Intellectual Property attorney Practice michael best law firm
Partner
A partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ed focuses on the prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications involving mechanical and electro-mechanical subject matter...
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Jason Faust, Michael Best Law Firm, Employee Benefits Attorney
Associate
Clients rely on Jason for strategic counsel regarding a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including: Qualified defined benefit and defined contribution...
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Cameron F. Field, transactional practice attorney, Michael Best, law firm
Associate
Cameron brings a broad focus to his work advocating for clients in the agribusiness, food and beverage, and energy industries. He assists clients in navigating the state and federal...
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John D. Finerty, Jr. Michael Best Law Firm, Corporate Litigation Attorney
Partner
Colleagues and clients alike describe John as a creative and pragmatic litigator. As an advisor to corporate boards, CEOs, and presidents of publicly traded and privately held companies,...
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Sarah Flotte, labor employment law attorney, Michael best law firm
Partner
Sarah serves as a trusted advisor offering proactive, strategic employment counsel. Representing companies and management exclusively, she works with a diverse range of manufacturing,...
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Kelly M. Fortier, Michael Best Law Firm, Business immigration, Attorney
Partner
Kelly helps employers of all sizes meet their staffing needs by handling the immigration issues they face in hiring foreign nationals and moving employees around the globe. A partner in the...
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Alexander P. Fraser, Michael Best Law Firm business law, finance attorney
Partner
Alec serves as primary outside counsel to national, regional, and community banks on interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, commodities, and other derivatives product lines, including...
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Daniel J. Gawronski, Corporate Attorney, mergers, acquisition, Michael Best Law FIrm
Associate
Dan is an approachable, energetic and trusted associate with a practice focusing on general business and other corporate matters. Dan counsels corporate clients of all sizes and brings a...
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Arthur Gollwitzer, Trial Attorney, Appeals, Patent, Copyright Lawyer, Trade Secret Litigation
Partner
Arthur Gollwitzer is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Gollwitzer combines trial and appellate experience gained as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York...
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Robert L. Gordon, Michael Best Law Firm, tax lawyer
Partner
Bob handles complex tax cases, often involving novel or first impression issues. His practice includes: Federal, state, and local taxation and tax controversies Trial and appellate tax...
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Government and Regulatory Law Group
Michael Best’s Government and Regulatory Law Group intimately understands the dynamics of the regulatory and legislative environments. We use that knowledge to guide effective participation...
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Katherine Goyert, employment, labor, attorney, Michael Best law firm
Associate
Kate focuses on employment counseling for employers and management and defending employers in federal, state, and administrative litigation. Clients value Kate’s litigation skills and...
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Denise Greathouse, member, Michael best law firm, labor and employment  law
Partner
Denise represents management clients in regard to labor and employment matters. Clients in sectors such as construction, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, food, and education turn...
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Michael S. Green, Banking Attorney, Michael Best Law Firm, Transactional
Partner
Mike is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and a partner in the firm’s Transactional Practice Group. Mike is the former Chair of the firm’s Transactional Practice Group and leads...
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Valerie Green, federal energy regulatory commission attorney, natural gas legal counsel, administration litigation, compliance investigation lawyer, construction law
Senior Counsel
Valerie L. Green is a Senior Counsel member of Michael Best’s Energy Industry Team. Ms. Green concentrates her practice on electric, natural gas, renewable energy, and other related energy...
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Nancy Leary Haggerty, Land Resources, Real Estate Attorney Michael Best Law Firm
Partner
Nancy is a partner in the Land & Resources Practice Group. Her more than 30 years of experience covers a broad range of real estate law, including assisting clients in purchases, sales...
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David J. Hanson, Michael Best, healthcare law attorney, Public utilities Insurance Lawyer
Partner
Clients from regulated industries such as health care, insurance, public utilities and financial services call on Dave for sound counsel on a wide range of corporate, transactional, and...
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Gregory J. Hartwig, Michael Best, intellectual property lawyer, patent practice chair
Partner
Clients value Greg’s strategic counsel relating to the protection of their intellectual property assets in the U.S. and abroad. His outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes...
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J. Alexander Hayes, Michael Best Law Firm, Government Relations Attorney
Senior Associate
Alex provides clients with a full range of government relations, lobbying, strategic planning and public relations services. Drawing on his legal knowledge and experience, he assists in the...
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Gregory T. Helding, Intellectual Property Attorney, Michel Best, Licensing Agreements Lawyer
Associate
Greg’s practice focuses on patent applications and software development and licensing agreements. He also assists with prosecuting patent applications.   Prior to joining the firm, Greg...
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Jordan J. Hemaidan, Michael Best, energy, agriculture, construction lawyer
Partner, Industry Group Chair - Energy
Jordan helps energy companies and other sophisticated businesses structure and contract for large scale capital expansion and procurement, including representation in siting and...
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Joel Henry, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
Managing Partner
Joel counsels start-up and growth phase companies regarding the development and protection of their intellectual property. With his background as a computer scientist, Joel is uniquely...
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Kyle Hepner, Michael Best, Trademark Lawyer, USPTO Attorney, Patent Litigation
Associate
Kyle’s outstanding track record in patent law is built on successful outcomes in patent litigation, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and patent portfolio management. Clients...
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Katherine C. Hinkle, Michael Best, Madison, Wisconsin, Private Equity Lawyer, document financing transactions Attorney
Associate
Katie helps clients navigate real estate matters including financing, leasing, and acquisitions and dispositions. She works with lenders to negotiate and document financing transactions,...
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M. Rhett Holland, michael best, wealth planning attorney, Transfer tax Planning Lawyer
Associate
Rhett represents clients in regard to the full spectrum of estate and business succession planning. He is a trusted advisor on the following issues: Preparation and implementation of...
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Michael Best’s insurance coverage attorneys assist companies of all sizes with their complex insurance issues. With decades of experience for clients across a wide range of industries, our...
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Michael Best has a longstanding commitment to the pursuit, protection and management of our clients’ intellectual property rights. With more than 130 professionals, our Intellectual...
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w. charles jackson, michael best, financial institutions legal counsel, regulatory compliance lawyer,
Partner
Chuck brings a wealth of practical and business experience acquired during 40 years of practice to his representation of financial institutions. His clients benefit from his strategic...
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Brian Jacobs, Michael Best, software technologies legal counsel, trademark copyright lawyer
Associate
Brian draws on his background as an electrical engineer to advise clients on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as related intellectual property issues....
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Brad R. Jacobsen, Michael Best, Merger Agreements Lawyer, securities law compliance Attorney
Partner
Brad counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, federal and state securities law compliance, forming and financing startup businesses and real estate matters. He has extensive experience...
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Thomas Janczewski, Michael Best, Beverage Industry Litigation, agribusiness legal counsel
Partner
Tom’s outstanding track record is built on his strong advocacy for clients in regard to federal, state, and municipal contracts, grants, and cost-share agreements. He is particularly valued...
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Robert Johannes, Michael Best, transactional attorney, mergers acquisitions lawyer,
Partner
Bob has participated in hundreds of transactions during the course of more than 30 years’ experience in his practice, advising closely held and family-owned U.S. and European (German, Swiss...
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Benjamin Johnson, employment defense litigation, michael best, trade secret legal counsel,
Associate
Ben brings a winning combination of big picture strategies and a collegial approach to his work defending employers against employment discrimination claims. A diverse range of clients...
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Amy Schmidt Jones, Labor compliance Attorney, Michael Best, EEOC legal counsel,
Partner, Practice Group Chair, Labor & Employment Relations
Clients look to Amy to provide pragmatic, strategic counsel in managing the full spectrum of legal issues that arise out of the employment relationship. Amy collaborates with her clients to...
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Paul Jones, Michael Best, technology lawyer, life sciences attorney,
Of Counsel
Paul draws on his extensive business experience as a successful serial venture capital-backed entrepreneur, investor, and angel investor to represent emerging technology and life sciences...
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Richard Kaiser, Michael Best, patent prosecution lawyer, inter partes review legal counsel,
Partner
Rich has a strong track record in intellectual property law, specializing in all stages of the patenting process for mechanical arts and technologies. He helps clients build patent...
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Bradley J. Kalscheur, Michael Best, cost effectively structure lawyer, transfer businesses attorney, CPA
Partner
Brad serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families and companies seeking to cost-effectively structure or transfer businesses. Clients value his responsiveness, particularly his...
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Benjamin Kaplan, Michael Best, product liability litigation, class action defense attorney,
Associate
Ben focuses on consumer protection, business tort, and class action litigation, providing careful analysis of complex issues and practical advice for resolving disputes and concerns. Ben...
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Aaron H. Kastens, Michael Best, complex commercial lawyer, arbitration proceedings attorney
Partner
Aaron has broad experience litigating complex commercial matters in both federal and state court and through arbitration proceedings. He has served as first or second chair on cases through...
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Daniel Kaufman, Michael Best, trade secret protection attorney, higher education lawyer,
Partner
Clients turn to Dan because he is an outstanding litigator and a trusted advisor on employment issues. His deep knowledge of employment law, exceptional judgment, and strategic advice...
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Melissa E. Kolom, Michael Best Senior Patent Agent, Pharmaceutical industry Lawyer
Senior Patent Agent
Melissa brings more than fifteen years of legal experience to her job advising clients on the full spectrum of patent issues directed at biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She has a strong...
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Laura Konkel, Michael Best, intellectual property legal counsel, international clearance attorney,
Associate
Laura Konkel is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Ms. Konkel’s practice focuses on all aspects of ‎trademark selection and protection, including domestic and...
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Raymond Krueger, Michael Best, environmental energy attorney, climate change legal counsel,
Partner
In a career spanning more than 40 years, Ray has developed a rare practice combining environmental law and law concerning art and architecture. He has also played a major role in the...
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Jason Kunschke, Michael Best, Fair Credit Report Act lawyer, labor relations attorney,
Senior Counsel
Jason advises clients on all facets of employment and labor relations laws, including the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Act. Clients value Jason’s assistance with these as well as other...
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The employer-employee relationship is an important and complex business relationship. Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group is a national practice...
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Charles Laff, Michael Best, trademark litigation attorney, oral argument counsel, merchandising rights lawyer
Partner
Chuck represents clients in all phases of intellectual property law. In addition to vigorous and effective litigation, he helps them obtain, maintain, assess, and enforce ownership of...
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Daniel LaFrenz, Michael Best, transactional attorney, diverse business tax law,
Associate
Daniel focuses on business and tax law issues, and his diverse practice addresses state and federal income tax, international tax, mergers and acquisitions, new market tax credit (NMTC)...
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Michael R. Langer, Michael Best, patent practitioner, pharmaceutical and biotech industries lawyer
Partner
Mike partners with clients to provide practical, strategic patent counsel. He represents clients of all sizes, including universities, emerging and mid-sized companies and Fortune 500...
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Elizabeth N. Larson, Michael Best, Employment Discrimination Lawyer, Affirmative Action Compliance Attorney
Associate
Elizabeth focuses on employment discrimination, affirmative action, and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) matters. Clients value her responsiveness, as well as her...
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Molly Lawson, Michael Best, financial transaction legal counsel, joint development agreement lawyer
Partner
Molly is experienced in all phases of obtaining patent protection both in the United States and internationally. Her patent prosecution and patent clearance practice is focused on computer...
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Jorge Leon, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employee Benefits Attorney
Partner, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair
Plan sponsors, administrators, fiduciaries, and third-party recordkeepers turn to Jorge for strategic counsel on designing, establishing, and maintaining retirement plans. Clients laud his...
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Litigation is a serious undertaking. To prevail, clients need exceptional representation inside and outside the courtroom. Michael Best & Friedrich LLP's Litigation Practice Group, with...
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Mark Lotito, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Associate
Mark assists clients in a range of employee benefits matters, including legal compliance, transaction due diligence, and litigation. He brings a multifaceted, big picture outlook to helping...
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Gregory Lynch, Michael Best Law Firm, Corporate and Energy Attorney
Partner
Greg Lynch is a partner in the firm’s Transactional Practice Group and Energy Industry Group. He also is the Co-Founder of the firm’s Venture BestTM venture practice. His principal...
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Caitlyn Mac Nair, Michael Best Law Firm, Patent Scientist
Patent Scientist
Caitlin helps clients protect and defend their intellectual property assets. She regularly assists in patent prosecution, responding to both United States and international office actions....
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Seth Mailhot, Michael Best Law Firm, Life Sciences and Agribusiness Attorney
Partner
Seth brings more than 20 years of experience in a full spectrum of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-related matters to his leadership of the firm’s FDA Regulatory practice group....
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Miguel Manriquez, Michael Best Friedrich, labor relations attorney, employment negotiations legal counsel, sports licensing lawyer, marketing law, digital media representation
Associate
Miguel Manriquez is an attorney in the firm’s Labor & Employment Relations Practice Group. Labor and Employment Relations Law Mr. Manriquez assists clients with labor relations,...
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Paulette Mara, Michael Best Law Firm, Life Sciences and Finance Attorney
Senior Counsel
Paulette has more than 25 years of experience representing pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, and healthcare companies, financial institutions and financial services companies in...
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Jonathan Margolies, Michael Best, Discredited Patents Lawyer, Technology Infringement Attorney
Partner
Jon is a persuasive and effective advocate for large commercial clients seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. His outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes...
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Brian Marstall, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property and Patent Attorney
Associate
Brian’s practice is dedicated to obtaining robust patent protection for his clients’ innovation and developing strategies to minimize their patent infringement risk. Brian has significant...
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Porter Martin, Michael Best Law Firm, Corporate and Energy Attorney
Partner
Porter has established a strong track record based on his strategic, results-driven representation of clients involved in complex corporate transactions. A diverse group of clients look to...
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Stephen A. Mason, Michael Best, patent portfolios lawyer, product development attorney
Partner
Stephen is a trusted advisor to companies seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. He brings an in-depth knowledge and a track record of success to his work advising startups...
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Roxane Maywalt, Michael Best Law Firm, Energy Law Attorney
Attorney
With nearly 25 years of experience in energy law, Roxane offers clients advice on federal and state laws and regulations, as well as effective representation in litigation of complex...
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Lauren McComis, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property and Patent Attorney
Attorney
Lauren provides clients with strategic advice on protecting their intellectual property assets. She focuses her practice on conducting patentability and clearance investigations and...
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Plymouth Nelson, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property and Patent Attorney
Partner
Plymouth is known for his attention to detail and unflagging commitment to his clients’ business goals. He approaches each project with the mindset of a business partner to expand the IP...
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Aaron Nodolf, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property and Patent Attorney
Partner
Aaron focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, from counseling clients as they acquire IP assets to defending against competitor claims. He brings both experience and creative...
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Daniel O'Callaghan, Michael Best Law Firm, Real Estate and Land Zoning Attorney
Partner
Dan guides clients through all stages of the real estate life cycle, from acquisition to development, construction, financing, leasing and sale of multifamily and commercial properties. His...
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Thomas Obenberger, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Tom advises Fortune 500 and other national corporations on all aspects of labor, employment and discrimination law. Clients value his extensive, multistate experience spanning a range of...
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Jose Olivieri, Michael Best Law Firm, Higher Education, Labor and Immigration Attorney
Partner, Industry Group Chair
José is the founder and co-chair of Michael Best’s immigration law practice. Clients depend on his deep knowledge of and experience with U.S. immigration law and employment-based...
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Joseph Olson, Michael Best Law Firm, Employee Benefits Litigation Attorney
Partner
Joe is a trial attorney practicing primarily in the areas of class action defense, wage and hour litigation, employee benefits litigation, regulatory compliance, and complex commercial...
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Charles Palmer, Michael Best Law Firm, Employment Law Litigation Attorney
Managing Partner
Chuck is a go-to lawyer for complex cases involving employment law, including independent contractor and joint employment matters. Clients rely on his years of experience in dealing with...
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Todd Palmer, Michael Best Law Firm, Environment and Natural Resources Attorney
Partner, Practice Group Chair
For more than 25 years, Todd has helped numerous clients remain in compliance with all aspects of the complex and dynamic Clean Air Act regulatory program. His extensive knowledge of and...
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Hamang Patel, Michael Best Law Firm, Corporate and Transaction Attorney
Partner
Clients call on Hamang for guidance on the federal, state and local tax and business law issues stemming from complex business transactions. His strategic counsel encompasses mergers and...
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Brian Paul, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Brian brings strategic business vision to his work representing companies engaged in employment-related disputes, both in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. The...
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Kirk Pelikan, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Kirk’s practice focuses on legal issues related to all aspects of the employment cycle, from hiring through termination and severance. Substantially experienced in both benefits and...
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Lisa Petersen, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Lisa represents employers in regard to the full spectrum of labor and employment issues. Widely recognized for her work in employment litigation, she has achieved an enviable record of...
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Jeffrey Peterson, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
Partner
Jeff’s clients turn to him for help in protecting intellectual property assets, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as for strategic counsel on all aspects of intellectual...
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Mitchell Quick, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Mitch serves as a trusted advisor to businesses on all aspects of management labor and employment law. Clients value his deep knowledge of employment and labor laws, with an emphasis on...
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Melanie Reichenberger, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
Partner
Clients turn to Melanie to develop strategies for resolving intellectual property disputes both inside and outside of the courtroom. Whether patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets...
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Anne Reynolds, Michael Best Law Firm, Patent and Intellectual Property Attorney
Senior Patent Agent
Anne serves as a partner and advisor to companies seeking to establish and protect intellectual property in the global marketplace. She focuses on patent applications, patentability...
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Farrah Rifelj, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Farrah serves Michael Best in two capacities: as Deputy General Counsel and as a partner in the Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group. Her practice focuses on employment counseling...
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Kelly Rourke, Michael Best Law Firm, Immigration and Employment Attorney
Associate
Kelly assists employers with administrative law matters, focusing her practice primarily on employment-based immigration. She regularly helps clients meet critical staffing needs by...
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Eric Rumbaugh, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Eric advises clients in all areas of labor and employment law. With a practice that is national in scope, he is particularly active in litigating matters involving trade secrets, non-...
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Tanya Salman, Michael Best Law Firm, Commercial Litigation Attorney
Associate
Tanya defends companies in state and federal litigation involving commercial breach of contract, business tort disputes, real estate matters, and trademarks. She also has experience in...
608-283-0122
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Daniel Sanford, Michael Best Law Firm, Energy Law Attorney
Partner
Dan brings a wealth of experience in the electric and gas industries to his work at Michael Best. He represents the full range of industry enterprises, including electric transmission...
202-747-9561
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S. Edward Sarskas, Michael Best Law Firm, Litigation Attorney
Partner
Ed serves as a trusted advisor and counselor to business clients in various stages of the dispute resolution process. Taking a creative and practical approach, he helps clients evaluate and...
414-223-2521
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John Scheller, Michael Best Law Firm, Life Sciences, Intellectual Property and Litigation Attorney
Partner
Clients count on John’s extensive experience in commercial and intellectual property litigation before federal, state and administrative courts across the United States. His strong...
608-283-2276
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Marshall Schmitt, Michael Best Law Firm, Life Sciences and Intellectual Property Attorney
Partner
Marshall’s practice focuses on resolving disputes regarding scientific issues and counseling clients in chemical and biotechnology matters. A skilled first chair litigator and trial lawyer...
312-596-5828
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Thomas Scrivner, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Partner
Tom’s practice includes all aspects of labor law and employment litigation. He represents clients in a broad range of industries including construction, health care, printing, education,...
414-225-4965
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Lee Seese, Michael Best Law Firm, Insurance and Litigation Attorney
Partner
Lee has substantial experience in insurance recovery, complex commercial litigation, product liability, and construction matters. He is well versed in all aspects of pre-trial litigation...
414-223-2502
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Jeffrey Sherman, Michael Best Law Firm, Energy Law Attorney
Senior Counsel
Jeff advises electric utilities, natural gas companies, distribution companies, and marketing and trading companies on a broad array of regulatory compliance, litigation, and transactional...
202-844-3807
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Ann Ustad Smith, Michael Best Law Firm, Finance and Banking Attorney
Partner, Practice Chair
Ann works with business owners, investors, and lenders, establishing and navigating their financial relationships and resolving matters relating to financial distress. Her practice is...
608-283-2251
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Billie Jean Smith, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
Partner
Billie works with clients to procure, manage and enforce IP portfolios including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. A seasoned practitioner with a strong track record of...
414-347-4770
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Effective taxation work includes both comprehensive planning based on continually changing tax laws and resolution of tax controversies. Michael Best & Friedrich’s taxation team helps...
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Derek Taylor, Michael Best Law Firm, Real Estate and Banking Attorney
Associate
Derek provides responsive, targeted solutions to his clients’ challenges across a broad range of real estate and commercial financial transactions. His clients include developers and owners...
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Martin Tierney, Michael Best Law Firm, Employee Benefits Attorney
Partner
Clients turn to Martin for his tenacious problem-solving approach to all areas of employee benefits law. He is particularly valued for his track record of untangling and simplifying complex...
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Melissa Turczyn, Michael Best Law Firm, Corporate Law Attorney
Partner
Melissa works closely with entrepreneurs and has a strong track record helping to organize, finance, and build early-stage and emerging growth companies. Her broad experience includes...
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Zachary Watters, Michael Best Law Firm, Litigation Attorney
Associate
Zach brings experience in a wide range of litigation matters to his work for Michael Best.  Zach has significant trial experience in both jury and bench trials, as well as appellate...
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Teresa Welch, Michael Best Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
Partner
Teresa has more than 20 years of experience procuring patent protection in the area of life sciences, working with clients in the therapeutics and pharmaceutical area in their product life...
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Sara Whaley, Michael Best Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
Associate
Clients look to Sara for her efficient approach and creative problem solving related to a diverse range of labor and employment issues. She provides thoughtful analysis in her work...
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Adam Witkov, Michael Best Law Firm, Finance and Banking Attorney
Partner
Adam is a relentless advocate for his clients in the areas of complex commercial and financial services litigation. Clients value Adam’s judgment, creative solutions, and results-driven...
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Charlene Yager, Michael Best Law Firm, Life Sciences and Intellectual Property Attorney
Partner
Charlene provides counsel to chemical, pharmaceutical, and life sciences sector clients regarding the full spectrum of patent issues. Widely recognized for her successes in patent...
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Wei Yan, Michael Best Law Firm, Agrobusiness and Intellectual Property Attorney
Associate
Wei brings an extensive technical background to his work in patent preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate analyses, patent landscaping, and due diligence. Wei is also a member of...
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Sansun Yeh, Michael Best Law Firm, Life Sciences and Intellectual Property Attorney
Associate
Sansun brings extensive experience in the life sciences to her work representing clients in regard to the full spectrum of foreign and U.S. patent prosecution. Her track record in freedom...
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Maryelena Zaccardelli, Senior Director of Affirmative Action Plans & Contractor Compliance
Senior Director of Affirmative Action Plans & Contractor Compliance
Maryelena draws on her extensive background as an employment attorney, affirmative action consultant, and employee relations manager to assist clients in navigating the complex statutes and...
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Leah Hurgten Ziemba, Michael Best Law Firm, Agribusiness and Energy Attorney
Partner, Industry Group Chair
Leah takes a big-picture approach in advising clients as they face challenges on environmental, food safety, and regulatory compliance issues. She draws on experience gained in cases...
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