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Firm Managing Partner: David A. Krutz
Number of lawyers: 273
Languages: French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Michael Best is a full-service law firm with 13 offices and more than 250 lawyers, who provide its clients with the exceptional legal service and business acumen that have defined the firm for generations. The firm’s nationwide experience, combined with ‘between the coasts’ locations, enables Michael Best to provide strategic, sophisticated, affordable counsel across the country and internationally.
The firm serves corporations of all sizes, as well as municipalities, trade associations, nonprofits, family trusts, and individuals. Its clients range across many different industries, such as advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, banking and financial services, digital technology, energy, food and beverage, life sciences, and water. The firm handles a complete range of legal matters, working in collaborative, interdisciplinary teams.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking & Financial Services
Corporate & Transactional
Energy Law
Government Relations & Public Policy
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment Relations
Natural Resources & Environment
Privacy & Data Security
Real Estate

Strategic legal counsel covering the entire business life cycle—from organization, financing, and operation through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and liquidation.
Sub areas: Securities & Capital Markets; Transactions; General Corporate Counsel; Venture Capital & Private Equity; Healthcare

Government Relations, Political Law & Public Policy:
Counsel on all facets of local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory processes, and on political campaign finance regulations, election laws, ethics regulations, lobbying and political advocacy regulations, and tax law. Michael Best often collaborates with Michael Best Strategies, its affiliated consulting firm.
Sub areas: Campaign Finance & Political Law; Regulatory Law; Michael Best Strategies LLC

Intellectual Property:
Helping clients develop, manage, and protect intellectual assets. The firm provides a full range of IP legal services, including prosecution, portfolio management, and litigation. Many of its lawyers have advanced degrees in areas such as computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and biotechnology, or have served as examiners in the USPTO.
Sub areas: Patent; Trademark; Copyright; Enforcement, Clearance, & Defense; Licensing & Technology Agreements; Privacy & Cybersecurity; Higher Education

Labor & Employment Relations:
Comprehensive services in labor, employment, and employee benefits law. The firm has experience with all kinds of employers and work forces, whether private or public sector, large or small, white- or blue-collar, unionized or union-free.
Sub areas: Affirmative Action Plan Compliance; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Employment Litigation; Employment Policies, Practices & Audits; Immigration; Labor-Management Relations; Unfair Competition & Trade Secrets; Wage and Hour Compliance & Defense; Workplace Safety & Health

Battle-tested counsel for nearly any type of dispute and for litigation avoidance. When litigation is necessary, it knows how to take cases to trial and win. The firm’s litigators also serve clients outside the courtroom, achieving successful results through alternative dispute resolution and advising on risk management strategies.
Sub areas: Class Action, Collective Action & Multidistrict Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy, Reorganization & Workouts; Employment Litigation; Environmental Enforcement Defense & Litigation; Government Investigations & White Collar Defense; Insurance Litigation; Intellectual Property Enforcement, Clearance & Defense; Land Use Litigation; Privacy & Cybersecurity Litigation; Products Liability Defense; Tax Controversy & Litigation

Privacy & Cybersecurity:
Tech-savvy counsel to support risk mitigation strategies and help clients stay ahead of emerging threats. The firm’s privacy and cybersecurity lawyers have in-house experience and extensive backgrounds working with federal and state regulatory agencies. It can assess how data is managed across your entire enterprise, identify vulnerabilities, and build a customized compliance program.
Sub areas: Regulatory Compliance & Data Protection; Public Sector Privacy & Cybersecurity; Incident Preparedness & Response; Government & Risk Management; Investigations, Dispute Resolution & Litigation; Supply Chain & Vendor Management; Emerging Technologies; Education & Training

Real Estate:
Representing clients in every segment of the real estate industry, including owners, developers, contractors, brokers, lenders, architects, and tenants, as well as nonprofit, public sector, and educational clients. The firm’s real estate team knows finance, construction, environmental, and real estate law. It helps clients proactively identify opportunities; structure transactions and financing; negotiate agreements; and get projects sited, permitted, built, and occupied.
Sub areas: Project Development & Financing; Land Use & Zoning; Commercial Leasing; Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) & Tax Credits; Construction & Construction Litigation; Utilities & Telecommunications; Commercial Finance & Lending

Serving clients in heavily regulated industries, as well as in regulatory areas that impact clients across all sectors. Michael Best has deep experience in virtually all aspects of regulatory compliance and defense, combined with the capability to deliver a broad range of legal services.
Sub areas: Energy Law; Environmental & Natural Resources; FDA Regulatory

Keeping up with the continually changing tax laws, so that you don’t have to. With the firm’s emphasis on proactive tax planning, which is grounded in a long history, it enables its clients to optimize the structure of transactions and other business ventures. The firm assists with a wide array of business and personal tax matters.
■Sub areas: Tax Controversy & Litigation; Tax Planning; State & Local Taxation (SALT); Property Tax; Nonprofit Organizations; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

International Work:
The firm works with clients around the world on cross-border transactions, global IP portfolio management, and other matters. In addition, Michael Best is the exclusive member firm in Wisconsin for Lex Mundi, offering clients preferred access to the world’s leading network of independent law firms in 100+ countries.