August 29, 2002Press Release

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Partner Appointed To Special Committee

Madison, WI - David A. Crass, a partner in the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, has been appointed by the State of Wisconsin's Joint Legislative Council to serve on the Special Committee on Recodification of Town Highway Statutes.

The committee, made up of 12 members (one Senator, three Representatives, and eight Public Members), is directed to recodify Chapters 80 and 81, Stats., regarding town highways and to take up any other matters contained within those statutes or related statutes.

A member of the firm's Land and Resources group, Crass practices primarily in the areas of environmental/regulatory law, land use and agricultural law. Crass is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin, an organization formed to preserve and grow the State's dairy industry. Crass also serves the interests of production agriculture on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protections Model Livestock Ordinance Advisory Committee. Crass has secured and negotiated federal, state and local approvals for numerous agricultural facilities and livestock operations and is coordinator of the Firm's Agribusiness Practice Group. Crass has litigation experience in administrative contested case hearings, civil toxic tort defense, contribution actions, government enforcement defense, professional engineering malpractice and environmental insurance coverage litigation. On the transactional side, Crass has assisted both buyers and sellers in assessing environmental issues in real estate and corporate transactions and has also counseled lenders on various environmental issues. Crass is a periodic guest lecturer at regulatory and environmental law workshops sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering; the Federation of Environmental Technologists; the Wisconsin Department of Commerce; the Wisconsin Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers; and numerous trade associations.

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