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February 2, 2005Press Release

Tom Obenberger Named Managing Partner at Michael Best & Friedrich

Milwaukee, WI - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has named Tom Obenberger to the position of firm managing partner. Obenberger, a distinguished attorney practicing employment law, succeeds Richard Canter.

"Tom brings a great combination of personality and skills to the position of managing partner. He is a leader, an excellent attorney, and someone who is actively involved in the community," Tod Linstroth, chairman of Michael Best's management committee said. "As we make this transition, we are very grateful to Richard for his service as managing partner. His wish was to return to the full-time practice of health care law, and the management committee reluctantly accepted his request."

Obenberger joined Michael Best immediately after serving as a law clerk for Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice E. Harold Hallows. Obenberger has held various leadership positions within the firm including serving on the firm's management committee and chairmanship of the Employment Practice Group.

In his legal practice, Obenberger has represented Fortune 500 companies and other prominent corporations in all aspects of labor and employment law. Obenberger continuously has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He is active in a number of state and national employment law organizations and frequently lectures on employment relations topics. Obenberger has helped build the firm's employment relations group into one of the largest such practice groups in the region.

Obenberger's community involvement includes extensive work with arts organizations. He served on the executive committee of the United Performing Arts Fund; he was president of the Bel Canto Chorus board; and he is director of the Contemporary Arts Society of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Obenberger also volunteers with his alma mater, Marquette University where he serves on the Law School Advisory Board.

"I am honored to accept this appointment, in part because I feel so strongly about this law firm," Obenberger said. "An outstanding law firm is defined by its legal work, its client service, and its community involvement. In my role as managing partner, I will continue to make sure our work, our service, and our community involvement, consistently meet the high standards we all expect."

Canter, who served as managing partner since January 2004, will resume his full-time health law practice. Canter has played a leading role in establishing Michael Best's health law practice group as one of the largest and most respected in the region.

"I am very pleased Tom Obenberger will take on the duties of managing partner. He has a unique set of talents and abilities that will serve him well in this new role," Canter said. "And I look forward to dedicating my full attention to our health care clients. That has always been a priority for me."

2004 was a record-setting year for Michael Best as the partnership exceeded its business goals. Obenberger says the firm will continue to pursue opportunities in expanding legal areas.

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