July 9, 2007Press Release

Michael Best Announces Changes in Management Committee

Milwaukee, WI  Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce that David B. Smith, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, has been elected to serve as Chair of the firm’s Management Committee.  Smith succeeds David A. Krutz as Chair.  Krutz will assume Thomas E. Obenberger’s role as the firm’s Managing Partner on February 1, 2008. 

Smith has been with the firm since 1978 and has served in many leadership roles, including two separate Management Committee terms and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.  Under Smith’s leadership the Intellectual Property Group grew to become one of the largest practices in the firm and achieved national ranking.  “I am pleased to lead the firm’s Management Committee during this time of strategic growth and progression and look forward to building on our nearly 160-year tradition of excellence,” Smith said. Smith’spractice includes patent and trademark prosecution in the United States and foreign countries, licensing of technology, product design and development counseling, and intellectual property litigation.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the intellectual property field.

Linda H. Bochert, a partner in the firm’s Madison office, has been newly elected to the firm's Management Committee.  Bochert has been with the firm for 16 years and also has served in many leadership roles, including: Chair of the Environmental Practice Group for eight years, Co-Chair of the firm’s Professional Development Committee for 10 years, and member of the firm’s Diversity and Compensation Committees.  Bochert’s practice focuses on environmental law and includes wastewater permitting, stormwater management, air permitting, wetlands regulation, navigable waters and Public Trust Doctrine issues, conservation easements, Green Tier certifications, and large facility, landfill, pipeline and power plant siting.   Bochert is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of environmental law.  Prior to joining Michael Best, Bochert was with the State of Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Justice for 17 years. 

Scott C. Beightol has been re-elected to serve another thee-year term on the firm’s Management Committee.  Beightol, who started with the firm upon graduation from law school, represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law, with special emphasis in counseling and defending employers in employment discrimination and other litigation before federal and state courts, the NLRB, and arbitrators.  Beightol is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of labor and employment law.

"We are very pleased to have three of our most accomplished partners serving as leaders of the firm," Krutz said.  "Their fresh insight, coupled with their sharp business acumen, will be an asset to the Management Committee and will benefit the entire firm."

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