Michael Best has enjoyed prominent rankings in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004. In addition to again being ranked number one in the areas of Labor and Employment Relations and Intellectual Property in Wisconsin in 2010, they also recognize our Business, Litigation, Environmental, and Real Estate Practice Groups in Wisconsin; and our Media and Entertainment - Transactional Group in Illinois.
Below are brief editorials provided by the Chambers & Partners research staff, based on their findings through interviews with our clients, as well as some client comments in the areas in which we are recognized.
Business – Wisconsin
Michael Best’s Business Practice Group serves the corporate needs of a range of clients, including those in the biotech, IT and manufacturing industries. Additionally, the corporate attorneys in the Madison office receive considerable praise, providing advice on the full gamut of corporate issues.
Sources Say: “This firm retains clients due to its customer-focused approach and attracts new ones because of its impressive local reputation.”
Intellectual Property – Wisconsin
The IP Practice is the jewel in this firm’s crown. The team provides the full spectrum of IP services and is regarded as particularly adept in IP litigation. The firm also possesses one of the largest patent prosecution groups in Wisconsin and a number of its attorneys have technology and science backgrounds. The team’s broad client list crosses sectors, from heavy industry to biotech and software.
Sources Say: “This firm makes a concerted effort to keep fees down and makes good use of patent engineers and junior members of staff to minimize our costs.”
Labor and Employment Relations – Wisconsin
Michael Best’s Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group retains its preeminent position in the market thanks to the supreme quality of the dedicated attorneys and litigators that comprise the team. The practice is national in scope yet maintains a strong Wisconsin presence, representing public and private sector clients, especially those in the education, healthcare and manufacturing industries. This group again ranked number one in Wisconsin.
Sources Say: “Labor and employment is one of this firm’s strongest areas. The team has great breadth of experience and the attorneys are leaders in their specialties.”
Litigation: General Commercial – Wisconsin
The trial lawyers in Michael Best’s litigation group are best known for their expertise in IP, labor and employment and products liability litigation.
Sources Say: “The experience of the attorneys and support staff is exceptional.”
Media & Entertainment: Transactional – Illinois
This practice has a heavy emphasis on the music and entertainment industry. The group is commended for its experience representing clients such as bands, artists and record labels on issues including licensing and sponsorship.
Natural Resources & Environment – Wisconsin
Michael Best is highlighted for the experience and broad range of skills of its attorneys. The environmental, real estate, construction, land use, renewable energy and climate change specialists comprising the land and resources group can advise clients on any issue.
Sources Say: “The firm is a strong local presence and it has one of the most talented and knowledgeable teams in the state.”
Real Estate: Wisconsin
This team is deemed to be particularly good in transactional finance, environment, land use and taxation-related realty work. The lawyers often work with colleagues in other departments, such as corporate and litigation, to meet the needs of a clientele that consists primarily of developers, investors and lenders.