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February 18, 2011Press Release

Michael Best Welcomes Six New Associates

Milwaukee

Steven A. Nigh is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University in 2007, and a  J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he wrote for The Georgetown Journal for Legal Ethics. During his summer at Georgetown, he interned at Catholic Charities and a large law firm in Washington, D.C. where he worked on pro bono cases and placing individuals with pro bono attorneys.


Benjamin A. Kaplan
is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. He received a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in Political Science in 2006. Kaplan received his J.D., magna cum laude, with a business law concentration, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2010. He was editor of the Journal of Law and Inequality from 2008-2009.


Mark A. Lotito
is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He graduated with a B.A., with high distinction, in Liberal arts from Martin Luther college in 2000. He went on to receive an M.A., with distinction, from the University of London, Warburg Institute in 2003, and an M.A., in history from the University of Michigan in 2008. Lotito received a J.D. from Cornell Law School as well as a L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law in 2010.


Benjamin E. Swoboda
is a member of the Business Practice Group. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with a B.A., cum laude, in Mathematical Methods in the Social Studies, Economics and Political Science. Swoboda received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006. Prior to joining Michael Best, Swoboda worked as a banking and finance attorney for a large Chicago-area law firm.


Madison

Joseph D. Brydges is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He graduated with a B.S., in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. He received his J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 2010. While in law school, Brydges worked as a law clerk where he assisted with legal research and civil and criminal jury trials. He also was a research assistant and legislative aide to Representative John Steinbrink of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

 

Waukesha

Plymouth D. Nelson is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He received a B.S., cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 1994 and an M.S. from Northwestern University in 1995. He graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2003. Prior to joining Michael Best, Nelson worked as an attorney at an Intellectual Property firm in Washington, D.C., after serving in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps of the U.S. Army. Before and during law school, Nelson was a practicing engineer for six years designing water purification and HVAC systems.  He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and Maryland.

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