Am Law 200 firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is expanding from its Midwest base and opening a Washington, D.C. office on June 3, 2013. Michael Best’s office in Washington, D.C. will be located at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and will focus on the areas of Energy, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Food and Agriculture and FDA.
“Establishing a Washington, D.C. presence is a natural step in our firm’s growth. The ever-changing regulatory environment in the areas of energy, environmental policy, and food and agriculture makes it important to have a physical presence where the key policymakers, regulators and government investigators are located to better serve our client base,” said David Krutz, Managing Partner at Michael Best. He added that the Firm’s internationally recognized Intellectual Property practice will continue to grow with the essential role Washington, D.C. plays as the center of patent law and trademark law.
New Michael Best partner, Daniel L. Sanford, will lead the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Sanford has nearly 40 years of experience working in the utility arena in both gas and electric, most recently as Deputy General Counsel of the American Transmission Company, where he also served as Interim General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He has also served as Deputy General Counsel of the American Gas Association. Michael Best attorneys Anna J. Wildeman (Environmental Law), Brian J. N. Marstall (Intellectual Property) and patent scientist John A. Stanko, Ph.D. (Intellectual Property) will initially staff the Firm’s new D.C. office.
“The Michael Best team has a wealth of experience representing clients’ regulatory needs and my experience is a great complement to the deep knowledge that already exists at the Firm,” explained Sanford. “I am energized and excited to be a part of expanding Michael Best to Washington, D.C.”
In addition, through the D.C. office, Michael Best’s venture capital practice will be able to better serve emerging companies in biotechnology, medical device, information technology, and other high technology sectors in the Maryland/Northern Virginia business corridor.
The office will officially open on June 3, 2013, and is located at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Suite 700 South, Washington, D.C. 20004.