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September 29, 2017Press Release

Michael Best Aligns Milwaukee Leadership Roles to Handle Expansion into New Milwaukee Commercial Financial District and Explore Expansion in Waukesha

Danielle Bergner to Lead Growth into New Space, José Olivieri and Bergner to Co-Manage Milwaukee Office

MILWAUKEE (September 29, 2017) – Michael Best today announced that it has expanded the responsibilities of Milwaukee Office Managing Partner Danielle M. Bergner to include oversight and leadership of the firm's transition to its new office location in the new BMO Harris Financial Center at Market Square in downtown Milwaukee.

Bergner will continue to serve as office managing partner and lead the firm’s real estate development practice, while simultaneously supervising its move to a new building in the commercial financial district in late 2019. With this re-location, Michael Best will become the anchor tenant in the new 60,000-square-foot space being developed by Irgens Partners.

“The expansion of our Milwaukee office has been a priority for us for some time now,” said David A. Krutz, Firm Managing Partner of Michael Best. "Danielle’s expertise leading multi-million dollar real estate projects will help make the transition seamless, and we are pleased that she has agreed to take the helm and accept these additional responsibilities."

The firm has also named Milwaukee partner José A. Olivieri to serve as co-managing partner of the office in order to assist in Bergner's expanded responsibilities.

Additionally, Krutz said that Michael Best will begin exploring expansion options for its existing Waukesha office, currently located in the Riverwood Office.

“Just as we have grown in Milwaukee, so, too, has Michael Best expanded its practice in the Waukesha area,” Krutz said. “Looking toward the future, it’s time for us to explore potential options for increasing our presence in the Waukesha County area.”

"Moving hundreds of attorneys, paralegals, and staff two blocks away to a new office is no small task, but I look forward to the challenge and am confident that it will be a successful, exciting transition," Bergner said. "With support from José, our planning committee, and a great development team, the move will allow us to continue to grow as a premier provider of legal services in a new technologically-advanced space."

“I’m honored and excited to be working with Danielle,” said Olivieri. “Her professional acumen, legal expertise, and strength of character have laid the foundation for the continued success of this office. I’m confident we’ll be able to accomplish a great deal together in the near term and set the stage for a successful move to our new office.”

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