Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has hired an attorney who counsels clients through all of their companies' startup phases to beef up the roster in its Chicago office, the firm has announced.
Michael Best added Galen R. Mason to its transactional practice group as well as its Venture Best team, consisting of a group of counsel who offer entrepreneurship and risk capital investing legal expertise to clients nationwide. Mason joined the firm after working as special counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP for more than nine years.
Mason told Law360 he was attracted to Michael Best because of its existing platform, as well as the way its lawyers are grouped among its office. The firm's rate structure is also "really amenable" to growth-stage companies without anyone having to sacrifice the quality, scope and capabilities required to help those companies, he said.
"It's really the Goldilocks of law firm platforms for doing Midwest venture legal counsel," Mason said. "It's not too big. It's not too small. It's perfect."
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