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February 26, 2020In the News

Michael Best Combines with Established Entrepreneurial Law Firm RWR Legal

Michael Best announced today the addition of RWR Legal into its Austin office operations, effective immediately.

The combination, which will greatly benefit both Michael Best and RWR Legal clients, will add three senior corporate and securities attorneys. RWR Legal connects high-growth clients with the talent, mentoring, and resources required for success.

Rick Ressler, RWR Legal’s Managing General Counsel, will step into the leadership role as Michael Best’s new Austin Office Managing Partner; Shari Wynne Ressler will join Michael Best as a Partner focusing on strategic development; and Stephen Aguilar will join as Senior Counsel. All three will be members of Venture Best®, Michael Best’s team dedicated to counseling entrepreneurs, investors, emerging companies, and start-ups.

“Austin has a thriving economy for venture capital and start-up companies, and it has been a core part of our firm’s strategy to expand our team of attorneys there,” said David Krutz, Managing Partner of Michael Best. “The Michael Best and RWR Legal combination positions the firm to uniquely serve the venture capital investment and emerging markets with an innovative national platform and top-tier legal services.”

“My colleagues and I are thrilled to be a part of the Michael Best team,” said Rick Ressler. “I’m excited that we will continue to support our clients across key practice areas, including corporate, transactional, intellectual property, litigation, privacy and cybersecurity, and investor and fund representation. This group of highly-skilled practitioners brings decades of industry leading experience to the table, and the expanded resources our clients will receive as a result will have an immediate benefit.”

Since the firm’s founding over 23 years ago, RWR Legal has served as counsel for thousands of companies, providing sophisticated, large firm expertise to the entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem in Austin.

“In 2012, we founded Incubation Station, now known as the SKU Accelerator (“SKU”), the first accelerator program for high-growth CPG companies,” said Shari Wynne Ressler, founder of RWR Legal. “Since its inception, SKU has graduated more than 60 companies, and over 80 percent of participants are still in business today. We are grateful to help build diversified industries and a robust start-up ecosystem, and this combination will enable us to amplify our impact.”

“Rick, Shari, and Stephen bring an unparalleled level of service and strategic business insights to entrepreneurial companies,” said Shawn Stigler, Co-Chair of the Venture Best® group. “This group’s mindset is a great fit for our culture and will bolster our national capabilities in helping emerging companies and investors navigate the ever-changing start-up landscape.”

Combining with RWR Legal will enhance the Austin office’s capabilities that span a number of key industries in the region, including the technology, healthcare, and CPG sectors. The incoming team will also work closely with Michael Best’s existing national platform in the cannabis, agribusiness, food and beverage, beauty product, and regulatory realms.

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