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February 26, 2020Published Article

Michael Best Adds Austin Firm To Boost Startup Muscle

Law 360

In a move to expand its startup and emerging company offerings in Austin, Texas, Michael Best & Friedrich has acquired local boutique RWR Legal, bringing on three corporate and securities lawyers.

Wisconsin law firm Michel Best announced Wednesday that Rick Ressler, RWR Legal's managing general counsel, will serve as Michael Best's new Austin office managing partner. Meanwhile, Shari Wynne Ressler, a founder of RWR Legal, join under the title of partner focusing on strategic development, and Stephen Aguilar joins as senior counsel.

"The reason why we did this is because this particular combination between Michael Best and RWR legal was going to combine, to come together and create a firm that can nationally, uniquely, serve the venture investment and emerging markets community," said Shari Wynne Ressler, who is also Rick's wife.

She said the move to Michael Best will allow them to advise more clients at a larger platform, but also serve them more effectively at a Midwest law firm rate.

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