February 5, 2021Press Release

Michael Best Announces Election of Eight Attorneys to Partnership

Michael Best is pleased to announce the addition of eight partners as members of its LLP.

“On behalf of the firm’s leadership, I’m excited to welcome these talented individuals to the firm’s partnership,” said David A. Krutz, Firm Managing Partner. “These eight individuals have worked tirelessly to earn this promotion, and this elevation speaks to their continued dedication to their clients and the firm.”

The new partners include:

Scott M. Alter, Intellectual Property, Denver
Alter is an experienced intellectual property attorney whose practice focuses on software, electronics, internet, medical device, telecommunications, cloud computing, financial, and semiconductor technologies. A skilled global patent strategist, he also has significant expertise in patent eligibility and other legal issues particularly affecting high-tech industries.

Joseph A. Dickinson, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Raleigh
Dickinson is a seasoned data use, privacy and cybersecurity lawyer with more than 25 years of business and legal experience advising technology and healthcare companies and government entities. He helps clients identify their risks and design, implement, and manage programs and policies that minimize those risks, and Dickinson works closely with each client to build tailored programs and policies appropriate for the business, industry, and stage of development.

Steven J. Joffee, Litigation, Cottonwood Heights
Outside of his Managing Partner role for the Salt Lake City and Cottonwood Heights offices, Joffee focuses his practice on all aspects of complex civil litigation and appeals. He has significant experience litigating and appealing matters in state and federal courts, including in disputes regarding eminent domain, unfair competition and trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties, construction defects, employment and business issues, consumer protection laws, civil rights, personal injury, and class actions.

Justin M. Mertz, Litigation, Milwaukee
Mertz serves as Deputy to the Banking & Financial Services Industry Group and focuses his practice on business law, with a particular emphasis on business bankruptcy, commercial loan negotiation, and real estate. Acting in a general counsel capacity for small-to-medium size businesses in various industries, he has a deep understanding of the issues facing companies as they conduct their daily operations and make key business decisions.

Plymouth D. Nelson, Litigation, Cottonwood Heights
Nelson is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. He is known for his attention to detail and unflagging commitment to his clients’ business goals, making him particularly successful at drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Nelson’s practice also includes the preparation of invalidity, non-infringement, and clearance opinions, as well as patentability analysis. In addition, he counsels clients on the acquisition and enforcement of patent rights and the avoidance of competitor patents.

Kirk A. Pelikan, Labor & Employment Relations, Milwaukee
Pelikan’s practice focuses on legal issues related to all aspects of the employment cycle, from hiring through termination and severance. Substantially experienced in both benefits and employment law, he is well positioned to help clients respond to the opportunities, vulnerabilities and benefit ramifications of particular employment decisions.

Jeffrey D. Peterson, Intellectual Property, Madison
Peterson’s clients turn to him for help in protecting intellectual property assets, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as for strategic counsel on all aspects of intellectual property licensing. He serves as lead licensing counsel for a diverse group of companies ranging from large biotech concerns and new technology start-ups to software, agribusiness, and midsize manufacturing companies.

Edward M. Roney, IV, Intellectual Property, Raleigh
In addition to serving as the Raleigh Office Managing Partner, Roney has a robust practice in the firm’s Intellectual Property group where he focuses on patent and trademark preparation, prosecution, portfolio counseling, clearance, and enforcement; litigation and post-grant proceedings; and licensing agreements and technology transactions. He represents companies ranging from start-ups to publicly traded Fortune 500 companies. Having founded and successfully sold an innovative telecommunications company and patented several inventions himself, Roney brings a unique perspective to his IP practice.  

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