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July 1, 2014Press Release

Michael Best Promotes Eight Associates to the Partnership

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is proud to announce that eight associates have been promoted to partners. They are: Edward J. Evans, Plymouth D. Nelson, Katrina G. Hull, Thomas J. Janczewski, Kirk A. Pelikan, Leah H. Ziemba, Gilberto E. Espinoza and Anna J. Wildeman.

 

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Waukesha Office

 

 

Edward J. Evans

 

Intellectual Property

 

Evans focuses on the prosecution of U.S. and international patent application involving mechanical subject matter.

 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Evans worked at Michael Best for several years as a patent engineer, during which time he drafted over one-hundred patent application and was exposed to the various stages of patent prosecution.

 

Plymouth D. Nelson

Intellectual Property

 

Nelson focuses on U.S. and international patent prosecution in various industries including consumer products, industrial manufacturing and medical devices.

 

Nelson has extensive experience in patentability analysis.

 

 

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Milwaukee Office

 

Katrina G. Hull

Intellectual Property

 

 

Hull’s practice focuses on trademark and copyright law, including enforcement, international and domestic trademark prosecution, trademark clearance searching and licensing, unfair competition and Internet issues.

 

Thomas A. Janczewski

Litigation

 

Janczewski’s practice concentrates on federal contracting law. Janczewski has represented federal contractors of all sizes and needs- from Small Business Administration, to large federal contractors with international reach.

 

Janczewski also actively practices general commercial litigation practice with substantial experience in both state and federal court handling a broad range of matters including commercial torts, contract disputes, trade secrets and insurance.

 

 

Kirk A. Pelikan

Labor and Employment

 

Pelikan has broad experience assisting clients with benefits and labor, as well as employment issues. Pelikan routinely works with clients to develop and maintain effective compliance strategies related to defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans and welfare benefit plans.

 

Having knowledge in both benefits and employment law, Pelikan has worked all aspects of the employment cycle. He is uniquely positioned to identify both the opportunities and vulnerabilities of a particular employment decision.

 

 

 

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Madison Office

 

 

 

Leah H. Ziemba

       Transactional Group, Land and Resources      

 

In addition to the Transactional Practice Group and Land and Resources Group, Ziemba is a member of the Agribusiness, Food and Beverage Group and the Energy Industry Group.

 

She regularly handles environmental matters arising under federal and state law such as the Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and related state laws. In addition, Ziemba assists clients with greenhouse gas emission regulation, carbon credits, and renewable portfolio standards.

 

 

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Chicago Office

 

Gilberto E. Espinoza

 

Intellectual Property

 

Espinoza practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.

 

In addition to intellectual property litigation, Espinoza also has experience counseling clients with respect to patents, conducting analyses related to patentability, patent infringement, patent validity and working on related opinion matters.

 

 

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Washington D.C. Office

 

 

Anna J. Wildeman

Energy, Environmental, Agribusiness and Food Processing & Distribution

 

During her career, Wildeman has secured and negotiated federal, state and local permits and approvals for a number of large projects, including industrial facilities, renewable energy plants and livestock operations.

 

Wildeman has also assisted buyers, sellers and lenders in assessing environmental issues in transactions and redevelopment projects.

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