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April 29, 2015In the News

Michael Best featured in EDCUtah Investor Spotlight

EDCUtah Economic Review

Michael Best was featured in the Economic Review's Investor Spotlight on April 29, 2015. The Economic Review is a publication of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah).

"Founded in 1848, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (Michael Best) has earned a reputation as a leading business law firm. Approximately 220 attorneys serve clients from eight offices across the United States. In 2014 the firm expanded its national footprint by establishing a Salt Lake City office to better serve the firm's western clients in flourishing industries such as technology including intellectual property (IP) and venture capital, employment, energy, food, drug and medical devices, warehouse logistics, and agribusiness.

Salt Lake City has become a key market for one of Michael Best's core focuses, protecting and developing the intangible assets of operating and emerging technology companies. The firm's growing venture capital practice group, known as Venture Best™, works closely with high impact entrepreneurs and emerging businesses in high-technology sectors, as well as the angel and institutional venture capital investors that finance them. Venture Best attorneys work with clients to identify business challenges and opportunities, and formulate and execute plans, while providing counsel regarding when to take risks or be less aggressive, and connect contacts with potential investors, partners and key team resources who become as much a part of the entrepreneurial team as other key stakeholders.

Similarly, Utah has become a hub for the firm's IP practice. With more than 100 members, the IP Practice Group is the firm's largest and nationally recognized. Michael Best attorneys and engineers have extensive backgrounds and advanced degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, e-commerce and information technology, food science, biotechnology, biology and medical technologies. Many have also worked for major corporations and as government examiners in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, giving them a valuable perspective to benefit clients.

The firm's Salt Lake City attorneys also provide experienced legal counsel to handle corporate/business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment relations, complex commercial litigation, real estate, state and federal securities and capital formation and structuring. These attorneys extend Michael Best's rich tradition and long history of remaining dynamic and responsive to the significant changes that have faced businesses over the 167 years the firm has practiced law. A long-standing goal to deliver results for its clients has served as a strong foundation and continues to guide the firm's practice today.

Michael Best joined EDCUtah as an investor in 2014 when the firm opened its Salt Lake City office. Since then the firm has been active in economic development, participating in EDCUtah Quarterly Investor Updates and other activities related to economic development."

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