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September 17, 2015Press Release

Michael Best Expands Real Estate Group with Addition of Former Assistant City Attorney, Thomas O. Gartner

September 17, 2015

Milwaukee, WI (September 17, 2015) – Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce Thomas O. Gartner, former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Milwaukee, has joined the firm’s Milwaukee office as Of Counsel in the Transactional Practice Group. Known for his creative and unique approach to real estate projects, Gartner has played a significant role in structuring some of the most notable developments in the City of Milwaukee. He further strengthens Michael Best’s Real Estate practice, which recently expanded with the hire of former Deputy City Attorney, Danielle Bergner. Both Gartner and Bergner bring a wealth of experience in real estate development and finance, urban redevelopment, zoning and land use, and municipal law to an already strong team. Midwest Real Estate News recently ranked Michael Best as a top 25 Real Estate Law Firm in their 2015 “Best of the Best” guide.

Gartner's ability to create unconventional solutions for challenging projects earned him the recognition as the City of Milwaukee’s “Public Official of the Year” in The Daily Reporter’s 2012 Newsmakers list.

David Krutz, Managing Partner of Michael Best said, “We are very pleased to add Tom Gartner to our stellar Real Estate and Project Development practice. You would be hard pressed to find an attorney who has more experience on how to successfully navigate through the local approval process in the Milwaukee region to be able to launch a major real estate project.”

"More than 35 years of practice with the Office of the City Attorney has given me unique experience and knowledge that I am bringing to my practice at Michael Best. Joining the firm will allow me to continue to find inventive ways to move important projects forward.” says Gartner.

Gartner joins Bergner in supporting the firm’s civic and charitable efforts in the City. Gartner and Bergner will contribute to those efforts through the creation and implementation of new and innovative ways the firm can support community development projects in the City.

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