The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act fundamentally changed the process by which life sciences companies protect their inventions. U.S. patents are no longer awarded to the first to invent, but instead to the first to file. As a result, understanding the system and the standards for protecting intellectual property is as crucial today as understanding the science behind it.
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Scott counsels clients on their “people” issues. Businesses, owners, and boards of directors look to Scott as their outside general counsel to ensure legal compliance of their operations and initiatives. Scott represents businesses before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country in all areas of employment law.
For more than 25 years, Paul has specialized in product liability defense, class action defense, insurance litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He is particularly well known for his work in the class action and food and beverage sectors, where he is a nationally and locally recognized speaker and thought leader on product liability issues and regulatory trends.
Don’s outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in complicated and high-profile intellectual property litigation across a wide range of industry sectors and in courts throughout the United States. Clients rely on his tenaciousness and excellent trial skills gained from many years of work with cases involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights.
Linda has spent her career in the arena of environmental regulation. Bringing her 17 years of experience as a state regulator, for 24 years she has continued to help our clients establish and maintain effective working relationships with state and federal environmental regulatory agencies. Linda has served in various policy advisory roles to state agencies, from both inside and outside of state government, including the Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Revenue.
Amy’s outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in the full spectrum of labor, employment and business-related issues, in both litigation and non-litigation settings. As a problem solver, Amy applies common sense and creativity to develop targeted employment-related solutions for her clients.
David’s practice sits squarely at the intersection of the food-water-energy nexus. His work in the areas of environmental, regulatory, agricultural production, manufacturing and distribution and energy projects gives him the depth of experience necessary to counsel clients who will be feeding and powering a projected global population of nine billion people by 2050—at a time when resource scarcity and consumer confidence require an ongoing commitment to stewardship and sustainability.
David is a zealous and unrelenting advocate in employment and labor relations matters. He also serves as general counsel for selected clients. David’s practice is defined by his singular commitment to helping clients achieve their business objectives. A seasoned practitioner, David maintains a keen focus on helping clients manage employment law and corporate law risk by point-of-decision counsel and through the general counsel relationship.
Colleagues and clients alike describe John as a creative and pragmatic litigator. As an advisor to corporate boards, CEO’s and presidents of publically traded and privately held companies, John has been entrusted to handle a broad range of complex disputes.
High-net-worth individuals call on Bill for clear-headed guidance in protecting and preserving their wealth for future generations. Bill works closely with his clients, helping them to develop estate plans and implement strategies that both save taxes and achieve personal objectives.
Nancy is a partner in the Land & Resources Practice Group. Her more than 30 years of experience covers a broad range of real estate law, including assisting clients in purchases, sales and leases of property, and development and zoning work; representing borrowers and lenders in real estate loans; assisting in foreclosures and workouts; advising on questions of condominium law; negotiating construction and architects' contracts; and assisting in real estate litigation.
Jordan helps energy companies and other sophisticated businesses structure and contract for large scale capital expansion and procurement, including representation in siting and certification cases for large power generation facilities, electric transmission lines, private energy facilities, and large agricultural projects.
Clients look to Amy to provide pragmatic, strategic counsel in managing the full spectrum of legal issues that arise out of the employment relationship. Amy collaborates with her clients to identify and understand their objectives, which form the touchstone in every engagement. Amy collaborates with her clients to identify and understand their objectives, which serve as the touchstone in every engagement.
Brad serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families and companies seeking to cost- effectively structure or transfer businesses. Clients value his responsiveness, particularly his ability to help them understand complex property and tax law concepts. Brad is also a Certified Public Accountant. His practice includes estate planning, business succession planning, charitable planning, and trust and estate administration.
David serves as the firm’s managing partner and works closely with clients, lawyers, and staff to determine and implement Michael Best’s strategic growth and development plan. In this capacity, his priorities include building and maintaining productive client relationships; enhancing value of the firm’s services through improved business operations and flexible fee structures; and attracting and retaining a diverse group of top-tier legal and business talent on both a regional and national level.
Mike partners with clients to provide practical, strategic patent counsel. He represents clients of all sizes, including universities, emerging and mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to earning his law degree, Mike worked for several years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and in academic research. Before joining the firm, he worked for six years at an intellectual property law boutique in Portland, Oregon.
Jon is a persuasive and effective advocate for large commercial clients seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. His outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in high-profile litigation related to patents directed at a wide range of technologies. Jon’s common sense and diligent attention to client goals have proven a winning combination in dozens of trademark, unfair competition and trade libel cases across the United States.
Gordon Miller is a partner in the firm's Wealth Planning Services Group. Gordon's practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, and trust and estate law.
For more than 25 years, Todd has helped numerous clients remain in compliance with all aspects of the complex and dynamic Clean Air Act regulatory program. His extensive knowledge of and experience with Clean Air Act matters includes obtaining air emission control permits, planning future activities to minimize the expense of regulation, and the defense of allegations that a company may have violated Clean Air Act requirements.
Chuck is a go-to lawyer for complex cases involving OSHA, employment law, labor negotiations, independent contractor and joint employment matters. Clients rely on his years of experience in dealing with state and federal enforcement agencies to develop human resource, safety and environmental policies and practices that prevent problems and save them significant expense. Chuck has defended employers in more than 1,000 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation cases over the past 26 years.
Mark serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, family fiduciaries, and businesses. Clients turn to him for his deep experience representing both businesses and individuals in tax and succession planning, along with disputes with state and federal tax authorities. His wealth management practice also includes asset protection planning, family wealth transfers, wealth preservation, business and ownership succession planning, estate planning, trust and estate litigation, and tax dispute resolution.
Bret assists clients with the transactional and operational aspects of acquiring, forming, operating, owning, and structuring businesses. A problem-solver who can help companies get back on track, he is also a hard-nosed negotiator whose tireless work for clients often results in deals that surpass their highest expectations. Bret represents privately and publicly-held corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. He focuses on matters concerning business ...
Tim provides strategic counsel on tax matters contested by the Internal Revenue Service, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and the taxing authorities of other state and local jurisdictions. Contested matters, for Fortune 1000 and other clients, include: federal income taxation of banks, insurance companies and manufacturers; multistate apportionment and allocation of income; transfer pricing among affiliated entities; and sales and use tax for retailers, manufacturers and construction contractors.
Clients count on John’s extensive experience in commercial and intellectual property litigation before federal, state and administrative courts across the United States. His strong background in life sciences as well as the chemical, pharmaceutical, and mechanical arts has contributed to an excellent track record in trying patent cases. He is particularly successful at obtaining and defeating injunction requests in intellectual property disputes.
Tom’s practice includes all aspects of labor law and employment litigation. He represents clients in a broad range of industries including construction, health care, printing, education, manufacturing service providers, and nonprofits. Tom is a frequent speaker before industry gatherings on topics such as wrongful discharge, employment litigation, work force reduction, drug and alcohol testing, disability and family medical leave laws, and sexual harassment.
Ann works with business owners, investors, and lenders, establishing and navigating their financial relationships and resolving matters relating to financial distress. Her practice is focused on commercial transactions, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and other insolvency situations.
A persuasive advocate, Charlie vigorously defends employers and benefit plans in courts and other forums. He excels at assessing and fixing problems that arise with employee benefit programs and providing a strategically driven approach to benefits compliance and risk management planning.
Clients turn to Dan when facing white-collar criminal or complex civil litigation, relying on him for the judgment, sound counsel and strong courtroom skills he has developed through years of trial experience as a federal and state prosecutor and defense lawyer. Dan routinely helps companies and individuals respond effectively to government inquiries and investigations, especially in relation to fraud and cybercrime.
Ted is an accomplished trial lawyer and lead partner in Michael Best’s Litigation practice group. An outstanding business litigator, Ted has tried and argued complex, non-routine commercial disputes throughout Wisconsin and the United States. He has established a proven track record of delivering exceptional results for clients on their most challenging, high-value matters.
Victor represents clients in a broad scope of litigation matters in both state and federal courts. His experience in all facets of pre- and post-trial litigation encompasses pre-suit investigations and discovery, mediation, motion practice, and collecting on judgments.
A.J. focuses his litigation practice on intellectual property and federal court matters, including disputes over evolving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, contract disputes, and class actions. He also litigates cases in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota state courts, with his past experience including jury trials in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Sarah works with clients from varied family and financial backgrounds on estate planning, business succession, and trust and estate administration matters. The foundation of her practice is the strong relationship she forms with her clients. She has the ability to make estate planning techniques easy to understand and difficult or sensitive topics easier to discuss. Her clients trust her for confidentiality as well as sound advice.
Tom’s outstanding track record is built on his strong advocacy for clients in regard to federal, state, and municipal contracts, grants, and cost-share agreements. He is particularly valued for his ability to secure client-friendly results against difficult odds, in his counsel on government contracts, commercial litigation, as well as in real estate litigation including eminent domain.
Trish brings a broad focus to her work advocating for clients in federal and state court at all stages of litigation, from early case assessment to trial and appeals. She is valued for her efficient yet creative approach to trademark and copyright protection, and to a wide range of contract disputes including shareholder agreements, commercial contracts, and challenges to insurance policy coverage.
Ben focuses on consumer protection, business tort, and class action litigation, providing careful analysis of complex issues and practical advice for resolving disputes and concerns. Ben has jury trial experience in both state and federal courts, as well as appellate experience in multiple federal appellate circuits.
Aaron has broad experience litigating complex commercial matters in both federal and state court and through arbitration proceedings. He has served as first or second chair on cases through trials or arbitrations, and handled a variety of matters successfully through appeal. Aaron’s litigation practice spans a variety of subject areas, including advanced manufacturing contract and warranty matters, insurance coverage disputes, dealership issues, and more.
Farrah serves Michael Best in two capacities: as Deputy General Counsel and as a partner in the Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group. Her practice focuses on employment counseling and employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on discrimination, noncompetition, and Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Adam is a relentless advocate for his clients in the areas of complex commercial and financial services litigation. Clients value Adam’s judgment, creative solutions and results-driven approach to resolving their most pressing business needs.
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