Professional Recognition

Firmwide Recognition

Chambers USA 2018

Twenty-five Michael Best partners were recognized in the 2018 edition of  Chambers USA. Twenty-one partners were named  “Leaders in their Field,” while four were included as “Recognized Practitioners.” Six of our practice areas were recognized in top bands (Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation-General Commercial, and Natural Resources & Environment). Chambers rankings are based on independent research and client interviews. Click here for press release.


BTI Legal Innovation + Technology Outlook 2019

Corporate counsel singled out Michael Best as a firm making strategic changes in client services to deliver a world-class client experience. Click here for press release.


BTI Industry Power Rankings 2017

Clients named Michael Best to the Honor Roll of Recommended firms in High Tech, in the top 15 percent of all law firms. Click here for press release.


BTI Brand Elite 2018

According to survey results in BTI’s “Client Perceptions of the Best Branded Law Firms” report, corporate counsel rank Michael Best in the top 20 percent of all law firms who proactively improve the client experience.

Best Law Firms 2018

Michael Best received a national Tier 1 ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018, determined through client feedback and peer reviews. Click here for press release.


The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

This guide names 88 Michael Best attorneys in 55 different legal practice areas nationwide, ranking them among the top 5 percent of attorneys in the U.S. Click here for press release.


Clients Choice Award 2017

Five Michael Best attorneys received Lexology’s Client Choice Awards, recognizing law firms and partners around the world who provide exceptional client care and quality of service.

Utah Legal Elite 2018

Fifteen Michael Best attorneys were chosen as Utah Business magazine’s 2018 Utah Legal Elite, a listing of the top lawyers in Utah as voted by their peers in a statewide balloting process. Click here for press release.

Practice Recognition

Intellectual Property


Chambers USA 2018

Michael Best’s Intellectual Property practice group in Wisconsin has been ranked in a top band in Chambers USA for 11 consecutive years. Chambers says our “highly regarded” team is “experienced in both national and international IP matters. Offers proficiency across the spectrum of IP matters including patent and trademark prosecution, business strategy guidance and patent litigation. Has specific experience pertaining to the chemical and biotechnology sectors and the higher education industry. Also noted for its related expertise in advertising, and domain name and internet issues.”

Juristat: Top 100 Patent Firms 2018

For the third year in a row, Michael Best was ranked on Juristat’s Top 100 Patent Firms list. The annual ranking considers volume and performance using metrics such as total applications filed, allowance rate, and average time of allowance.

Best Law Firms 2018

National Tier 1 ranking in the areas of Patent Law, Trademark Law, IP Litigation, and Patent Litigation in the 2018 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms.

IP Stars 2018

Eight Michael Best attorneys were named 2018 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.


IPWatchdog: Top Patent Firms 2017

Michael Best was ranked 29th in IPWatchdog’s Top Patent Firms for 2017 list, up from 33rd the year prior. The ranking is based on the total number of U.S. utility patents issued in 2017, where the firm was listed on the front of the patent.


IAM Patent 1000 2017

Michael Best’s Intellectual Property practice ranked in the top (Gold) band in Wisconsin, and five IP attorneys were listed in the 2017 edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The guide identifies the top patent professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe.




Benchmark Litigation 2018

Six Michael Best litigation partners were recognized as Local Litigation Stars in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the only publication focusing on the U.S. litigation market. Click here for press release.

Chambers USA 2018

Michael Best’s Litigation practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2018, which says: "Robust group adept at handling an array of disputes, including antitrust, false advertising, construction, employment and product liability cases. Also recognized for its capabilities in class action suits and for its strengths in white-collar crime and government investigations. Additionally noted for its skills in mediation and arbitrations. Frequently sought after for its intellectual property expertise.”


Labor & Employment Relations


Chambers USA 2018

Michael Best’s Labor & Employment Relations practice group was ranked in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA in Band 1 (the highest ranking available) in Wisconsin for the 12th consecutive year. Chambers says: “A market-leading department with a deep bench of experienced practitioners, skilled in a broad array of labor and employment matters, including employment disputes, employee benefits and immigration issues. Also regularly sought after for its counsel on labor-management relations and for its advice on unfair competition and trade secrets matters.”


Real Estate


Midwest Real Estate News: Best of the Best 2018

Michael Best was named a top Real Estate Law Firm in this guide, which ranks leading firms in the Midwest that practice commercial real estate law.



Banking & Finance


Chambers USA 2018

Michael Best’s Banking & Financial Services practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2018, which says: "Renowned banking and financial services practice which takes in all manner of lending and financing transactions. Other areas of strength include distressed financing deals, regulatory compliance, New Market Tax Credits and tax incremental financing. Also regularly sought after for its expertise in creditors' rights matters, reorganizations and workouts. Additionally noted for its expertise in derivatives matters."



Corporate (Mergers & Acquisitions)


Chambers USA 2018

Michael Best’s Corporate & Transactional practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2018, which says: “Versatile M&A practice with a focus on middle-market matters. Possesses significant transactional experience, structuring deals and negotiating contracts for clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, technology, energy and financial services. Also offers expertise on related tax structuring and planning matters.”



Environment & Natural Resources


Chambers USA 2018

Michael Best’s Environmental & Natural Resources practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2018, which says: "Expert counsel on environment and natural resources law for clients in the agriculture, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors. Highly respected for its environmental litigation practice, as well as its expertise in compliance strategy and permitting. Represents a good choice of counsel on contaminated sites. Also frequently advises on air permitting matters."




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