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Professional Recognition

Firmwide Recognition

Chambers USA 2017

Twenty-two Michael Best partners were recognized by Chambers USA as leading lawyers in their fields, and six of our practice areas were recognized in top bands (Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property, Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Litigation-General Commercial, and Natural Resources & Environment). Chambers rankings are based on independent research and client interviews. 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 2017

According to survey results in BTI’s “Client Perceptions of the Best Branded Law Firms” report, corporate counsel rank Michael Best in the top 15 percent of all law firms that 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© 2018

This guide names 87 Michael Best attorneys in 54 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 2017

Michael Best’s Intellectual Property practice group in Wisconsin has been ranked in a top band in Chambers USA for 10 consecutive years. Chambers says: "A market-leading practice across all aspects of IP law, with significant expertise in USPTO procedures, portfolio management and complex enforcement disputes. Possesses a deep bench of practitioners noted for their strength in spheres such as e-commerce, green energy and life sciences."

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 2017

Eight Michael Best attorneys were named 2017 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 2017

Michael Best’s Litigation practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2017, 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."


Labor & Employment Relations


Chambers USA 2017

Michael Best’s Labor & Employment Relations Practice Group was ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA in Band 1 (the highest ranking available) in Wisconsin for the eleventh 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 2017

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 2017

Michael Best’s Banking & Financial Services practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2017, which says: "Outstanding banking and finance practice with a strong regional, national and international presence. Provides counsel to a wide range of clients, including financial institutions, investors, insurers and borrowers, among others. Excels in asset securitization transaction structures, project and infrastructure finance and institutional investment work."



Corporate (Mergers & Acquisitions)


Chambers USA 2017

Michael Best’s Corporate practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2017, which says: "Preeminent team well equipped to handle a wide variety of corporate work, from billion-dollar nationwide and cross-border transactions to assisting with emerging Wisconsin-based companies. Also comes highly recommended for its securities expertise."



Environment & Natural Resources


Chambers USA 2017

Michael Best’s Environment & Natural Resources practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2017, 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."




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