Professional Recognition


Firmwide Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America© 2024

This guide names 97 Michael Best attorneys in 53 different legal practice areas nationwide. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Click here for press release.

Best Law Firms 2024

Michael Best received a national Tier 1 ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2024, determined through client feedback and peer reviews. Click here for press release.

Chambers USA 2024

Chambers USA recognized Michael Best in twelve practice areas—including Labor & Employment, Natural Resources & Environment, Intellectual Property, Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits & Compensation, Litigation-General Commercial, and Real Estate—and named 35 partners as leading lawyers in their fields. Chambers rankings are based on independent research and client interviews. Click here for press release.

BTI Client Service A-Team 2022

Clients named Michael Best as a leader in client service, communication, and investing in client relationships. Click here for press release

BTI Consulting Group Most Recommended Law Firm 2021

Michael Best is included in the Most Recommended Law Firms 2021 list by BTI Consulting Group, which highlights the law firms most recommended by top legal decision-makers in more than 15 industries. Click here for press release.

BTI AFA Distinguished Firm

Michael Best was recognized among the top law firms best at developing and implementing alternative fee arrangements. 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.

BTI Industry Power Rankings 2019

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

North Carolina Legal Elite 2024

Business North Carolina named seven Michael Best attorneys among the 2024 Legal Elite list in Appellate, Business, Corporate, Employment, and Litigation. Click here for the press release.


Practice Recognition


Chambers USA 2024

Michael Best’s Litigation practice group was recognized again by Chambers USA in 2024, which states, the firm “has a robust group adept at handling an array of disputes, including antitrust, false advertising, construction, employment and product liability cases. The team is also recognized for its capabilities in class action suits and for its strengths in white-collar crime and government investigations. The firm is additionally noted for its skills in mediation and arbitration. It is frequently sought after for its intellectual property expertise.” Chambers also notes the firm’s particular experience in the areas of securities and insurance disputes.

Benchmark Litigation Stars

Five Michael Best attorneys are named 2023 Benchmark Litigation Stars in the sixteenth edition of Benchmark Litigation, determined through extensive research, client and peer interviews, and casework examination. Click here for the press release.

BTI Consulting Group Law Firms Moving Up Market in Litigation

We're excited to share that BTI Consulting Group has named Michael Best's Litigation team as one of 58 firms moving up market. This recognition notes clients are selecting our team as their first choice and preferred provider, and we are "are improving your market presence faster than clients are changing their expectations." Click here to read more here.

Intellectual Property

Chambers USA 2024

Michael Best’s Intellectual Property practice group in Wisconsin has been ranked in a top band in Chambers USA for 19 consecutive years. Chambers says our “eminent IP practice” 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.”

Best Law Firms 2024

Michael Best received national rankings in the areas of Patent Law, Trademark Law, IP Litigation, and Patent Litigation in the 2024 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms.

World Trademark Review 2024

Michael Best’s Trademark practice is ranked in Illinois, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, and six of our attorneys are listed, in the 2024 edition of World Trademark Review: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

IAM Patent 1000 2023

Michael Best’s IP practice is ranked, and five of our attorneys are listed, in the 2023 IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.

IP Stars 2024

Six attorneys are named 2024 IP Stars by Managing IP magazine, and our firm is “highly recommended” for trademark and patent work.

Labor & Employment Relations

Chambers USA 2024

Michael Best’s Labor & Employment Relations practice group was ranked in the 2024 edition of Chambers USA in Band 1 (the highest ranking available) in Wisconsin for the 18th 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. Regularly advises clients on OSHA-related concerns.”

Best Law Firms 2024

Michael Best received Tier 1 rankings in Employment Law – Management and Employment Litigation in the 2024 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms.

Real Estate

Chambers USA 2024

Michael Best’s Real Estate practice group was recognized again in Chambers USA 2024, which says the team has “Robust knowledge of real estate, with an emphasis on financing and acquisitions. The firm exhibits prowess in low-income housing tax credits, tax incremental financing, PACE financing, and construction loans. The team also has strength in portfolio management, as well as sale-leaseback and other leasing deals. The department is at ease working for public and private developers in a range of sectors, including healthcare, leisure, and retail.”

Midwest Real Estate News: Best of the Best 2022

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 2024

Michael Best’s Banking & Financial Services practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2024, which says: “Notable 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 and bankruptcy proceedings. The team is 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 2024

Michael Best’s Corporate & Transactional practice group was recognized in Chambers USA 2024, which says: “Possesses significant transactional experience, structuring deals and negotiating contracts for clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and financial services. Also offers expertise on related tax structuring and planning matters. Noted for its experience in the startups and venture capital space, as well as securities.”

Environmental & Natural Resources

Chambers USA 2024

Michael Best’s Environmental & Natural Resources practice group was ranked in Band 1 (the highest ranking available) in Chambers USA 2024, which says: "Expert counsel on environment and natural resources law…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 [and] climate change issues. Has particular experience in the agriculture, manufacturing, waste management, public and renewable energy sectors."

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