From artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and cryptocurrency, the rapid evolution of technology shows no sign of slowing down. Companies in the digital technology sector are among the world’s most highly valued companies, with good reason. And businesses in every sector now use digital technology in all kinds of ways, from basic email to sophisticated data analytics.
Fresh water is becoming a scarce resource in the United States and across the globe as demand continues to rise due to population and business growth. This emergent scarcity means businesses will face more consequences of the complex regulatory and legal frameworks governing water use and water quality.
Michael Best’s Water team understands those issues. We guide clients through the heavily regulated, politically sensitive environment surrounding the management of, investment in, and development of water resources.
To prevail in litigation, clients need exceptional representation both inside and outside the courtroom. With more than 40 lawyers and other professionals, our seasoned Litigation practice group provides battle-tested service and representation for nearly any type of dispute.
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Maria is the Interim Intake & Culture Specialist, working in the firm’s Durham office. In her role, Maria provides operational support to the firm’s attorneys and helps new members settle in. Before joining Michael Best, Maria worked in operations and client service roles at Forrest Firm and Dova Pharmaceuticals.
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Ryan focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy law, financial restructuring, and commercial litigation, representing both creditors and distressed businesses. He has considerable experience, having practiced in this field since 2014.
Aleksandra supports the firm’s U.S. and international clientele with intellectual property and other legal matters. She is a seasoned translator and has experience translating English into Japanese and Japanese into English, allowing for ease of communication across for businesses working with the firm on both sides of the Pacific.
Kevin provides clients in a wide range of technologies with strategic counsel in the areas of procurement and enforcement of their patent portfolios both in the United States and around the world.
Mike Barnhill is an experienced civil litigator and trial attorney who has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including cases involving contractual breaches, torts (including fraud and negligence), misappropriation of trade secrets, securities violations, and employment issues (wage and hour, discrimination). Mike also defends class action suits and financial services companies in consumer litigation. Mike is licensed in both California and Utah and has represented extensively litigated cases in both states as well as many other states.
Matthew assists early-stage and emerging companies and investors with navigating the unique legal and regulatory challenges within the fast-growing cannabis industry.
Alison is a Patent Scientist who specializes in organic chemistry and general life sciences. She has particular experience in the areas of natural products synthesis, neurochemistry, small molecules, and pharmaceuticals. She assists with preparing and prosecuting patent applications for private companies, universities, and other clients.
Kyle is an Associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. He focuses on obtaining high quality patent protection for companies in the U.S. and around the globe. Kyle helps clients protect a wide array of mechanical technologies, and he has significant experience in the automotive sector.
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