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.
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.
All businesses have to comply with government regulations—some more so than others. Our Regulatory practice is designed to serve clients in heavily regulated industries, such as manufacturing and utility services, as well as across various industries in regulated areas that impact business as a whole, such as environmental regulation.
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Marie counsels clients in a broad range of complex business litigation matters, including commercial contract disputes, business torts, real estate matters, trademark infringement, and class action defense. She also has substantial property tax litigation experience at both the trial court and appellate levels.
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.
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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.
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.
Kristi has a broad range of experience in both patents and trademarks, and is involved in all stages of U.S. and international patent/trademark filing, prosecution, and maintenance. Frequently serving as a key contact for clients, she handles a number of responsibilities including filing domestic and international patent applications, office action responses, and appeal briefs; preparing and filing domestic and international trademark applications; and more.
Businesses, owners, and boards of directors look to Scott as their outside general counsel to ensure legal compliance of their operations and initiatives. Scott also represents businesses and manages litigation in 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.
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