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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Michelle provides strategic counsel and representation to clients involved in a range of construction, real estate, and project development matters. Representative work includes complex real estate purchase, sale and leasing transactions, entitlement processes, easements, licenses and rights-of-entry agreements, developing and implementing best practices on large-scale, high-ticket construction and development projects, and more.
Known for giving practical and actionable legal advice, Adrienne counsels clients on the many complex aspects of privacy and data management matters. Her extensive background includes experience with issues relating to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), as well as privacy programs and cyber security issues.
Sarah works with clients from varied family and financial backgrounds on estate planning, business succession, and trust and estate administration matters. The foundation of her practice is the strong relationship she forms with her clients. She has the ability to make estate planning techniques easy to understand and difficult or sensitive topics easier to discuss. Her clients trust her for confidentiality as well as sound advice.
Jay focuses his practice on intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on electrical and computer related patents in the U.S. and internationally. His clients include Fortune 500 corporations, emerging companies, and universities. Clients tap Jay’s broad experience in writing and prosecuting patents to protect their intellectual property across a wide spectrum of complex technology and business issues.
Kurt counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment and business-related matters with a concentration in employment litigation.
Chip draws on his extensive experience as an advocate for industries across Illinois and the United States, and as an advisor on state and national political election campaigns, to advise clients on issues relating to public policy, government relations, and fostering productive relationships with federal, state and local governments.
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Sheila is responsible for all aspects of U.S. and international trademark filing, prosecution and maintenance.
Clients rely on Rick’s deep understanding of the mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appellate processes. Rick has been the lead trial attorney on a variety of complex cases presented to juries, judges, and arbitrators. His practice predominately focuses on business disputes, lease/contract disputes, construction disputes, securities cases, and trade secret issues.
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