Leaders of higher education institutions today face challenges and opportunities unlike anything their predecessors encountered. As student and faculty populations grow more diverse, the rules and values governing campus life are evolving and becoming more complex at a faster rate.
The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act fundamentally changed the process by which life sciences companies protect their inventions. U.S. patents are no longer awarded to the first to invent, but instead to the first to file. As a result, understanding the system and the standards for protecting intellectual property is as crucial today as understanding the science behind it.
Environmental & Natural Resources law is not only complex and constantly evolving, but also highly technical. Michael Best’s team of environmental lawyers understands not only the law and the science of environmental regulations, but also our clients’ business needs and how to help achieve them.
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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), and 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.
Andrew works closely with start-ups and emerging businesses to structure their corporate formations, patents, and trademarks for long-term value. He provides strategic direction regarding the creation of intellectual property assets to meet the needs of businesses as they grow from founders to multi-million dollar companies.
Joshua assists clients with the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the chemical, material, and life sciences, as well as contributing to freedom to operate and patentability opinions. He acquired a deep understanding of molecular and materials science during his time as a research chemist, particularly in regard to electrochemical cells, metallurgy, and nanotechnology.
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.
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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