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.
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.
Kieran advises entrepreneurs on a range of business matters including formation and governance and helps them navigate the regulatory environment. He also prepares and negotiates contracts including employment, noncompete, confidentiality, vendor/supplier, and other agreements. He counsels businesses from a wide range of industries, with a particular focus in the areas of technology, finance, and cannabis.
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.
Kurt counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment and business-related matters with a concentration in employment litigation.
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.
Ben concentrates his practice on preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications, particularly in the mechanical arts field. He provides his clients with a broad array of intellectual property legal advice, including reviewing patentability and clearance searches, conducting due diligence analyses, conducting infringement analyses, attacking competing patents and defending clients’ patents through inter partes reviews and ex parte reexaminations and more.
A partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ed focuses on the prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications involving mechanical and electro-mechanical subject matter. Trained as a mechanical engineer and with experience in industry, he handles applications dealing with varied technologies.
Renee has over 20 years of experience as a paralegal in both the environmental and real estate practice areas. She assists attorneys in all aspects of management and closing of residential and commercial real estate transactions. Renee has experience with drafting real estate documents, analyzing surveys and title documents and land use planning.
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