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Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in a variety of family law and employment law matters to her work with Michael Best. Known to be a hardworking, fair, and results-driven advocate for her clients, she provides guidance in navigating the many complexities of divorce, including property division, alimony, and custody issues. Her skills include representing clients for temporary orders, mediation, drafting settlement agreements, drafting pre-marital agreements, and litigation, including evidentiary hearings and trials.
Clients rely on Jason for strategic counsel regarding a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including: Qualified defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, including pension and 401(k) plans; Health and welfare plans, including Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act compliance; Nonqualified deferred compensation plans; Multiemployer pension and health and welfare plans; and compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.
Cameron brings a broad focus to his work advocating for clients in the agribusiness, food and beverage, and energy industries. He assists clients in navigating the state and federal regulatory process and evaluating strategic business decisions. Clients rely on Cameron for well-informed counsel on water and air permitting matters, as well as on hazardous waste reporting and liability questions.
Jim’s broad litigation experience spans commercial litigation, professional and product liability defense, as well as representing individuals and corporations in state and federal investigations. He brings a unique skillset in criminal matters to his practice, having served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, and with an extensive background in federal criminal matters. His clientele spans retail banks, nursing homes and other healthcare providers, and manufacturers of medical and industrial products.
Colleagues and clients alike describe John as a creative and pragmatic litigator. As an advisor to corporate boards, CEO’s and presidents of publicly traded and privately held companies, John has been entrusted to handle a broad range of complex disputes.
Sarah serves as a trusted advisor offering proactive, strategic employment counsel. Representing companies and management exclusively, she works with a diverse range of manufacturing, logistics, government, financial, and higher education clients of all sizes. Sarah’s strategic, client-focused practice includes litigation involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, non-compete enforcement and defense, employee leave disputes, wage-and-hour claims, and more.
Kelly helps employers of all sizes meet their staffing needs by handling the immigration issues they face in hiring foreign nationals and moving employees around the globe. A partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Relations Practice Group and Co-chair of the immigration practice, she handles compliance issues for corporations that transfer dozens of employees into and out of the United States each year, as well as small companies seeking to bring in a few key hires from abroad.
Alec serves as primary outside counsel to national, regional, and community banks on interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, commodities, and other derivatives product lines, including documentation for customer transactions and Dodd-Frank Act compliance. In addition, he represents end-users on interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, commodities, and other derivatives transactions and compliance. Alec also practices in the areas of commercial lending, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
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