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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Rich has a strong track record in intellectual property law, specializing in all stages of the patenting process for mechanical arts and technologies. He helps clients build patent portfolios, avoid or invalidate competitor patents, and defend against infringement claims. Through his extensive experience with utility and design patents, Rich has become a trusted, long-term business partner to producers and manufacturers.
Brad’s practice includes all areas of estate and business succession planning. He serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families, and companies seeking to cost-effectively structure or transfer businesses. Clients value Brad’s responsiveness, particularly his ability to help them understand complex property and tax law concepts.
Natalie is experienced in all aspects of patent prosecution, from advising clients on patentability and patent filing strategies to drafting design and utility patent applications in the United States and worldwide. A trained mechanical engineer, Natalie applies a deep technical understanding of the technologies behind her clients’ innovations to each engagement.
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Clients turn to Dan because he is an outstanding litigator and a trusted advisor on employment issues. His deep knowledge of employment law, exceptional judgment, and strategic advice enable clients to achieve their goals. Businesses, colleges and universities, municipalities, and other clients rely on Dan’s proven litigation experience and proactive counsel on a broad range of issues.
Allison has nearly 20 years of experience as a paralegal. She assists with all aspects of litigation, from inception of a case to resolution, including trial.
As a associate, Therese collaborates with Michael Best Strategies lobbyists to service clients. Among her responsibilities, Therese oversees communication and logistical arrangements, staffs meetings and records minutes, organizes and promotes events, tracks bills, conducts research and distributes reports.
Susan’s extensive background in patents and trademarks includes experience with all stages of U.S. and international filing, prosecution, and maintenance.
Laura focuses on all aspects of trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement. Clients value her practical and timely legal advice, and look to her for support with the following types of trademark selection and protection issues, both in the U.S. and internationally: clearance, prosecution, Maintenance, licensing, due diligence, and policing enforcement including opposition, cancellation, and infringement proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and global courts and trademark offices.
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