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Caitlin helps clients protect and defend their intellectual property assets. She regularly assists in patent prosecution, responding to both United States and international office actions. Her focus is on the field of life sciences and chemical innovation. Caitlin holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular pathology, which affords her a ready understanding of the workings of science-driven innovations – and an informed perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing her clients.
Seth brings more than 20 years of experience in a full spectrum of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-related matters to his leadership of the firm’s FDA Regulatory practice group. Incorporating his training as a chemical engineer and experience gained while serving the FDA with a practical business approach, Seth offers clients a valuable perspective on highly technical areas of the FDA’s regulatory authority.
Brian leverages his diverse legal and technical experience to help clients protect their business interests and valuable intellectual property rights. His practice covers a range of intellectual property services, including representing clients in intellectual property litigation and post-grant review proceedings.
Miguel’s practice includes matters relating to labor relations, contract negotiations, and labor and employment litigation. His counsel is informed by insights and knowledge gained from prior work at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Miguel has spoken on topics such as the Wisconsin right-to-work laws and the National Labor Relations Act and protected concerted activity. Prior to joining Michael Best, Miguel worked as a litigator in the New York City and Los Angeles, California regional offices of the NLRB.
Phil has more than 20 years of experience assisting individuals with estate, wealth, and business succession planning and helping businesses with corporate and real estate matters.
As an estate planner, Phil knows that transferring wealth effectively requires the preservation of family relationship. When advising clients and their families, he devotes significant time to communicating with members of each generation. He strives to develop practical plans that carry out his clients’ wishes and minimize taxes, while also providing the flexibility needed to address unforeseen circumstances.
Rob helps clients grow their businesses by identifying strategic opportunities and designing and implementing programs that achieve their goals. His work comprises a full range of services related to public policy strategy, including government relations, lobbying, strategic planning, and public relations.
As Director of the Wisconsin office, Rob also manages the day-to-day operations of Michael Best Strategies, and assists its president in developing short- and long-term plans for client growth.
Jon is a persuasive and effective advocate for large commercial clients seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. His outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in high-profile litigation related to patents directed at a wide range of technologies. Jon’s common sense and diligent attention to client goals have proven a winning combination in dozens of trademark, unfair competition and trade libel cases across the United States.
Brian’s practice is dedicated to obtaining robust patent protection for his clients’ innovation and developing strategies to minimize their patent infringement risk. Brian has significant experience counseling clients with respect to a wide range of intellectual property issues, including patentability, clearance, and invalidity of utility and design patents.
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