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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David focuses on government relations and public policy strategies designed to help clients overcome individual business challenges and implement legislative or regulatory change. His experience in helping to run Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign has given him great insight into the political and legislative process.
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Prateek brings a business-oriented approach to intellectual property counselling and portfolio management. Prateek takes into account his clients’ business strategies and competitive landscape to provide a holistic strategy for protecting his clients’ intellectual property assets.
Clients turn to Melanie to develop strategies for resolving intellectual property disputes both inside and outside of the courtroom. Whether patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, or unfair competition, Melanie helps clients enforce their intellectual property assets and defend against infringement allegations. Drawing on her engineering background, she also counsels clients on pre-litigation patent infringement and validity opinion matters.
As a Principal and Senior Public Affairs Advisor for Michael Best Strategies, Jeffrey has the expertise – and the robust network – needed to help clients achieve their key communications objectives and navigate high-profile or sensitive situations.
Richard Ressler has dedicated his 30+ year legal career to developing his general counsel corporate and securities legal practice and providing excellent service to his clients and community. Richard offers clients a deeply educated, reasoned perspective and wide-ranging experience, having represented companies large and small, publicly traded and privately held. He has experience across industry sectors including consumer products, technology, transportation, and business accelerators.
Jennifer brings more than a decade of experience to her role as a Paralegal in Michael Best’s Litigation and Labor & Employment law practices. She assists attorneys with a range of matters including workers’ compensation, criminal defense, contract law, family law, employment law, construction law, and medical malpractice.
A partner in the Wealth Planning area of the firm’s Transactional Practice group, Katherine concentrates her practice on wealth planning and local government law in Northeast Wisconsin. High net worth individuals turn to Katherine for strategic advice on how to protect and preserve their wealth – and create legacies for future generations. Her wealth planning practice focuses on estate planning and succession planning, with a strong emphasis on elder law and agricultural related matters.
Andrea brings more than 15 years of political strategy, government relations, and public affairs experience as well as deep relationships with members of Congress and staff, the Capitol Hill Press Corps, and major news networks. She counsels trade associations, corporations, nonprofits, and other clients on communications and public relations strategies, media relations, and lawmaker and stakeholder engagement, leveraging her considerable experience to craft winning approaches that achieve her clients’ goals.
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