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.
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.
In today’s rapidly changing market, you need an intellectual property team that will enhance and safeguard your competitive position. Our nationally recognized IP practice offers three key advantages: we know your business; we understand your technology; and we have the advocacy skills to help you develop, manage, and protect your intellectual assets.
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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 helps protect his clients’ technological innovations by filing and prosecuting patent applications. He is experienced in conducting clearance and patentability searches for a diverse group of Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 clients. Clients benefit from Prateek’s tactical patent counseling, which is amplified by his technical training as an electrical engineer and a clear understanding of the technological components of individual client inventions.
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 “Rick” 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. Rick 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.
Hunter represents clients in a wide variety of corporate and litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm, Hunter worked as a Clinical Alliance Intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Legal Intern at Human Rights Voices, and Research Assistant at BYU. Hunter also worked on U.S. Senator Jeff Flake’s legislative staff in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Hunter worked as summer associate at Michael Best in 2017.
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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