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Danielle is widely recognized for her solutions-oriented approach to complex real estate projects and transactions. Clients benefit from her strategic problem-solving skills, her creative use of public-private partnerships (PPPs), and a no-nonsense approach to dealmaking.
Matt is an experienced real estate practitioner who advises clients on a wide array of real estate and development matters. Matt is adept at handling large-scale, politically sensitive development projects, including those involving public-private partnerships. He has extensive experience with structuring complex ownership, leasing, and financing structures for a variety of single and multi-use commercial projects.
Michelle provides strategic counsel and representation to clients involved in a range of construction, real estate, and project development matters. Representative work includes complex real estate purchase, sale and leasing transactions, entitlement processes, easements, licenses and rights-of-entry agreements, developing and implementing best practices on large-scale, high-ticket construction and development projects, and more.
As senior counsel, Jenn provides guidance and support to startup and growth phase companies, as well as advice on a wide variety of employment and corporate matters.
Renee has over 20 years of experience as a paralegal in both the environmental and real estate practice areas. She assists attorneys in all aspects of management and closing of residential and commercial real estate transactions. Renee has experience with drafting real estate documents, analyzing surveys and title documents and land use planning.
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Thom brings deep knowledge and significant experience to his real estate and finance practice. His focus includes real estate development, urban redevelopment, municipal finance, land use and zoning, tax incremental financing, and general municipal law. Prior to joining Michael Best, Thom represented the City of Milwaukee as an Assistant City Attorney in the Office of the City Attorney.
Mike is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and the former chair of the firm’s Transactional Practice Group. He is an experienced transactional attorney who serves as outside general counsel to many real estate investment and corporate clients, and is seen as strategic counselor and advisor.
Ryan is a paralegal in the firm’s Transactional Practice Group. He performs detailed due diligence for commercial and agricultural real estate transactions throughout the country, with an emphasis in: Arkansas, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Ryan conducts property research, ALTA/NSPS land survey analysis, title and policy review, and is responsible for drafting a wide range of transactional and closing documents.
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