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.
To prevail in litigation, clients need exceptional representation both inside and outside the courtroom. With more than 40 lawyers and other professionals, our seasoned Litigation practice group provides battle-tested service and representation for nearly any type of dispute.
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Bill, who leads the firm’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) practice, has 25 years’ experience counseling a wide range of clients in the energy sector, including Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), retail regulators, investor-owned utilities and their affiliates, public power entities, transmission-dependent utilities, independent transmission developers, and cooperatives and municipals.
Eric is known for his extensive experience in energy, water, wastewater, and environmental matters, particularly the regulation of utilities at both the state and federal levels. He helps clients with regulatory filings and issues before state public utility commissions and environmental regulators, local utility districts, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs).
David’s practice sits squarely at the intersection of the food-water-energy nexus. His work in the areas of environmental, regulatory, agricultural production, manufacturing and distribution, and renewable energy projects gives him the depth of experience necessary to counsel clients who will be feeding and powering a projected global population of nine billion people by 2050—at a time when resource scarcity and consumer confidence require an ongoing commitment to stewardship and sustainability.
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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Taylor leverages his skill as a strategic communicator to help clients in the agribusiness, energy, and food and beverage industries find solutions to complex regulatory challenges.
A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Julie helps clients build strong patent portfolios that can withstand future validity challenges and protect against infringement. She navigates clients through clearance and design changes to avoid patent infringement challenges while developing effective enforcement strategies to safeguard their IP assets.
Jordan helps energy companies and other sophisticated businesses structure and contract for large scale capital expansion and procurement, including representation in siting and certification cases for large power generation facilities, electric transmission lines, private energy facilities, and large agricultural projects.
Katie is an Associate who focuses her practice on patent matters including the preparation, filing, and prosecution of utility and design patent applications. She brings a technical background in biomedical engineering to bear on her work conducting patentability, right-to-use, validity, and patent clearance studies. She is also experienced with post-grant proceedings including inter partes review.
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