Leaders of higher education institutions today face challenges and opportunities unlike anything their predecessors encountered. As student and faculty populations grow more diverse, the rules and values governing campus life are evolving and becoming more complex at a faster rate.
The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act fundamentally changed the process by which life sciences companies protect their inventions. U.S. patents are no longer awarded to the first to invent, but instead to the first to file. As a result, understanding the system and the standards for protecting intellectual property is as crucial today as understanding the science behind it.
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Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in a variety of family law and employment law matters to her work with Michael Best. Known as a hardworking, fair, and results-driven advocate for her clients, Jennifer provides guidance in navigating the many complexities of divorce, including property division, alimony, and custody issues. Her skills include representing clients for temporary orders, mediation, drafting settlement agreements, drafting pre-marital agreements, and litigation, including evidentiary hearings and trials.
Clients rely on Jason for strategic counsel regarding a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including: Qualified defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, including pension and 401(k) plans; Health and welfare plans, including Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act compliance; Nonqualified deferred compensation plans; Multiemployer pension and health and welfare plans; and compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.
Cameron focuses his practice on environmental and energy law, guiding clients through complicated regulatory processes and advocating for their interests in administrative, state, federal, and tribal courts. Clients rely on Cameron's legal advice to make strategic business decisions based on his well-informed knowledge of water and air permitting matters as well as hazardous waste liability and reporting obligations.
Jim’s broad litigation experience spans commercial litigation, professional and product liability defense, as well as representing individuals and corporations in state and federal investigations. He brings a unique skillset in criminal matters to his practice, having served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, and with an extensive background in federal criminal matters. His clientele spans retail banks, nursing homes and other healthcare providers, and manufacturers of medical and industrial products.
Colleagues and clients alike describe John as a creative and pragmatic litigator. As an advisor to corporate boards, CEO’s and presidents of publicly traded and privately held companies, John has been entrusted to handle a broad range of complex disputes.
Patrick tracks, researches, and reports on key policy issues that are relevant to Michael Best Strategies clients. He is dedicated to providing excellent service to clients by monitoring congressional hearings, researching applicable data bases, and monitoring national and international media sources, in order to provide highly consequential and timely legislative and regulatory updates.
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Sarah serves as a trusted advisor to her clients, offering proactive, strategic, business minded employment counsel. Representing companies and management exclusively, she works with a diverse range of manufacturing, logistics, government, financial, pharmaceutical, and higher education clients of all sizes. Sarah’s strategic, client-focused practice includes litigation involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, non-compete enforcement and defense, employee leave disputes, wage-and-hour claims, and more.
Kelly helps employers of all sizes meet their staffing needs by handling the immigration issues they face in hiring foreign nationals and moving employees around the globe. A partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Relations Practice Group and Co-chair of the immigration practice, she handles compliance issues for corporations that transfer dozens of employees into and out of the United States each year, as well as small companies seeking to bring in a few key hires from abroad.
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