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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Emily focuses her practice in the areas of trademark and copyright law. She counsels clients on prosecution, portfolio management, clearance, enforcement, and dispute resolution, helping businesses protect and defend their valuable brand assets.
Ryan is a paralegal in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. He assists Michael Best attorneys with a variety real estate, corporate, and data privacy matters. He conducts property and tax assessment research, performs due diligence, ALTA/NSPS land survey analysis, title and policy review, evaluation of agricultural foreclosures, and manages closings for commercial, residential, and agricultural real estate transactions throughout the country.
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Luke focuses his practice in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation.
Luke counsels employers on a variety of benefit arrangements including health and welfare plans and qualified retirement plans. He advises plan sponsors and fiduciaries on compliance with applicable laws, including ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, HIPAA, COBRA, and other regulations. He also has experience helping clients respond to compliance audits by the Department of Labor. Additionally, Luke has experience assisting clients with tax considerations and issues surrounding the drafting and administration of incentive plans, deferred compensation plans, and equity-based compensation arrangements.
With over 25 years of intellectual property experience in the legal industry, Janet brings a strong background to her role as an IP administrator. Familiar with all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright processes, she has assisted with every step of portfolio and record management.
Nancy is a partner in the Real Estate group. Her more than 30 years of experience covers a broad range of real estate law, including assisting clients in purchases, sales and leases of property, and development and zoning work; representing borrowers and lenders in real estate loans; assisting in foreclosures and workouts; advising on questions of condominium law; negotiating construction and architects' contracts; and assisting in real estate litigation.
Julie provides business-related immigration services to clients with a particular focus on employment-based immigration, including nonimmigrant petitions, permanent residence applications, and naturalization.
Aaron leverages his background and connections in Illinois state government to help clients further their business objectives. Before joining Michael Best Strategies, he held influential positions in Illinois’ Office of the Governor, Department of Juvenile Justice, and State Police.
Clients value Greg’s strategic counsel relating to the protection of their intellectual property assets in the U.S. and abroad. Greg works extensively with clients in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, healthcare and chemical industries. His outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in high-profile and high-value life sciences and chemical patent matters. Greg’s extensive background encompasses patent preparation and prosecution, enforcement,and technology dispute resolution, as well as licensing and opinion work.
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