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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Chuck represents clients in all phases of intellectual property law. In addition to vigorous and effective litigation, he helps them obtain, maintain, assess, and enforce ownership of valuable intellectual assets in the U.S. and worldwide.
Daniel focuses on business and tax law issues, and his diverse practice addresses state and federal income tax, international tax, mergers and acquisitions, new market tax credit (NMTC) financing, and state sales tax concerns. Clients value Daniel’s advice regarding business transactions, including his strategic counsel in regard to organizing and forming tax-exempt business entities, such as 501(c)(3) and other nonprofit organizations.
Laura brings a technical background in computer engineering to her work in the preparation of U.S. and international patents.
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Laura helps clients create, grow, and protect their brands and artistic work through trademark and copyright prosecution, clearance, counseling, and enforcement, and the negotiation and drafting of licenses, assignments, and other IP-related contracts.
Mike partners with clients to provide practical, strategic patent counsel. He represents clients of all sizes, including universities, emerging and mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to earning his law degree, Mike worked for several years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and in academic research. Before joining the firm, he worked for six years at an intellectual property law boutique in Portland, Oregon.
Rick Langer is a partner concentrating his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, trusts, and marital property.
John practices primarily in the areas of executive compensation and employee benefits, as well as related individual and corporate taxation.
Caz has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, particularly in the areas of software, computer, and mechanical inventions, including preparing and filing of patent applications, counseling clients and providing opinions regarding the validity, infringement and enforceability of competitors’ patents, negotiating intellectual property licenses, including patent, trademark, trade secret, confidentiality, and computer-related agreements.
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