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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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 puts his law degree and Masters in Economics to work serving banks and insurance industry clients in 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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