In the last two centuries, American farmers have created the most efficient, productive, and sustainable food production system the world has ever seen. And in the coming decades, they will be tasked with providing food for the globe’s swelling population, which is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050.
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Denise is a nationally recognized policy expert with more than three decades of experience in regulatory law, tax, trade, energy, environment, food, and agriculture with extensive trade association and coalition management at the state and federal levels. As a partner Michael Best Strategies, Denise builds teams to effectively implement policy advocacy strategies to advance client interests.
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 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.
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.
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.
Taylor brings a diverse background in environmental and agricultural matters to his practice at Michael Best. He is well versed in environmental regulatory processes as well as emerging topics and issues faced by the Midwest’s agribusiness industry.
Mike is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and the former chair of the firm’s Transactional Practice Group. He is an experienced transactional attorney who serves as outside general counsel to many real estate investment and corporate clients, and is seen as strategic counselor and advisor.
Tom’s outstanding track record is built on his strong advocacy for clients in regard to federal, state, and municipal contracts, grants, and cost-share agreements. He is particularly valued for his ability to secure client-friendly results against difficult odds, in his counsel on government contracts, commercial litigation, as well as in real estate litigation including eminent domain.
Miguel’s practice includes matters relating to labor relations, contract negotiations, and labor and employment litigation. His counsel is informed by insights and knowledge gained from prior work at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Miguel has spoken on topics such as the Wisconsin right-to-work laws and the National Labor Relations Act and protected concerted activity. Prior to joining Michael Best, Miguel worked as a litigator in the New York City and Los Angeles, California regional offices of the NLRB.
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