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.
To prevail in litigation, clients need exceptional representation both inside and outside the courtroom. With more than 40 lawyers and other professionals, our seasoned Litigation practice group provides battle-tested service and representation for nearly any type of dispute.
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Mike Barnhill is an experienced civil litigator and trial attorney who has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including cases involving contractual breaches, torts (including fraud and negligence), misappropriation of trade secrets, securities violations, and employment issues (wage and hour, discrimination). Mike also defends class action suits and financial services companies in consumer litigation. Mike is licensed in both California and Utah and has represented extensively litigated cases in both states as well as many other states.
Matthew assists clients in preparing and prosecuting patent applications. His practice is built on a background in mechanical engineering, with firsthand experience with the complexities of project design and building.
Clients rely on Rick’s deep understanding of the mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appellate processes. Rick has been the lead trial attorney on a variety of complex cases presented to juries, judges, and arbitrators. His practice predominately focuses on business disputes, lease/contract disputes, construction disputes, securities cases, and trade secret issues.
Stacy is a paralegal in the firm’s Corporate & Transactional practice group. She has extensive experience with drafting and revising documents, assisting with business entity formation, and preparing SEC filings.
Prior to joining Michael Best, Stacy’s paralegal work included estate planning, probate, and corporate matters.
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Anne is experienced in all stages of litigation in both state and federal courts. Clients rely on her responsiveness and dedication in a wide variety of matters, including business litigation, labor and employment law, and securities litigation, as well as product liability, personal injury, and construction defect cases.
Steven focuses his practice on all aspects of complex civil litigation and appeals. He has significant experience litigating and appealing matters in state and federal courts, including in disputes regarding eminent domain, unfair competition and trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties, construction defects, employment and business issues, consumer protection laws, civil rights, personal injury, and class actions. He is well-versed in every step of the litigation and appellate processes, including developing effective case strategies, taking and defending depositions, successfully bringing matters to trial, and drafting winning pleadings and briefs.
Jim provides clients with a wealth of experience and insight regarding securities regulation and corporate and transactional law, informed by more than 50 years of practice. He primarily focuses on broker-dealer and investment adviser compliance, public company periodic reporting, new equity financings, and acquisitions and reorganizations involving publicly traded companies. He organizes new business entities, structures complex transactions, coordinates international business ventures, and advises on corporate governance.
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.
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