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Michael Best & Friedrich LLP


Michael Best & Friedrich LLP - Milwaukee
  • 100 East Wisconsin Avenue
  • Suite 3300
  • Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53202
  • Tel:+1 414 271 6560
  • Fax:+1 414 277 0656
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: David A Krutz
  • Chair of the Management Committee: Scott C Beightol
  • Number of partners: 142
  • Number of attorneys: 223
  • Website: www.michaelbest.com

Firm Overview:
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has earned a reputation as a leading law firm in the Midwest due to the firm’s long commitment to delivering results for clients. By guiding businesses through complex legal problems in diverse economic environments, the firm’s attorneys possess a solid foundation for understanding the constantly evolving business environments facing clients today. Michael Best is ideally positioned to handle a wide range of legal matters across the practice areas identified below. In addition, the firm offers sophisticated counsel to cutting-edge industries, including advanced manufacturing, banking and financial services, energy and sustainability and technology.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Transactional Corporate & Business:
The firm’s Transactional Practice Group includes a broad range of services. Corporate and business law is a core competency of the firm. The range of services involves individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations and includes assisting in the organization, financing and operation of business ventures, through and including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Experience in corporate finance has resulted in representation of venture capital investors, mezzanine lenders and start-up companies.
Contact: Michael S Green
Email: msgreen@michaelbest.com

Land & Resources:
Michael Best’s land and resources attorneys practice in all areas of environmental, construction, development, real estate law and climate change, serving property owners, developers, all types of manufacturers and industrial operations, public utilities, construction and agribusiness companies.
Contact: Michael S Green
Email: msgreen@michaelbest.com

Michael Best’s Tax Group is comprised of some of the most pre-eminent practitioners in the Midwest. In the tax planning area, attorneys advise organizations with respect to the federal, state and international tax aspects of structuring acquisitions, reorganizations, real estate developments, exchanges and related transactions. In the tax controversy area,members of the group regularly appear in federal and state trial and appellate courts, litigating all aspects of income taxes, excise taxes, sales and use taxes and property taxes. The group is well known for its sought-after publication titled, “The Complete Guide to Wisconsin Sales and Use Taxes”.
Contact: Timothy G Schally
Email: tgschally@michaelbest.com

Wealth Planning Services:
Michael Best provides high quality, cost effective and innovative services regarding business succession planning, financial planning, asset protection planning, retirement planning, estate litigation and family counseling. The attorneys in this group consult with clients to determine short-term and long-term objectives regarding asset protection and management, minimization of taxes and disposition of wealth.
Contact: Mark S Poker
Email: mspoker@michaelbest.com

Intellectual Property:
Michael Best has one of the nation’s leading intellectual property practices. Nearly 100 professionals offer a complete range of services to clients throughout the nation and around the world. Michael Best’s Intellectual Property Practice Group offers legal and technical experience in areas such as patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and counseling; intellectual property litigation; internet and e-commerce; technology transfer and joint venture agreements; computer software and system acquisition agreements; M&A due diligence; biotechnology and trade secrets. Michael Best ranks among the leading trademark law firms in the nation.
Contact: Billie Jean Smith
Email: bjsmith@michaelbest.com

Labor & Employment:
Michael Best’s labor and employment attorneys represent some of the most innovative businesses, public sector and non-profit organizations in the nation. The attorneys continually strive to develop close partnerships with clients, focusing on litigation prevention and the achievement of strategic objectives through human resources counseling, planning and training. The attorneys are recognized by their clients and peers as among the best and most respected management-side labor, employment, and employee benefits attorneys in the Midwest, providing legal defense in all aspects of labor and employment litigation; union organizing, collective bargaining, and grievance arbitration; wagehour issues; safety and workers compensation; employee benefits and immigration. They have decades of experience practicing in state and federal trial courts, appellate and Supreme courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators, and designing compensation, retirement, pension, stock and health plans.
Contact: José A Olivieri
Email: jaolivieri@michaelbest.com

Michael Best’s Litigation Practice Group has an unmatched depth of experience and success with more than 150 published cases at every level of State and Federal Courts in recent years. Its members include a host of former judicial law clerks, law review editors, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and board members and officers of local, state and national bar associations. The attorneys are consistently honored by publications as among the best counsel in their fields. More than 70 members strong,Michael Best’s Litigation Practice Group is equipped to provide clients with first class representation in any type of complex commercial litigation.
Contact: Daniel J Vaccaro
Email: djvaccaro@michaelbest.com

International Work:
Through various international legal affiliations, Michael Best has the ability to bring global resources to clients. Michael Best is the exclusive Wisconsin member of Lex Mundi (‘Law of the World’), enabling the firm to arrange effective representation for clients around the world.
Contact: Thomas A Miller
Email: tamiller@michaelbest.com


  • 100 East Wisconsin Avenue,
  • Suite 3300,
  • Milwaukee,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53202
  • Tel +1 414 271 6560
  • Fax +1 414 277 0656
  • Website : www.michaelbest.com
  • One South Pinckney Street,
  • Suite 700,
  • Madison,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 53703
  • Tel +1 608 257 3501
  • Fax +1 608 283 2275
  • Two Riverwood Place,
  • Suite 200,
  • N19 W24133 Riverwood Drive,
  • Waukesha,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 531881174
  • Tel +1 262 956 6560
  • Fax +1 262 956 6565
  • 1000 Maritime Drive,
  • Manitowoc,
  • Wisconsin
  • USA
  • WI 54220-2922
  • Tel +1 920 686 2800
  • Fax +1 920 686 2810
  • Two Prudential Plaza,
  • 180 North Stetson Avenue,
  • Suite 2000,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60601
  • Tel +1 312 222 0800
  • Fax +1 312 222 0818

Media & Entertainment - Illinois

THE FIRM This media and entertainment team continues to work with a wide variety of clients, from individual artists and record labels to theaters and sports arenas, handling a range of matters including contract negotiations, licensing, promotions, IP protection and disputes. It is currently acting for Rhymesayers Entertainment, handling a diverse array of issues, including IP advice and artist agreements. 

Sources say: "Strong advice, well organized, and quick to answer questions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Luke DeMarte impresses on a variety of entertainment issues, and is particularly recommended for his work with record labels and artists, for whom he negotiates and drafts artist agreements and licensing agreements, as well as advising on IP issues.

Trademark and copyright practice head Jeffrey Brown works on a broad range of business and IP matters, such as copyright, trade secret and advertising. He is currently advising Soundset on all aspects of the Soundset music festival.

Corporate/M&A - Utah

THE FIRM This business law boutique offers a unique breadth of experience, making it a firm choice for many of the state's leading corporate clients. The team is able to offer support in the areas of corporate, finance, M&A and securities law, and is also adept in handling complex commercial transactions.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stuart Fredman's core focus is on M&A; he has additional expertise in strategic business planning and tax law.

Brad Jacobsen's broad practice includes the financing and formation of new businesses and real estate, with an emphasis on M&A and securities law.

Corporate/M&A - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This group is particularly active in the field of corporate finance, and has notable experience in securities, reorganizations and tax credits. It is also equipped to advise on M&A matters, and has notable experience of handling strategic investments and asset transactions. Recent matters include advising Odyne Systems on a substantial strategic investment into the company by Allison Transmissions. 

Sources say: "I hold them in very high regard. I have recommended them many times."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Tod Linstroth has an excellent reputation in the market. He is well versed in private equity and venture capital, and has a particular interest in the technology sector.

Clients report that Thor Lundgren has "great business sense" and gives "good, practical advice." His practice encompasses a broad range of transactional and compliance-related issues.

Head of the firm's banking and financial services team, Alexander Fraser is identified by sources as a "very good lawyer." He focuses his practice on commercial lending and M&A matters.

Intellectual Property - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This group is widely regarded as having one of Wisconsin's leading IP practices. It has a broad range of expertise, with notable experience in the fields of patent infringement defense, patent prosecution, licensing and IP issues arising from corporate transactions. The team is also sought after to handle general portfolio management and has recently assisted clients of the caliber of Harley-Davidson, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands.

Sources say: "They appreciate the business aspects of legal matters and offer solid, useful, informed suggestions to solve real-world problems."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jonathan Margolies is highly esteemed in the field of IP litigation and has recently been engaged to act for Modine on a patent infringement claim.

Donald Best is known for his IP litigation expertise. He has a particular interest in biotechnology patent issues.

Christopher Austin is a much-praised patent prosecutor, with a focus on mechanical, software and medical technology.

"Well-respected IP lawyer" Kevin Moran handles patent prosecution and defense. Clients value his "good strategic advice." His areas of expertise include mechanical, electro-mechanical and biomedical technologies.

Derek Stettner is viewed as "very good" in the fields of IP protection and licensing. He has notable experience of software-related issues.

"Exceptional attorney" Richard Kaiser is singled out for his "in-depth patent prosecution knowledge." His practice focuses on patent prosecution.

Since publication, David L De Bruin has left this practice.

Labor & Employment - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This firm has one of Wisconsin's premier labor and employment practices, and counsels employers on a diverse range of issues. It is particularly active in the fields of employment discrimination litigation, noncompete agreements and traditional labor law matters, and is increasingly called upon to defend wage and hour class actions. The group recently obtained a favorable summary judgment for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in a discrimination and retaliation case. Other key clients include Briess, KS Energy and ThyssenKrupp Waupaca.

Sources say: "A very strong labor and employment practice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Leading benefits lawyer" Charles Stevens is well versed in employee pension and welfare plans, including new federal healthcare legislation.

"Highly regarded" lawyer Tom Scrivner handles a variety of labor and employment issues, including employment discrimination litigation and union avoidance counseling.

José Olivieri is held in high esteem in the market. He specializes in immigration law, in addition to general employment matters, and is particularly knowledgeable of issues relating to higher education institutions.

Scott Beightol focuses on employment discrimination and noncompete litigation, in addition to general labor and employment counseling. One interviewee reports being "really impressed with his sensitivity towards our situation as a client."

David Croysdale is considered a "great labor practitioner." His practice encompasses labor collective bargaining, union avoidance and NLRB representation.

"Top-notch" attorney Eric Hobbs is recognized for his OSHA expertise. He is also experienced in matters concerning the ADA, the FMLA and wage and hour disputes.

Amy Schmidt-Jones is a rising star who focuses her practice on employment litigation. Her expertise includes discrimination, FMLA and contractual matters.

Litigation - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This group provides representation in a wide range of commercial litigation. Its experience includes false advertising, electoral redistricting and securities litigation. The team has also handled class actions and recently defended National Presto Industries in a nationwide class action concerning allegations of false advertising. Other notable clients include TTi Power Tools and Harley-Davidson.

Sources say: "They did a very good job of explaining the process, legal reasoning and prospects of success at a grass roots level."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Vaccaro is a key contact at the firm.

Natural Resources - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This multiservice practice is particularly active in the fields of water law, air emissions, toxic torts and the defense of enforcement actions and class action law suits. The group has significant clients in the utilities, agricultural and food industries, and serves as general counsel to the Wisconsin Paper Council. It is also noted for its renewable energy expertise.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Linda Bochert focuses her practice on regulatory matters and is noted for her experience of permitting, zoning and enforcement issues.

Todd Palmer is considered a leading expert on air-related matters.

Real Estate - Wisconsin

THE FIRM This practice places a particular emphasis on development, financing and land use. It has significant experience of advising on acquisitions, tax credits and land use issues, and recently acted for Gebhardt Development on a redevelopment project involving incremental tax financing, New Markets Tax Credits and other economic development incentives. In the past year, it has also provided real estate counsel to ABS Global, ACCO Brands and Andis.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients describe Bret Roge as a "very smart" attorney who "gives great advice." He is noted for his transactional practice.

Senior statesman Alan Marcuvitz has an excellent reputation in Wisconsin for his eminent domain and tax appeal expertise.