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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: 136
  • Number of attorneys: 223 

Firm Overview:
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is committed to delivering results for clients. Michael Best guides businesses through complex legal problems in diverse economic environments and 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 and offers sophisticated counsel to cutting-edge industries, including advanced manufacturing, banking and financial services, energy and technology including life sciences.

Main Areas of Practice:
Intellectual Property:
Michael Best has one of the nation’s leading intellectual property practices and ranks among the leading trademark law firms in the nation. Nearly 100 professionals offer a complete range of services to clients throughout the nation and around the world. Michael Best 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.
Contact: Daniel S Jones
Email: djones@michaelbest.com

Michael Best’s Litigation Group has more than 150 published cases in recent years at every level of State and Federal Courts. Its members include former judicial law clerks, law review editors, former Wisconsin Supreme Court board members and officers of local, state and national bar associations. More than 70 members strong, Michael Best’s Litigation Practice Group provides clients with first class representation in any type of complex commercial litigation.
Contact: Daniel J Vaccaro
Email: djvaccaro@michaelbest.com

Labor & Employment:
Michael Best represents some of the most innovative businesses, public sector and non-profit organizations in the nation. The attorneys develop close partnerships with clients, focusing on litigation prevention and the achievement of strategic objectives through human resources counseling, planning and training. Michael Best provides legal defense in all aspects of labor and employment litigation; union organizing, collective bargaining, and grievance arbitration; wage-hour issues; safety and workers compensation; employee benefits and immigration. The firm’s employment attorneys 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

Transactional Corporate & Business:
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

Michael Best advises 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, the firm’s tax attorneys 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.
Contact: Timothy G Schally
Email: tgschally@michaelbest.com

Land & Resources:
Michael Best practices 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

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 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

International Work:
Through various international legal affiliations, Michael Best has the ability to bring together global legal resources to clients. Michael Best is the exclusive Wisconsin member of Lex Mundi (‘Law of the World’), among other global affiliations.
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
  • 6995 Union Park Center,
  • Suite 100,
  • Salt Lake City,
  • Utah
  • USA
  • UT 84047
  • Tel +1 801 833 0500
  • Fax +1 801 931 2500
  • 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Suite 700 South ,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20004
  • Tel +1 202 747 9560
  • Fax +1 202 347 1819

Media & Entertainment - Illinois

What the team is known for Established entertainment law practice with expertise across a range of sectors, including theater, film and music as well as sports and publishing. Handles financing as part of a broad practice.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Jeffrey Brown has experience in negotiating entertainment deals and recording agreements. He also offers expertise in intellectual property matters involving copyright and advertising issues.

Luke DeMarte is well versed in the areas of copyright, trademark and entertainment law. He acts for record labels, producers and artists in relation to contract negotiations and endorsements.

Corporate/M&A - Utah

What the team is known for An enlarged group with an established track record acting on mid-sized M&A deals. Additional notable securities and lending experience including on substantial real estate-secured lending. 

What's new? Acquired the Vantus Law Group in Salt Lake City in January 2014. 

Work highlights Acted as borrower counsel for four multifamily investors, with the total loan value reaching $65 million.

Advised TaskEasy as issuer counsel on a $7 million stock offering.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Stuart Fredman advises clients on M&A deals and taxation matters, and is held in high regard by his peers. 

Brad Jacobsen is acknowledged by peers for his all-around abilities. His work includes acting on a variety of offerings and as borrower's counsel. He is also active on M&A deals in the real estate sector. 

Significant clients Questar, Black Oak Capital Partners, Clarke Capital Partners, Progrexion, RealSource.

Corporate/M&A - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Sustains a solid business and securities practice representing issuers and underwriters in a variety of transactions including asset purchases, leveraged buyout, recapitalizations and reorganizations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a very good firm, they're certainly well respected. The interactions I've had with them are always professional, they've got a skilled team."

Notable practitioners  

Tod Linstroth is a respected senior member of Michael Best's business practice. He is well versed in a range of M&A and corporate structuring matters and also has a substantial securities offering.

Interviewees indicate that Alexander Fraser is "easy to work with, skilled and understands a transaction." He is singled out for expertise in financing matters, including lending and derivatives deals.

Thor Lundgren is renowned for his focus on commercial lender-side work, where he maintains strong connections with banking clients. Lundgren also displays notable skill in corporate governance and corrupt practice investigations.

Intellectual Property - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Remains a market leader in the IP space with a deep bench of skilled practitioners with a broad range of specialist backgrounds. Technological expertise includes electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering, avionics and medical devices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Michael Best continues to be strong in IP."

Notable practitioners  

Highly regarded IP litigator Jonathan Margolies has particular expertise in managing the different factions in multiparty matters. He has advised clients in respect of an extensive array of technologies, including computer systems, metallurgy, food processing machinery and digital music files.

Christopher Austin is a key player when it comes to international patent expertise. His advisory experience includes representing clients within the electromechanical and medical markets.

Donald Best has extensive experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration in disputes involving patents, trademarks and copyright. His particular expertise includes the fields of biotechnology and chemical processing.

Kevin Moran leads the team's advanced manufacturing industry group and has expertise in patent acquisition and enforcement. His IP practice is bolstered by his past experience as a product engineer.

Richard Kaiser is an authority on patent prosecution. He specializes in utility and design patents in connection with mechanical engineering.

Labor & Employment - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Effectively counsels its management-side clients on the ambit of employment law issues faced by companies, from discrimination disputes to noncompete issues. Also experienced in wage and hour issues and appearing before a range of government bodies including the NLRB and EEOC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They offer comprehensive labor and employment advice to their clients, and the people there are recognized as really good lawyers."

"They have many different experts and a lot of available talent."

Notable practitioners

Head of department José Olivieri is a noted specialist in employment-based immigration law. He regularly advises higher education institutions on employment issues, including privacy and governance, among other matters. 

A peer reports that Tom Scrivner is "a very steady and smart lawyer, and a skilled negotiator," going on to remark: "I don't know anyone who doesn't hold him in the highest regard." He is skilled in employment litigation and labor matters.

Charles Stevens is highly experienced in employee benefits and welfare-related work. He has particular expertise in assisting with employee benefits programs and employer wellness programs.

Scott Beightol is well known for advising businesses on employment discrimination and noncompete matters. One peer declares: "If I had a conflict, I'd refer work to Scott. I know his skill set and he'd do a great job."

David Croysdale is admired by sources, who praise his "really deep experience. He's seen one or more of everything in union relations."

Eric Hobbs is skilled in handling union issues and wage and hour claims for employers. Interviewees observe that "he's thoughtful and shows good judgment."

Litigation - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Offers expertise in a wide range of commercial litigation, as well as substantial experience in pretrial procedure and discovery. Notable success in alternative dispute resolution and favorable results in arbitration and mediation.

Work highlights Acted for Hy Cite Enterprises, bringing a suit to obtain declaratory judgment against defendants who were otherwise seeking to commence arbitration proceedings. The defendants counterclaimed, seeking damages of $2.8 million, and the case ultimately settled.

Successfully defended Manitowoc Cranes against claims brought by American Custom Surfacing for damages initially totaling approximately $4 million.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Vaccaro is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Reel Spin Studios, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, H.E. Williams, Learning Resources.

Natural Resources - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Handles the full spectrum of environmental matters facing real estate developers, and industrial and manufacturing clients. Displays strength in enforcement defense and finding innovative solutions to environmental issues.

Notable practitioners  

Linda Bochert is respected for her work in air and water law. One source praises her particularly highly: "In the environmental world you need to be creative in order to get done what needs to be done - she's always been one of my role models."

Todd Palmer assists his clients with obtaining air emission control permits, compliance issues and defense against allegations of CAA violation. Clients describe him as "very sophisticated," going on to remark that he is a "strong advocate."

Real Estate - Wisconsin

What the team is known for Skilled in development matters and the obtaining of land use permits, complemented by substantial zoning expertise at partner level. Substantial experience in structuring an array of real estate transactions, including tax-free exchanges and bond financing.

Work highlights Continued to assist Gebhardt Development in connection with the redevelopment of the Constellation project, which involved advising on the land purchase and negotiation of construction contracts, among other matters.

Notable practitioners  

Bret Roge has significant expertise in advising real estate clients on acquisitions, dispositions and leasing matters. Interviewees highlight his vast experience in working with housing authorities, noting him to be a highly valued resource for real estate assistance.

One admiring source regards Alan Marcuvitz as "a zoning expert" and "a key player," going on to praise the way in which he supports his clients: "He's very willing to go in and help. He's very practical, a tough negotiator, and he's aggressive for developers too." 

Since publication, Alan H Marcuvitz has joined von Briesen & Roper SC