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Michael Best & Friedrich LLP - Midwest Law Firm

Founded in 1848, Michael Best has earned a reputation as a leading law firm in the Midwest. More than 225 attorneys serve clients at our offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Waukesha and Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Chicago. The firm provides a full range of legal services locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

We provide sound legal analysis based on 160 years of experience. Tapping into our associations and alliances around the world, we manage wide-ranging business legal matters for one-person start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies.

Whether working one-on-one with a client or as a team, our attorneys build enduring relationships with our clients.

Who's who in American Law and who's who in America recognise Michael Best among the best in the nation. The 2009-2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White, Inc., includes 63 Michael Best attorneys among its rankings of the "best and the brightest" of today's legal practitioners. Attorneys listed in the book are selected by their peers in the legal community, and constitute only the top 1% of all lawyers practicing in the country.

Real-world strategic business counsel

We are not just attorneys; we are savvy business people, too. We know the laws of the land and how to apply them in corporate America. When needed, Michael Best assigns special teams comprised of attorneys and other professionals from a cross-section of practice areas, to focus on issues affecting specific industries and business sectors.

Progressive approach

We dig. We research. We look at issues from many angles and find opportunities for our clients. Sometimes we use conventional wisdom. Other times we look beyond the traditional. Because each client is unique, we vary our approach to fit the specific challenge. Many of the industries we serve - renewable energy, biotechnology and life sciences, healthcare, and others - require us to come up with highly original ideas to address their challenges.

Clients consistently give us high marks for being an invaluable asset. The reason? We devote ourselves to creating relationships based on the bedrock of trust, honesty and a zeal for our clients business. Whatever legal matters our clients face, we work diligently to resolve them.

Legal service

Our attorneys concentrate on legal matters regarding:

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Global networks

Our clients conduct business around the globe. Which is why we have world-wide connections to legal resources and market knowledge in many countries. No matter where our clients need aid, we draw on our professional alliances and associations to help overcome their toughest business challenges.

Lex Mundi

Michael Best is the exclusive member firm for Wisconsin of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms. Lex Mundi is the mark of excellence for legal services globally. With more than 21,000 practicing attorneys in 560 offices, Lex Mundi member firms are present in more than 160 countries, states and provinces. These premier law firms provide legal representation and local market knowledge just about anywhere needs may arise. Our firm's membership in Lex Mundi provides us with global reach and access to legal resources that enhance our ability to serve our clients' needs around the world.

China Alliance

The China Alliance is a unique arrangement established by four leading independent law firms in response to the increasing importance of China to the global marketplace and to North American businesses. The four law firms, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Butzel Long, and Michael Best & Friedrich LLP of the US and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP of Canada have agreed to collaborate in the development of their respective China practices, thereby enhancing their ability to serve the needs of clients in the rapidly developing China market. Office facilities in Shanghai and Beijing offer clients on-the-ground capabilities in China's primary business and regulatory centers.

Lawyers from China Alliance members provide advice and counseling to businesses with interests and operations in the Chinese market. Through this operating arrangement, member firms offer companies and other interested organisations significant depth and a broad range of relevant China and Asia experience, with access to the skills and capabilities of 1,300 lawyers.

China Alliance member attorneys are actively involved in the Chinese business community and are familiar with local business practice. In addition, they maintain close relationships at all levels of the Chinese government. With the ability to conduct business in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, their experience provides clients with pertinent professional advice, access to key decision makers, and a pragmatic approach specifically tailored to the Chinese business environment.

The structure of the China Alliance provides clients with a significant depth of resources, in-country capabilities and a cost effective approach for representation on critical business and strategic issues in China and throughout Asia. Whether the issue is local or multi-jurisdictional, practice area or industry specific, lawyers from China Alliance member firms provide relevant advice and timely solutions to business issues at every level.

Employment law alliance

Michael Best holds the honour of being the only Wisconsin member of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the world's largest integrated, global practice network. Premier, independent law firms, distinguished for their practice in employment and labor law, comprise the ELA. More than 3,000 lawyers across the network represent every jurisdiction in the US and in 100 countries. Scott Beightol, Chair of Michael Best's Management Committee, serves as a director of ELA.

We work closely with other ELA members to ensure that our clients' legal matters are handled seamlessly wherever they conduct business. The ELA network provides a smarter, more efficient and effective alternative to using a single multi-state or multi-national law firm. Because the ELA consists of lawyers worldwide, there is truly coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you need assistance in the middle of the night, or need to move quickly on an international labour issue, ELA lawyers are there to assist.

American Property Tax Counsel

A senior member of our property tax team helped create the American Property Tax Counsel (APTC), the national affiliation of premier property tax law firms. Michael Best is the exclusive Wisconsin member of the APTC. Membership allows us to provide access to leading property tax counsel throughout the US and Canada. The APTC remains the only organisation of law firms providing major portfolio owners with a single source for all their property tax reporting and tax reduction needs.

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100 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 3300
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Madison, WI 53703
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180 North Stetson Avenue
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Chicago, IL 60601
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Waukesha, WI 53188-1174
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