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Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is a U.S. national law firm with more than 250 attorneys and 13 offices.[2] The firm ranked 180th on The American Lawyer's 2016 AmLaw 200 rankings of U.S. law firms.[1]

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
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HeadquartersMilwaukee, Wisconsin
No. of offices13
No. of attorneys250
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleDavid A. Krutz,
(Managing Partner)
RevenueIncrease $133,907,000 (2018)[1]
Date founded1848; 171 years ago (1848)
FounderEdward George Ryan
Company typeLimited liability partnership



Michael Best & Friedrich was founded in 1848 by Edward George Ryan, a Wisconsin trial attorney who later served as Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.[3] Over the course of more than a hundred and sixty years, the firm expanded throughout Wisconsin and across the country through a series of expansions and mergers, eventually growing from a small legal practice to a full-service business law firm that serves clients in the United States and across the globe.[3][4][5]

Practice AreasEdit

Michael Best & Friedrich's primary practice areas include labor and employment, intellectual property, tax, and healthcare.[2] Other areas of practice the firm is known for include banking & financial services law, corporate & transactional work, energy, environmental & natural resources law, government relations & public policy work, commercial litigation and real estate.[6]


Michael Best & Friedrich is affiliated with various global law organizations, including Lex Mundi, a network of 160 law firms with over 21,000 attorneys in more than 100 countries;[7] the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), a global network of employment and labor law firms;[8] and the American Property Tax Counsel (APTC), a national affiliation of property tax law firms that provides major portfolio owners with a single source of tax advice.[9]

Michael Best has been involved in the defense of the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 legislation on behalf of Scott Walker.[10]

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ a b "Michael Best & Friedrich LLP | Company Profile from Hoover's". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
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  4. ^ "Firms entering Chicago market see opportunity to grow" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  5. ^ Kirchen, Rich (2013-11-20). "Michael Best & Friedrich buys Salt Lake City's Vantus firm". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  6. ^ "Organizational Profile of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP". The National Law Review. 17 December 2017.
  7. ^ Lex Mundi
  8. ^ Employment Law Alliance
  9. ^ American Property Tax Counsel
  10. ^ The Daily Page
  11. ^ Rabideau, Amy (2011-02-17). "Bablitch a longtime public servant". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  12. ^ a b [2]
  13. ^ Rabideau, Amy (2011-08-02). "Cannon served as Milwaukee County DA, U.S. attorney". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
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  15. ^ Huey-Burns, Caitlin (January 24, 2011). "10 Things You Didn't Know About Reince Priebus". U.S. News & World Report, L.P. p. 1. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Reince Priebus". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
  17. ^ Jackson, Hallie; Tur, Katy; Jaffe, Alexandra (November 13, 2016). "Donald Trump Names RNC Chair Reince Priebus Chief of Staff". NBC News. p. 1. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  18. ^ "Wisconsin Court System - Edward G. Ryan". 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-11-14.

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