Michael Best & Friedrich LLP: Hal Karas Appointed Chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Milwaukee, WI (May 6, 2005) – Hal Karas, a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, has been appointed chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin for a term ending in 2006.

Mr. Karas concentrates his practice on negotiation and documentation of development, planned community and commercial real estate transactions, land use entitlements, lending transactions, and workouts. He has represented developers of multi-use projects and has been lead counsel in the creation of thousands of residential condominium units. He has represented local banks and borrowers and national institutional lenders in situations from large unsecured private placements to highly leveraged transactions and securitizations. He has been involved with the development or sale of office buildings, multi-family residential complexes, subdivisions and golf courses.

About Michael Best
Founded in 1848, Michael Best has earned its reputation as a leading Midwestern law firm. The firm has more than 300 attorneys in six office locations, including Milwaukee, Madison, Waukesha and Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The firm provides a full range of legal services to clients on a local, regional, national and global basis. The firm’s main areas of practice are corporate, health care, labor & employment, land & resources (environmental and real estate), litigation, tax, and wealth planning.

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