Jennifer R. Rupkey
Director, Client Development
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Milwaukee, WI – The law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce that Michelle Jacobs, a former United States Attorney, has joined the firm as a partner. Jacobs will handle complex litigation matters and appellate work with an emphasis on cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jacobs has successfully argued more than 50 cases before the federal courts of appeals, including the high-profile case involving former Milwaukee Alderman, Michael McGee. Jacobs also has tried numerous jury trials, including a successful case against four individuals attempting to illegally smuggle U.S. technology to China. Among the awards she has received is the 2009 “Women in the Law” award presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal.
“We are very excited to have Michelle join our team,” said Steve Biskupic, Chair of the Michael Best’s Litigation Group. “She brings a wealth of federal court appellate experience that is virtually unmatched in this market.”
Michael Best’s Managing Partner, David Krutz, “Michelle is a highly skilled trial lawyer who will provide superior service to our clients. We anticipate her becoming the leader of our appellate practice.”
Prior to joining Michael Best, Jacobs worked in the United States Attorney’s Office for 16 years. For eight of those years, she held a number of supervisory positions, including three years as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and one year as United States Attorney. Prior to coming to work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jacobs served as a clerk for the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Jacobs received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
About Michael Best’s Appellate Practice
Michael Best is staffed with some of the top appellate attorneys in the Midwest. Our litigators have been involved in hundreds of appeals throughout the country at both the state and federal levels, including the United States Supreme Court. Our attorneys have authored briefs and routinely appear for oral arguments before the Wisconsin and Illinois Supreme Courts, as well as the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, covering federal cases from Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
About Michael Best
Founded in 1848, Michael Best has earned its reputation as a leading Midwestern law firm. Michael Best has 220 attorneys in Milwaukee, Madison, Waukesha and Manitowoc, Wisconsin; and Chicago, Illinois. Michael Best provides a full range of legal services to clients on a local, regional, national and global basis in areas including: intellectual property, general corporate, labor & employment, environmental, real estate, litigation, tax, and wealth planning services.
Michael Best is the exclusive member firm for Wisconsin of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Lex Mundi members are present in more than 160 countries, states and provinces, covering virtually every business market worldwide. 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. Lex Mundi is the mark of excellence for legal services globally. (http://www.lexmundi.com)