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Witkov balances love for law with love for people

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Adam Witkov loves problems.

A general litigator at Michael Best and Friedrich LLC with expertise in banking and financial services, Witkov often finds himself trying to balance things like legal and business matters, as well as client demands, in order to figure out all the options and present them to a client.

That sounds like a tall order for most. For Witkov, though, it’s the best part of his job.

“The part of this job I like the most is counseling clients and creating solutions,” he said. “… It allows creativity … People don’t necessarily think about law as a creative job. But there’s a lot of creativity in it.”

The counseling side of his job also draws on something that comes naturally to him.

“I’m a people person,” said Witkov. “I like interacting with people, and so being able to take something that’s very complicated, stressful, has a lot of business risk, being able to understand that, explain the options and be able to walk someone through that, I think, is just a cool process.”

Witkov said he’s always seeking to sharpen his problem-solving abilities. That, Witkov said, is one of the reasons he enjoys working at a larger firm such as Michael Best – he has many colleagues and mentors he can turn to for advice in a tough case

“I’m looking to get more experience and continue to evolve as a lawyer and as a problem solver,” Witkov said.

One of his most memorable cases had him arguing before the Seventh Circuit in either his second or third year at Michael Best. He said he felt as if he had an advantage because he could draw on his recent memories of arguing cases in Moot Court at the University of Wisconsin Law.

“(It was) a phenomenal experience,” he said. “You learn a lot about yourself prepping for it.”


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