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ELG Named a 2020 “Best Law Firm”

The Environmental Law Group, Ltd., is honored to have again been named a “Best Law Firm” in the 2020 list of the nation’s top law firms compiled by U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers. ELG was named a Tier 2 firm in the Minneapolis Metro area in the area of Environmental Law. The “Best Law Firms” rankings are generated through a rigorous evaluation process based on client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

Jeremy Greenhouse to Present at 2019 CSWEA/AWMA Conference on the Environment

ELG attorney Jeremy Greenhouse  will present at this year’s Central States Water Environment/Air and West Management Associations – Upper Midwest Section’s Conference on the Environment.  Jeremy will be speaking on state and federal Water Law Updates occurring over the last year. The Conference will be held on November 7, 2019, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Further details on the conference can be found here and registration is available here.

Jon Bloomberg Accepts Position at Xcel Energy

It is with sadness for ourselves but enthusiasm for him that ELG announces the departure from ELG of our longtime partner and friend Jon Bloomberg. While we will miss Jon, we share his excitement for his new role as in-house counsel at Xcel Energy and wish him all the best. With Jon’s permission, we have pasted below an email update he circulated earlier this month. Jon, thank you, congratulations and good luck!

Jon BloombergAs many of you know, at the end of this month, I will be leaving my firm and starting a new position in the law department at Xcel Energy as the company’s primary air lawyer (but doing other things as well).  I am very excited about this new challenge.  Xcel has operations in 8 states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico.   I will be working with those facilities as well as working on air policy issues.  Xcel is the first major utility to announce a goal to supply all carbon-free electricity by 2050 – they (we) will be 80% carbon-free by 2030.  I will be officing in downtown Minneapolis, but will likely be traveling a fair amount. You can get more info about my new employer here: .

I leave my practice with very mixed emotions.  My partners are great people as well as excellent lawyers.  I will miss them as colleagues, but I’m not going too far away.  I also will miss our fantastic clients, but I know I am leaving them in extremely capable hands.


For questions regarding Jon’s transition from ELG, please feel free to contact Ken Podpeskar, 651-621-2343 or

Hefner and Bloomberg to Present Fall 2019 Air & Waste Management Association – Upper Midwest Section Legal Seminar

ELG attorneys Jon Bloomberg and Bill Hefner will present their annual Legal Seminar for the Air & Waste Management Association – Upper Midwest Section on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  The focus of this year’s Seminar will be on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Kisor v. Wilkie and Gundy v. United States decisions and what those decisions may portend for the regulated community.  Jon and Bill will also provide a brief primer on the attorney-client privilege and the attorney work product doctrine, including their purposes, scopes, applications and limitations.  Details about how to attend the Seminar or watch it online can be found here.

Hefner Named 2020 “Best Lawyer,” “Minneapolis Environmental Lawyer of the Year”

ELG attorney Bill Hefner has again been chosen by his peers for inclusion on the list of The Best Lawyers in America® for 2020.  In addition, Bill was named Best Lawyers’ 2020 Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Minneapolis.  First published in 1983, Best Lawyers employs an exhaustive annual peer-review survey of more than 50,000 attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of other lawyers practicing in the same and related specialties in their geographical area.  Best Lawyers chooses a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location for its “Lawyer of the Year” designation each year.  Bill is grateful to be selected by his peers in the Minnesota environmental bar for these honors.

Ken Podpeskar Elected to MSBA ENRE Council

ELG partner Ken Podpeskar has been re-elected by his peers in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Section to serve as a member of the Section’s Governing Council.

Ken concentrates his practice on compliance counseling, spill reporting and remediation, Superfund cleanups, property transfers, and solid and hazardous waste issues.

The ENRE Section’s purpose is to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among Minnesota lawyers active in the practice of environmental, natural resources, and energy law, and to educate members of the Section with respect to current issues in those areas.  The Section’s Governing Council is responsible for developing and implementing the Section’s various educational offerings, internship programs, and initiatives.    Ken’s third two-year term as a Council member will begin in July 2019.

Hefner Named Super Lawyer

ELG partner Bill Hefner has again been selected for inclusion in the 2019 list of Minnesota Super LawyersSuper Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The Minnesota Super Lawyers list is published online and locally in Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business and the Minnesota version of Super Lawyers Magazine.  Bill has been named a Super Lawyer in 2004, 2008 and each year since 2015. Bill is grateful to be selected by his peers in the Minnesota environmental bar for these honors.

Jeremy Greenhouse to Write Monthly Environmental Law Column in State Bar Magazine

ELG partner Jeremy Greenhouse will be writing a monthly environmental law column for the Minnesota State Bar Association‘s official magazine, Bench & Bar, beginning in June 2019.The column will summarize key state and national legal developments in the areas of environmental, energy, and natural resources law. Jeremy has been writing the column each year since 2014.