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In Memory of Thad Lightfoot

It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that former ELG partner and firm co-founder Thad Lightfoot passed away last week. Thad was one of four attorneys who started the original Environmental Law Group, Ltd. in 2000, along with Jim Payne, Bob Johnson, and Jim Mennell.  He was an exceptional attorney, a powerful litigator, and a warm and generous person. Thad left ELG in 2012 to become a partner in the regulatory affairs group of Dorsey & Whitney, a role in which he excelled. Thad was a prominent leader in the environmental law community and a mentor and friend

Thad Lightfoot, 1960 to 2020

to new environmental law attorneys, including many of us at ELG. He will be missed dearly. Thad’s obituary is available on the Star Tribune website.

ELG Named a 2021 “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 Speak on Climate Change and Environmental Review

On August 13, 2020, ELG attorney Jeremy Greenhouse will be speaking on “Perspectives on Climate Change and Environmental Review” at the 2020 Environmental Institute, presented by the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education and the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Mr. Greenhouse and his co-presenters, Jocelyn Bremer and Amelia Vohs, will be representing three different client perspectives – government, regulated parties, and advocacy organizations. The presentation will explore the rapidly evolving role of climate change in environmental review.

ELG Attorney Jeremy Greenhouse Named 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyer for Environmental Law

ELG is proud to announce that Thomson Reuters has named partner Jeremy P. Greenhouse a 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyer for environmental law. Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process, combining peer nominations and evaluations with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. No more than 5% of attorneys in any given state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Jeremy Greenhouse honored as North Star Lawyer for 2019 pro bono work

ELG congratulates attorney Jeremy P. Greenhouse on being recognized as a 2019 “North Star Lawyer” for providing over 50 hours of legal services last year to low income individuals at no fee.

Jeremy has focused his pro bono work on low-income housing matters, including advising and representing tenants at Hennepin County Housing Court through Volunteer Lawyers Network and assisting the nonprofit City of Lakes Community Land Trust with various housing matters. To learn more about the North Star Lawyer Program and read the full list of honored attorneys, follow this link



Jeremy Greenhouse to Participate in Webinar on SCOTUS County of Maui Decision

On Thursday April 30, 2020, from 1:30 to 2:30 CT, ELG attorney Jeremy P. Greenhouse will co-present a webinar along with Nick Nelson and Rob Morrison of Barr Engineering Co. to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s April 23 decision on County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. The presentation will provide an overview of the decision and consider its impact upon NPDES permitting applicability for discharges of wastewater to groundwater. The webinar will have an anonymous chat function to ask questions or share thoughts. The webinar is being offered at no cost. To register please follow this link.

Bill Hefner to Present on COVID-19 “Regulatory Flexibility”

ELG Attorney Bill Hefner will co-present a free one-hour webinar this Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CST entitled, “Environmental Compliance during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Agency Guidance and Industry Considerations.”  Bill and his co-presenter will discuss existing mechanisms available to the regulated community to seek relief from compliance requirements and will discuss and compare “regulatory flexibility” guidance recently issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and select upper Midwest state environmental regulatory agencies.  The webinar will be sponsored by the Air & Waste Management Association – Upper Midwest Section .  Interested parties may register here.