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Environmental Law Attorney Vanessa Johnson Joins ELG

ELG is very pleased to announce that Minnesota environmental law attorney Vanessa L. P. Johnson has joined ELG as of counsel attorney.

Attorney Vanessa Johnson Joins ELG

Vanessa Johnson’s legal practice consists of environmental compliance counseling and environmental litigation work. She has wide-ranging environmental law experience, including handling matters involving hazardous waste, RCRA, CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, OSHA and state and federal wetland development and mitigation issues. In addition, Vanessa has experience in real estate law matters associated with environmental concerns. This includes contract review and drafting, and the allocation of liabilities created by environmental issues. Prior to joining ELG, Vanessa practiced environmental law at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly (now Fox Rothschild) and Igel & Johnson LLC, she was a founder and co-owner of The Wetlands Company LLC, and most recently served as Director of Regulatory Affairs and Operations for the Agriculture & Turf division of National Carbon Technologies. Vanessa’s extensive environment-related business experience enables her to bring a practical, business-centric approach to handling environmental law matters.

Vanessa graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was a writer for the Iowa Law Review and Editor for the Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems.

Please join us in welcoming Vanessa!

Greenhouse Publishes “The Ghost of Water Wars Future”

ELG attorney Jeremy Greenhouse‘s latest environmental law article, The Ghosts of Water Wars Future” has been selected as the cover story for the August 2021 edition of the official Minnesota State Bar Association magazine, Bench & Bar. In the article, Greenhouse describes projected freshwater shortages in North America, discusses historical and contemporary attempts to divert water from the Great Lakes to other parts of the country, and examines how well the Great Lakes Compact can stand up to increased political pressure from water-starved states to allow more diversions in the years ahead. In the article, Greenhouse interviews Sherry Enzler, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources general counsel, as well as Peter Johnson, deputy director of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers and the principal author of the compact.

Jeremy Greenhouse Named to 2021 Super Lawyers List for Environmental Law

ELG is proud to announce that Thomson Reuters has named partner Jeremy P. Greenhouse one of only two 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers 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. The annual listing can be viewed here.

Jeremy Greenhouse honored as North Star Lawyer for 2020 pro bono work

ELG congratulates attorney Jeremy P. Greenhouse on being recognized as a 2020 “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.

ELG Sponsors and Hosts EI’s Environmental Innovation Award Presentation

ELG attorney Jeremy Greenhouse chaired a session of the Environmental Initiative‘s online annual awards celebration today honoring the 2021 winner of EI’s environmental innovation award category, an award ELG is proud to sponsor. This year’s winner is a amazing collaborative project: a community solar garden built and developed by minority business enterprises on top of a mattress recycling facility in Minneapolis that employs recently incarcerated people trying to reenter the workforce.

Second Chance’s Team Celebrating Completion of the Solar Garden (copyright Environmental Initiative)

Congratulations to all parties involved in making this project come to life! For more details, check out Second Chance Community Solar Garden project.

Jeremy Greenhouse to Continue Writing Monthly Environmental Law Column in State Bar Magazine

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 fourth two-year term as a Council member will begin in July 2021.

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.