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Legislative & Regulatory

Giving Our Clients a Strong Voice in Law & Enforcement

The attorneys of the Legislative & Regulatory group at Winthrop & Weinstine help clients anticipate and make change in the governmental arena to make sure your voice is heard.

We have broad and deep relationships with Minnesota legislators, regulators and regional and national policy makers. Our experienced, senior professionals have built those relationships over 25 years of successfully securing legislative and regulatory outcomes that have enabled our clients to control their own destinies.

Rooted in Minnesota, but having a national perspective, Winthrop & Weinstine’s legislative and regulatory practice offers a comprehensive range of legislative and regulatory services. We never stop gathering local knowledge and analyzing it in light of what’s happening across the nation. Our first-rate legal skills and our deep understanding of the political landscape in Minnesota combine to get the results our clients need and expect.

Areas of Expertise:
 
  • Campaign Finance, Ethics and Election Law
  • Civil Law
  • Energy
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Insurance and Financial Services
  • General Business
  • Health Care
  • Land Use
  • Tax and Budget
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation and transit

With rapidly developing industries and competitive markets, legislatures and regulatory agencies continuously write and rewrite the ground rules. That’s why we represent clients before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, Department of Revenue, Environmental Quality Board, and the Pollution Control Agency. At the federal level, we represent clients before the Environmental Protection Agency Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Federal Communications Commission.

When the success of your business hinges on a quick, effective response, we make sure your voice is heard. It’s what our clients expect and demand.

Professionals

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David M. Aafedt
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6447 
f   (612) 604-6847 
Alexander D. Chiquoine
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6762 
f   (612) 604-6862 
Tammera R. Diehm
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6658 
f   (612) 604-6958 
Tom Hanson
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6414 
f   (612) 604-6814 
John A. Knapp
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6404 
f   (612) 604-6804 
Eric F. Swanson
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6511 
f   (612) 604-6811 
Joseph M. Windler
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6646 
f   (612) 604-6846 
Christine M. Zimmer
Administrative Leadership 
p  (612) 604-6461 
f   (612) 604-6861 
Inside the Minnesota Capitol Blog
Authored by the Legislative & Regulatory team at Winthrop & Weinstine

InsideTheMinnesotaCapitol.com is your resource for Minnesota politics, regulatory agencies and state government news updates. Click on the links below to read our blog posts.

Hot List for the 2014 Minnesota State House Elections
Posted on Sep 24, 2014 by Christine M. Zimmer
Recent polling and local community response has elevated a number of the 134 Minnesota State House elections to the “Hot List.” Most of these seats are in a swing...

Important Budget and Legislative Dates
Posted on Sep 04, 2014 by Thomas J. Hanson
While everyone is focused on the upcoming November 4th elections, Minnesota’s Executive Branch is quietly assembling budget recommendations for the FY 2016-2017 bienniu...

Minnesota Primary Election Results
Posted on Aug 13, 2014 by Christine M. Zimmer
All in all, primary election night was a good one for endorsed candidates and incumbents. That result was no doubt driven in part by the very low voter turnout. Secretary of...

Minnesota Primary Election Set for August 12
Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by John A. Knapp
The Minnesota Primary Election will be held on August 12.  All 134 Minnesota House seats are up for election this year. Additionally all five Constitutional offices (Gov...

2014 Election Season Officially Begins
Posted on May 20, 2014 by John A. Knapp
With the beginning of the candidate filing period on May 20, the official 2014 elections calendar has begun. Candidates will have until June 3 to file for partisan offices. B...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Minnesota Energy Law
Posted on Apr 18, 2014 by Eric F. Swanson
A federal judge, in a ruling issued today, struck down a portion of Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA) because it violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Co...

The Minnesota Legislature recessed around dinnertime on Thursday, April 10 and will reconvene at noon on Tuesday, April 22.
Posted on Apr 11, 2014 by Thomas J. Hanson
Before departing for their planned Easter/Passover break, the House and Senate pushed through a number of bills in a flurry of activity. Unusually short committee deadlines ...

April filing deadlines for State and Federal PACs and Independent Expenditure Committees
Posted on Apr 07, 2014 by Tammera R. Diehm
Most people think of April 15th as the tax filing deadline but two important campaign reports are also due next week. Minnesota political committees, political funds, indepen...

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limits
Posted on Apr 03, 2014 by Tammera R. Diehm
On Tuesday morning, a divided United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (572 U.S. ____ (2014)), striking down a ...

Lobbyist Principal Report - Due March 17
Posted on Mar 06, 2014 by Tammera R. Diehm
In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, all lobbyist principals must file an Annual Report with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public...

News & Events

September 25, 2014
Tami Diehm Receives Finance & Commerce’s Top Women in Finance Honors

November 01, 2013
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Ranks Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Practices in its “Best Law Firms” List

July 18, 2013
David Aafedt Quoted on MN Regulatory Rejection of Energy Business Plan

July 08, 2013
Twenty-Four Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

June 02, 2013
David M. Aafedt Quoted in StarTribune Article on Energy Rates

February 01, 2013
John A. Knapp named one of the "75 Most Influential People in the Twin Cities" by Minnesota Monthly

January 01, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Announces New Shareholders and Associates

December 11, 2012
John A. Knapp Quoted on Political Ads

November 21, 2012
John A. Knapp Recognized Among 100 Minnesotans You Should Know

November 01, 2012
“Best Lawyers” Ranks Multiple Winthrop & Weinstine Practice Groups as Top Tier

October 30, 2012
Tom Hanson to Speak at "Polls Are Closed: What Happened and What it Means for 2013"

September 19, 2012
Twenty Two-Attorneys from Winthrop & Weinstine Named to “Best Lawyers in America” List

July 05, 2012
David M. Aafedt comments on GSK settlement and the Affordable Care Act in MedCity News

June 29, 2012
Joseph M. Windler Selected as "Up & Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer

May 07, 2012
Tom Hanson's Career Featured in Capitol Report

May 02, 2012
Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL)

February 19, 2012
Tom Hanson on Minnesota's Lessons from the Recession

January 19, 2012
What Corporate Counsel Need to Know About Political Law: John Knapp & Tami Diehm

January 17, 2012
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2012 Board of Directors

January 09, 2012
ACC Networking Social

December 02, 2011
Tom Hanson Talks MN Budget Surplus on KARE 11 TV

November 21, 2011
Best Lawyers Ranks Multiple Firm Practice Groups as Top Tier

November 07, 2011
John A. Knapp Appointed Vice Chair of American Bar Association Committee

October 13, 2011
Lobbyists John A. Knapp, Christine Zimmer "Really Strong"

October 06, 2011
Two Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors from Best Lawyers

October 01, 2011
Tammera R. Diehm's Webinar on Lobbying by Non-Profit Clients

September 13, 2011
Seventeen Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®

August 22, 2011
Lobbyist Tom Hanson Quoted in Star Tribune

August 18, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Recognized as One of the "Best Places to Work" for 6th Time

July 25, 2011
Tom Hanson Quoted in The New Republic on Minnesota Government Shutdown

July 19, 2011
Tom Hanson Audio Interview on MPR

July 12, 2011
Minnesota Super Lawyers® Includes Over Twenty Attorneys at Winthrop & Weinstine

June 30, 2011
Quotes from Tom Hanson's MPR Interview Featured in "Countdown to a shutdown"

June 29, 2011
MPR Interviews Tom Hanson About Possible Government Shutdown

June 24, 2011
What Will Happen to Constuction Projects if the Minnesota Government Shuts Down? Tom Hanson Comments

June 17, 2011
Lobbyists John A. Knapp & Tom Hanson Mentioned in Politics in Minnesota Article

June 15, 2011
Lobbyists Hanson, Zimmer Listed in "Rising Lobbyists" Poll in the Capitol Report

June 04, 2011
Tom Hanson Discusses Possible Minnesota Government Shutdown on Stateline.org

May 23, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Helps Local Food Bank Raise Funds

May 20, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Holds Annual Women Client Networking Event

April 26, 2011
Tom Hanson Featured in Almanac Episode, Discusses Effects of Possible Government Shut-Down

April 06, 2011
Chambers and Partners

April 02, 2011
FORC

March 22, 2011
Lobbyists John A. Knapp & Tom Hanson Quoted on New Political Members Who are Garnering Attention

March 21, 2011
Tom Hanson Quoted in Article on Sunday Liquor Sales in Minnesota

March 21, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2011 Board of Directors

March 15, 2011
Best Lawyers in America®

March 11, 2011
SmartTalk Conversation with Ann Compton

March 07, 2011
Lobbyist Tom Hanson Featured in Video on Internet Sales Tax

February 25, 2011
Tom Hanson Quoted on Dayton's Minnesota Budget Plans in Bloomberg BusinessWeek

February 22, 2011
Tom Hanson Presents on Minnesota State Budget - Where Do We Go From Here?

February 21, 2011
Remembering Our Stars Gala for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota-North Dakota

February 14, 2011
Lobbyist Tom Hanson Discusses Minnesota's "Bonding-to-Create-Jobs" Strategy in Finance & Commerce

February 10, 2011
Association of Corporate Counsel's "Cocktails & Colleagues"

February 08, 2011
Tom Hanson Quoted in Star Tribune Article on Minnesota's Expanding State Sales Tax

February 03, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Partners with University of Minnesota Law School for Minority Mentorship Program

February 01, 2011
The Stir - Formerly the Joint Dinner of Women's Professional Associations

January 27, 2011
"The World According to Tom Hanson" Feature in Politics in Minnesota

January 19, 2011
Tom Hanson Opines on Minnesota's State Budget in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Article

January 12, 2011
Tom Hanson Discusses Minnesota's Budget & Legislative Session on MPR Feb. 7

January 12, 2011
Tom Hanson Speaks at 2011 Public Sector Labor & Employment Law CLE

January 11, 2011
Campaign Finance Alert: Lobbyist Disbursement Report

January 11, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Launches New Legislative-Focused Blog "Inside the Minnesota Capitol"

January 05, 2011
State Law Resources

January 05, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Shareholder Michael J. Rothman Appointed as Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce

December 27, 2010
Minnesota Real Estate Journal's Apartment & Student Housing Summit

December 22, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Expands Legislative & Regulatory Practice Group in Time for January Session

December 21, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Celebrates This Holiday Season with the Help of Local Talent

December 13, 2010
John A. Knapp Quoted in Pioneer Press on Power Flip in Minnesota Legislature

November 22, 2010
Sixteen Shareholders Named to Best Lawyers in America

November 10, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces Tom Hanson to Join Firm

November 05, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

October 25, 2010
Thomas M. Hart & Eric F. Swanson Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Best Lawyers

October 15, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

October 08, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

October 04, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Website Garners 2010 "WebAward"

October 04, 2010
Opus & Olives: Fine Print & Fine Food

September 28, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

August 11, 2010
Minnesota Primary Election Report

August 02, 2010
John A. Knapp Speaks at ABA Annual Meeting on Lobbying for a Successful Transaction

July 22, 2010
Super Lawyers Recognizes Nineteen Attorneys From Winthrop & Weinstine

July 20, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Recognized as One of the "Best Places to Work" for 5th Year

July 15, 2010
John A. Knapp, Tammera R. Diehm Write Article in ABA Newsletter

July 07, 2010
Campaign Finance Alert: Minnesota Responds to Citizens United

June 29, 2010
"Ahead of the Game" with Ron Gardenhire

June 18, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

May 24, 2010
John A. Knapp Discusses Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

May 24, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Secures Win for Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

May 17, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

May 15, 2010
Sixteen Shareholders Named to Best Lawyers in America

May 14, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

May 12, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Celebrates Women at Annual Women Client Networking Event

May 07, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

April 30, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

April 26, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

April 16, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

April 09, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

April 05, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine's Women Networking Event 2010

April 01, 2010
John A. Knapp Moderates Panel on Overhaul of Campaign Finance Laws for ABA

March 31, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

March 26, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

March 25, 2010
Tammera R. Diehm Chosen as One of the Business Journal's "40 Under Forty"

March 19, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

March 13, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

March 05, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

February 26, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

February 19, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

February 12, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

February 11, 2010
2010 Joint Dinner of Women's Professional Associations

February 05, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

January 29, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

January 26, 2010
U.S. Supreme Court Decision Has Significant Impact on Corporate Political Involvement in Minnesota

January 21, 2010
University of Minnesota Law School Partners With Winthrop & Weinstine for Mentorship Program

January 19, 2010
John A. Knapp Listed in CityPages' "10 Most Influential Lobbyists in Minnesota"

January 15, 2010
Minnesota Government Update

December 11, 2009
Winthrop & Weinstine Holds Successful Women's Networking Event

November 21, 2009
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces Attorneys Named to 2010 Rising Stars List

November 18, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

November 09, 2009
Government Affairs Practice Newsletter - From the ABA Business Law Section Committee on Government Affairs

October 13, 2009
Matthew J. Lemke Panelist at William Mitchell College of Law

October 12, 2009
Hope for the City's "Color My World" 7th Annual Fall Gala

October 12, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

September 11, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

August 30, 2009
Lloyd W. Grooms Authors "2009 Legislative Session in Review" for Bench & Bar

August 21, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

August 19, 2009
Civic College's How to Run for Office

August 06, 2009
Sixteen Shareholders Named to Best Lawyers in America

August 05, 2009
"Best Places to Work" Luncheon

August 01, 2009
Nineteen Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Listed as Super Lawyers

July 21, 2009
Law Firm Alliance Fall 2009 Meeting Announced

July 20, 2009
Winthrop & Weinstine Recognized as One of the "Best Places to Work" Two Years in a Row

July 17, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

July 16, 2009
Christine Zimmer Lonetti Quoted in Star Tribune Fashion Article

July 10, 2009
Hope For The City's Sixth Annual Hope Classic Golf Tournament

June 19, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

June 15, 2009
Winthrop & Weinstine Announced as Leading Minnesota Firm by Chambers USA

June 02, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

May 20, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

May 16, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

May 11, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

May 07, 2009
Administrative Law: Anatomy of a Contested Hearing

May 06, 2009
Presentations from Law Firm Alliance 2009 Spring Meeting

April 30, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

April 30, 2009
Law Firm Alliance Spring Meeting Held in Minneapolis

April 17, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

April 10, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

April 03, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

April 01, 2009
Law Firm Alliance Spring Meeting

March 27, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

March 20, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

March 13, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

March 06, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

February 27, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

February 20, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

February 20, 2009
MHSCN Winter Conference: Rock Solid Strategies In The Granite City

February 13, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

February 06, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

January 30, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

January 23, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

January 19, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

January 13, 2009
Legislative Preview

January 09, 2009
Minnesota Government Update

January 01, 2009
Our Latest Shareholders, Managing Associates and Associates for Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

January 01, 2009
Law Firm Alliance

January 01, 2009
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

December 31, 2008
Minnesota Government Update

December 23, 2008
Winthrop & Weinstine Donates to Three Local Charities

December 23, 2008
Minnesota Government Update

December 19, 2008
The Minnesota Legislative Process

December 18, 2008
John Knapp Elected to the National Board of Directors for State Law Resources, Inc.

December 05, 2008
Minnesota Government Update

November 26, 2008
Minnesota Government Update

November 21, 2008
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces Attorneys Named to 2009 Rising Stars List

November 18, 2008
2008 Hamline Law Dean's Dinner

November 17, 2008
Minnesota Government Update

November 14, 2008
Knapp, Diehm in Minnesota Lawyer

November 05, 2008
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces New Shareholders For 2009

November 05, 2008
Minnesota Government Update

October 23, 2008
Fall 2008 Law Firm Alliance Meeting

October 15, 2008
Minnesota Government Update

October 03, 2008
Hope For The City's "Color My World" 6th Annual Fall Gala

October 01, 2008
Fourteen Partners From Winthrop & Weinstine Included in The Best Lawyers In America

September 16, 2008
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces New Associates

September 01, 2008
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorney John A. Knapp Key Player Behind the RNC

August 15, 2008
Winthrop & Weinstine Once Again Recognized as One of the "Best Places to Work" in Twin Cities

July 25, 2008
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces Attorneys Listed as 2008 Super Lawyers

May 21, 2008
Winthrop & Weinstine Holds Successful Women-Only Networking Event

February 01, 2008
Tammera R. Diehm Quoted in Twin Cities Business Pro Bono Article

December 31, 2007
Lloyd W. Grooms Quoted in Minnesota Lawyer

July 28, 2006
Firm Wins Key Reversal for Local Chambers of Commerce

July 24, 2006
Appellate Decision Affirms $4.7 Million Summary Judgment Award for Firm Client

July 14, 2006
Tammera R. Diehm Writes Commentary Piece for Minnesota Lawyer

February 01, 2005
"Appellate Tips From a Law Clerk's Perspective" - Tammera R. Diehm

January 17, 2005
John A. Knapp Quoted in Minnesota Lawyer

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