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Eric F. Swanson

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University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1984
University of Wisconsin, B.A., Political Science, 1981
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Eric F. Swanson joined Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., in 1999 after a distinguished career at the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General, where his work included directing the Attorney General's litigation, regulatory, appellate and legislative efforts with respect to energy, telecommunications, consumer enforcement and charities matters.

Since joining Winthrop & Weinstine, Eric has focused his practice on representing clients before state and federal regulatory bodies, in the courts and at the legislature in the areas of energy, telecommunications and environmental law. His energy and environmental work has involved representing a wide variety of clients, including investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, wind energy developers and other renewable energy producers, and large industrial customers. His energy law work has earned him recognition in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007. Eric's telecommunications work has included representation of incumbent telephone companies, competitive local exchange carriers and video services providers. In addition to representing his clients in contested proceedings, Eric works extensively with clients to gain all necessary regulatory approvals and to ensure ongoing regulatory compliance.

Eric's specific areas of experience and expertise include:

  • All aspects of energy facility permitting and siting, including wind energy, electric, natural gas and petroleum facilities
  • Extensive advocacy, including contested case litigation and general rate proceedings, before state agencies such as the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Department of Commerce and before appellate courts
  • Representation of energy and telecommunications clients at the Minnesota State Legislature and in agency rulemaking proceedings
Bar Admissions

Minnesota Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Court

Community Involvement
  • Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin), Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association—Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, involved in the following Sections:
    • Public Utilities, Past Chair
    • Communications
    • Administrative Law, Past Chair
    • Public Law
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Energy Law, 2011 and 2017
    • Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2010-2017
    • Energy Law, 2007-2017
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2004, 2007, 2011-2016
  • "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2013–2017
  • "Benchmark Appellate," Benchmark Litigation, 2012-2014
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings


Qtd. Shaffer, David. "Regulators to decide solar vs. natural gas." [Minneapolis] Star Tribune. 25 March 2014.

Qtd. Alexander, Steve. "Minnesota suspends tiered-rate plan for natural gas." [Minneapolis] Star Tribune. 29 Sept. 2011.

Press Releases

August 15, 2016
Twenty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2017 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 05, 2016
Forty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 29, 2015
Benchmark Litigation 2016 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”

August 17, 2015
Twenty-Five Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 07, 2015
Twenty-Nine Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

November 04, 2014
Benchmark Litigation 2015 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as "Highly Recommended"

August 18, 2014
Twenty-One Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2015 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 07, 2014
Twenty-Eight Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

November 19, 2013
Benchmark Litigation 2014 Recognizes Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”

August 15, 2013
Twenty-One Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2014 “Best Lawyers In America©” List

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

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

July 09, 2012
Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

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

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

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

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

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