Eric F. Swanson - Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Eric F. Swanson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Eric 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

University of Wisconsin Law SchoolJ.D. 1984

Client Comments

"Eric truly represents excellence in the legal profession. He is respectful to all and is universally respected. Eric is a tireless, results-driven advocate, a gifted negotiator and litigator, and an accomplished writer. He takes the long view and his integrity seriously - both essential requirements when working in the tightly connected public utility bar. Eric is a valued partner and team member, and he is a pleasure to work with."

-Brenda Bjorklund
Assistant General Counsel
CenterPoint Energy

"Eric Swanson continues to demonstrate his value as our attorney and provides practical strategic advice on Minnesota energy policy issues. His knowledge and dedication have proved invaluable when representing our interests in the regulatory and legislative arenas. "

Office Location

Capella Tower, Suite 3500
225 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-4629
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Minneapolis Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Minneapolis Metro Area
Eric F. Swanson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Eric F. Swanson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Energy Law (Administrative, Appellate, Electricity, Hydroelectric, Legislative, Litigation, Oil & Gas, Project Development, Public Utility, Regulatory)