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Local government defense is a cornerstone of Greene Espel’s practice.

We represent cities, counties, airports, school districts, regional authorities, and universities—often in high-profile disputes where fundamental public policies are at stake or where the outcome carries significant financial implications.

Our Experience Includes:

  • Our attorneys have litigated matters that have been instrumental in developing caselaw on critical issues of governmental liability. Our cases have helped shape state and federal judicial policy concerning immunities and related defenses for governments and their officials. We have litigated other issues involving government entities, including data practices, free expression, defamation, environment, land use, government contracts, franchises, and procurement.
  • We have represented cities in tax-increment financing cases. We have defended municipal bond issuers against claims for violations of federal and state securities fraud statutes, consumer fraud, and breach of contract.
  • We have litigated employment cases in federal and state court, in arbitration, and in federal and state agencies. We have represented clients accused of making decisions on the basis of gender, disability, race, religion, and other protected classes. We have represented government entities in employment disciplinary investigations and decisions. We have litigated employment discipline decisions in court, arbitration, and other forums.
  • We have represented local governments, departmental officials, and officers in law enforcement liability cases. Our cases have included a range of allegations from complex federal constitutional challenges to allegations of state tort violations. 
Nicholas Scheiner
Monte Mills
Holley Horrell
Katherine Swenson

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John M. Baker

Related Practices

  • Constitutional Litigation

    Constitutional litigation is a cornerstone of Greene Espel’s practice. We represent individuals, private businesses, and government entities where their actions raise constitutional issues.

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  • Energy and Environmental

    Handling environmental and energy disputes is a fundamental part of our practice. We defend lawsuits, give compliance counseling, and offer guidance in the face of legal and regulatory quagmires.

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  • Elections and Redistricting

    Greene Espel takes on attacks to voting rights and democratic institutions—and wins. We take on lawsuits to tackle voter suppression, election subversion, and districting issues.

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Events & Presentations

  • June 11, 2024. John Baker, Chad Blumenfield, and Amran Farah to Present at the FBA 48th Annual Federal Practice Seminar Read More
  • February 20, 2024. Kate Swenson to Present on Pre-Trial Preparation for Minnesota CLE Read More


John Baker and Kate Swenson Receive 2024 Amicus Service Award from International Municipal Lawyers Association

Through the Amicus Service Award, IMLA seeks to recognize the lawyers who have been actively involved in legal advocacy for and on behalf of local governments and IMLA, and who have done exemplary work to protect and advance local government interests.

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Holley Horrell Elected to Serve as Vice Chair of the Children's Law Center of Minnesota's Board of Directors

The Children's Law Center promotes the legal rights and well-being of children and youth, and its staff and volunteers provide direct representation of children and youth in the child welfare system as well as advocate for changes in the systems that affect their lives.

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Greene Espel Recognized in 2024 "Best Law Firms" Among Nation's Top Firms

The firm has been ranked in the first tier in Minneapolis – the highest ranking available in each city – in nine practice areas.

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