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Eric F. Swanson

Someone strongly opposes everything – I fight that by listening and educating.

My Approach

Perhaps larger than my role of representing energy providers and developers before government and regulatory bodies, is fighting disinformation, and educating regulators and the public on the true story of the services my clients provide. I work as a member of my clients’ team, not outside of it, and I firmly believe – from solar developers to pipeline companies – that they are trying to be responsible corporate citizens. It’s easy for the public to be very one-sided about environmental and energy-related issues, and for the regulators to feel that pressure from the public. I help my clients fight that pressure by educating regulatory bodies on the truth of my clients operations, so they can continue to provide safe, reliable, environmentally friendly service and still be a successful business.

I have been practicing in this area for a long time; combined with my time spent working in the Attorney General’s office, I have developed close relationships with the regulators and other decision makers. We don’t always agree, but I believe the only way to be effective is to have mutual respect for one another.

Outside of work, I love gardening – we have two acres with wetlands and a lake, and I am working to develop natural gardens. I love anything that gets me outside, like fishing, camping, canoeing and backcountry ski trips. Now that I’m an empty-nester, I hope to do more of those.

Honors & Awards

Minnesota Super Lawyers®

2003-2004, 2007, 2011-2023

The Best Lawyers in America©

Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Energy Regulatory Law, 2022, 2024
Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2020, 2024
Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Energy Law, 2011, 2017, 2019, 2021
Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2010-2024
Energy Law, 2007-2024
Energy Regulatory Law, 2021-2024

Local Litigation Star

Benchmark Litigation, 2013–2024

Benchmark Appellate

Benchmark Litigation, 2012-2014

AV Preeminent

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings

Associations & Memberships


(formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin)
Board of Directors

American Bar Association

Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section

Minnesota State Bar Association

Public Utilities Section, Past Chair
Communications Section
Administrative Law Section, Past Chair
Public Law Section

Ramsey County Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association