Peder specializes in advising clients on environmental, land use and regulatory issues. He represents clients in environmental matters at the trial and appellate courts, provides expert testimony in litigation and legislative forums, and represents clients at the Minnesota Legislature.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Minnesota Environmental Initiative
Board of Directors
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1985 J.D., cum laude
Editor, William Mitchell Law Review
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 1982 B.A.
Best Lawyers in America,® Environmental Law, 2013-Present
Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
EPA National Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy and Technology
January 2010 Bench & Bar article, "Reforming Environmental Review"
Ethanol Update - 2010
Government Relations and Administrative Law
Real Estate, Land Use and Resources
Favorable Verdict for Construction of Duluth Western Middle School
Larkin Hoffman successfully defended Duluth Public Schools in a lawsuit brought by several citizens who opposed the construction of Duluth’s Western Middle School.
Steel Maker Enlists Regulatory and Policy Advice to Pursue Mine Expansion
When the largest steel maker in the country and largest taconite producer in Minnesota wanted to expand, the company engaged Larkin Hoffman’s regulatory and government relations team.
Larkin Hoffman Secures Community and Government Agency Support for Project
A large, urban school district turned to Larkin Hoffman to assist with a multi-million dollar plan to redevelop a number of school buildings and construct several new buildings. The proposed changes were controversial within the community, and included essential land use and environmental regulatory issues.
2011 State Energy Bill Saves Large Natural Gas Users Millions in Energy Costs
Peder Larson discusses recent legislature that will help reduce energy costs for large natural gas users. The 2011 omnibus energy bill gives large natural gas users an opportunity to petition for an exemption from paying Conservation Improvement Program ("CIP") charges on their natural gas and electricity use. To read the full article from the Minnesota Real Estate Journal, click here.
2011 Legislature Produced Key Improvements In Environmental Permitting and Environmental Review
The 2011 legislative session began as the “Jobs Session” ended in disagreement over the next state budget. In between, legislators and the Governor worked together to adopt important improvements to Minnesota’s environmental permitting and environmental review processes. The changes had broad bipartisan support, a good sign for those who believe that Minnesota’s regulatory system needs updating to match the needs of Minnesota businesses competing in a global economy.
Most Mercury Waste Regulations Fail to Account for Vapor Release
Peder Larson discusses the shortcomings of waste regulation of mercury in the Enviromental Protection Magazine. To read the entire article, click here.
Governor Signs Bipartisan Environmental Streamlining Legislation
Governor Mark Dayton has signed important legislation into law that reforms Minnesota’s process for completing environmental review and permitting of major projects. This legislation, identified as HF 1, was a high priority of both the Minnesota legislature and the business community and received broad, bipartisan support as part of an agenda to attract and retain businesses in Minnesota. Environmental groups wasted no time in unfairly and incorrectly characterizing the legislation as “the chicken guarding the henhouse” (StarTribune, 3/3/11) or that it “rolls back” environmental protections currently in law (StarTribune, 3/4/11).
Environmental Regulatory Reform Update
As predicted, environmental regulatory reform has been a top issue in the first month of the 2011 session.
Ethanol in Minnesota: An Ongoing Success Story
Peder Larson and Julie Perrus discuss the future of ethanol in the Minnesota Real Estate Journal.
Evolving Fluorescent Lamp Packaging Requirements
Peder Larson discusses the possible changes in federal regulations regarding the package design of mercury lamps to prevent mercury exposure through vapors.
Reforming Environmental Review
Peder Larson and Julie Perrus discuss reforming the environmental review process in the January 2010 issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota.
CapitolWatch - Session Preview 2009
The CapitolWatch Session Preview highlights 2009 Minnesota Legislative issues.
Larkin Hoffman Government Relations Group Recognized as “Lobbyist of the Year”
Nine Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Named 'Best Lawyers'
Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce nine attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.
Larson speaks at the 25th Annual Conference on the Environment
Peder Larson presented, "Revisiting Environmental Reform" at the 25th Annual Conference on the Environment on Nov. 9, 2010.
Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Present at HCBA CLE Seminar
Linda Fisher, Peder Larson and Mike Mergens presented "The Shifting State of Greenhouse Gas Controls and Legal Liabilities: Walking the Tightrope with Your Business Clients" at a Continuing Legal Education seminar sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Fisher and Larson Present at MEPA Seminar
Linda H. Fisher and Peder A. Larson will be presenting at the Public Works Resource seminar on MEPA: Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.
Larson Co-Presents on the Future of Environmental Review in Minnesota
Peder Larson co-presented at the MSBA's Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section Annual Meeting & CLE Program on "The Future of Environmental Review in Minnesota" on May 5, 2010.
Nearly four decades have passed since 1973, when Minnesota passed the landmark Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) making environmental review an integral part of Minnesota environmental law and project planning. The presenters at the CLE will offer their unique perspectives on the environmental review process and how it could be improved to meet the needs and challenges of Minnesota in the 21st century.