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Peder A Larson


P  952-896-3257   /   F  952-842-1765
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Service Areas

Government Relations Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources

Practice Overview

Peder Larson specializes in advising clients on environmental, regulatory, government relations, ‎energy and land use matters.  Peder chairs the Larkin Hoffman Land Use, Real Estate Development ‎and ‎Government Relations Department.  He was selected by Best Lawyers in America as the Environmental Lawyer of the Year for 2014-15. ‎

Peder has completed environmental impact statements, environmental assessment worksheets and ‎state and local ‎permitting processes for clients in a wide range of industries including metallic mining, nonmetallic mining, materials ‎processing, ethanol ‎production, residential and institutional land development and waste ‎management. He provides compliance ‎advice and representation in enforcement matters and ‎represents clients at the state legislature where he has ‎drafted and successfully managed the passage ‎of a variety of laws to improve the statutory framework for his ‎clients.
He represents clients in ‎environmental matters in trial and appellate courts and provides expert testimony ‎in litigation and ‎legislative forums. ‎
Peder also advises and represents clients nationally. He has served as regulatory counsel for a mercury ‎waste ‎management company, representing the company on environmental and health safety issues ‎throughout the ‎United States and as local regulatory counsel for a major national retailer.  He ‎completed a multi-year project for ‎a major automobile manufacturer to reduce the cost and ‎regulatory burdens related to handling hazardous waste ‎at nearly every automobile assembly plant in ‎Michigan.‎
He reestablished his law practice in 1999 after six years at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the ‎last two ‎and a half as commissioner. He specializes in representing clients in their interactions with ‎government including ‎the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural ‎Resources, Minnesota Office of ‎Energy Resources, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. ‎Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. ‎Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. Department of Justice, ‎the Minnesota Legislature and local ‎governments.
While at the MPCA, Peder chaired the MPCA Citizens’ board, was a member of the Minnesota Environmental ‎Quality ‎board and was a member of the governor’s cabinet. He led a significant restructuring of the ‎MPCA and was the ‎leader of regulatory innovation efforts for the Environmental Council of the States.‎

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Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota, 1985

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Minnesota Environmental Initiative, Chair, Board of Directors
  • Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Former President

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, 2013-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Minneapolis Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2015

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN; 1985, J.D., cum laude
  • Concordia College, Moorhead, MN;1982, B.A.
    • Editor, William Mitchell Law Review

Prior Experience
Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
EPA National Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy and Technology

Additional Links
January 2010 Bench & Bar article, "Reforming Environmental Review"
Ethanol Update - 2010

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