Thaddeus R. Lightfoot is a Partner in the Regulatory Affairs Group in the Minneapolis office. In nearly three decades of practicing environmental law, Mr. Lightfoot has represented clients in numerous private party environmental litigation matters and governmental enforcement actions. He also advises clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local environmental laws. Mr. Lightfoot has represented corporate clients in a variety of sectors, including the mining, forest products, paper, steel, manufacturing, electronics, pharmaceutical, real estate development, and ethanol industries, as well as governmental units and other public entities.
Before joining the Firm in 2012, Mr. Lightfoot was a partner with the Environmental Law Group, which he founded with three other lawyers in 2000. He also served as a Trial Attorney with the Environment Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he was lead counsel in numerous civil actions brought by the government to enforce federal environmental statutes. In addition, Mr. Lightfoot was a Legislative Assistant for energy and environmental issues to Representative Thomas S. Foley, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and helped draft the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986.
Mr. Lightfoot is the author of numerous articles addressing environmental law and litigation, and has lectured on such issues at more than 40 seminars.