Colin Wicker

Colin Wicker

Senior Attorney



Colin is a senior attorney in Dorsey's Regulatory Affairs group. Currently, he largely represents energy industry clients in a variety of contexts, including proceedings before state utility commissions, transactional matters, and advice and representation with regard to disputes. Earlier in his career, Colin primarily practiced as a construction lawyer. He has substantial litigation experience before courts, arbitral tribunals, and in administrative proceedings. As both a construction lawyer and now in his energy law practice, Colin has significant transactional experience particularly with regard to the construction and co-ownership of energy infrastructure. Colin also has experience with government contracting and environmental law.

Education & Admissions

University of Michigan (J.D., 2004), cum laude

Grinnell College (B.A., 1997), Phi Beta Kappa


  • Minnesota
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Representative Experience

  • Represent clients in state utility commission proceedings
  • Advised client regarding issues arising out of joint ownership of power plant
  • Advised client on the regulatory and environmental considerations for acquisition of power plant
  • Provided advice and drafted contract amendments for joint ownership of transmission line
  • Advised utility industry clients regarding settlement of potential liability for Superfund (CERCLA) sites
  • Represented client in administrative litigation regarding state licensing of the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Project
  • Was lead associate representing defendant in litigation arising out of the collapse of the 35W Bridge
  • Represented general contractor as second chair at trial arising out of alleged design and construction defects at Tier III data center
  • Represent manufacturer in appellate matter regarding the jurisdictional limits of Minnesota's asbestos court

News & Resources


FERC Proposes Major Changes to PURPA Regulations
EPA Requests Public Comments Recommending Regulations To Repeal, Replace, Or Modify By May 15, 2017
Averting a Data Center Legal Crisis-Control Engineering
Averting a Data Center Legal Crisis-Plant Engineering
Co-authored the “Midwestern States” chapter in Toxic Tort Litigation (2d. ed., 2013), published by the American Bar Association

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey & Whitney Represents Kværner ASA in $74 Million Arbitration Award

Select Presentations

  • Co-presented CLE on “Surety Bonds versus Letters of Credit,” Construction Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, March 13, 2009
  • Co-presented CLE on “Filing and Enforcing Mechanics’ Liens in Minnesota – A How-to-do-it Primer,” Minnesota CLE’s 2010 Real Estate Institute, November 13, 2010

Industries & Practices

  • Construction & Design
  • Construction Litigation
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources


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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012-2013, 2015 and 2017-2019
Colin Wicker