Michael J. Ahern

Michael J. Ahern



Mike’s practice involves Minnesota state regulatory and legislative problem solving in the energy, telecom, insurance and related industries.

Mike has decades of experience representing state regulated businesses at the Legislature and before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Commerce, the Pollution Control Agency and other State regulatory bodies.

Recognized as one of Minnesota’s leading attorneys in administrative, regulatory and environmental law, Mike is also the Chair of the Legislative practice group.

Education & Admissions

William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1977)

University of Minnesota (B.A., 1973)


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

News & Resources

Events & Speaking Engagements

ACG Capital Connection Program
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast

Industries & Practices

Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Cooperative Law
  • Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environmental
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance Law
  • Legislative
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Sustainability
  • Telecommunications
  • Telecommunications

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association; former chair of Administrative Law Section
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association; former chair of Environmental Law Committee
  • Former president of the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council
  • Long time co-author of a column on administrative law appearing in Bench and Bar of Minnesota
  • Founding member of Legal Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds


  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2003-2004, 2006
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012 and 2013
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2010-2021
  • Named "Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year" in Administrative and Regulatory Law by Best Lawyers®, 2016, 2018 and 2021 
  • Named Best Lawyers Minneapolis Government Relations Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2017
Michael J. Ahern