B. Andrew Brown

B. Andrew Brown




Andy has represented electric utilities in contested case proceedings relating to state approvals required for the continued operation of nuclear power plants, advanced determination of procedure for coal-fired power plants, the rules governing the establishment of community solar gardens, and the use of the federal social costs of carbon. He has also represented a seed producer in litigation and administrative matters relating to the environmental review for the deregulation of genetically engineered organisms. Andy is known for developing case strategies that are well-grounded in both public policy and legal principles.

Andy is a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Before attending law school, he was Legislative Aide for energy policy to U.S. Senator Gary Hart.  Andy current serves as Vice Chair of the Minnesota Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land.  Andy earlier served as the Board Chair of the Minnesota Environmental Initiative, an organization that promotes partnerships involving government, business and environmental advocacy groups to address challenging environmental issues.

Andy is Chair of Dorsey’s Regulatory Affairs Group and Member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Education & Admissions

Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1986)

Duke University Graduate School (M.A., Philosophy, 1986)

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (M.P.A., 1981)

Stanford University (B.A. History, 1979)


  • Minnesota
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for Minnesota, the Northern District of Illinois, the District of Columbia, and Maryland

News & Resources


Member of the Month: Dorsey & Whitney
Dorsey Partner Andy Brown Highlights Dorsey's Dedication to Energy, Agriculture and Clean Technology in Environmental Initiative
Supreme Court Upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Administration Announces Climate Change Action Plan, Development of CO2 Standards for Existing Power Plants
New Pole Attachment Rules in 2011: New Requirements and Opportunities for Utilities
Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Challenge to Genetically Engineered Alfalfa
Climate Change and The Clean Air Act: Proposed Endangerment Finding and Implications For New Source Review
Energy Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Of 2009
Brown, Sisk, Peterkin, Paula Examine President-Elect Obama's Energy Plans
Mutual Fund Investigations

News & Press Mentions

51 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
48 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 37 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
45 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" 2016 and "Best Lawyers of the Year"
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey Partner Andy Brown Remarks on Decision to Defer Carbon “Cost” Planning
97 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 and 2015 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis

Industries & Practices

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Clean Technology
  • Cooperative Law
  • Electric Power
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Vice Chair, Board Member, Minnesota Trust for Public Land Advisory Board, 2015‐Present
  • Chair, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives' Legal, Tax & Accounting Environmental Laws & Regulation Committee, 2006-Present
  • Chair of Board of Directors, Minnesota Environmental Initiative, 2008-2009
  • Board Member, Minnesota Environmental Initiative, 2001-2010
  • Board Member, Minnesota Citizens League, 1996-2002, 2003-2006
  • Co-Chair, Citizens League Energy Committee, 2001-2002
  • Member, American Bar Association Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Former Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association, Environmental and Natural Resources Section
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association's Environmental Committee


  • Named "Minneapolis Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers©, 2011, 2015, 2018 
  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2007-2018  
  • Listed in Who's Who in America
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2003-2008, 2010-2017
  • Voted "Board Member of the Year" by Minnesota Environmental Initiative, 2008
  • Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Government, 1992-93
  • Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education, Stanford University, 1979
B. Andrew Brown