Phil Steger

Phil Steger




Phil is a regulatory and litigation associate in Dorsey’s Regulatory Affairs Group.  As a regulatory advocate, Phil represents public utility, electric cooperative, and pipeline and shipper clients in matters before FERC and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  FERC matters include Open Access Tariff Transmission protests, interconnection agreements and transmission projects, PURPA disputes, Section 203, exempt wholesale generator, market-based rate tariff and qualifying facility filings, and pipeline certification, jurisdiction and market power matters. Phil’s state PUC experience includes PURPA litigation, net metering and distributed generation rulemakings and disputes, service area disputes, resource planning and rate recovery.  Phil’s agency litigation experience also includes bid protest litigation before the Government Accountability Office.

As a litigator, Phil advocates before courts as well as regulatory agencies. In addition to complex regulatory matters, Phil litigates securities and financial services issues, including merger litigation and federal securities class actions. Phil also represents energy and infrastructure clients in NEPA and other environmental litigation. Phil has tried and won jury trials as an assistant city attorney for the City of Minneapolis.

On the transactional side, Phil performs environmental and regulatory due diligence in large infrastructure and other transactions, including mines, ports, power plants, renewable energy generators, pipelines, refineries, and ethanol plants.  

Phil serves as lead attorney in numerous pro bono asylum matters, representing clients fleeing persecution in Syria and Iraq. Phil also represents faith congregations offering sanctuary to vulnerable immigrant families.

Phil clerked for the Honorable Diana E. Murphy at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Prior to that, he was law clerk for a major investor-owned utility (IOU) in Minnesota.  During law school, and served as an extern for the Honorable Michael J. Davis, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. 

Before entering law school, Phil served as the executive director of a Minnesota non-profit organization focusing on nonviolent resolution of international conflict. He then served two years as the deputy director of preservation for a renowned library that digitizes rare manuscript collections belonging to communities in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, India, and Ukraine.

Phil is the founder of a small, handcrafted (and fully permitted, licensed and compliant) single malt whiskey distillery located underground in Northeast Minneapolis that is named for a Minnesota monk who built whiskey stills for moonshining farmers during Prohibition.  

Education & Admissions

University of St. Thomas School of Law (J.D., 2013), magna cum laude; Dean’s Awards (highest grade in class): Energy Law, Criminal Law, Economic Methods for Legal Analysis, Client Interviewing and Counseling, and Foundations of Justice. 

St. John's University (Minnesota) (B.A., Theology, 1997)


  • Minnesota


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, The Honorable Diana E. Murphy, 2013-2014

News & Resources


Sanctuary and Harboring in Trump's America, Mitchell | Hamline Law Review
Green energy storage prospects: India, China and the US
SCOTUS Rules Clean Water Rule Challenges Belong in District Court
Joe Hall and Phil Steger co-author article on "Distributed Generation: rates, reliability and cyber security responsibility," SmartGrid News

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey attorney Preps for a Different Bar, With Launch of Northeast Minneapolis Distillery
Dorsey Attorney Phil Steger Comments on Sanctuary Spaces

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Pro bono attorney for asylum applicants from Syria and Iraq referred by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

Community Involvement

  • Chair, Justice and Service Commission, St. Thomas More Catholic Community, St. Paul, Minnesota


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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2015-2018
Phil Steger