Cameron Winton
PEOPLE

Cameron Winton

Of Counsel
winton.cam@dorsey.com

Overview

CAM HELPS CLIENTS ACHIEVE THEIR LEGAL AND PUBLIC POLICY GOALS BEFORE THE MINNESOTA STATE GOVERNMENT. 

Cam also draws on his background in renewable energy to counsel and represent owners of renewable power generation facilities.

Previously, Cam was a lobbyist for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, general counsel of a wind turbine maintenance company, and an attorney with Duke Energy Corporation, among other roles.  

Cam’s experience in business, law, and politics enables him to understand his clients’ goals from multiple perspectives. 

Cam is also active in the community, serving as chair of the board of the KIPP public charter school in North Minneapolis.  


Education & Admissions

Georgetown University Law Center (Juris Doctor)

London School of Economics (Master of Science), awarded with merit

University of Pennsylvania (Bachelor of Arts), magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Experience

Representative Work

Legislative and regulatory affairs:

  • Represent clients before the Minnesota Legislature in policy areas including electricity, telecommunications, broadband internet, and energy infrastructure & refining. Achieve desired policy, appropriations, and taxation outcomes. 
  • Represent clients contesting actions of Minnesota executive branch departments.  
  • Counsel and represent clients operating in regulated industries such as insurance and telecommunications.
  • Previously, developed public policy goals for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, comprised of 2,300 member businesses. Advocated for those goals at the Minnesota Legislature, including in the areas of energy, employment law, workers’ compensation insurance, and workplace safety regulations. Represented Chamber in contested case hearings before Administrative Law Judges, rate case proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission, and in Environmental Quality Board review. 

Lobbying and campaign finance law:

  • Counsel companies on compliance with federal and state lobbying law. Served as treasurer of U.S. Congressional campaign. Advised multiple Minnesota House candidates on campaign finance compliance.

Wind power: 

  • Counsel and represent investor-owned utilities and independent power producers in the administration, operation, and maintenance (O&M) of utility-scale wind farms. 
  • Experience with the following types of turbines, gearboxes, blades, and other components: GE, Vestas, Siemens, Gamesa, Mitsubishi, Suzlon, Clipper, Nordex, LM, Hansen, Winergy, ZF. 
  • Resolved disputes with original equipment manufacturers over performance of turbine components, with landowners over earthworks and generation equipment on their property, and with power off-takers over billing practices and transmission congestion charges. Resolved OSHA enforcement action arising out of wind turbine maintenance procedure.  
  • Drafted and negotiated the following types of agreements: wind turbine O&M; uptime guarantees; purchase and sale of electronic systems and maintenance thereof; engineering, procurement, and construction agreements for utility-scale battery storage system co-located with wind farm; software licenses; equipment distribution; turbine uptime guarantees; and implementing procedures to reduce avian takes.

Solar power: 

  • Counseled and represented company providing financing for residential solar panels. Developed credit offerings that complied with state and federal lending laws.
  • Resolved disputes with homeowners and mortgage holders regarding priority of UCC filings and allegedly faulty solar panel installations.

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • Frequently provides comment in Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal regarding public policy issues.

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • KIPP Minnesota public charter school, North Minneapolis: Board member: November 2014 – present. Currently serving as board chair.  
  • Candidate for mayor of Minneapolis. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oct. 18, 2013: “Cam Winton has brought a no-nonsense style to the Minneapolis mayor race. . . . Winton’s combination of analytic smarts and affability has impressed some unlikely supporters.”

Accolades

  • Recipient of 2013 Minneapolis - St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award. “Cam Winton has made a name for himself already in two fields—law and renewable energy. . . . Winton left [a law] firm in 2009 to join wind-power company Outland Renewable Energy. He helped build the company (later renamed Outland Energy Services) into a successful servicer of wind turbine equipment and last year played a key role in arranging Outland’s sale to Duke Energy Corp.” 
Cameron Winton