Charles N. Nauen


Charles N. Nauen leads the firm's environmental law practice representing clients in litigation arising under a variety of environmental laws. Mr. Nauen also leads the firm's commercial litigation practice and the campaign finance and election law practice. Mr. Nauen was co-lead counsel for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in the 2010 gubernatorial election recount and he represented the "Nauen 61" individual voters in an effort to have their absentee ballots counted in connection with the 2008 senatorial election recount. He serves on the governing council of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Section of the Minnesota Bar Association, is a past chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association's Environmental Law Section, and has been a "Super Lawyer" since 1994.
Mr. Nauen was named a 2011 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. In 2013, Nauen was named in the 20th Edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the practice area of Environmental Litigation.

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Mr. Nauen has served as an adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of Minnesota Law School since 1991.

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Charles N. Nauen
Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
Suite 2200
100 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401-2159

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University of Minnesota Law School, 1980, cum laude; Baylor University, 1976, cum laude.

Bar Admissions

1980, Minnesota; 1998, Wisconsin

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin; U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, Northern Division; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

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Janet M. Treiber