Christopher H. Dolan



Chris Dolan helps clients reduce risk and operate successfully within environmental laws and regulations. His practice focuses on emerging contaminant toxic tort litigation, environmental and natural resources litigation, regulatory engagement, enforcement, permitting, and sustainability matters.

Environmental Litigation

Chris is a skilled and reliable adviser to clients facing environmental, natural resource and litigation related to:

  • Emerging contaminants
  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • State statutes
  • Environmental torts
  • Contractual environmental indemnity provisions

He is highly skilled in complex factual development, electronic discovery issues and management of expert witnesses during litigation.

Environmental Regulatory, Enforcement and Transactional Issues

Chris advises clients on complex permitting, enforcement, environmental review, information requests and regulatory engagement matters. He advocates on behalf of clients with the Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies. He also assists clients with environmental due diligence and indemnity issues associated with the acquisition or divestiture of assets. In every matter, Chris works to manage and reduce clients’ environmental risk and liability.

Environmental Sustainability

Chris helps clients develop, implement and evaluate environmental sustainability programs and policies. He assists clients in developing achievable metrics and goals related to reducing impacts to climate, water, air and land. Working with his clients, Chris helps develop stakeholder engagement strategies to meet sustainability objectives.

Industry Experience

Chris has significant experience working with clients in the animal agriculture, chemical, oil and gas, energy and manufacturing sectors.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Chris worked as a McCleary law fellow with the Human Rights Campaign. Before beginning his legal career, he was executive director of Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drives, an organization that collected food for Twin Cities food shelves.

Related Industries


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. Dean's List (2006)

The College of Saint Scholastica
B.A. summa cum laude (2001)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Looking Back at the Obama Environmental Legacy
    Guest, Notice & Comment: Faegre Baker Daniels Environmental Podcast, March 2017
  • Next Generation Trustees/Next Generation Boards
    Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, National Conference of Trusteeship, Washington, D.C., April 2016
  • 2013 NRDA Practitioner Meeting
    Natural Resource Damages Association, Houston, Texas, December 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Asylum Matters
  • Child Custody
  • Civil Rights

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section (Former Council Member)
  • National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Great Twin Cities United Way — Director, Community Impact Committee Chair, 2021-present
  • Minnesota Private College Council and Minnesota Private College Fund — Director, 2021-present
  • The College of St. Scholastica — Trustee Emeritus, Chair, 2016-20
  • Health Sciences Education Facility Corporation — Trustee, 2016-20
  • City of Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — Former Commissioner

Firm Leadership

  • Deputy Practice Group Leader, Product Liability & Mass Torts, 2023-present
  • Energy and Natural Resources Industry Team — Co-Chair, 2018-2020
  • Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, 2011-2014


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020, 2022
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Business of Pride, 2019
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-19, 2023
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity — Fellow, 2018
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Environmental Litigation, 2016-18
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Diversity in Business Award, 2015
  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association — Equality and Justice Award
  • Minnesota Lawyer — 2012 Attorney of the Year
  • National LGBT Bar Association — Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Award
  • KARE-11 — Eleven Who Care Award
  • Jefferson Awards for Public Service — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting a Local Community
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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