Lisa Crum advises traditional regulated utilities and renewable energy clients on all aspects of local, state and federal regulation. Drawing from her extensive experience representing the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) as assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, she delivers energy law expertise to help innovators in renewable and alternative energy — as well as traditional regulated utilities — stay ahead of the curve. She leverages expertise in solar, wind and other renewable projects to assist project developers, financing sources and tax equity investors. An experienced navigator of environmental regulations, Lisa advises clients on state and federal environmental matters including litigation, compliance and environmental review. She also has appellate experience before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Minnesota Attorney General’s Office

As assistant attorney general, Lisa represented state agencies and commissions, including the MPUC, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She litigated complex cases in state and federal courts involving energy regulatory disputes, oil pipeline permitting, state electric ratemaking, solar developments, environmental compliance, and environmental review including NEPA, MEPA, and MERA.

Prior Experience

Prior to her work in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Lisa was a partner at a Minneapolis law firm, where she advised traditional and renewable energy companies, building contractors and other clients on legal and policy issues.

Lisa also previously served as assistant attorney general in the Alaska Attorney General’s Office.

Faculty Positions

  • William Mitchell College of Law — Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing and Representation, 2006-09

Personal Interests

 Lisa is originally from Northern Minnesota and enjoys being outdoors and spending time at the lake every chance she gets.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Alaska Superior Court, Hon. John Reese, 1997-1998


William Mitchell College of Law
J.D. cum laude (1997)

Tulane University School of Law International Program
Law of the Sea Certificate in International Environmental Law (1996)

Saint Cloud State University
B.S. in International Business and Political Science, Dean's List (1991)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Hennepin County Mediation Project — Pro Bono Mediator
  • Ramsey County Harassment Court — Pro Bono Mediator
  • Children’s Law Center
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Public Utilities Section (Chair 2010-11)
  • Alaska State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Federal Energy Bar Association
  • International Bar Association — Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • American Society for Public Administration

Civic Activities

  • Domestic Abuse Project — Board Member
  • Hill Murray High School — Board Member
  • Boy’s Youth Hockey — Team Manager
  • Girl’s Youth Basketball and Softball —  Coach
  • Town Board Supervisor —  New Scandia Township
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