Chris Dolan helps clients operate successfully within environmental laws and regulations. He focuses his practice in environmental and natural resources litigation, environmental review, administrative proceedings, permitting, and compliance matters.

Environmental Litigation

Chris is a skilled and reliable advisor when clients face environmental litigation related to:
  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • State statutes
  • Contractual environmental indemnity provisions

He is highly skilled in complex factual development and the team management of expert witnesses during litigation. Chris also liaises between clients and federal and state administrative agencies, including the EPA and the Bureau of Land Management.

Industry Experience

Chris has significant experience working with clients in the animal agriculture, 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.


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

  • Child Custody
  • Civil Rights

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section (Former Council Member)

Civic Activities

  • City of Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — Former Commissioner
  • College of St. Scholastica — Trustee, 2016-18 Chair-Elect


  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Business of Pride, 2019
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-19
  • 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
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