Gregory A. Fontaine

Gregory A. Fontaine

Minneapolis, MN

About Greg

Greg Fontaine is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources group who focuses his practice on mining and minerals, waste management, and other heavy industries and agribusiness for clients ranging from Fortune 500 businesses to individuals. He advises clients in a wide range of project development, land use, environmental review, permitting, and regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.

Greg has tried cases in federal and state courts and in administrative actions and has appeared before federal and state appellate courts and in bankruptcy cases. He has also negotiated settlement agreements, consent orders, and development agreements with federal and state regulatory agencies in numerous enforcement actions, judicial and administrative proceedings, and regulatory and commercial matters.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Greg was a partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP and also served as general counsel and later CEO for a group of agribusiness companies. His first 18 years in private practice were spent at one of Minnesota’s largest law firms, where he was one of the founders of its environmental law group and helped it grow into one of the largest environmental and regulatory practices in the Midwest. During law school, he was a law clerk for Hon. Gerald W. Heaney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “New Mining in Old Districts – Is it as easy as it sounds? Lessons Learned from the Great Lakes Iron Ranges,” American Exploration & Mining Association’s 124th Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Great Lakes Copper-Nickel Mining: Projects, Opportunities and Obstacles,” American Exploration & Mining Association, 2015

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