Brian O’Neill, an attorney who litigated a number of major environmental court cases, will present this year’s Sigurd Olson Lecture. O’Neill will deliver the same lecture will be delivered on successive days – April 19, 20 and 21 – in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Ely.
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O’Neill, a partner in Faegre & Benson, a Minneapolis law firm, will Yellowstone National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the history and evolution of wilderness law.
O’Neill has been involved in the Boundary Waters and Yellowstone fights for more than 30 years. He has litigated over 50 cases on behalf of the environmental community ranging from the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone, to the constitutionality of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Act. He has handled cases dealing with wolves, bears, eagles, and fish.
In 1994, O’Neill was the chief trial lawyer for fisherman and Alaskan natives in the civil trial resulting from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.