William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude

University of Minnesota at Duluth, B.S.

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  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
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Kodi Verhalen is a member of the Energy section and is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She also is licensed as a professional engineer in Minnesota and served as the 2016-2017 president of the National Society of Professional Engineers – a 31,000-member organization. Kodi was the youngest person, and the third woman, in the organization’s history to hold the office of president. 

Before joining Briggs, Kodi worked in the environmental services department of a Minnesota electric utility company in the areas of hazardous and universal waste compliance, greenhouse gas reporting, ISO 14001 compliance, stormwater pollution prevention for linear transmission projects, and local, state and federal permitting for transmission projects.

Although she primarily serves clients in the areas of energy and the environment, Kodi’s practice also involves assisting clients with general legal issues, including confidentiality and conflicts of interest for engineering firms. Kodi is a qualified neutral under Minnesota Practice Rule 114 and serves as a mediator for the Hennepin County Court Pro Bono Mediation Project.

Kodi’s work includes environmental due diligence as part of mergers and acquisitions; obtaining state certificates of need and route permits from Utilities Commissions for transmission lines and generation facilities; obtaining other regulatory approvals for energy companies from Utilities Commissions; counseling clients on various real estate, environmental, and natural resources matters; and assisting clients in obtaining state and federal permits, licenses, and approvals for electric transmission projects.

Kodi has presented on a wide variety of topics, including natural resource law issues, environmental liability in real estate transactions, and ethics related to professional engineering licensure.

While in law school, Kodi served as an editor for Cybaris, an Intellectual Property Law Review.

Kodi joined Briggs as an associate in 2010.

Honors & Awards

  • On the Rise: Top 40 Young Lawyer, 2018
  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2018
  • University of Minnesota Duluth Academy of Science and Engineering, Inductee, 2018
  • Minnesota Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Multiple Years
  • Fellow, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), 2012
  • Young Engineer of the Year, Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE), 2010


  • Counseled client on conflict of interest issues related to signed agreements and oblications with respect to Professional Engineer licenses.
  • Counseled client on requirements to obtain a Take Permit under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Assisted Client in obtaining said permit.
  • Developed Certificate of Need and Route Permit applications for 115 kV and 345 kV transmission projects.
  • Guided client through local review permit process in lieu of seeking Commission approval for small 115 kV transmission projects.
  • Guided clients through Minnesota Certificate of Need and Route Permit process. Prepared witness for Certificate of Need and Route Permit public and evidentiary hearings, drafted testimony, and appeared on behalf of applicants.
  • Provide general legal assistance and counsel on various land rights and real estate matters that arise, including trespass, prescriptive rights, environmental matters, easements and lease negotiations.
  • Represented power generation entity regarding the design and construction projects using various project delivery systems including EPC, design, supply, furnish, and install.
  • Counseled clients on environmental matters associated with corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
  • Guided client through routing and permitting of 13-mile natural gas pipeline, including drafting of application, comments, testimony, and briefs; preparing witnesses for meetings and hearings; and appearing on behalf of client.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Energy Bar Association, Member

Environmental Law Institute, Member

Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, Member

  • State President, 2010-2011

Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation

  • Board of Directors, Director, 2011-2017

National Society of Professional Engineers

  • President, 2016-2017
  • Board of Directors, North Central Region Director, 2012-2014
  • House of Delegates, Minnesota, 2009-2013