Kodi Verhalen grew interested in law while working as an environmental engineer with Great River Energy. As an engineer she saw how administrative law and utilities interact with government regulators.
While continuing to work at Great River, Verhalen enrolled in Mitchell Hamline School of Law and took night classes. The pull of law became complete after she worked at Briggs and Morgan during law school and then joined the firm.
The mixing of engineering and law makes for a perfect career. “I love the work I do because I get to combine my engineering background with the legal stuff I’m doing,” she said. “What I love about engineering is being presented with a unique issue and coming to a solution, and that’s what I do at Briggs and Morgan in energy and environmental law.”
Verhalen spends time assisting clients appearing before the Public Utilities Commission on issues involving permits, licenses and approvals for transmission lines, power plants and other energy-related projects.
Verhalen also keeps a busy pro bono schedule, driven in part by her own childhood “as a sick kid” who needed major surgery at age 8. She supports fundraising efforts of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. “I think it’s important to give back,” she said.