Hinshaw’s Thomas Berg Authors “Minnesota’s Miracle: Learning Lessons From the Government That Worked”

October 5, 2012

Thomas K. Berg, of counsel at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, has authored the book “Minnesota’s Miracle: Learning From the Government That Worked.” The book — published by the University of Minnesota Press — was released earlier this month to an overflow crowd at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota campus.

“Minnesota’s Miracle: Learning From the Government That Worked” focuses on Mr. Berg’s eight years as a State Representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives, a period during which state government underwent major reform. Those reforms, which Mr. Berg had a role in developing and getting passed, resulted in Minnesota being considered a model across the country for effective and efficient government.

Mr. Berg reflects in the book on his time in the Minnesota House of Representatives, his own efforts as a reform-minded legislator, the other players involved in the government reforms, and the behind-the-scenes story of how the reforms came to be. He then offers suggestions that all states should consider to address our gridlocked political system. The book’s cover has endorsements from former Vice President Mondale; Professor Alan Rosenthal of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University; William Pound, Executive Director of the National Conference of State Legislatures; and former Republican Senator David Durenberger.

Mr. Berg’s practice encompasses health law, complex commercial litigation and mediation, and the negotiation of business and governmental contracts. In addition to having served four terms as a State Representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives, his public service record also includes a term as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.