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 U.S. law firm with 450 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional and litigation services. We serve clients ranging from emerging and middle-market businesses to Fortune 500 companies, as well as governmental and public sector clients.