Alethea is an experienced litigator who represents clients in a wide variety of enforcement, regulatory and civil litigation matters.
As an experienced former Assistant Solicitor General, Alethea is uniquely able to advocate for clients interacting with the government. From initial contact through appellate practice, she assists clients facing civil and health care fraud claims, government enforcement actions, licensing investigations and white collar defense.
Alethea also advises utilities, independent power producers and transmission companies on siting, routing, permitting and other regulatory matters in Minnesota and around the region.
Prior to joining Fredrikson & Byron, Alethea served as the sole Assistant Solicitor General for the State of Minnesota. In that role, she represented state officials on myriad regulatory, administrative and civil issues. She specialized in complex constitutional and civil litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels. Alethea worked on significant matters for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Department of Human Services, Department of Public Safety, Department of Commerce, Department of Corrections, Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Revenue and Governor’s Office, among others.
Alethea has successfully acted as lead attorney on significant cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and district courts.
Managed and oversaw prosecution of complex multi-billion dollar environmental case under Minnesota Pollution Control Act and state common law. Resulted in $850 million dollar settlement, which will be used to improve drinking water provided to affected East Metro communities.
Telescope Media Co. et al. v. Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, et al.
Argued to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and U.S. District Court in defense of Minnesota’s Human Rights Act against First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment challenge brought by wedding services provider.
Harlow v. Department of Human Rights, et al.
Successfully argued before both the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in defense of extending absolute immunity to government official accused of defamation.