The South Dakota Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that substantially clarifies what constitutes a disqualifying conflict of interest under South Dakota law in the context of local zoning.
Haley’s practice focuses on regulatory and energy law matters, as well as commercial litigation.
Haley is a shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron’s Energy and Litigation Groups. In her energy practice, Haley focuses on assisting clients with wind farm, solar, transmission and pipeline permitting matters. Haley is part of a team advising utilities, independent power producers, independent transmission companies and pipeline companies on siting, routing, permitting and other regulatory matters before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Wisconsin Public Service Commission, and other federal, state and local agencies.
In her litigation practice, Haley primarily represents clients in litigation related to energy infrastructure in trial and appellate courts. Haley has experience in both state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and arbitration and mediation.
- Part of a team for 300 mile crude oil pipeline for certificate of need and pipeline routing permit in Minnesota.
- Lead attorney representing independent power producer in wind farm siting and transmission routing proceeding in Minnesota.
- Advises clients on issues related to Minnesota’s Community Solar Garden program.
- Represents clients in appeals in Minnesota and South Dakota state courts.
- Represented guest workers on a pro bono basis in high-profile human trafficking lawsuit against Signal International.
- Part of a team representing independent power producers in siting of wind farms and transmission lines in South Dakota.
Articles & Presentations
January 15, 2021
Of particular note for the energy industry, the Corps reissued and modified NWP 51 (land-based renewable energy generation facilities) and has split NWP 12 into separate permits.
April 28, 2020
On April 27, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filed a motion asking a Montana federal court to partially stay its April 15, 2020, decision vacating Nationwide Permit 12, pending a Corps appeal of that decision.
April 17, 2020
On April 15, 2020, a Montana federal district court issued a decision in litigation arising from the Keystone XL pipeline that vacated Nationwide Permit 12.
March 25, 2020
On March 16, 2020, the Department of Commerce, Energy Environmental Review and Analysis issued its Recommendations on Review of Solar and Wind Decommissioning Plans.
October 13, 2015
By Joseph G. Springer and Haley Waller Pitts
In a decision issued on October 13, 2015, the Minnesota Court of Appeals struck down the building code mandate requiring installation of fire sprinklers in larger homes promulgated by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).
Honors & Education
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2012, magna cum laude
- University of St. Thomas, B.A., 2007, magna cum laude
- Minnesota, 2012
- Wisconsin, 2018
- South Dakota, 2018
- Michigan, 2020
- 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2020
- United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2012
- United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, 2014
- United States Supreme Court, 2018
- Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star – Energy & Resources, 2017-present
- Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2013-2015, 2018-2019
- Michigan Law Review, Contributing Editor, 2011-2012; Associate Editor 2010-2011
- Certificates of Merit in Land Use and Planning and Statutory Interpretation courses, Michigan Law School
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Extern, Honorable Helene White, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
- Intern, Honorable Joan Ericksen, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2010