Sandy Neren focuses her practice on government relations, representing clients before the Minnesota Legislature, the Governor’s office, state agencies and other governmental bodies. She assists in passing legislation that advances her clients’ interests or blocking proposed legislation that would harm them. Some clients hire her simply to monitor activities that could affect them.
Sandy has experience in a wide range of legislative concerns, including business taxation, commerce, banking, environmental and transportation regulations, alternative energy, government transparency, legal and civil litigation matters, and pensions and elections. Some of the current clients that she represents include U.S. Bancorp, Ford Motor Co., St. Jude Medical, Inc., the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Minnesota Newspaper Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.
Among the legislative issues she has worked on are corporate tax changes, mandatory seatbelt laws, the classification of drunk driving as a felony, state banking regulation reform, food and hunger funding and wide-scale revision of workers compensation and civil liability laws. She has also assisted a number of nonprofits with innovative funding initiatives and with governance concerns.
Sandy is involved in a number of volunteer activities, including serving as a court appointed guardian ad litem for children in the child protection system and acting as a mentor for offenders in the Hennepin County workhouse. She has traveled extensively doing volunteer work with a number of organizations. She participated in a medical mission to Peru that performed surgeries on children with facial deformities, rebuilt homes in Sri Lanka following the tsunami, taught English in Costa Rica and Guatemala, helped build desks for over 200 students in a rural school in Haiti, taught American government to university students in Hanoi, Vietnam, lived and worked on an army base in Israel, rebuilt homes in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina, and taught school in a small Mississippi Delta town. She also has tutored immigrant children in rural Minnesota to help prepare them to enter school.
Specialties: Representing and advising clients before the Minnesota Legislature and state agencies for industries such as business taxation, commerce, banking, environmental and transportation regulations, alternative energy, government transparency, legal and civil litigation matters, and pensions and elections.
- William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1974
- University of Minnesota, B.A., 1970
- Minnesota Governmental Relations Council, past board member
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