Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
Founder, Greene Espel
Cliff Greene is one of Minnesota’s preeminent trial advocates.
He has consistently earned this recognition from leading legal publications as well as his peers. Best Lawyers elected him as the“2018 Minneapolis Litigation – Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year.” Minnesota Super Lawyers also profiled his achievements in the 2014 cover story, “There’s no I in Greene.”
Cliff has represented clients in complex business, employment, and product liability actions. He has also regularly counseled and defended government agencies and officials in disputes involving high-profile claims and significant precedent.
He has a special focus on federal practice and procedure. He has been appointed by three different chief judges of the District of Minnesota to chair the Local Rules Advisory Committee. In 2016, the chief judge appointed him to co-chair the federal magistrate Merit Selection Panel.
Active in civic affairs as well as the legal community, Cliff received the 2013 Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award from the Minnesota Cardozo Society, given annually to an attorney or judge who exemplifies excellence in his/her practice, community service, and lifelong learning.
B.A. in government, cum laude, 1973, Harvard College, Ames Prize
J.D. cum laude, 1976, Cornell Law School; Editor, Cornell International Law Journal
Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, 2018-
William Mitchell College of Law, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, 1998
Greene Espel PLLP, co-founder and attorney, 1993-
Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman Ltd., senior attorney/shareholder, 1976-93
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- State Bar of Minnesota
- International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
- American Bar Association Foundation, Elected Fellow
- Federal Bar Association
- Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Trustee (2016-18)
- Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Racial Bias in the Judicial System; Chair, Committee on Police-Community Relations (1991-1993)
- Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights; Member, Appointed by Mayor Donald Fraser (1982-1985)
- Minneapolis Police Chief Selection Advisory Committee; Member, Appointed by Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton (1995-1996)
- Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota; President (2010-2012)
- William Mitchell College of Law; Trustee (1997-2006)
- Federal Practice Committee (Minnesota)
- Federal Local Rules Advisory Committee, District of Minnesota; Chair, (1989-2001)
- Minnesota State Bar Association–Committee on Pro Bono in the Public Sector, Co-Chair (2004-2007); Section of Litigation, Founding Member