PAM WHITMORE

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Pam Whitmore

Attorney, Rule 114 Qualified Neutral Minnesota



Areas of Practice



I provide a holistic approach for helping individuals and teams manage conflict, improve communication, and make better decisions. Through the use of a unique facilitated process, participates find themselves creatively problem solving with decreased conflict. I find great joy in helping clients strengthen the fabric of their organizations through my work, ultimately benefiting our communities at large.

Pam is a shareholder with Eckberg Lammers and the lead attorney for our Conflict Management Solutions and Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation practice. She also practices extensively in Municipal Law and Employment Law.

Pam is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral in the State of Minnesota. She specializes in conflict management services, which benefits municipalities and other governmental bodies, as well as private businesses. She provides a holistic process for organizations to learn how to engage others, be open to perspectives, generate integrative solutions, and take the next steps towards improved communication, collaboration, and strategic planning.

Her in-depth litigation experience working on behalf of cities, counties, school districts, and townships has provided her extensive knowledge regarding many facets of municipal law. She is well versed in open meeting laws, data practices, utilities and telecommunications, land use, workplace investigations, and discrimination and harassment claims. She has appeared in both state and federal court as well as the Minnesota Court of Appeals, prevailing in many. Examples include:

In the Matter of Application McDuffee (Minn. App. 2008): Successfully defended Township’s decision to grant conditional use permit to dog breeding facility.

Steinke v. Columbus Township (Minn. App. 2007): Successfully defended challenge to Township’s assessment on landowners’ property for water project.

Doe v. Independent School District No. 152 and City of Moorhead (Minn. App. 2007): Successfully defended appeal of summary judgment dismissal of City on based on finding of no duty owed to user of Sports Facility.

Dropp v. County of Strearns (Minn. App. 2005): Successfully overturned on appeal lower court decision based on applicability of statutory immunity to County’s decision of pole placement.

When not working, you can find Pam on the golf course with her husband, on walks with her dog, or cooking for one or more of her three adult kids and friends.


Contact PAM Today.

Call 651-439-2878 or send an e-mail to schedule an appointment


BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Minnesota

EDUCATION

  • University of Iowa, College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Rule 114, Qualified Neutral - State of Minnesota
  • Strategic Planning & Measurement - University of Minnesota Continuing Education

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    – Member, Public Law Section
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
    – Member
  • Minnesota Association City Attorneys
    – Member
  • Association of Conflict Resolution
    – Member, Environment and Public Policy Section
  • Conflict Resolution Minnesota
  • The International Municipal Lawyers Association
    – Member

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Minnesota State Bar Association - Mock Trial
    – Coach
  • Meals on Wheels
    – Volunteer
  • State of Minnesota 0Community Engagement Practitioners Group
  • University of St. Thomas Law School
    –Mentor

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Tips for Promoting Civility & Clear Communication During the Pandemic:
Minnesota Cities Magazine, May 2020

Letter of the Law: Strategies for Successful City Council Meetings:
Minnesota Cities Magazine, May 2019

Ask LMC: What SHould a Data Practices Policy Cover?
Minnesota Cities Magazine, October 2017

Cell Towers, Small Cell Technology and Distributed Antenna Systems
Leauge of Minnesota Cities, September 13, 2017

Telecommunications Right of Way User Amendments of 2017
Leauge of Minnesota Cities, August 1, 2017

Focus on New Laws: National Night Out Expenditures and Fundraising
Cities Bulletin, July 3, 2017

League Position & Differences Between Small Cell Wireless Bill in MN and Other States
Leauge of Minnesota Cities, May 22, 2017

Need a New Tobacco Ordinance? Here’s an Updated Model
Cities Bulletin, December 19, 2016

Letter of the Law: Regulating Cell Towers and Small Cell Technology
Minnesota Cities Magazine, November 2016

Focus on New Laws: Temporary Health Care Dwellings
Cities Bulletin, October 17, 2016

City Spot Café: Sidewalk Seating and Doggy Dining Companions
A Blog for Minnesota Cities, September 8, 2016

Collaboration and Facilitated Dialogue Workshop, 2016

Open Meeting Law & Good Governance Workshop, 2016

Social Media & Elected Officials Workshops, 2020

Podcast, Episode 3: Why Can't We All Just Get Along
League of Minnesota Cities, January 17, 2019

Social Media & Elected Officials
League of Minnesota Cities, March 3, 2020

#WeGotThisSeries, Best Practices for Meeting Remotely: March 2020

Open Meeting Law in Pandemic Times
Green Step Cities, May 2020

Open Meeting Law, Newly Elected Conference
League of Minnesota Cities, 2019

Tips for Maintaining Civility and Providing Leadership: April 2021

Why Can't We All Just Get Along:
Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute, May 2018, May 2019

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