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Clifford M. Greene

Greene – Espel PLLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cliff Greene’s CLE programs, presented throughout the United States, are consistently and enthusiastically praised as practical, creative and inspirational. He is recognized as one of Minnesota’s most respected trial advocates, and in 2005, his peers voted him one of Minnesota’s top 10 “Super Lawyers.”

Trial Lawyer
Cliff Greene has retired from active practice at the Minneapolis litigation boutique he founded, Greene Espel. He remains active in the law, though, as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master for JAMS. In his practice, he represented business clients in commercial litigation and manufacturers in national product liability and consumer fraud actions. He regularly defended government agencies and officials in constitutional litigation involving high-profile claims with significant precedent at stake. He was appointed by three different chief judges of the federal court to chair the Local Rules Advisory Committee.

Greene also served as the 1998, 2018-2019  distinguished practitioner in residence at William Mitchell College of Law, teaching Federal Jurisdiction and Advanced Evidence. 

A graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School, Greene has chaired the U.S. District Court Local Rules Committee (MN) since 1989 and has served on the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission, the Board of Trustees of William Mitchell and the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Racial Bias in the Judicial System.


  • Recipient, Douglas K. Amdahl Public Attorney Career Achievement Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, Public Law Section, 2021

  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award for Transformational Leadership, International Leadership Institute (Minneapolis/St. Paul), September 2020


Published Author
He has authored a variety of articles on trial related topics and is co-author of the popular text The Process of Legal Research, now in its fourth printing.

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