Michael Rothman (’88) Appointed Minn. Commerce Commissioner
JANUARY 6, 2011—Michael J. Rothman (’88) has been named Minnesota’s Commissioner of Commerce by Gov. Mark Dayton and will assume his new responsibilities on Jan. 12, 2011. In a news release announcing the appointment, Dayton said he has charged Rothman with “restoring a consumer response and protection ethic to the agency, and to making it again a consistent and responsible regulator of business practices.”
Rothman has been with the Minneapolis firm of Winthrop & Weinstine since 2002 as a shareholder and co-chair of the Insurance & Financial Services practice group. His experience encompasses litigation, mediation, arbitration, insurance issues, ethics, election law, and more.
A long-time observer of the political scene, Rothman has been a contributor to the firm’s government news site, “Inside the Minnesota Capitol,” which presents updates and analysis of legislative and regulatory activities in the state and nation. At the Law School, he has taught insurance law and regulation as an adjunct professor.
Before joining Winthrop & Weinstine, Rothman practiced law in California and was a staff member for the Minnesota Senate.
Rothman completed his B.A. magna cum laude in political science at Carleton College 1984 and his J.D. cum laude at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1988. He clerked for the Hon. Gary L. Crippen (’61) at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce works to protect consumers by ensuring stable, reliable, and fair commercial and financial transactions in more than 20 industries and utilities. Among its numerous activities are regulating and licensing financial institutions and telephone companies, investigating and resolving consumer complaints, and overseeing reliable utility service to all citizens. In fiscal year 2010-11, its all-fund spending is estimated at $759.9 million.