John C. Kolb
After leaving active duty in the Army, I decided to attend law school. I had a list of areas of law I did not want to practice (i.e., family law, contracts, personal injury, criminal law). It seemed like eliminating those left me a very short list of legal practice areas to choose from. A mentor suggested that I pursue a legal practice which incorporated both my undergraduate education (biology and aquatic ecology) and my love of the outdoors – and with determination and dedication, a water resource practice was born!
My wife, Susan, and I enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of Minnesota’s woods and waters whenever we are able. On weekends you might find us hiking, biking, fishing, cross country skiing, camping or paddling in our home-made cedar strip canoe.
John joined Rinke Noonan in 1996 and is a shareholder in the firm. He concentrates his practice in:
- Water Law
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Land Use
- Municipal Law
John co-authored the chapter Local-Scale Institutions: Lake Management Associations and Watershed Districts in the recently published book entitled Water Policy in Minnesota: Issues, Incentives and Action. For further information or to purchase the book click here.
John graduated from St. John’s University. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota.
John is a retired member of the Army National Guard where he held the rank of Colonel. He had over 20 years of active and reserve service, and commanded an artillery battalion for over two years, including 16 months in Iraq.
- U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
John is active in several local, state, and national community service organizations and advisory boards.
- How Far Does the Clean Water Act Reach? - by Maury Noonan
- Iowa Drainage Law Basics and Drainage Agreements - by Maury Noonan
- Why is watershed phosphorus loading so stubbornly persistent? - by Joe M. Bischoff, Wenck
- Swampbuster: Does Your Project Qualify for an Exemption? - by Maury Noonan
- Minnesota Drainage Law - by John Kolb and Kale VanBruggen
- John Kolb and Kale VanBruggen on Drainage Law on AgPhd Radio - by John C. Kolb and Kale R. Van Bruggen
- Freedom of Information Day - by Adam A. Ripple
- Buffer Strips On Minnesota’s Waterways And Ditches - by Kale Van Bruggen and John Kolb
- The Clean Water Act and Wetlands: EPA and Army Corps Rule on “waters of the United States” - by Kale Van Bruggen and John Kolb
- Contractor Liability: Wetland Drainage and Pollutant Discharge - by Kale Van Bruggen and John Kolb
- The Clean Water Act and Wetlands: Redeposit vs. Incidental Fallback - by Kale Van Bruggen and John Kolb
- The Clean Water Act and Wetlands: Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction - by Kale Van Bruggen and John Kolb
- NRCS Certified Wetland Determinations: Things You Should Know - by Kale Van Bruggen and John Kolb
- North Dakota Tile Drainage: Common Questions and Answers on Permit Requirements - by Kale Van Bruggen and John Kolb