The Minnesota Data Practices Act does not cover data practices requests to attorneys who are working for a governmental agency in a professional capacity. That is the state of the law in Minnesota after the Minnesota Supreme Court denied further review of a published decision obtained by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that dismissed a Minnesota Data Practices Act claim against city attorney represented by Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A.
Paul Peterson, Eric Steinhoff, and João Medeiros secured dismissal at the district court. On appeal, Peterson, Bill Davidson, and Medeiros successfully defended the dismissal. On April 27, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied review of the published Court of Appeals Opinion, which can be found here.