Weld, Riley, Prenn, & Ricci, S.C. Welcomes the Return of Attorney John Robert Behling


The law firm of Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C. of Eau Claire, Wisconsin is pleased to announce the return of Attorney John Robert Behling to its practice. John’s return comes after a one year leave of absence from the firm to work as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Smart Sand, Inc.

John is known throughout the state for his expertise in regulatory, environmental, zoning, permitting and public relations efforts on behalf of his clients. John practices in the areas of Frac Sand, Mining and Minerals, Government Relations and Administrative & Environmental law. At the firm, he has served as the co-chair of these sections as well as the firm’s Vice President and member of the Management Committee. In 2012, John was appointed by Governor Scott Walker and unanimously confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate to a position on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. He was also unanimously elected Vice President of the Board of Regents in June, 2015.

John is “results oriented.” In 2010, John represented an oil and gas company in brokering an agreement with the Town of Howard in Chippewa County on a Non-Metallic (“Frac Sand”) Mining Agreement. This Agreement is now known statewide and has become the standard for companies and municipalities alike. John has a proven track record of introducing international and local entrepreneurs to federal, state and local leaders. These introductions allow his clients to gain a foothold and collaborate directly with these leaders.

John’s client list includes multiple Fortune 100 and international companies. He represents EOG Resources, Inc., as well as the Menards corporation. He is also local counsel for administrative and environmental projects for Phillips Plastics, Kraemer Mining & Materials, Alter Trading Corporation and many other companies.

John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of science in political science and economics. He also attended Georgetown University of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Weld Riley, S.C. was founded in 1991. The firm consists of lawyers across four offices (Eau Claire, Menomonie, Wausau and Black River Falls) and offers a full range of legal services, including labor and employment, business law, estate planning, tax representation, municipal law, mining and mineral rights, environmental law, banking and creditor rights, civil litigation, criminal defense, immigration, and family law.