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Bassford Remele is a full-service litigation firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1882, the firm represents local, national and international clients in all areas of civil litigation.

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Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Lewis A. Remele, Jr. (“Lew”) is a well-respected litigator who has served as the firm’s chief executive officer.  He is a Harvard graduate (magna cum laude) and received his J.D. (cum laude) from Creighton University.

Lew is regarded as one of the leading lawyers in Minnesota, and was the top vote-getter in the annual Minnesota Super Lawyers list in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.  He was named as the 2009 and 2013 Minneapolis Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year and 2012 Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America.  He is listed in Law and Leading Attorneys and Who’s Who in American Law.  Lew is recognized by the international research firm Chambers & Partners as a top business litigator.  In addition, he is included in the Minnesota Lawyer Circle of Excellence for being selected as an Attorney of the Year in 2007 and 2011.

Lew maintains a civil trial practice in both tort and commercial matters.  He represents insurance companies in personal injury and coverage cases, and corporate clients in diverse commercial suits including employment, contracts, securities, and professional and fiduciary claims, including directors’ and officers’ liability, class actions, shareholder disputes, debtor/creditor, antitrust, products liability, and trusts and estates litigation.

Lew has acted as a mediator and arbitrator in several hundred cases in all types of civil litigation.  Lew has been appointed numerous times as a Special Master in both state and federal courts, both as settlement master and as a master to assist the court in discovery and related issues.  Some of the most recent appointments include the Baycol litigation, assigned by the Multi-District Panel to The Honorable Michael Davis; the Soo Line Derailment litigation, assigned by Hennepin County District Court Judge Tony Leung; and the Blue Cross v. Glaxo litigation, venued in Ramsey County District Court.

Lew is past president of both the Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar Associations, and the Academy of Court Appointed Special Masters.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the Academy of International Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Litigation Counsel of America.  He also is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Antitrust Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Complex Litigation / Class Action Litigation
Construction Law
Contracts
Employment Law
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Health Care Law
Intellectual Property Litigation
Legal Malpractice
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Securities Litigation
Shareholder Litigation
Trust and Estates Litigation



Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Education

Harvard University

A.B., 1970
Honors:  Magna Cum Laude

Creighton University School of Law

J.D., 1975
Honors:  Cum Laude




Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Bar Admissions

State Bars
Minnesota, 1975

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1976
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2003

Appellate Bars
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 2004



Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Miles W. Lord, 1975 - 1977




Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Honors and Awards

Leading Commercial Litigator, Chambers and Partners, 2003 - 2016

Listed in "(Real) Power 50," Minnesota Business Magazine, 2017

Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Global Law Experts, 2013

Attorney of the Year, Circle of Excellence, Minnesota Lawyer, 2011

Listed in “200 Minnesotans You Should Know,” Twin Cities Business, 2010

Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2007

Fellow, Academy of International Trial Lawyers

Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, American Board Trial Advocates

Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators

Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
President, 2011 - 2012
Vice President and President-Elect, 2010 - 2011

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Life Member, American Bar Association

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Chair, Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Legal Certification Review, 2006

Selected as the “Minneapolis Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year,” 2009 and 2013

Selected as the “Minneapolis Best Lawyers Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year,” 2012

Selected for Best Lawyers in America, 1991 - Present
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Labor and Employment Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law
Personal Injury Litigation
Trusts and Estates Litigation

Selected for Law & Leading Attorneys, all editions

Selected to the Super Lawyers list, published by Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2000 - 2016

Selected to the Top 100 Super Lawyers list, published in Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2000 - 2006 and 2008 - 2016

Selected to the Top 40 Business Litigation Super Lawyers list, published by Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005 - 2009

Selected to the Top 5 Super Lawyers list, published in Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2000 - 2005 and 2008 - 2016

Selected as the Top Vote-Getter in the State of Minnesota in the Super Lawyers list, published by Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016




Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Professional Awards and Memberships

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

President - 1995 - 1996
President-Elect - 1994 - 1995
Treasurer - 1993 - 1994
Secretary - 1992 - 1993


Hennepin County Bar Association

President -  1989 - 1990
President Elect - 1988 - 1989
Treasurer - 1987 - 1988
Secretary - 1986 - 1987


Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Member


American Arbitration Association

Panel Member


Defense Research Institute

Member





Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Community Involvement

Regional Director for the North Central States, Harvard Alumni Association

Board of Directors, Pillsbury Neighborhood Services Center, 1997 - 2010

Board of Directors and Volunteer Attorney, Legal Advice Clinics

Board of Directors, Hennepin County Bar Foundation

Board of Directors, Ed Allies, 2015 - Present

Board of Directors, Prodeo Academy, 2015 - Present

Past President of Harvard and Radcliffe Club of Minnesota

Trustee, William Mitchell College of Law, 2002 - 2008




Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Representative Cases

Seagate Tech. v. Western Digital Corp., 2016 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 96 * 1 (Minn. App. Jan. 25, 2016).

Scoular Co. v. Ceres Global Ag Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33983 (D. Minn. Mar. 19, 2015).

In re: Syngenta Litigation, No. 27-CV-15-3785 (Hennepin Cnty. Minn., filed Mar. 10, 2015).

Lakes & Parks Alliance of Minneapolis v. Federal Transit Admin., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27842 (D. Minn. Mar. 06, 2015).

Washington v. ConAgra Foods, Inc. (In re ConAgra Peanut Butter Prods. Liab. Litig.), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23780 (N.D. Ga. Feb. 26, 2015).

Seagate Tech., LLC v. Western Digital Corp. 854 N.W.2d 750 (Minn. 2014).

Insulate SB, Inc. v. Advanced Finishing Systems, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98582 (D. Minn. Jul. 21, 2014).

Graphic Communications Local 1B Health & Welfare Fund "A" v. CVS Caremark Corp., 850 N.W.2d 682 (Minn. Jul. 2014).

Transunion Intelligence LLC v. Search America, Inc., No. 11-CV-1075, 2013 WL 656616 (D. Minn., Feb. 22, 2013).

Dietz v. Spangenberg, No. CIV. 11-2600, 2013 WL 883464 (D. Minn. Mar. 8, 2013).

TE Connectivity Networks, Inc. v. All Systems Broadband, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180392 (D. Minn. Dec. 26, 2013).

Fannie Mae v. Heather Apartments Limited Partnership, 2013 Mn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1078 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 02, 2013).

Brugh v. Con Agra Foods Inc. (In re Conagra Peanut Butter Prods. Liabl. Litig.), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115361 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 14, 2013).

In re Murray, 821 N.W.2d 331 (Minn. 2012).

Bank of Montreal v. Avalon Capital Group, Inc., No. CIV. 10-591, 2012 WL 1110691 (D. Minn. Apr. 3, 2012).

Fannie Mae v. Heather Apartments Ltd. Partnership, 811 N.W.2d 596 (Minn. 2012).

Verona v. U.S. Bancorp, No. 7:09-CV-057, 2012 WL 381619 (E.D.N.C. Feb. 6, 2012).

Palmer v. Illinois Farmers Ins. Co., 666 F.3d 1081 (Minn. 2012).

Graphic Communications Local 1B Health & Welfare Fund A v. CVS Caremark Corp., No. CIV. 09-2203, 2011 WL 5827182 (D. Minn. Nov. 18, 2011).

Club Vista Financial Services, LLC v. Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP, 2011 WL 4947629 (D. Minn. Oct. 18, 2011).

Pearson v. Oxford Property Advisors, LLC, 2011 WL 1833133 (Minn. Ct. App. May 16, 2011).

Rucker v. Schmidt, 794 N.W.2d 114 (Minn. 2011).

Fair Isaac Corp. v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., No. 06-4112, 2010 WL 1875479 (D. Minn. May 10, 2010).

Pang Nhia Thao v. Central States Health & Life Company of Omaha, No. A09-0204, 2009 WL 3255883 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 13, 2009).

Thelen v. City of Elba, No. 08-1150, 2009 WL 2208161 (D. Minn. July 22, 2009).

Laurie & Laurie, P.A. v. BondPro Corp., No. A08-1154, 2009 WL 1374889 (Minn. Ct. App. May 19, 2009).

Consumer Data Industry Association v. Lori Swanson in her official capacity as Attorney General of the State of Minnesota, No. 07-CV-3376, 2007 WL 2219389 (D. Minn. July 30, 2007).

Berman v. Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP, No. A06-351, 2006 WL 3734278 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 19, 2006).

Professional Fiduciary, Inc. v. Silverman, 713 N.W.2d 67 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006).

Afremov v. Amplatz, No. A05-793, 2006 WL 44341 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 10, 2006).

Bach v. ConAgra, Inc., No. 04-2698, 2005 WL 3417283 (D. Minn. Dec. 13, 2005).

Janssen v. Best & Flanagan, LLP, 704 N.W.2d 759 (Minn. 2005).

In re Can. Import Antitrust Litig., 385 F. Supp. 2d 930 (D. Minn. 2005).

New Access Commc’ns, LLC v. Qwest Corp., 378 F. Supp. 2d 1135 (D. Minn. 2005).

New Access Commc’ns, LLC v. Qwest Corp., 368 F. Supp. 2d 952 (D. Minn. 2005).

N. States Power Co. v. Fed. Transit Admin., No. 01-295, 2005 WL 435248 (D. Minn. Feb. 23, 2005).

Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc. v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 395 F.3d 851 (8th Cir. 2005).

N. States Power Co. v. Fed. Transit Admin., 358 F.3d 1050 (8th Cir. 2004).

Davenport v. Farmers Ins. Group, 378 F.3d 839 (8th Cir. 2004).

Midwestern Mach. Co. v. Nw. Airlines, Inc., 392 F.3d 265 (8th Cir. 2004).

Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc. v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 293 F. Supp. 2d 1003 (D. Minn. 2003).

M.W. Johnson Constr., Inc. v. W. Nat’l Mut. Ins. Co., No. A04-348, 2004 WL 2283495 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 12, 2004).

Catholic Order of Foresters v. U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, Inc., 337 F. Supp. 2d 1148 (N.D. Iowa 2004).

United HealthCare Ins. Co. v. AdvancePCS, No. 01-2320, 2003 WL 22316555 (D. Minn. Oct. 6, 2003).

N. States Power Co. v. Minn. Metro. Council, 684 N.W.2d 485 (Minn. 2004).

Parr v. Gonzales, 669 N.W.2d 401 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003).

Mason ex rel. Mason v. Minn. State High Sch. League, No. 03-6462, 2004 WL 1630968 (D. Minn. July 15, 2004).

N. States Power Co. v. Minn. Metro. Council, 667 N.W.2d 501 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003).

Honan v. County of Cottonwood, No. 03-2044, 2004 WL 878418 (8th Cir. Apr. 26, 2004).

United States v. Diageo, Inc., No. 02-MC-11, 2003 WL 21254778 (D. Minn. Apr. 29, 2003).

Cole v. Holland Neway Int’l., Inc., No. A03-609, 2004 WL 503751 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 16, 2004).

Diebold v. Nelson Oyen & Torvik, PLLP, No. C7-02-781, 2003 WL 282430 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2003).

Midwestern Mach. v. Nw. Airlines, Inc., No. 97-1438, 2003 WL 262414 (D. Minn. Feb. 5, 2003).

First State Bank v. McNally, No. CX-02-726, 2002 WL 31749164 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 10, 2002).

Tisdell v. ValAdCo, No. C0-01-724, 2002 WL 31368336 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 16, 2002).

STAR Ctrs., Inc. v. Faegre & Benson, L.L.P., 644 N.W.2d 72 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002).

Stockberger v. Physicians Mut. Ins. Co., No. 99-805, 2001 WL 1640109 (D. Minn. July 18, 2001).

Hamilton v. Stageberg, CX-00-1631, 2001 WL 267477 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 20, 2001).

Group Health Plan, Inc. v. Philip Morris, Inc., 621 N.W.2d 2 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001).

ConAgra, Inc. v. Seeland, No. C6-00-313, 2000 WL 1468200 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 3, 2000).

In re Minn. Vitamin Antitrust Litig., 606 N.W.2d 446 (Minn. Ct. App. 2000).

Rasmussen v. Sauer, 597 N.W.2d 328 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999).

Furrow v. Corwin, No. C4-98-2126, 1999 WL 391599 (Minn. Ct. App. June 15, 1999).

C.J. Duffey Paper Co. v. Reger, 588 N.W.2d 519 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999).

In re Arbitration Between Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. v. Piper Jaffray, Inc., No. C8-98-1450, 1999 WL 43523 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 2, 1999).

Hunter, Keith Indus., Inc. v. Piper Capital Mgmt., Inc., 575 N.W.2d 850 (Minn. Ct. App. 1998).

Hellman v. Hertogs, No. C6-97-1467, 1998 WL 8461 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 13, 1998).

BRW, Inc. v. Harstad, No. C9-96-2215, 1997 WL 370404 (Minn. Ct. App. July 8, 1997).

Wagener v. McDonald, 509 N.W.2d 199 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993).

Share Health Plan, Inc. v. Marcotte, 495 N.W.2d 1 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993).

Lecy v. Sage Co., 460 N.W.2d 102 (Minn. Ct. App. 1990).




Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Representative Clients

Advance PCS

AGA Medical

ALAS

Allina Health/Medica

American Arbitration Association

American National Can Company

ConAgra

Farmers

Illinois Tool Works

International Court of Arbitration

Merck & Company

Metropolitan Council

Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

National Arbitration Forum

TransUnion LLC

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

U.S. Trust




Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Presentations

Clarity in Award Writing, American Arbitration Association, August 23, 2016

New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 2, 2016; January 27, 2015; February 28, 2014; and February 1, 2013

The Impact of the New Rule on Proportionality in Civil Litigation, New Minnesota Civil Rules: Significant Changes: What They Are and How to Handle Them Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, April 10, 2013

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Matters That Affect Litigators, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 3, 2012

Legal Malpractice/Professional Responsibility Update, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 4, 2011; February 5, 2010; January 27, 2009; January 25, 2008; February 1, 2007; and January 26, 2006

Saudi Judicial Exchange Program, The Honorable Michael Davis, November 4, 2008

Life and the Law: Handling the Stress of a Business Law Practice, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, October 29, 2008

Master Trial Lawyer Practice Series, Hennepin County Bar Association, Faculty Member, September 2008 - June 2009

Masters of the Courtroom, American College of Trial Lawyers, May 1, 2008

A Lawyer’s Guide to Winning the Battle Against Stress, Hennepin County Bar Association, March 6, 2008

Ask the Mediators: Candid Advice on What Works and What Doesn't, Hennepin County Bar Association, September 27, 2007

The Art and Science of Serving as a Special Master in Federal and State Courts, American Bar Association, San Francisco, November 2, 2006

When Good Litigators Go Bad:  PR Violations and Bias Pitfalls, Hennepin County Bar Association, February 13, 2006

The Art and Science of Serving as a Special Master in Federal and State Courts, November 3-4, 2005, served on two panels and presented: Mediation and Settlement Roles for Masters, American Bar Association (Chicago)

Probate Litigation, Hennepin County Bar Association, April 25, 2005

Ethics in Mediations: Morality versus Efficacy, Hamline University School of Law, January 28, 2005

Litigator’s Short Course: Ethics, Sanctions and Malpractice, an Update, January, 2005

ADR - Rights and Responsibilities, William Mitchell College of Law, November 2, 2004

Development of Minnesota Law in Federal Court, 30th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, June 8, 2004

American Arbitration Association Training Seminar, American Arbitration Association, September 14 & 15, 2004

Effective Presentations at NASD Hearings, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, July 16, 2003

Development of Minnesota Law in Federal Court, 29th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, June 12, 2003 (co-presenter with the Honorable Joan Ericksen)

Ethics, Sanctions and Malpractice: A “PR” Update for Litigators, Minnesota State Bar Association, January 28, 2003

Legal Malpractice Professional Responsibility Update, Minnesota State Bar Association, January 30, 2002

Alternative Dispute Resolution for Result Seekers, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, September 19, 2001

The Use of Experts in Minnesota State Courts, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, June 21, 2001

Ethics Seminar, Hennepin County Bar Association, May 17, 2001

PR for Litigators – The Latest Cases Involving Ethics, Sanctions and Malpractice (A Review of Advisory Opinions, Cases and Rules Interpretations), Minnesota State Bar Association, January 31, 2001

Discussion About Mediator Approaches, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, November 10, 2000

Litigating the High Visibility Case, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, August 12, 1999

View from a Practicing Attorney (Ethical Considerations), Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, December 5, 1998 (co-presenter with Timothy Gephart)

Nuts & Bolts CLE, Hennepin County Bar Association and National Practice Institute, November 4, 1998

MLM Risk Management, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, June 11, 1998

Punitive Damages in Arbitration Update, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, May 15, 1998

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 4, 1997

Agricultural Ethics Issues, American Agricultural Law Association, October 18, 1997

Update on Malpractice Liability Case Law, Minnesota State Bar Association, July 23, 1997

Expert Witness Preparation – Laying the Groundwork for Expert Testimony, Hennepin County Bar Association, July 14, 1997

Alternative Dispute Resolution to Achieve Maximum Results, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 18, 1996

Alternative Dispute Resolution to Achieve Maximum Results, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, November 20, 1996

Alternative Dispute Resolution to Achieve Maximum Results, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, November 16, 1995

Wrongful Death Action, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 13, 1991

Legal Malpractice Guide Avoidance, Mitigation, Defense, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, October 4, 1991

Law Firms: Lateral Hires, Break-ups and Mergers, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, April 10, 1991

Insurance Claims Practice, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, May 11, 1990

Wrongful Death 1987, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 11, 1987

Staying Current in Insurance, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, June 9, 1987

Client v. Lawyer, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, November 14, 1986

Beginning, Middle and End of a Personal Injury Case, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, September 18, 1986

Minnesota No-Fault, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, April 7, 1986

1985 Minnesota Liquor Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, November 15, 1985

The No-Fault Act, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, October 2, 1985

The No-Fault Act: Settlements & Government Benefits, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, September 25, 1985




Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Previous Employment

Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Associate/Partner, 1978 - 1988

Simonson & Bartsh
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Associate, 1977 - 1978




Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

Shareholder

Email: lremele@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1601

Fax: 612.746.1201

Lewis A. Remele, Jr. (“Lew”) is a well-respected litigator who has served as the firm’s chief executive officer.  He is a Harvard graduate (magna cum laude) and received his J.D. (cum laude) from Creighton University.

Lew is regarded as one of the leading lawyers in Minnesota, and was the top vote-getter in the annual Minnesota Super Lawyers list in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.  He was named as the 2009 and 2013 Minneapolis Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year and 2012 Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America.  He is listed in Law and Leading Attorneys and Who’s Who in American Law.  Lew is recognized by the international research firm Chambers & Partners as a top business litigator.  In addition, he is included in the Minnesota Lawyer Circle of Excellence for being selected as an Attorney of the Year in 2007 and 2011.

Lew maintains a civil trial practice in both tort and commercial matters.  He represents insurance companies in personal injury and coverage cases, and corporate clients in diverse commercial suits including employment, contracts, securities, and professional and fiduciary claims, including directors’ and officers’ liability, class actions, shareholder disputes, debtor/creditor, antitrust, products liability, and trusts and estates litigation.

Lew has acted as a mediator and arbitrator in several hundred cases in all types of civil litigation.  Lew has been appointed numerous times as a Special Master in both state and federal courts, both as settlement master and as a master to assist the court in discovery and related issues.  Some of the most recent appointments include the Baycol litigation, assigned by the Multi-District Panel to The Honorable Michael Davis; the Soo Line Derailment litigation, assigned by Hennepin County District Court Judge Tony Leung; and the Blue Cross v. Glaxo litigation, venued in Ramsey County District Court.

Lew is past president of both the Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar Associations, and the Academy of Court Appointed Special Masters.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the Academy of International Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Litigation Counsel of America.  He also is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


Practice Areas


Alternative Dispute Resolution
Antitrust Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Complex Litigation / Class Action Litigation
Construction Law
Contracts
Employment Law
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Health Care Law
Intellectual Property Litigation
Legal Malpractice
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Securities Litigation
Shareholder Litigation
Trust and Estates Litigation

Education


Harvard University

A.B., 1970
Honors:  Magna Cum Laude

Creighton University School of Law

J.D., 1975
Honors:  Cum Laude

Bar Admissions


State Bars
Minnesota, 1975

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1976
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2003

Appellate Bars
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 2004

Judicial Clerkship


Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Miles W. Lord, 1975 - 1977


Honors and Awards


Leading Commercial Litigator, Chambers and Partners, 2003 - 2016

Listed in "(Real) Power 50," Minnesota Business Magazine, 2017

Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Global Law Experts, 2013

Attorney of the Year, Circle of Excellence, Minnesota Lawyer, 2011

Listed in “200 Minnesotans You Should Know,” Twin Cities Business, 2010

Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2007

Fellow, Academy of International Trial Lawyers

Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, American Board Trial Advocates

Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators

Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
President, 2011 - 2012
Vice President and President-Elect, 2010 - 2011

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Life Member, American Bar Association

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Chair, Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Legal Certification Review, 2006

Selected as the “Minneapolis Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year,” 2009 and 2013

Selected as the “Minneapolis Best Lawyers Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year,” 2012

Selected for Best Lawyers in America, 1991 - Present
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Labor and Employment Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law
Personal Injury Litigation
Trusts and Estates Litigation

Selected for Law & Leading Attorneys, all editions

Selected to the Super Lawyers list, published by Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2000 - 2016

Selected to the Top 100 Super Lawyers list, published in Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2000 - 2006 and 2008 - 2016

Selected to the Top 40 Business Litigation Super Lawyers list, published by Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005 - 2009

Selected to the Top 5 Super Lawyers list, published in Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2000 - 2005 and 2008 - 2016

Selected as the Top Vote-Getter in the State of Minnesota in the Super Lawyers list, published by Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016


Professional Awards and Memberships


American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

President - 1995 - 1996
President-Elect - 1994 - 1995
Treasurer - 1993 - 1994
Secretary - 1992 - 1993


Hennepin County Bar Association

President -  1989 - 1990
President Elect - 1988 - 1989
Treasurer - 1987 - 1988
Secretary - 1986 - 1987


Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Member


American Arbitration Association

Panel Member


Defense Research Institute

Member



Community Involvement


Regional Director for the North Central States, Harvard Alumni Association

Board of Directors, Pillsbury Neighborhood Services Center, 1997 - 2010

Board of Directors and Volunteer Attorney, Legal Advice Clinics

Board of Directors, Hennepin County Bar Foundation

Board of Directors, Ed Allies, 2015 - Present

Board of Directors, Prodeo Academy, 2015 - Present

Past President of Harvard and Radcliffe Club of Minnesota

Trustee, William Mitchell College of Law, 2002 - 2008


Representative Cases


Seagate Tech. v. Western Digital Corp., 2016 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 96 * 1 (Minn. App. Jan. 25, 2016).

Scoular Co. v. Ceres Global Ag Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33983 (D. Minn. Mar. 19, 2015).

In re: Syngenta Litigation, No. 27-CV-15-3785 (Hennepin Cnty. Minn., filed Mar. 10, 2015).

Lakes & Parks Alliance of Minneapolis v. Federal Transit Admin., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27842 (D. Minn. Mar. 06, 2015).

Washington v. ConAgra Foods, Inc. (In re ConAgra Peanut Butter Prods. Liab. Litig.), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23780 (N.D. Ga. Feb. 26, 2015).

Seagate Tech., LLC v. Western Digital Corp. 854 N.W.2d 750 (Minn. 2014).

Insulate SB, Inc. v. Advanced Finishing Systems, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98582 (D. Minn. Jul. 21, 2014).

Graphic Communications Local 1B Health & Welfare Fund "A" v. CVS Caremark Corp., 850 N.W.2d 682 (Minn. Jul. 2014).

Transunion Intelligence LLC v. Search America, Inc., No. 11-CV-1075, 2013 WL 656616 (D. Minn., Feb. 22, 2013).

Dietz v. Spangenberg, No. CIV. 11-2600, 2013 WL 883464 (D. Minn. Mar. 8, 2013).

TE Connectivity Networks, Inc. v. All Systems Broadband, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180392 (D. Minn. Dec. 26, 2013).

Fannie Mae v. Heather Apartments Limited Partnership, 2013 Mn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1078 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 02, 2013).

Brugh v. Con Agra Foods Inc. (In re Conagra Peanut Butter Prods. Liabl. Litig.), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115361 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 14, 2013).

In re Murray, 821 N.W.2d 331 (Minn. 2012).

Bank of Montreal v. Avalon Capital Group, Inc., No. CIV. 10-591, 2012 WL 1110691 (D. Minn. Apr. 3, 2012).

Fannie Mae v. Heather Apartments Ltd. Partnership, 811 N.W.2d 596 (Minn. 2012).

Verona v. U.S. Bancorp, No. 7:09-CV-057, 2012 WL 381619 (E.D.N.C. Feb. 6, 2012).

Palmer v. Illinois Farmers Ins. Co., 666 F.3d 1081 (Minn. 2012).

Graphic Communications Local 1B Health & Welfare Fund A v. CVS Caremark Corp., No. CIV. 09-2203, 2011 WL 5827182 (D. Minn. Nov. 18, 2011).

Club Vista Financial Services, LLC v. Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP, 2011 WL 4947629 (D. Minn. Oct. 18, 2011).

Pearson v. Oxford Property Advisors, LLC, 2011 WL 1833133 (Minn. Ct. App. May 16, 2011).

Rucker v. Schmidt, 794 N.W.2d 114 (Minn. 2011).

Fair Isaac Corp. v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., No. 06-4112, 2010 WL 1875479 (D. Minn. May 10, 2010).

Pang Nhia Thao v. Central States Health & Life Company of Omaha, No. A09-0204, 2009 WL 3255883 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 13, 2009).

Thelen v. City of Elba, No. 08-1150, 2009 WL 2208161 (D. Minn. July 22, 2009).

Laurie & Laurie, P.A. v. BondPro Corp., No. A08-1154, 2009 WL 1374889 (Minn. Ct. App. May 19, 2009).

Consumer Data Industry Association v. Lori Swanson in her official capacity as Attorney General of the State of Minnesota, No. 07-CV-3376, 2007 WL 2219389 (D. Minn. July 30, 2007).

Berman v. Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP, No. A06-351, 2006 WL 3734278 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 19, 2006).

Professional Fiduciary, Inc. v. Silverman, 713 N.W.2d 67 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006).

Afremov v. Amplatz, No. A05-793, 2006 WL 44341 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 10, 2006).

Bach v. ConAgra, Inc., No. 04-2698, 2005 WL 3417283 (D. Minn. Dec. 13, 2005).

Janssen v. Best & Flanagan, LLP, 704 N.W.2d 759 (Minn. 2005).

In re Can. Import Antitrust Litig., 385 F. Supp. 2d 930 (D. Minn. 2005).

New Access Commc’ns, LLC v. Qwest Corp., 378 F. Supp. 2d 1135 (D. Minn. 2005).

New Access Commc’ns, LLC v. Qwest Corp., 368 F. Supp. 2d 952 (D. Minn. 2005).

N. States Power Co. v. Fed. Transit Admin., No. 01-295, 2005 WL 435248 (D. Minn. Feb. 23, 2005).

Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc. v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 395 F.3d 851 (8th Cir. 2005).

N. States Power Co. v. Fed. Transit Admin., 358 F.3d 1050 (8th Cir. 2004).

Davenport v. Farmers Ins. Group, 378 F.3d 839 (8th Cir. 2004).

Midwestern Mach. Co. v. Nw. Airlines, Inc., 392 F.3d 265 (8th Cir. 2004).

Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc. v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 293 F. Supp. 2d 1003 (D. Minn. 2003).

M.W. Johnson Constr., Inc. v. W. Nat’l Mut. Ins. Co., No. A04-348, 2004 WL 2283495 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 12, 2004).

Catholic Order of Foresters v. U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, Inc., 337 F. Supp. 2d 1148 (N.D. Iowa 2004).

United HealthCare Ins. Co. v. AdvancePCS, No. 01-2320, 2003 WL 22316555 (D. Minn. Oct. 6, 2003).

N. States Power Co. v. Minn. Metro. Council, 684 N.W.2d 485 (Minn. 2004).

Parr v. Gonzales, 669 N.W.2d 401 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003).

Mason ex rel. Mason v. Minn. State High Sch. League, No. 03-6462, 2004 WL 1630968 (D. Minn. July 15, 2004).

N. States Power Co. v. Minn. Metro. Council, 667 N.W.2d 501 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003).

Honan v. County of Cottonwood, No. 03-2044, 2004 WL 878418 (8th Cir. Apr. 26, 2004).

United States v. Diageo, Inc., No. 02-MC-11, 2003 WL 21254778 (D. Minn. Apr. 29, 2003).

Cole v. Holland Neway Int’l., Inc., No. A03-609, 2004 WL 503751 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 16, 2004).

Diebold v. Nelson Oyen & Torvik, PLLP, No. C7-02-781, 2003 WL 282430 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2003).

Midwestern Mach. v. Nw. Airlines, Inc., No. 97-1438, 2003 WL 262414 (D. Minn. Feb. 5, 2003).

First State Bank v. McNally, No. CX-02-726, 2002 WL 31749164 (Minn. Ct. App. Dec. 10, 2002).

Tisdell v. ValAdCo, No. C0-01-724, 2002 WL 31368336 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 16, 2002).

STAR Ctrs., Inc. v. Faegre & Benson, L.L.P., 644 N.W.2d 72 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002).

Stockberger v. Physicians Mut. Ins. Co., No. 99-805, 2001 WL 1640109 (D. Minn. July 18, 2001).

Hamilton v. Stageberg, CX-00-1631, 2001 WL 267477 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 20, 2001).

Group Health Plan, Inc. v. Philip Morris, Inc., 621 N.W.2d 2 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001).

ConAgra, Inc. v. Seeland, No. C6-00-313, 2000 WL 1468200 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 3, 2000).

In re Minn. Vitamin Antitrust Litig., 606 N.W.2d 446 (Minn. Ct. App. 2000).

Rasmussen v. Sauer, 597 N.W.2d 328 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999).

Furrow v. Corwin, No. C4-98-2126, 1999 WL 391599 (Minn. Ct. App. June 15, 1999).

C.J. Duffey Paper Co. v. Reger, 588 N.W.2d 519 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999).

In re Arbitration Between Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. v. Piper Jaffray, Inc., No. C8-98-1450, 1999 WL 43523 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 2, 1999).

Hunter, Keith Indus., Inc. v. Piper Capital Mgmt., Inc., 575 N.W.2d 850 (Minn. Ct. App. 1998).

Hellman v. Hertogs, No. C6-97-1467, 1998 WL 8461 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 13, 1998).

BRW, Inc. v. Harstad, No. C9-96-2215, 1997 WL 370404 (Minn. Ct. App. July 8, 1997).

Wagener v. McDonald, 509 N.W.2d 199 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993).

Share Health Plan, Inc. v. Marcotte, 495 N.W.2d 1 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993).

Lecy v. Sage Co., 460 N.W.2d 102 (Minn. Ct. App. 1990).


Representative Clients


Advance PCS

AGA Medical

ALAS

Allina Health/Medica

American Arbitration Association

American National Can Company

ConAgra

Farmers

Illinois Tool Works

International Court of Arbitration

Merck & Company

Metropolitan Council

Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

National Arbitration Forum

TransUnion LLC

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

U.S. Trust

Presentations


Clarity in Award Writing, American Arbitration Association, August 23, 2016

New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 2, 2016; January 27, 2015; February 28, 2014; and February 1, 2013

The Impact of the New Rule on Proportionality in Civil Litigation, New Minnesota Civil Rules: Significant Changes: What They Are and How to Handle Them Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, April 10, 2013

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Matters That Affect Litigators, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 3, 2012

Legal Malpractice/Professional Responsibility Update, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 4, 2011; February 5, 2010; January 27, 2009; January 25, 2008; February 1, 2007; and January 26, 2006

Saudi Judicial Exchange Program, The Honorable Michael Davis, November 4, 2008

Life and the Law: Handling the Stress of a Business Law Practice, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, October 29, 2008

Master Trial Lawyer Practice Series, Hennepin County Bar Association, Faculty Member, September 2008 - June 2009

Masters of the Courtroom, American College of Trial Lawyers, May 1, 2008

A Lawyer’s Guide to Winning the Battle Against Stress, Hennepin County Bar Association, March 6, 2008

Ask the Mediators: Candid Advice on What Works and What Doesn't, Hennepin County Bar Association, September 27, 2007

The Art and Science of Serving as a Special Master in Federal and State Courts, American Bar Association, San Francisco, November 2, 2006

When Good Litigators Go Bad:  PR Violations and Bias Pitfalls, Hennepin County Bar Association, February 13, 2006

The Art and Science of Serving as a Special Master in Federal and State Courts, November 3-4, 2005, served on two panels and presented: Mediation and Settlement Roles for Masters, American Bar Association (Chicago)

Probate Litigation, Hennepin County Bar Association, April 25, 2005

Ethics in Mediations: Morality versus Efficacy, Hamline University School of Law, January 28, 2005

Litigator’s Short Course: Ethics, Sanctions and Malpractice, an Update, January, 2005

ADR - Rights and Responsibilities, William Mitchell College of Law, November 2, 2004

Development of Minnesota Law in Federal Court, 30th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, June 8, 2004

American Arbitration Association Training Seminar, American Arbitration Association, September 14 & 15, 2004

Effective Presentations at NASD Hearings, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, July 16, 2003

Development of Minnesota Law in Federal Court, 29th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, June 12, 2003 (co-presenter with the Honorable Joan Ericksen)

Ethics, Sanctions and Malpractice: A “PR” Update for Litigators, Minnesota State Bar Association, January 28, 2003

Legal Malpractice Professional Responsibility Update, Minnesota State Bar Association, January 30, 2002

Alternative Dispute Resolution for Result Seekers, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, September 19, 2001

The Use of Experts in Minnesota State Courts, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, June 21, 2001

Ethics Seminar, Hennepin County Bar Association, May 17, 2001

PR for Litigators – The Latest Cases Involving Ethics, Sanctions and Malpractice (A Review of Advisory Opinions, Cases and Rules Interpretations), Minnesota State Bar Association, January 31, 2001

Discussion About Mediator Approaches, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, November 10, 2000

Litigating the High Visibility Case, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, August 12, 1999

View from a Practicing Attorney (Ethical Considerations), Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, December 5, 1998 (co-presenter with Timothy Gephart)

Nuts & Bolts CLE, Hennepin County Bar Association and National Practice Institute, November 4, 1998

MLM Risk Management, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, June 11, 1998

Punitive Damages in Arbitration Update, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, May 15, 1998

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 4, 1997

Agricultural Ethics Issues, American Agricultural Law Association, October 18, 1997

Update on Malpractice Liability Case Law, Minnesota State Bar Association, July 23, 1997

Expert Witness Preparation – Laying the Groundwork for Expert Testimony, Hennepin County Bar Association, July 14, 1997

Alternative Dispute Resolution to Achieve Maximum Results, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 18, 1996

Alternative Dispute Resolution to Achieve Maximum Results, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, November 20, 1996

Alternative Dispute Resolution to Achieve Maximum Results, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, November 16, 1995

Wrongful Death Action, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 13, 1991

Legal Malpractice Guide Avoidance, Mitigation, Defense, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, October 4, 1991

Law Firms: Lateral Hires, Break-ups and Mergers, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, April 10, 1991

Insurance Claims Practice, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, May 11, 1990

Wrongful Death 1987, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 11, 1987

Staying Current in Insurance, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, June 9, 1987

Client v. Lawyer, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, November 14, 1986

Beginning, Middle and End of a Personal Injury Case, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, September 18, 1986

Minnesota No-Fault, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, April 7, 1986

1985 Minnesota Liquor Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, November 15, 1985

The No-Fault Act, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, October 2, 1985

The No-Fault Act: Settlements & Government Benefits, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, September 25, 1985


Previous Employment


Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Associate/Partner, 1978 - 1988

Simonson & Bartsh
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Associate, 1977 - 1978