Bassford Remele is in the business of meeting legal challenges. Our lawyers practice solely in civil disputes, and with nearly 50 lawyers, Bassford Remele matches the firepower of the largest litigation groups in our region.

Bassford Remele lawyers have a depth of experience in various industry areas including agribusiness, health care, and technology, as well as many others, and have built strong relationships with business leaders across all sectors. Our focused experience in and understanding of business trends and client needs, partnered with our litigation muscle, brings valuable insight to resolving the most complex legal challenges.

Bassford Remele proudly serves as local and national counsel for many major corporations and Fortune 500 Companies and is a go-to litigation firm representing local, national, and international clients in state and federal courts across the region. When businesses seek solutions to their legal challenges—from the conference room to the courtroom—they seek Bassford Remele.

For more than 140 years, Bassford Remele lawyers have counseled and represented clients in the full spectrum of litigation and dispute resolution. The names of our founders and past leaders can still be heard in our hallways today: the Bassford, Snyder, Jamison, Montgomery, Richards, Heckt, Lockhart, Truesdell, Briggs, Steenson DuFresne, Blazevic, and Keenan conference and work rooms are open daily to our clients, as they have been since 1882.

Among Bassford Remele alumni are luminaries of the bar. In 1893, one of our founders was appointed to the Judiciary, and since that time, many have followed him to the bench, including the Honorable Carol Hooten, the Honorable Regina Chu, the Honorable Kathryn Davis Messerich, and the Honorable Mary Steenson DuFresne. Our touchpoints to the judiciary continue to serve as invaluable resources.

Bassford Remele was formed more than a century ago by visionaries of law and community who helped shape the firm we are today. Their ambitions are emulated in our dedication to clients and community, and their principled ways are reflected in our commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in our legal and broader communities.

Bassford Remele has taken a fresh approach to an age-old practice: a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Bassford Remele knows that fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion promotes well-rounded legal perspectives and enables our lawyers to better connect with, serve, and understand our clients and the communities in which they operate. We also know that these practices enhance our workplace culture and relationships, as well as the lives of those around us. Because of this, Bassford Remele actively champions a range of initiatives focused on fostering individuality.

INITIATIVES IN ACTION

Bassford Remele’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Team actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion across all levels of our firm, serving as a conduit between firm leaders and employees, affinity and bar groups, and our community. Our team is made up of lawyers and staff who work together to make our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives a part of everything we do. Our team drives participation in and support of a broad range of initiatives spanning recruitment, retention, and advancement, to involvement and leadership in affinity and bar associations and in the community at large.

RECRUITMENT AND ADVANCEMENT

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Team works in partnership with the firm’s Board of Directors and Recruiting Committee to foster a diverse workforce. Our formal Recruiting and Mentor Programs support the recruitment, development, and retention of talented, diverse attorneys. Bassford Remele participates in the Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. Bassford Remele offers work-life balance supportive elements such as employee benefits packages that are friendly to a spectrum of lifestyles and life circumstances.

LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Bassford Remele has established a scholarship at each of the three Minnesota law schools to promote diversity in the legal profession. The scholarships provide financial assistance to law students interested in civil litigation and who are part of a diverse or underrepresented group within the legal field.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Through leadership roles, memberships, and sponsorships, Bassford Remele proudly partners with a large number of professional organizations, bar and affinity associations, and community agencies dedicated to furthering diversity and inclusion causes. Bassford Remele supports the diversity initiatives of the Federal Bar Association and the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and its lawyers are actively involved in groups such as the Minnesota Women Lawyers, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, and others. Our pro bono and community involvement initiatives also support our diversity and inclusion work.

NEWS

Diversity + Inclusion Co-Chairs

Bassford Remele is strongly committed to serving the community through pro bono services.

Bassford Remele cultivates the spirit of pro bono work and community service to promote a deeper experience for our lawyers, staff, and clients. We recognize we are uniquely qualified to help underrepresented individuals navigate the legal landscape, and we have the resources to support and partner with organizations that benefit our greater community. Bassford Remele has offered pro bono work, volunteer services, and financial support in a variety of capacities since the firm was established in 1882, and we are committed to continuing our work during the next century.

Bassford Remele actively supports a variety of organizations, including legal clinics and advocacy groups in our community.

LEGAL CLINICS

Volunteer Lawyers Network-Conciliation Court Legal Advice Clinic

Once a month our lawyers work at Volunteer Lawyers Network, which connects low-income individuals in Hennepin County with legal service providers. Due to COVID-19, the clinic has been closed.

ADVOCACY GROUPS

Tubman

Through the Pro Bono Safety Project at Tubman, an organization that helps women, children, and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues, our lawyers and paralegals provide representation to victims of domestic abuse. We proudly assisted in the establishment of this program many years ago.

Federal Pro Bono Project

Bassford Remele lawyers connect with underrepresented individuals through the Federal Court bench by providing initial legal consultations, and at time more lengthy representation to pro se litigants.

Just Deeds

Just Deeds is a coalition of community stakeholders committed to acknowledging and addressing systemic racism in housing in Minnesota. Bassford Remele lawyers and paralegals provide free legal and title services to help property owners find discriminatory covenants and discharge them from their property titles.

Standpoint

Our lawyers volunteer at Standpoint, formerly known as the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, an organization that advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Minnesota.

The Advocates for Human Rights

Bassford Remele lawyers represent immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Bassford Remele provides financial support and employee volunteers to a wide range of organizations, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Cornerstone
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis
  • Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer
  • Page Education Foundation
  • Project SUCCESS
  • Public Art St. Paul
  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

NEWS

Bassford Remele Attorneys Recognized as North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association

Pro Bono Committee Chair