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Lewis Remele Receives Service to the Profession Award


Lewis Remele received Minnesota Lawyers' Outstanding Service to the Profession Award. He is the perfect recipient of this prestigious award.

Lewis A. Remele, Jr. (“Lew”) graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1970 and received his J.D. cum laude from Creighton University in 1975. He was a law clerk for The Honorable Miles W. Lord at the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, from 1975 to 1977. He spent one year at Simonson & Bartsh before joining Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel where he tried a lot of cases. In 1989, Lew joined Bassford Remele (at the time it was named Bassford, Heckt, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, P.A.; it was renamed in 2003), where he continues to practice.

Lew is regarded as one of the leading lawyers in Minnesota, and has been the top vote-getter in the annual Minnesota Super Lawyers list 17 times (2001-2005, 2008-2009, 2011- 2014, 2016, and 2018-2022). He was named as the 2019 Minneapolis Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, 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 Benchmark Litigation, has been included in “200 Minnesotans You Should Know,” by Twin Cities Business, and 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, 2011 and 2017.

Lew is a highly accomplished trial lawyer who for more than four decades has successfully tried, mediated, and arbitrated high-stakes matters and argued appeals in conference rooms and courtrooms across the nation. He is regularly sought out by businesses of all sizes, courts, and other organizations to resolve extremely complex disputes. Lew was court-appointed co-lead counsel in a consolidated multidistrict litigation, representing more than 70,000 plaintiffs in a high-profile international trade disruption. During his career, he has represented insurance companies in personal injury and coverage cases. Lew has represented corporate clients in diverse commercial suits including employment, contracts, securities, professional and fiduciary claims, directors’ and officers’ liability, class actions, shareholder disputes, debtor/creditor, and antitrust. He has also represented clients in products liability matters, and trusts and estates litigation. Numerous times Lew has been appointed a Special Master in both state and federal courts, as settlement master, and as a master to assist the court in discovery and related issues.

Lew Remele believes in giving back to the profession. He 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. He served as a volunteer attorney for the Legal Advice Clinics, as well as on its Board of Directors. Lew also gives back to the community with service as a Board Member on Prodeo Academy (also leading a team of volunteer tutors) and Ed Allies.

Throughout his more than 30 years at Bassford Remele, Lew has been a mentor to many Bassford lawyers, as well as other attorneys through his involvement with the William Mitchell College of Law and other organizations.



Leading Commercial Litigator, Chambers and Partners, 2003-2018

Chief Executive Officer Mark Whitmore commented, "Lew, we at Bassford Remele are fortunate to practice with you, and learn from you, and we congratulate you on this well-deserved honor. You are a true legend in the legal community."

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.

Bassford Remele | February 20, 2023