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Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

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Lewis A. Remele, Jr.

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Practice Groups

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Class Action/Multidistrict Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

Industry Groups

Agribusiness, Law Firms and Lawyers

Overview

Mr. Remele is regarded as one of the leading lawyers in Minnesota, and was the top vote-getter in the annual Minnesota Super Lawyers list in 2001-2005, 2008-2009, 2011-2014, 2016 and 2018. 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. Mr. Remele 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 20072011 and 2017.

Mr. Remele 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. Recently, he 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; corporate clients in diverse commercial suits including employment, contracts, securities, professional and fiduciary claims, directors’ and officers’ liability, class actions, shareholder disputes, debtor/creditor, antitrust; and has 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. 

Mr. Remele 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.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • Creighton University, J.D., cum laude, 1975
  • Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1970

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Judicial Clerkships

  • United States District Court, The Honorable Miles W. Lord, Law Clerk, 1975-1977

Experience

Representative Cases

Obtained one of the largest arbitration awards in Minnesota history–approximately $800 million including pre- and post-judgment interest–in a matter involving a claim of theft of trade secrets; Seagate Tech. v. Western Digital Corp., 854 N.W.2d 750 (Minn. 2014).

Represented approximately 70,000 individual upper Midwest farmers as co-lead counsel in claims that Syngenta negligently marketed Viptera corn seed causing an international trade disruption; In re Syngenta Litig., File No. 27-CV-15-12625 (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2017).

Defended a number of Graco distributors who were sued for violations of the Anti-trust Act; Insulate SB, Inc. v. Advanced Finishing Sys., 797 F.3d 538 (8th Cir. 2015).

Successfully defended Trans Union in an anti-trust, trademark infringement case before U.S. District Court Minnesota jury. Plan sought several hundred million dollars in damages against Trans Union and other co-defendants; Fair Isaac Corp. v. Experian Info. Sols., Inc., No. 06-4112, 2010 WL 1875479 (D. Minn. May 10, 2010).

Defended law firm in action venued in Arizona. Plaintiff alleged negligence in connection with a real estate transaction which occurred in Las Vegas; Club Vista Fin. Servs., LLC v. Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand, LLP, 2011 WL 4947629 (D. Minn. Oct. 18, 2011). 

Additional Representative Cases
Represented former CEO of Metris in employment claim. Verdict for client in excess of $50 million; Zebeck v. Metris Cos., 2008 WL 2168333 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008).

Represented privately held company in major shareholder suit which concluded with company being sold to St. Jude Medical for approximately $350 million dollars; Afremov v. Amplatz, No. A05-793, 2006 WL 44341 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 10, 2006).

Arbitration representing Competitive Local Exchange Carrier against Qwest for access pursuant to the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Award for client of approximately $1.3 million; New Access Commc’ns, LLC v. Qwest Corp., 368 F. Supp. 2d 952 (D. Minn. 2005).

Defended law firm for negligence claims arising from firm’s representation of local pension fund; Janssen v. Best & Flanagan, LLP, 704 N.W.2d 759 (Minn. 2005).

Defended Nebraska credit insurer in consumer class action; Thao v. Central States Health & Life Co. of Omaha, No. A09-0204, 2009 WL 3255883 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 13, 2009).

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Life Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators, Fellow
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • President 1995-1996
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • President 1989-1990

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Court Appointed Special Masters, Fellow
    • President, 2011-2012
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel Member
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement

  • Prodeo Academy, Board Member
  • Ed Allies, Board Member
  • Pillsbury United Communities, Past Board Member
  • Harvard Club of Minnesota, Past President

Accolades

Honors & Awards

  • Leading Commercial Litigator, Chambers and Partners, 2003-2017
  • "(Real) Power 50," Minnesota Business Magazine, 2017
  • Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Global Law Experts, 2013
  • Attorney of the Year, Syngenta Legal Team, Minnesota Lawyer, 2017
  • Attorney of the Year, Circle of Excellence, Minnesota Lawyer, 2007, 2011 and 2017
  • “200 Minnesotans You Should Know,” Twin Cities Business, 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 1991-present
    • “Minneapolis Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year,” 2009 and 2013
    • "Minneapolis Trusts and Estates Litigator of the Year," 2014
    • “Minneapolis Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year,” 2012
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
    •  Commercial Litigation
    • Labor and Employment Litigation
    • Legal Malpractice Law
    • Personal Injury Litigation
    • Trusts and Estates Litigation
  • Law & Leading Attorneys, all editions
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
    • Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2000-2017
    • Top 100 list, Super Lawyers, 2000-2006 and 2008-2017
    • Top 40 Business Litigation list, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005-2009
    • Top 5 list, Super Lawyers, 2000-2005 and 2008-2017
    • Top Vote-Getter in the State of Minnesota, Super Lawyers, 2001-2005, 2008-2009, 2011-2014, 2016 and 2018

Seminars

Mr. Remele has lectured in numerous continuing legal education programs on all aspects of trying civil disputes and conducting alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

  • Clarity in Award Writing, presenter, American Arbitration Association, August 23, 2016
  • New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, presenter, 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, presenter, 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, presenter, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 3, 2012