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Lewis A. Remele, Jr.


Lewis A. Remele, Jr.


Practice Groups

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

Industry Groups

Agribusiness, Law Firms and Lawyers


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 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. 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 2007 and 2011.

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


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

Bar Admissions

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

Judicial Clerkships

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

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, 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


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, Circle of Excellence, Minnesota Lawyer, 2007 and 2011
  • “200 Minnesotans You Should Know,” Twin Cities Business, 2010
  • 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 and 2016