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Alia Abdi Joins NJL’s Labor and Employment Team

Minneapolis, MN—We are pleased to welcome Alia M. Abdi to Nilan Johnson Lewis as an associate. She joins our Labor and Employment team, focusing her work on the defense of nationwide class actions, workplace investigations, employment counseling as well as leave of absence and disability defense.

Prior to joining private practice, Alia externed for the Honorable John R. Tunheim, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is active in our local community, currently serving as Co-Vice President of Diversity for the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (a role in which she’s honored to serve). Alia is also the past co-chair of the same chapter’s New Lawyers Committee, as well as a past board member for the Somali American Bar Association.

Alia earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2017 where she served as the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court Managing Student Director. She was also the recipient of the Judge Pamela Alexander Scholarship Award. Alia graduated magna cum laude from St. Cloud State University with a B.A. in International Relations.


Founded in 1996 and proud to be an independent law firm, NJL has earned a reputation for being innovative, forward-thinking, and bringing deep expertise and a “total-partnership” approach to serving clients. The firm is committed to diverse hiring, advancement, and retention of women, people of color, and those with different backgrounds and lifestyles. The firm focuses on five areas of law: product liability/mass tort litigation, business litigation, labor and employment, health care, and corporate and transactional services.

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