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Don Lewis to Receive “Profiles in Courage” Award from MABL

Nilan Johnson Lewis is proud to announce that co-founder and shareholder Don Lewis is the 2018 recipient of Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers’ (MABL) Profiles in Courage Award.

The award is given to those who have “demonstrated courage, excellence, and integrity in furthering the Association’s mission of representing the interests of black citizens in the legal profession and judicial system.” Don will be recognized for his career-long work on highly visible and controversial investigations—including his appointment as special prosecutor on the Jeronimo Yanez/Philando Castile case (Castile was fatally shot by police officer Yanez during a traffic stop in 2016).  The award also acknowledges Don’s leadership in the community and with local nonprofit organizations, which recently earned him recognition as an “Outstanding Director” from Twin Cities Business.

“It’s great to see Don being recognized for his work in the community,” says Stephen Warch, president of Nilan Johnson Lewis. “We’re proud to have him as a colleague and advocate for our clients.”

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lewis is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association Foundation. He is also a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and has served on the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association.

About Nilan Johnson Lewis

Founded in 1996, Nilan Johnson Lewis ( has built a practice grounded in excellence and value. Through its Total Partnership approach to client relationships, Nilan Johnson Lewis delivers exceptional results for its clients’ businesses. The firm focuses on five areas of law: health care, labor and employment, business litigation, product liability/mass tort litigation and corporate and transactional services.

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