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Nilan Johnson Lewis Announces New President and Attorney Promotions

MINNEAPOLIS (January 3, 2019) – Nilan Johnson Lewis is pleased to announce Heidi Christianson as the law firm’s next president, effective January 1, 2019. Christianson succeeds Stephen Warch, who will remain as a Board member, shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s health care group. At Nilan Johnson Lewis, Christianson previously served as the chair of the corporate and transactional services practice group and has an extensive background in health care law and nonprofit governance.

“I am humbled and excited to work with every person at the firm to carry forward the core values and commitment to clients that has brought Nilan Johnson Lewis its national successes,” says Christianson. “We are a firm that remains committed to distinguishing ourselves in the marketplace through diversity, innovation, excellence and partnerships with clients.”

Additionally, effective January 1, 2019, the firm is elevating three attorneys to shareholder: Tyler Adams, Zach Crain and Sarah Riskin. Adams focuses on transactional real estate and construction, tax exempt bond work, and corporate law in the firm’s corporate and transactional services group. He was recently certified as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Crain represents businesses and nonprofits, often in the health care sector, with respect to corporate, transactional, governance, real estate and risk management matters. Riskin practices within the labor and employment group where she represents clients in a variety of matters including litigation and advising on federal and state anti-discrimination and family and medical leave statutes, personnel policy development, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and compliance with other labor and employment laws, including wage and hour compliance.

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 exceptional results for its clients’ businesses. 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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