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Posted July 6th, 2015 in Top Stories

Nilan Johnson Lewis Attorney Awarded Highest Law Honor

MINNEAPOLIS (July 6, 2015) – Nilan Johnson Lewis law firm announces that Joe Schmitt has been elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College recognizes the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law. Schmitt is one of only 27 Fellows in the state of Minnesota, and the only Minnesotan to be elected into the class of 2015.

Schmitt has served in Nilan Johnson Lewis’ labor and employment group for the past 18 years, both as shareholder and previous chair, defending employers in litigation and advising them in a range of federal and state legal matters ranging from discrimination cases and employment assessments to whistleblowing and wage and hour compliance.

Election as a Fellow into the College is the highest honor that can be accorded a lawyer practicing in the area of labor and employment law, and is based on the College’s esteemed principles of civility and professionalism. Members must have been in the industry for at least 20 years; sustain a commitment to providing exceptionally high-quality services to clients, bar, bench and public; and demonstrate character, integrity, professional expertise, and leadership for the support of the law profession.

“Joe’s value as a prestigious attorney and a tremendous colleague is certainly no secret within the firm and to his clients, but it’s nice to see him receive such an impressive national honor that takes into account all of the contributions he makes to the profession and the community,” said Stephen Warch, president of Nilan Johnson Lewis. “We congratulate and commend Joe on the designation.”

Schmitt, along with the rest of the 2015 class from around the country, will be formally inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers along with other elected fellows on November 7 in Philadelphia. Visit for more information.

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: labor and employment, product liability/mass tort litigation, health care, commercial litigation, and business transactions/real estate.

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