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NJL Adds Two to Labor & Employment Team

Minneapolis, MN—Minneapolis-based national firm Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) is pleased to announce the hires of Chelsea J. Bodin and Christopher T. Ruska, both joining our Labor and Employment team.

“We’re happy to add two bright and hard-working lawyers to NJL,” said firm President Heidi Christianson.

Chelsea Bodin has experience representing employers in cases involving labor relations, FLSA/wage-and-hour, employment and disability discrimination, as well as providing employment counseling and preventive advice. She also gained experience with the patchwork of laws and regulations stemming from the pandemic. Chelsea is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and spent a semester of law school in Sweden studying in a Master’s Program for International and EU Tax Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers, MSBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and SHRM. In addition, Chelsea is a commissioner for the St. Louis Park Police Advisory Commission and clinic volunteer for the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS).

Chris Ruska, licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, lends his writing skills to complex employment matters. He focuses mainly on litigation matters, including employment discrimination, trade secrets, and non-competes. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School, Chris spent a few years clerking for three judges at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, so he’s used to managing large caseloads of complex matters. He’s a member of Minnesota State, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and Wisconsin Bar Associations. Chris is also a soccer referee mentor; it stems from his years of refereeing soccer games for the United Soccer League (USL), Major League Soccer (MLS), and the Big Ten.

About Nilan Johnson Lewis

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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