Matthias L. Niska


With a background in writing and a penchant for learning, Matthias is at home in the legal profession. He strives to quickly learn about a client’s business and to find solutions that fit its precise needs and objectives. Matthias truly enjoys crafting persuasive “stories” when advocating for his clients.

Matthias’s particular passion is advising employers on disability policies. Legally blind since birth, he has a unique perspective and deep understanding of disability employment matters.

When he’s not in the office, Matthias enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, listening to classical music, cooking and sampling new ethnic foods, trying new restaurants, and following the plight of the hapless Minnesota Twins.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Involvement

Recognitions and Honors

  • 2012 American Law Institute – American Bar Association Scholarship & Leadership Award
  • 2009 Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship, National Federation of the Blind

Publications and Presentations

  • “Fully Accessible: Technology and Techniques for Recruiting and Retaining Employees with Disabilities,” Minnesota CLE, 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 22, 2018
  • “Ethics and Conflicts Issues in Restrictive Covenant Litigation,” Minnesota CLE Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants: Protecting Assets and Litigating Disputes Seminar, February 20, 2018
  • “Website Accessibility,” 2017 Technology Law Institute, November 15, 2017
  • “Website Accessibility: What is it and Why Should I Care?” co-authored with Michele Landis, Corporate Compliance Insights, October 2016
  • Segment on Website Accessibility for WCCO Radio, The John Williams Show, October 24, 2016
  • “Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities: Myth and Reality,” National Association of Blind Lawyers Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, July 7, 2015
  • Shared personal perspective about access and accommodation issues for persons with disabilities using the Maryland courts, Maryland Judiciary’s Annual Conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act,  Annapolis, MD, March 11, 2014
  • “Employer Best Practices to Include Lawyers with Disabilities,” Delaware State Bar Association’s program “A Lawyer’s Guide to Disability Awareness: Striving for a More Inclusive Legal Profession,” sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Professionals with Disabilities, Wilmington, DE, January 14, 2014,
  • Why Digital Accessibility Matters to the Legal Profession—A Conversation with a Young Blind Attorney,” co-authored with Daniel Goldstein, ABA’s LAW Practice Today, July 2013

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association