New Year’s Transition:Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson Elects New President – Brian Johnson steps down after eight years as firm leader;
Matthew Damon assumes post as of January 1

MINNEAPOLIS (January 26, 2010) – Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson announces that Brian Johnson steps down as president after many successful years. Johnson passes the baton back to Matthew Damon, another Halleland Lewis founding shareholder who previously held the president role from 1999-2001.

“Brian has moved our firm forward positively and helped us successfully weather some significant challenges over the eight years he has served as President. I’m appreciative of Brian’s many great accomplishments and honored to help lead a firm that has positioned itself very well for the future,” said Damon, who simultaneously joins the firm’s board of directors.

Matthew Damon
Matthew Damon is an original shareholder of the firm who has played a vital role in forming the firm’s guiding principles, teamwork approach and award-winning marketing style. Damon’s law practice focuses on labor and employment, ranging from traditional labor matters, union-management relations, employment discrimination and employment contract matters. He currently serves as a Board member of Artspace Projects, Inc. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin and was admitted into the Minnesota State Bar in 1984.

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson served as Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson president from 2002-2009. Throughout his tenure as president, Johnson consistently balanced his strong practice in product liability and personal injury defense, with his duties as President of the firm. Johnson has been a Certified Civil Trial Specialist since 1988 and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2002. He received a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1981.

“We’re lucky to have leadership so committed to building a firm centered on a best-of-breed approach in the delivery of legal services,” said Halleland Lewis COO Kim Ess. “Brian’s presidency has been characterized by authenticity, openness and commitment to our values. I’m confident that moving forward, Matt will expand that legacy in exciting ways.”

Founded in 1996, Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson has built its reputation by putting clients first and building a practice centered on core values and defining the next generation of law firm. The firm focuses on six areas of practice: product liability/mass tort litigation, labor and employment, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, business law and health care.

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