Minnesota Litigator has interviewed and featured lesser known Minnesota civil litigators for years — experienced litigators whose expertise is narrow and deep so they tend not to be widely known in the community.
This profile deviates from that practice. In my view, Mr. Lewis “Lew” Remele’s reputation and accomplishments in Minnesota civil litigation for decades have been broad, unrivaled, and unsurpassed. So, I have to assume that many civil litigators are very well aware of Lew. But read on, get to know him better, and learn a few things:
ML Interviewer: I’m extremely grateful for you doing this. I regard it as an extremely generous thing. I know that the readers will like it.
Lew Remele: Well, I’m glad that you’re doing the blog because I think it’s really helpful to have all this dialogue around what the practice is doing and how it’s working because, I was just telling somebody the other day that, in fact — Fred Finch has been real involved over the years in the ABA — he’s been the delegate. He said apparently, they’re now even debating at the ABA level whether they’re going to have the convention anymore because lawyers really don’t either (1) have the time or (2), don’t have the inclination to get together anymore to discuss generalized issues related to the practice. Everything is so specialized so, at the ABA level it’s the same thing. At the state level the sections have essentially taken over and subsumed general bar meetings that’s being done. As a result, you just can’t get anybody to go to the conventions. It becomes really difficult; things like this are really important for lawyers that communicate with each other and have an outlet to talk.
ML Interviewer: I’m, of course, delighted to hear you say that. I love when I get feedback, even criticism at any time from anybody. The thing I thought I’d just start off with … Basic questions about you personally because I think that would be interesting in light of all you’ve achieved. Where are you from originally?
Lew Remele: Well, I’m from Minneapolis but, I didn’t grow up here. I was born in Minneapolis but my father was in the grain business. We lived in Minneapolis until third grade. Then, from third to seventh grade, I lived in Duluth, Minnesota. From seventh grade to tenth grade, I lived in Buffalo, New York; a suburb of Buffalo, New York. Then, I actually graduated from high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Then, went away to college from New Orleans.
Everybody, all my family, my grandparents, my cousins, were from here. This was always considered home. When I graduated from law school, I took a couple years off between college and law school, in ’75. I really didn’t intend to practice here. I intended to go back out East to practice. I ended up taking a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge Miles Lord [(D. Minn.)] at the time he was just winding up the Reserve case, and then he was trying the Tetracyclene Price Fixing cases. As a result of that and clerking, then I realized that it was really kind of nuts not to practice here, which I’m really glad … I think I would have greatly regretted it if I hadn’t.
Everybody in my family was a lawyer, except my father. Both my grandfathers, all my cousins, all my uncles …
ML Interviewer: In town here?