Business of Law

Name Partner Spins Off New Law Shop from Halleland Lewis

The co-founder of Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson is departing the 50-attorney Minneapolis/St. Paul-based legal shop, along with two other partners, to form a new business law and consulting firm.

Keith Halleland’s planned spin-off is so new that it doesn’t yet have either a name or office space, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. However, a spokesman says it expects to have about 25 lawyers and professionals.

Meanwhile, the remaining attorneys at his former firm will practice under the name of Nilan Johnson Lewis as of March 1, according to a press release.

“Nilan Johnson Lewis retains its health law/consulting and corporate practices, and its practices in commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and product liability/mass torts,” the release states.

The business publication reports that Nilan Johnson attorneys Kevin Hofman and Ron Peterson, as well as a former colleague there, Michael Scandrett, will join Halleland in his new venture.

Matthew Damon, who is president of Nilan Johnson, says Halleland has been “a big part of our growth and success over the 13 years we have been in business,” and expects the two firms to collaborate.

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