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Halunen leader Joshua Newville is an accomplished attorney and civil rights advocate.

NewvilleJosh is a tenacious litigator who frequently obtains favorable outcomes for those he represents. He is a skilled, thoughtful, and determined professional whose legal acumen and deep dedication to civil rights are a formidable force. As Halunen Law’s Employment Litigation Group Leader, Josh brings a commitment to excellence and more than a decade of experience to the firm’s Employment Law team.

Josh has handled high-profile cases, secured millions of dollars for his clients, and won victories at the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Early in his career, Josh led the successful fight for marriage equality in two U.S. States and won precedent-setting legal protections for vulnerable Minnesotans.

Active in the community, Josh is an adjunct law professor at the University of Minnesota, an ethics investigator, and a mediator for employment disputes. He received the Equality & Justice Award from the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and has been recognized by Super Lawyers and the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. In addition to his legal work, Josh is also known for producing a top-rated investigative podcast about missing persons.

Josh was born and raised in rural Wisconsin and earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Minnesota. He lives in downtown Minneapolis with his husband, Jeff, and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, live music, baseball, and traveling.

Joshua Newville
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10.0Joshua A. Newville
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Litigation – Employee
  • Employment Retaliation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Mediator for Employment Law and Civil Rights Disputes
  • Sexual Harassment & Assault
  • Whistleblower Retaliation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Minnesota (state and federal)
  • Wisconsin (state and federal)
  • Colorado (federal)
  • North Dakota (federal)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 8th and 9th Circuits
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN
    • Juris Doctorate — cum laude
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    • B.A., Political Science
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA): Minnesota and National Chapters
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • State Bar Associations of Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
  • Hennepin Lawyer: Tying the Knot: SCOTUS to Rule on Marriage Equality, 2015
  • Religious Accommodation in the Workplace–Practical Implications of Two New Supreme Court
  • Decisions, Labor & Employment Law Institute, 2023
  • How to Mediate an Employment Law Case, Powerhouse Mediation, 2023
  • Strategies for Creating an Anti-Racist Workplace, Labor & Employment Law Institute, 2021
  • Complex Police Liability & Lawsuits, NBI, 2019
  • Common Civil Rights Complaints: Legal Basis and How They Work, NBI, 2018
  • Law Enforcement Liability, NBI, 2018
  • Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, University of Minnesota Law School, 2017
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Police Misconduct and Brutality, NBI, 2017
  • It’s Complicated: Employment Relationships in an Uber Era, Minn CLE, 2017
  • Conscience Protections or Discrimination?, Council of Catholic Women Forum, 2016
  • Civil Rights: How Far Have We Come? An Update for MLK Jr. Day, Hennepin County Technical College, 2015
  • What to Expect From SCOTUS Marriage Equality Litigation, MESUA, 2015
  • Freedom to Marry at the Supreme Court, American Constitution Society, 2015
  • Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court, Hudson High School, 2015
  • The Collateral Legal Consequences of Obergefell v. Hodges Decision, Minn CLE, 2015
  • Fighting for Civil Rights: LGBT Discrimination Litigation, Dakotas’ Equality Summit, 2015
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Private Religious Schools, The Men’s Forum for Catholic Apologetics, 2014

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