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Nilan Johnson Lewis PA

120 South Sixth Street,
Suite 400,
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Company Description

We are a mid-sized firm serving nonprofits in Minnesota and nationwide. Founded in 1996, Nilan Johnson Lewis ( has built a practice grounded in excellence and value. Through its Total Partnership approach to client relationships, Nilan Johnson Lewis delivers exceptional results for its clients’ businesses. The firm focuses on five areas of law: corporate and transactional services (including nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations), product liability/mass tort litigation, business litigation, labor and employment, and health care.

Product Description

We represent nonprofits in startup, governance, corporate and tax matters, regulatory compliance, contract review, employment law, policy review, and transactions including joint ventures, mergers, dissolutions, and assets transfers. Nilan Johnson Lewis has deep experience representing and advising nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations through all aspects of their legal and operational complexities. We create solutions with a full breadth of legal and business services to meet your objectives

Pricing Information

Our goal is to be sure clients are not surprised by a bill. Our budgeting process is transparent. We offer up-front estimates, customized fee arrangements, and efficient project management.

Region(s) Served

Central Minnesota, Nationwide, Northeast Minnesota, Northwest Minnesota, Southeast Minnesota, Southwest Minnesota, Twin Cities Metro Area,

Our Clients

Among others, our clients include large hospital systems, colleges and universities, social services organizations, organizations serving persons with disabilities, private foundations, associations, and organizations that work to cure diseases and childhood hunger. We could not be more proud of the work our clients do.


Heidi Christianson has represented nonprofits in private practice since 2004, prior to which she was a nonprofit regulator in the Charities Division of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. Heidi is co-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Nonprofit Corporations Committee, and is immediate past chair of the Business law Section of the Bar. She is a regular speaker and trainer on nonprofit legal, corporate, governance and tax issues. Heidi volunteers for the Charities Review Council of Minnesota. She is a former board member and former board chair of the Charities Review Council.

Ann Novacheck has over 30 years of experience advising established and emerging nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, operating foundations, public charities, trade associations, and health care providers. She advises nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations on a wide range of matters, including governance and management issues, executive compensation, federal and state tax and corporate law compliance, fiduciary duty responsibilities and conflicts of interest, the investment and management of institutional funds, membership issues, the development of grant programs, and managing donor relations. Ann represents organizations through their entire life cycle, from formation through transitions such as joint ventures, mergers, and dissolutions. She has previously worked with firms in Chicago and Minneapolis and has successfully defended charitable organizations through investigations by the Internal Revenue Service, various state revenue departments and state attorneys general


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Amy Wagner   11/19/2015
Heidi did such a wonderful job presenting a complex topic in an interesting and helpful way. One MAP staff member said it was the best trainer/training we've ever brought in for the Accounting and Finance group. Thanks, Heidi!
Betsy Currie   02/24/2017
Heidi was extremely competent and responsive to several questions we had. She was sensitive to our small size and always kept our budget in mind. I would highly recommend working with Heidi.
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Heidi Christianson
Nonprofit Shareholder and Firm President
MCN Member Since

May 2019

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