Joshua Newville is a civil trial and appellate attorney focusing on employment law, business disputes, and civil rights matters. He practices in state and federal court in multiple states and is a passionate advocate for victims of discrimination and unfair treatment.
Legal Experience & Recognition
Joshua has been honored to help people through some of their most difficult times, winning significant trial verdicts, summary judgments, and settlements for a wide array of clients in employment, business, and civil rights matters.
In addition to being the lead attorney on two nationally-recognized civil rights cases, Joshua quickly emerged as an expert authority in civil rights litigation. Joshua is a frequent speaker at civil rights events, community forums, colleges, and law schools. He has taught numerous continuing legal education courses, has been published in legal publications, and frequently appears in the media.
In 2014, on behalf of thirteen couples in South Dakota and North Dakota, Joshua sued the states for their bans on same-sex marriage. In January 2015, Joshua won a federal district court victory in the South Dakota matter; the court struck down South Dakota’s marriage bans as violations of the 14th Amendment Equal Protection and Due Process clauses. Joshua then defended that victory on appeal at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. After the Supreme Court decided Obergefell v. Hodges in June 2015, Joshua also won a federal district court victory in the North Dakota case.
In 2016, Joshua was awarded The Equality and Justice Award by the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association for making significant contributions to address equality and justice. Joshua was also nationally recognized by the Advocate as one of 25 attorneys fighting gender-identity discrimination.
In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Joshua was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thompson Reuters, a rare distinction awarded to only 2.5% of practicing attorneys based on a combination of peer nominations and objective criteria.
Joshua serves on the board of the Minnesota chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and on the advisory board for Orrery Consulting. Joshua also regularly serves as a judge for national and regional mock trial and moot court competitions.
The first person in his extended family to attend college, Joshua was born and raised in rural Wisconsin and obtained both his undergraduate and law school educations at the University of Minnesota. Prior to attending law school, Joshua owned an exterior residential painting business and investigated asset loss resulting from fraud, theft, and organized crime. Joshua also taught for eight years, including at the University of Minnesota Law School and Political Science Department, and at Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions.
An active member in the community, Joshua has served as a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and has provided pro bono legal advice to various community organizations. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, live music, baseball, poker, and traveling.
Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2012
University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude
—Lindquist & Vennum Merit Scholar
—Dean’s List of Academic Excellence
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 2009
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
—Dean’s List of Academic Excellence
—National Honors Society
High School Diploma, 2003
New Richmond Senior High School
—Class and Student Body President
—Outstanding Athlete Scholastic Achievement Award
- Employment Law
- Civil Rights & Constitutional Law
- Class Actions and Collective Actions
- Business Litigation
- Whistleblowers & False Claims Act (including qui tam actions)
- Retaliation and Reprisal
- Employee Wages (including Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime wages, minimum wage, unpaid wages, and employees improperly classified as independent contractors or exempt/salaried instead of non-exempt/hourly employees)
- Discrimination in the workplace and by public and private entities (Race, Color, Creed, Sex/Gender, Age, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin and Citizenship, Familial and Martial Status, Religion, Veteran Status, Public Assistance Status, Genetic information, Retaliation)
- Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment
- Employment Contracts; Executive Compensation and Severance; Non-Compete Agreements; Confidentiality Agreements; Restrictive Covenants
- Police Misconduct (including excessive force, unlawful arrest, and unreasonable search and seizure)
State & Court Admissions
- Minnesota Supreme Court
- Wisconsin Supreme Court
- United States District Court – District of Minnesota
- United States District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
- United States District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
- United States District Court – District of North Dakota
- United States Court of Appeals – Eighth Circuit
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association, MN Chapter (Board of Directors)
- Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
- Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- National LGBT Bar Association
Legal Education Courses Taught
- E-Discovery for the Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer, National Employment Lawyers Association: MN Chapter, November 2014
- Civil Rights Litigation: Police Misconduct and Brutality, National Business Institute, January 2015
- Honeymoon Litigation: Preparing for Constitutional Issues Post Marriage Equality, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, January 2015
- Police Liability, National Business Institute, June 2015
- The Collateral Legal Consequences of Obergefell v. Hodges, Minnesota State Bar Association, August 2015
- Top 7 Civil Litigation Mistakes, National Business Institute, September 2015
- Employment Law Matters Involving Undocumented Workers, National Employment Lawyers Association: MN Chapter, December 2015
- Police Liability, National Business Institute, April 2016
- The Supreme Court & Marriage Equality, The American Constitution Society, May 2015
- Fighting for Civil Rights, The Black Hills Center for Equality, May 2015
- Understanding The Supreme Court, Hudson High School, May 2015
- What to Expect at the Supreme Court, MEUSA National Community Call, April 2015
- Handling Large Scale Civil Rights Cases, University of Minnesota Law School, March 2015
- What We Can Learn From Matthew Shepard, Dakotas’ Equality Summit, January 2015
- Civil Rights: How Far Have We Come? An Update for MLK Jr. Day, Hennepin County Technical College, January 2015
- The Supreme Court Grants Cert!, MEUSA National Community Call, January 2015
- Marriage Equality in South Dakota, Sioux Falls Pride, June 2014
- Marriage Equality in North Dakota, Fargo-Moorhead Pride, August 2014
- Protecting Employee Rights in Private Schools, Argument of the Month Club – Men’s Forum for Catholic Apologetics, May 2014
- The Road to Law School, University of St. Thomas, October 2012, October 2013, October 2014
- Planning for Law School, University of Minnesota, February 2013, February 2015, April 2016
- The Supreme Court and Marriage Equality, The Hennepin Lawyer, May 2015