Joshua A. Newville

Associate Attorney
Office: 612.349.2743  Fax: 612.235.3357  E-mail  Blog  Facebook  Twitter
Legal Assistant: Mary Ann Metfessel, 612.349.2721

I am a Minnesota and Wisconsin trial lawyer.  I went to law school to be a voice for those who have been treated in ways that shock the conscience; it has been my privilege to do so at Madia Law.  I am exceptionally proud of our practice areas and I thoroughly enjoy my work.


I was born and raised in rural Wisconsin and obtained both my undergraduate and law school educations at the University of Minnesota.  The first person in my extended family to attend college, I first knew I wanted to be a lawyer when I was in the second grade (although I then spelled it “layer”).  Prior to attending law school, I owned an exterior residential painting business and investigated asset loss resulting from fraud, theft, and organized crime.  I also have over five years of teaching experience, including the University of Minnesota (Law School and Political Science Department) and Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions.

I serve on the advisory board for Orrery Consulting, am a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and am actively involved in Twin Cities and western Wisconsin communities.  I enjoy skydiving, running, camping, hiking, live music, baseball, poker, rock climbing, and traveling.

Legal Experience

I started at Madia Law as a Law Clerk during my first year of law school, which provided me with the incredible opportunity to get hands on learning experience with one of the best trial lawyers in Minnesota.  After graduation, I was thrilled to join the firm as its first Associate Attorney.  I focus on employment law, discrimination, wage and hour class/collective actions, qui tam whistleblower actions, business litigation, and rights and liberties pursuant to the United States Constitution.

My experience at Madia Law includes effective advocacy on behalf of a wide array of clients.  From successful trial verdicts and settlements in cases involving employment discrimination, FMLA retaliation, police misconduct, and small business litigation, to complex wage and hour class and collective actions involving hundreds of people, I have been honored to help people through some of their most difficult times.

My legal experience prior to Madia Law includes criminal prosecution and defense work on behalf of the State of Minnesota, where as a certified student attorney, I obtained successful trial verdicts and settlements for the City of Richfield and handled a high-profile criminal defense matter for the Hennepin County Public Defender’s office.


Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2012
University of Minnesota Law Schoolcum 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
—WIAA Outstanding Athlete Scholastic Achievement Award

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Rights & Constitutional Law
  • Whistleblowers & Qui Tam Actions
  • Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions
  • Discrimination (Race, Color, Creed, Sex/Gender, Age, Disability, Sexual Orientation, National Origin and Citizenship, Familial and Martial Status, Religion, Veteran Status, Public Assistance Status, Genetic information, Retaliation)

Professional Associations

Bar Admission & Courts

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • United States District Court – District of Minnesota
  • United States District Court – Western District of Wisconsin