Shareholder & Firm President, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA 

Heidi Christianson became President of Nilan Johnson Lewis in 2019. Before entering private practice, she served as Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. Heidi is also Co-Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Nonprofit Committee and Co-Chair of the Minnesota Nonprofit CLE Conference. 

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Heidi created a Leader's Pledge detailing her personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Heidi's pledge here

At Nilan Johnson Lewis, women make up 43 percent of all attorneys and 35 percent of shareholders. The firm has a variety of diversity initiatives, including programs sponsored by the diversity committee, a diversity internship program, and an internal taskforce devoted to analyzing and improving recruiting and retention practices with respect to diversity. 

Joined LCLD 2019 

Highlights of LCLD Participation


Fellows Program
Fellows Nominated:
2022: Mai Lee Yang; 2021: Jason Hungerford; 2020: Pablo Orozco; 2019: Veena Iyer, Sarah Riskin

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2022: Anu Jaswal, Alia Abdi; 2021: Jose Sevilla, Allyson Petersen Francis

Leadership Summit (2019)


Member: Heidi Christianson

Diversity Professional: Pablo Orozco, Shannon Bonnett

Communications: Jenna Gruen, Laura Toledo