Anthony J. Nemo

Anthony J. Nemo

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2519 Commerce Drive NW, Suite 120

Rochester, MN 55901

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Tony Nemo’s practice focuses on personal injury, drug and medical device liability, medical malpractice, and violations of the Minnesota Health Records Act. Throughout his 30 years of practice, Tony has tried cases in state, federal and tribal courts, and has recovered more than $200 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients.

Tony brings both his skills as a trial attorney and a negotiator to the firm, including extensive experience in both the state and federal appellate courts. He has represented thousands of people injured by medical devices, such as IUDs, cardio defibrillators, cochlear implants, surgical mesh and hip and knee implants. He has also helped clients injured by drugs and over-the-counter medications, including Fen-Phen, Redux, Baycol, Permax, Vioxx, Paxil, Valsartan, and Zantac, and harmed by products such as Syngenta corn seed and Roundup weed killer.

An attorney with Meshbesher & Spence since 1990, Tony currently serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors. He has lectured at both local and national continuing legal education seminars, has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.

Tony and his wife, Mary spend their free time in the Northwoods near Ely, where they enjoy fishing, cooking and drinking homemade craft beer.


1991 Minnesota Supreme Court
1992 U.S. District Court (MN and AZ)
1995 U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
1996 U.S. Supreme Court
2000 U.S. District Court (Eastern WI and CO)
2008 Wisconsin Supreme Court
2009 U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
Also admitted to practice on an annual basis before the tribal courts
of the Prairie Island Indian Community and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
2015 U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals


JD 1991, William Mitchell College of Law
BA 1986, University of St. Thomas (cum laude)

Practice Areas

Tony’s Notable Cases

• $3 billion settlement on behalf of individuals injured by a defective hip replacement

• $40 million settlement on behalf of pediatric patients who were prescribed an antidepressant

• $3.5 million medical malpractice settlement in Hennepin County, Minnesota

• $3 million medical malpractice settlement in Hennepin County, Minnesota

• $2.2 million settlement involving defective intrauterine device

• $1.8 million settlement for injuries caused by defective oral care product

• $775,000.00 settlement of automobile injury case following trial in federal court

Notable Published Decisions

Dalkon Shield Claimants Tr. v. Parker (In re A.H. Robins Co.), 174 B.R. 697 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 1994)

Dalkon Shield Claimants Tr. v. Fleming (In re A.H. Robins Co.), 197 B.R. 541 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 1995)

Reichel v. Dalkon Shield Claimants Tr. (In re A.H. Robins Co.), 109 F.3d 965 (4th Cir. 1997)

Bledsoe v. Dalkon Shield Claimants Tr. (In re A. H. Robins Co.), 112 F.3d 160 (4th Cir. 1997)

Thomas v. W. Nat’l Ins. Grp., 562 N.W.2d 289 (Minn. 1997)

Brown v. State, 617 N.W.2d 421 (Minn. Ct. App. 2000)

Thompson v. Hughart, 664 N.W.2d 372 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003)

Grinnell Mut. Reinsurance Co. v. Moon, 845 F. Supp. 2d 989 (D. Minn. 2012)

Baker v. Best Buy Stores, LP, 812 N.W.2d 177 (Minn. Ct. App. 2012)

Lamere v. St. Jude Med., Inc., 827 N.W.2d 782 (Minn. Ct. App. 2013)

Midwest Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Wolters, 831 N.W.2d 628 (Minn. 2013)

Booker v. City of Saint Paul, 762 F.3d 730 (8th Cir. 2014)

Hopkins v. City of Bloomington, 774 F.3d 490 (8th Cir. 2014)

Wall v. Stanek, 794 F.3d 890 (8th Cir. 2015)

Mackey v. Johnson, 868 F.3d 726 (8th Cir. 2017)

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