Tony Nemo’s practice focuses on personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice, with a special emphasis on helping people who have been injured by defective drugs and medical devices. Throughout his over 25 years of practice, Tony has tried cases in both the Minnesota and tribal courts and has recovered more than $100 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, Zofran and Risperdal. Tony was appointed by the federal court as class counsel in the national Pediatric Paxil Class Action ($40 million settlement), and currently serves as Court-appointed liaison counsel in the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant litigation (MDL 2441) ($1.4 billion settlement).
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 is also actively involved in the Knights of Columbus and the Saint Paul Vulcans. He 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)
Tony’s Notable Cases
Paxil Ineffective for Children Under 18 - Class Action Lawsuit
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Stems Cause Metallosis
Vioxx Linked to Heart Attacks and Strokes
Tony’s Honors and Awards