Barbara Nilva Nevin

Barbara Nilva Nevin

Attorney since 1979
Location:
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Phone:
612-444-5604
Fax:
763-566-0211
Email:

Minnesota Lawyer Names Barbara Nilva Nevin as One of Its Attorneys of the Year in 2009

Barbara Nilva Nevin has practiced law since 1979, and practiced law with Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., since 1987. Her practice focuses on family law, bankruptcy, employment law and personal injury. She practices extensively in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and within the last few years she twice reversed the district court's rulings, In Re the Custody of A.V.A., involving grandparents seeking third-party custody of their young grandchild whose parents were tragically killed in a truck collision. Ms. Nevin is a Judge of Conciliation Court in Hennepin County. She enjoys volunteering in high schools and is active in the Blue Star Moms, where she is the Chaplain and Patriotic Officer. Her son Edmund Nevin has served in the United States Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Iraq. Ms. Nevin is the current Chair of the Seniors' Commission for the City of Chanhassen, Minnesota. Ms. Nevin has also been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer for over seven years. Ms. Nevin was a plaintiff in the case of Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., et. al. v. United State of America which successfully narrowed portions of the Bankruptcy Reform Act (BAPCPA of 2005) on First Amendment grounds in a case before the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Nevin has lectured at numerous continuing legal education programs throughout the U.S. on bankruptcy and family law.

Ms. Nevin is rated* AV by the respected, nationwide Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The ratings are developed by obtaining confidential opinions from lawyer adversaries and judges before whom the lawyer has appeared. Ability rating categories are A, B, C, and no rating. An "A" rating is the "very high to preeminent" category, the highest rating possible. It signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence, recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. The "V" rating is the highest for adherence to ethical standards, reliability and diligence.

Named as 2009 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer.

*Attorneys at Milavetz Gallop, & Milavetz, P.A., are rated* AV by the respected, nationwide Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The ratings are developed by obtaining confidential opinions from lawyer adversaries and judges before whom the lawyer has appeared. Ability rating categories are A, B, C, and no rating. An "A" rating is the "very high to preeminent" category, the highest rating possible. It signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence, recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. The "V" rating is the highest for adherence to ethical standards, reliability, and diligence.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Age Discrimination
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Americans with Disabilities Act -- Employee
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy
  • Child Support
  • Childrens' Rights
  • Complex Litigation
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Debt Discharge
  • Disability & Illness Discrimination
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence & Neglect
  • Ethics
  • Foreclosures
  • Garnishment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Paternity
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment -- Employee

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Honors Participant
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Milavetz Gallop and Milavetz P.A.'s Challenge to the Ill Conceived and Poorly Written "Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.(BAPCPA).", 2010
  • How to Argue a Case Before the MN Supreme Court Family Law Forum, 11, 2002
  • Resolve Fee Disputes Efficiently Through Arbitration, 70, 2001

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • "Milavetz, v. U.S. - Implications for Practitioners", MCLE WebCast, 2010 - Present
  • "Effects of Bankruptcy on Personal Injury Claims in Recessionary Times", 2010 AAJ Winter Convention, 2010 - Present
  • "Third Party Custody", Minnesota Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2005 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, "Grandparent Rights", William Mitchell Law School, 1996 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Chanhassen Rotary Club’s Distinguished Service Award
  • WCCO Good Neighbor Award
  • Attorneys of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2009 - Present
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers: Seven Years

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Chair Local Fee Arbitration, 1995 - 2002
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, 1987 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, Ethics Committee, 1979 - 2005
  • Minnesota Bar, Family Law Section, Member
  • Minnesota Bar, Bankruptcy Section, Member
  • American Trial Lawyer's Association, Member, Vioxx Sub Committee
  • Conciliation Court in Hennepin County, Judge

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Speaker Hennepin County Bar Speakers Bureau at Various High Schools, 1993 - 2005
  • Chair, Senior's Commission for the City of Chanhassen, May 1, 2006 - Present
  • Blue Star Moms, Chaplain and Patriotic Officer, March 1, 2006 - Present
  • Yellow Ribbon Committee
  • Member, Blue Star Moms, March 1, 2006 - Present

Languages

  • French
  • Hebrew