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Hon. Timothy K. Lewis

T 412-577-5290; 202-419-4216
    Former federal appeals judge Timothy K. Lewis serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner. Judge Lewis is a past co-chair of Schnader's Appellate Practice Group.

    Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States. Before being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Lewis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


    • Duquesne University, J.D., 1980
    • Tufts University, B.A., 1976

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania, 1980

    Professional Affiliations

    • The Constitution Project, Washington, D.C., board member; Co-chair of the National Right to Counsel Committee
    • CPR-International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, former board member; CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, member; National Chair of CPR Diversity Task Force
    • College of Commercial Arbitrators, fellow 
    • American Arbitration Association, former board and executive committee member; AAA National Task Force on Issues Related to the Arbitration of Consumer Debt Disputes, member; AAA Judicial Settlement Conference Service Panel, member; AAA Master Mediator Panel, member  
    • Duquesne University School of Law, Dean's Advisory Committee, member; Advisory Committee on the Appellate Advocacy Curriculum, member
    • Georgetown University Law Center Supreme Court Institute, Board of Advisors
    • The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Advisory Board, member
    • The Peter Jennings Project for Journalism and the Constitution, former board member 
    • American Law Institute, member
    • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Honorary Fellow
    • House of Delegates, Pennsylvania Bar Association, former member
    • Edward Coke Inn of Court, former member
    • Allegheny County Bar Association (various committees)

    Other Distinctions

    Judge Lewis has received many awards and honors, both as a judge and as an attorney, including:

    • Selected as Best Lawyers "2015 Lawyer of the Year" in arbitration for Washington, D.C.;
    • Recognition in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of administrative/regulatory law, appellate law, arbitration, commercial litigation, and mediation (2010-2017);
    • Recognition as a 2013 "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer" for alternative dispute resolution;
    • Recognition by the editors of The National Law Journal and the Legal Times as one of publication’s 2010 "Champions and Visionaries," honoring attorneys who have gone the extra mile to enhance the business of law and ensure justice is done;
    • Recognition as one of the "Lawdragon 500 Leading Judges in America," by Lawdragon magazine; 
    • Outstanding Director Award, given by the American Arbitration Association to a member of the organization's Board of Directors who has distinguished themselves through their singular and outstanding efforts in furthering the Association’s mission of service and education in the field of conflict management;
    • Outstanding Achievement Award from Duquesne University School of Law;
    • Distinguished Alumni Award from The Kiski School
    • Athletic Hall of Fame, The Kiski School
    • Selected as one of The Legal Intelligencer's "Diverse Attorneys of the Year" for 2015;
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association–Minority Bar Committee Award of Achievement;