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.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Litigation, Appellate and Arbitration
Judge Lewis’ private practice includes federal and state appeals, complex arbitration and mediation matters, commercial litigation, federal and state criminal cases and corporate investigations. In addition, highlights of his work since leaving the bench include the following:
- Judge Lewis has served as a moot court judge and provided strategic counseling in various high-profile appeals. Some of the most recent of these cases have been in the Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits and the United States Supreme Court and involved issues of antitrust law, intellectual property, securities fraud, constitutional law, products liability, bankruptcy law, environmental law and successor liability.
- Judge Lewis has provided counseling regarding a major federal class action concerning employment discrimination claims.
- Judge Lewis was one of four former federal appeals judges who took the unprecedented step of filing an amicus brief on behalf of Delma Banks in the United States Supreme Court in 2003, in a case in which the court overturned the death penalty.
- During the fall of 2003, Judge Lewis chaired and moderated a series of national town meetings and congressional-style hearings called by Amnesty International on the subject of “Racial Profiling, Pre- and Post-9/11.”
- In December 2002, Judge Lewis served as the U.S. representative on an international faculty of judges and mediators during a U.S. AID-sponsored Mediation Roundtable in the Republic of Croatia.
- Judge Lewis is a co-chair of the National Committee on the Right to Counsel (with former Vice President Walter Mondale as honorary co-chair), a bipartisan committee established by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the Constitution Project to review the indigent defense system throughout the nation and create consensus recommendations for necessary reforms.
Teaching and Speaking Engagements
- After leaving the bench, Judge Lewis served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Study of Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
- In June 2000, Judge Lewis was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System.
- Judge Lewis is also a member of:
• CPR-International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Board of Directors
• American Arbitration Association, Board of Directors
• American Law Institute
• American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
• National Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• Pennsylvania Bar Association (Former Member of House of Delegates)
• Allegheny County Bar Association
• Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court
- Judge Lewis taught “Advocacy and Adjudication” as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is a former member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago School of Law.
- Judge Lewis has served as a guest lecturer, moot court judge, and commencement speaker at various law schools, including the University of Pittsburgh, the Georgetown Law Center, Duquesne, Temple and Harvard.
- Judge Lewis has trained Department of Justice attorneys in mediation at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina., and served as an instructor in trial advocacy at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.
- Judge Lewis has served on the faculty of continuing legal education programs focusing upon appellate practice and procedure, mediation, arbitration, and employment discrimination.
- Kiski Prep School Alumni Council, former member
- Boule (national post-baccalaureate fraternity of black professional men), member
- American Arbitration Association, Executive Committee of the Board, member
- Boy Scouts of America, Southwestern Pennsylvania Region, Board of Directors, former member
- Pittsburgh Children's Museum Board of Directors, former member
- Imani Christian Academy, Governing Board of Directors, member
ATTORNEY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Duquesne University, J.D., 1980
Tufts University, B.A., 1976
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- The Constitution Project, board member; The National Right to Counsel Committee - An Initiative of the Constitution Project, co-chair
- CPR-International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, board member; CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, member; CPR Diversity Task Force, member
- College of Commercial Arbitrators, fellow
- American Arbitration Association, board member; AAA National Task Force on Issues Related to the Arbitration of Consumer Debt Disputes, member; AAA Judicial Settlement Conference Service 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, member
- The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Advisory Board, member
- The Peter Jennings Project for Journalism and the Constitution, board member
- American Law Institute, member
- American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Honorary Fellow
Judge Lewis has received many awards and honors, both as a judge and as an attorney, including:
- Selected as one of The Legal Intelligencer's "Diverse Attorneys of the Year" for 2015;
- Selected as Best Lawyers "2014 Lawyer of the Year" in arbitration for Washington, D.C.;
- Pennsylvania Bar Association–Minority Bar Committee Award of Achievement;
- Recognition in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of administrative/regulatory law, appellate law, arbitration, commercial litigation, and mediation (2010-2015);
- 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; and
- Distinguished Alumni Award from Kiski Prep School.