Michael S. Lewis
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Michael Lewis is an experienced trial and appellate litigator, and is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Tax and Financial Institutions Practice Groups.  His practice focuses on civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies.   Michael has served as lead trial counsel in matters before courts throughout New Hampshire and has briefed and argued numerous cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Michael’s experiences before state and federal courts ranges in subject matter from major “bet the company” litigation against state and federal enforcement agencies, to representing businesses in employment, contract and intellectual property disputes, to representing litigants in high-end probate and trust litigation before New Hampshire’s probate courts.  Michael also serves as counsel to numerous regional businesses and non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining the firm in February 2013, Michael was an Assistant Attorney General at the New Hampshire Department of Justice from 2007 through 2013, serving in the Department’s Homicide Unit from 2011 through 2013.  Michael served as lead counsel in homicide, public integrity, financial fraud, tax fraud, election fraud and other criminal prosecutions.  Michael also successfully argued numerous cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  Among the numerous jury trials Michael handled at the Attorney General’s Office, Michael was trial counsel in State v. John Brooks, a three-month jury trial resulting in the first capital murder conviction in New Hampshire in 50 years.  In that case, Michael successfully litigated novel constitutional issues regarding New Hampshire’s capital murder statute against national experts in the field.

For his work at the Attorney General’s Office, Michael received the Robert E. Kirby Award from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation in 2012, recognizing excellent advocacy, civility, courtesy and perspective as a practicing attorney under the age of 35.  Other recipients of this award include one of New Hampshire’s United States Senators, one of its Federal District Judges, its United States Attorney, a former president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and several leaders of the New Hampshire Bar.  Michael was also named a member of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 under 40” in 2011.

Prior to his public service, Michael was a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter, an international law firm based in Washington, D.C.  There he represented corporations, officer and directors of corporations, and individuals.

From 2004-2005, Michael served as a law clerk to Hon. Paul Barbadoro, Federal District of New Hampshire, where he handled matters arising out of federal securities law, federal patent and trademark law, and state common law.

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Education and Bar Admissions

Education:

  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley, J.D., May 2004.
  • Kenyon College, B.A. in Political Science with distinction, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 2000

Bar Admissions:

  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, MA (pending)
  • DC Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, NH
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for DC Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Vermont (pending)

 

Representative Matters
  • Lead trial counsel for New Hampshire business in $40 million civil fraud litigation in United States Tax Court;
  • Lead trial counsel in multimillion dollar probate dispute before the Trust Docket, New Hampshire Probate Court;
  • Lead trial counsel for environmental program in multimillion dollar administrative litigation before New Hampshire Insurance Department;
  • Lead trial counsel for New York business in insurance liquidation proceedings before New Hampshire Superior Court;
  • Lead trial counsel for restaurant industry business in dispute with contractor in New Hampshire Superior Court;
  • Trial counsel to high tech employers in employment and tax litigation before New Hampshire Superior Court;
  • Local trial counsel for tech company in patent litigation before United States District Court, District of New Hampshire.
Awards and Recognitions
Community Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Member – New Hampshire Women’s Foundation Board – 2015
  • Member – New Hampshire Judicial Selection Commission, 2014 – 2016
  • Member – Hearings Committee, New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline System, 2013 – Present
  • Vice President – Board of Trustees, New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, Spring 2008 – Present
Noteworthy
  • Book Reviews and Essays Editor of “California Law Review”
  • Recipient of the Robert E. Kirby Award, New Hampshire Bar Foundation for demonstrating traits of civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy as a practicing attorney under the age of 35 (2012)
  • Named a member of the New Hampshire Union Leader “40 under 40” class of rising stars in New Hampshire (2011)
  • Author of Chapter on “state of mind” exceptions to hearsay rule in the MCLE Practical Manual on Evidence (2010)
  • Author of essay critiquing age limits placed on state judges under the New Hampshire Constitution in the New Hampshire Bar Journal (Spring 2006)
  • Author of book reviews on biographies of Justice David Souter and Attorney David Boies in the New Hampshire Bar News (June 2005, November 2005)

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Paul Barbadoro, United States District Court, Concord, New Hampshire (August 2004 – August 2005)