Donald D. Lewis
Don Lewis is a partner and co-founder of the New York office. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and began his legal career as a litigator in the New York office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, where he worked for over a decade. He successfully represented corporations and individuals in a broad range of complex commercial and criminal litigation matters, including RICO claims, Chapter 11 confirmation proceedings, securities class actions and contractual disputes.
His notable representations include, among others: Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs Credit Partners L.P., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., as a consortium of lenders, in a confirmation hearing dispute concerning a $2 billion loan to Chapter 11 debtor Solutia Inc.; Spectrum Brands, Inc., a Chapter 11 debtor, in a dispute involving the proper interest rate on a $1.4 billion loan; Bear Stearns Cos. in a RICO action related to the theft of $200 million dollars by convicted financier Martin Frankel; Amerigroup, in a securities class action alleging fraud through hidden costs and inflated earnings forecasts; and Xerox Corporation, in a securities class action alleging fraud through undisclosed accounting actions. While at Skadden, Don began his public service with a secondment to the Trial Division of the New York City Law Department. He also litigated with the Innocence Project, winning the exoneration from death row of a Mississippi man who had been falsely imprisoned for over twelve years.
After Skadden, Don was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as General Counsel of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), where he also concurrently served as Acting President during part of his four-year tenure. In addition to managing the Corporation’s litigation portfolio, Don served as chief legal advisor to RIOC's Board of Directors representing the interests of a public benefit corporation with a $65 million annual budget on a wide range of matters including: contractual negotiations, commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as labor and employment issues. Don was also integral to negotiating transactions related to the billion-dollar Cornell University engineering campus, and the iconic aerial tramway.
Don most recently worked as Senior Counsel with WeWork Companies Inc., widely recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the world, where he provided advice on unique legal and business issues, including litigation advice. Don also successfully handled negotiations with hundreds of enterprise entities, including multiple Fortune 500 Companies and Wall Street banks, while leading WeWork's Enterprise legal team from inception through robust and rapid growth.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Goldman Sachs Credit Partners L.P.
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Harvard Law School
WeWork Companies Inc.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP