Lewis Wiener, an experienced trial and appellate attorney with three decades of trial and counseling experience, represents a broad array of clients in state, federal and appellate court litigation throughout the United States. Lew heads Sutherland’s Insurance and Financial Services Litigation Group, chairs Sutherland’s TCPA Practice and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. His extensive litigation and trial experience includes serving as class action defense counsel, conducting large internal investigations, handling complex litigation matters and representing entities in litigation brought by and against the federal government. Lew also represents clients in eminent domain/inverse condemnation environmental and land-use litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
A former senior trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice, Lew draws on his experience representing executive branch agencies to represent and advise clients on regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters at the federal and state level. While at the Department of Justice, Lew was selected by the Attorney General to serve as lead government counsel in the largest class action ever filed against the United States. He was also twice recognized by the Attorney General for special achievement in the handling of significant litigation matters on behalf of the United States.
Lew holds prominent leadership positions in national and local organizations including serving as co-chair of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, as two-time president of the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York at Albany. Lew is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Norwood School in Bethesda, MD where he chairs the investment committee and serves as general counsel and as a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Hebrew Congregation. Lew also serves as pro bono partner for Sutherland’s Washington, D.C. office.
Awards and Rankings
Recipient, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Madison / Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers® (2012-2016)
Selected as a Washington, D.C. Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2011-2017)
Recipient, Washington Lawyers’ Committee, Outstanding Achievement Award in the area of disability rights (2007, 2011)
Recipient, Golden Eagle Award for sustained and exemplary service to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2004)
President (2002, 2014), Secretary (2012), Treasurer (2004-2011), Governing Board (1997-2001), U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
Judicially appointed member, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council (appointed by then-Chief Judge Lawrence Baskir (2001-2004); reappointed by then-Chief Judge Edward Damich (2004-2009); reappointed by then-Chief Judge Emily Hewitt (2009-2014), reappointed by Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith (2014-present)
Member, Board of Trustees/Board of Directors, State University of New York at Albany, The University at Albany Foundation, Inc. (2011-present)
Co-chair, Advisory Board, State University of New York at Albany, Rockefeller College (2004-2011)
Co-chair (2013-2015), Board of Directors, Washington D.C. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (2003-present)
Member, Maryland Attorney General’s Environmental Policy Advisory Board (2008-2015)
Member, Board of Trustees, The Norwood School (Bethesda, Maryland) (2011-present)
General Counsel (2016-present) and Member, Board of Directors, Washington D.C. Hebrew Congregation (2012-present)