Lewis Wiener, a corporate defense attorney with more than 25 years of trial and advocacy experience, represents banks, credit card companies, consumer finance companies, insurance companies and related entities and individuals in state and federal court litigation throughout the United States. Head of Sutherland’s Financial Services Litigation Team and a member of the firm's executive committee, Lew’s extensive civil litigation and trial experience includes serving as class action defense counsel, arbitration counsel, conducting large internal investigations, handling complex litigation matters and defending entities in connection with investigations and enforcement actions brought by government agencies. He also represents clients in eminent domain/inverse condemnation, environmental and land-use litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
A former trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice, Lew draws on his experience representing executive branch agencies to represent clients in court and to advise clients on regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters at the federal and state level. While at the Department of Justice, Lew was twice recognized by the Attorney General for special achievement in the handling of significant litigation matters on behalf of the United States, and he was lead government counsel in the largest class action ever filed against the United States. Lew also serves as pro bono partner for Sutherland’s Washington, D.C. office.
Sutherland defeats class certification in California case alleging misconduct and unfair competition in consumer lending.
Sutherland defeated a motion for class certification in a putative class action against our client, a consumer financial services company, alleging violations of various California consumer and banking laws. Relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the court denied the plaintiffs' motion for class certification. Plaintiffs' claims are proceeding on an individual basis.
Sutherland represents GenOn Mid-Atlantic in constitutional challenge to Montgomery County, Maryland carbon dioxide emissions tax assessment.
Sutherland successfully represented GenOn Mid-Atlantic before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a constitutional challenge to Montgomery County, Maryland's efforts to impose a carbon dioxide emissions tax that affected only GenOn.
Sutherland brokers a precedent-setting settlement regarding the dredging practices of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Sutherland brokered a precedent-setting settlement among the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Alabama and the Dauphin Island property owners, requiring the Corps to immediately change its dredging practices.
Awards and Rankings
Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers® (2012-2013)
Selected as a Washington, D.C. Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2011-2013)
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 (2014), President-Elect (2013), Secretary (2012), Treasurer (2004-2011) and Past President (2002), 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 Chief Judge Emily Hewitt (2009-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-present)
Member, Board of Trustees, The Norwood School (Bethesda, Maryland) (2011-present)
Member, Board of Directors, Washington D.C. Hebrew Congregation (2012-present)