Lewis Wiener, an experienced trial attorney with more than 25 years of trial and counseling experience, brings creativity and energy to his representation of corporate entities and individuals in state and federal court litigation throughout the United States. Lew heads Sutherland’s Financial Services Litigation Team, is co-chair of the firm’s TCPA defense practice, and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. His extensive civil litigation and trial experience includes serving as class action defense counsel and as arbitration counsel, conducting large internal investigations, handling complex litigation matters, and defending entities in connection with investigations and enforcement actions brought by government agencies. Lew 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.
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 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 also chairs the investment committee at Norwood School and is a member of the Norwood School Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Washington Hebrew Congregation.
Awards and Rankings
Recipient, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Madison / Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers® (2012-2015)
Selected as a Washington, D.C. Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2011-2016)
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)