Michael Lewis

Michael K. Lewis, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Hearing Officer, Special Master and Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Erika Holland
T: 202-533-2019
F: 202-942-9186
1155 F Street, NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20004

Michael K. Lewis is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Michael Lewis, a pioneer of and expert in the ADR field, has been mediating and arbitrating a variety of complex disputes for several decades. He has resolved cases in a wide variety of industries including transportation; environmental; healthcare; energy; insurance; housing; construction; and local, state, federal, and international governmental entities.

Mr. Lewis has been called-upon to share his resolution skills as a trainer in the U.S. and overseas. In addition, he has presented on a wide range of ADR topics to local, state, and federal courts; leading law firms; legal associations; Fortune 500 companies; and government agencies. He is a member of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals; is part of a panel that resolves complaints against Members of Congress and others under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995; serves on a panel that mediates disputes involving the U.S. EPA; and has significant international experience, including the seven years he resided in India and Thailand.

Before joining JAMS in 2004, Mr. Lewis was an owner and Managing Partner of ADR Associates LLC. Prior to practicing ADR full-time in the 1970s, Mr. Lewis studied at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and served as a Foreign Service Officer in Asia. He is a widely recognized leader in the dispute resolution field, having his mediation skills featured on a television show produced by the American Law Institute and the ABA on instructional videotapes.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated a contract dispute between a major waste disposal company and one of its subcontractors
  • Mediated a contract dispute involving a major telecommunications company and one of its vendors
  • Mediated a contract dispute involving alleged software malfunctions for Voice Over Internet services
  • Mediated a multi-million dollar contract dispute between a Fortune 500 company and one of its foreign counsel
  • Mediated a series of disputes including the expansions of Logan Airport in Boston and the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport; the closing of clinical services by a large hospital in Harlem; the destruction of a producing gas well by a coal mining company; and a complex reinsurance matter involving health insurance in New Jersey
  • Mediated construction and housing-related disputes dealing with the purchase of an apartment building and its conversion to condominiums; conditions in a large, publicly supported apartment complex; and allegations of faulty architectural design and construction resulting in damages to municipal buildings
  • Mediated or co-mediated numerous environmental cases involving Superfund sites, including the HOD landfill in Illinois, the Kramer Landfill and BROS sites in New Jersey, the McKin Site and the Old Southington Landfill in Maine, Hamden Middle School, Rosem and Bryden, and Morse Sites in Connecticut. Among the issues dealt with in those mediations were the allocation of responsibility for clean-up costs, recovery of past and future costs by governments and responsible parties, and remedy selection and site remediation
  • Resolved several high-profile public disputes such as Pigford v. Glickman, involving thousands of African-American farmers alleging discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Sokaogon v. Babbitt regarding the treatment of a petition to take land into trust
  • Served as Special master in multiple matters, including a dispute involving the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla, Walla, Washington; and the DC Superior Court matter, Jerry M. v. D.C.
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Recognized internationally by Who's Who Legal: Mediation, 2017-2019
  • Recipient of the D’Alemberte/Raven Award from the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA, 2012
  • Outstanding Achievement for ADR Education/Training, American College of Civil Trial Mediators, 2001
  • Member, National Bar Association, 2005–Present
  • Member: JAMS Board of Directors, 2004–Present; JAMS Employment Practice Group, 2004-Present
  • Board of Directors: Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation, 1998-Present; Westtown Friends School, 1995-Present; Consensus Building Institute, 1993-Present; Search for Common Ground, 1997-present
  • Member, Council of the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution
  • Featured on a television show produced by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association and on numerous instructional videotapes
  • Adjunct faculty member of law schools of Georgetown (1983-present), American University, George Washington University, University of New Mexico; Harvard Program of Instruction for Lawyers Mediation Workshop (1984-present); trainer for CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • JAMS, 2004–Present; ADR Associates, 1990-2003; Private mediation practice, 1983-1990
  • Center for Community Justice (now Center for Dispute Settlement), Deputy Director, 1972-1983
  • National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Deputy Director, 1983–1988
  • U.S. Information Agency, Foreign Service Information Officer, 1967-1972
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1975
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1967; Studied at U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute



Practice Areas

Available nationwide


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