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


As a pioneer in the dispute resolution field starting 30 years ago, Mr. Lewis has developed significant expertise in mediating and facilitating complex environmental, land, natural resource, and energy matters.

Mr. Lewis has provided training to law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies in the effective mediation of disputes involving the environment. Mr. Lewis serves on the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Washington, D.C. Panel of Distinguished Neutrals; the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Roster; a roster maintained to provide neutrals for environmental and public policy disputes primarily involving the U.S. EPA; and the PJM Interconnection and Midwest ISO rosters for utility disputes.

Representative Mediations

  • Aided the parties at the Hamden Middle School Site in Connecticut in arriving at an allocation of costs. The parties included a municipality, a regional water authority, a private company, and the state Board of Education
  • Cases brought by state or federal agencies in New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Maine, Florida, and California for the recovery of past and future costs of removing hazardous wastes from private manufacturing plants, defense facilities, and private and municipal landfills
  • In Washington, D.C., mediated a dispute between a neighborhood group and a local independent care facility over the facility’s expansion plans
  • Mediated a complaint alleging violation of Title VI by a California state agency lodged by a predominantly minority community in Oakland, California
  • Mediated a dispute among utility companies regarding a billing dispute
  • Mediated a dispute involving a utility charged with having sold the same electricity to two separate entities
  • Mediated a dispute involving whether a generating facility had properly removed a generating unit from productivity
  • Mediated a past cost dispute involving the HOD landfill in Illinois involving private companies, a local waste water treatment plant, and a municipality
  • Mediated the allocation of liability for past costs and ongoing operation and maintenance for the remedy at the Kramer Landfill in New Jersey. Among the approximately 230 parties were many private companies, south Jersey municipalities, transporters of waste, the City of Philadelphia, and federal and state environmental enforcement agencies
  • Mediated the appropriateness of the continuation of a chosen remedy, plans for continuing remediation, and cost recovery at the BROS Site in New Jersey. Parties included federal and state agencies as both plaintiffs and defendants and approximately 80 private parties
  • Mediated the McKin Site in Maine involving the modification of a groundwater treatment remedy, appropriate compensation for local landowners, and the treatment of a local river. Parties included municipalities; the Catholic archdiocese; federal, state and local authorities; a local water authority; and environmental advocacy groups
  • Mediated the questions of continuing remedial work, appropriate compensation for landowners, and cost recovery at the Old Southington Landfill in Connecticut. Aided the parties in constructing a scheme by which they created their own allocation scheme for cost recovery. Among the parties were a number of private companies ranging in size from large manufacturing entities to local dry cleaners and a local municipality
  • Mediation involving a dispute brought by the federal government, the New England states, New York, and New Jersey, and national and local citizens’ groups against a coal-fired utility for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act

Supplementary Matters

  • In conjunction with the Environmental Law Institute, has trained environmental justice advocates in the use of ADR processes to achieve their goals
  • Trained EPA internal ADR specialists in how to advocate for the use of ADR with agency enforcement teams


  • 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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