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


For more than 30 years, Mr. Lewis has mediated, facilitated, and served as special master and discovery referee in a significant number of government-related cases involving contract, energy, environmental, land, natural resources, transportation, class actions, civil rights, and public policy issues.

A nationally recognized neutral, Mr. Lewis trains and lectures on the use of dispute resolution before Fortune 500 companies, leading law firms, private organizations, bar associations, and government agencies. Among the federal agencies and groups he has worked with are: U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, General Accounting Office, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Federal Communications Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Reserve Board, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and the Interagency ADR Working Group.

From his decades of experience, Mr. Lewis is familiar and knowledgeable about the issues private and governmental parties face in disputes involving local, state, or federal governments. He served on a panel that resolves complaints against Members of Congress and others under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995; is on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Roster and on a roster maintained to provide neutrals for environmental and public policy disputes primarily involving the U.S. EPA; and spent 3 years overseas as a Foreign Service Officer in Thailand.

Representative Mediations

  • Pigford v. Glickman, a case in which a class of approximately 20,000 African-American farmers alleged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had discriminated against them
  • Sokaogon v. Babbitt, a mediation regarding the treatment of a petition to take land into trust for Indian tribes
  • Mediation in which federal and state agencies questioned whether a utility had fulfilled its responsibilities under the Clean Air Act
  • Mediation involving a dispute between the elected school board and the federally appointed D.C. Financial Control Authority
  • Mediation of a dispute involving conditions in a large, publicly supported apartment complex and damages to municipal buildings alleged to have been caused by faulty architectural design and construction
  • Mediation of a series of whistle-blower cases involving federal employees or contractors
  • Mediation of the use of a fund for the benefit of prisoners in the Bedford Hills Correctional Institution in New York State
  • Mediations for a variety of federal government agencies involving employment issues
  • Mediations or co-mediations of numerous environmental cases involving Superfund sites including: the HOD landfill in Illinois; the Kramer Landfill and BROS sites in New Jersey; the McKin Site in Maine; and the Old Southington Landfill, Hamden Middle School, 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

Special Master/Discovery Referee, Representative Matters

  • Monitor and Special Master for the District of Columbia Superior Court in Jerry M. v. D.C., a case involving the care and treatment of juvenile delinquents
  • Special Master for implementation of a consent decree involving the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla, Walla, Washington

Supplementary Matters

  • Among agencies for which Mr. Lewis has provided training are: U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation, U.S. Army Material Command, U.S. Air Force, New York State Department of Corrections, New York City Department of Corrections, National Institute of Corrections, Government Accountability Office, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. EPA, and Federal Trade Commission
  • 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

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