I take enormous pride in being a lawyer. My practice encompasses the representation of those who have been unfairly accused, defamed or penalized. At root, whether the risk my clients face is to their liberty, reputation, business or employment, I draw upon a reservoir of advocacy skills honed over the course of 35 years. It is always an honor when a client trusts me with deeply sensitive and potentially life altering problems.
Alan Lewis chairs Carter Ledyard’s criminal and media law practice groups and represents those whose careers and businesses have been impacted by false accusations. The common thread to these seemingly disparate practice areas is that each involves representing those accused of serious misconduct – whether the maker of the accusation is the government, the media, an employer or another private actor. Alan’s diverse clients include CEOs and other officers of large public corporations, world class musicians, former United States Attorneys, entrepreneurs, so-called Russian oligarchs – as well as the indigent. The different contexts of these representations include government and internal investigations, trials, appeals, sentencing proceedings, as well as reputational rehabilitation efforts and frequent interaction with media.
Whether arguing in a trial or appellate court or conducting an arbitration or negotiation, Alan brings a variety of advocacy and negotiation skills to bear, honed over his 35 year-long career. Alan takes particular pride in his oral and written advocacy as well as his approach to witness confrontation. He distills complicated concepts to their essence and expresses them in language that is simultaneously passionate as well as succinct and understandable. Earlier in his career Alan was a prosecutor, and ultimately became the Chief Appellate Attorney in the Homicide Bureau of the Kings County (New York) District Attorney’s Office.
No matter the industry or issue involved, Alan quickly masters the topic at hand and counters the opposition with vigorous and highly informed strategies.