Donald M. Lewis serves as the tenth dean of Hamline University School of Law. Before joining Hamline as its law dean in July 2008, Dean Lewis was a trial lawyer for nearly 30 years.
In 1996, he co-founded Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis, a 50-lawyer litigation firm where he represented major corporate clients in employment litigation, civil fraud matters, and white collar criminal defense. He remains of counsel at the law firm while he serves as dean. He previously was a shareholder at the Popham Haik law firm in Minneapolis. Prior to his career in private practice, Dean Lewis served for six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Minneapolis and was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington.
Dean Lewis is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and a fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation. He is a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and has served on the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association. Dean Lewis’ community work has included service as a trustee of William Mitchell College of Law, and he is currently vice chair of the board of directors of HealthPartners. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at both Hamline and William Mitchell.
Dean Lewis earned Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1978.