George T. Lewis is a shareholder in the Memphis office and chairs the Appellate Practice Litigation Group. A former president of the Tennessee Bar Association and the recipient of numerous professional awards, Mr. Lewis is a litigator whose focus is solving complex business, personal injury, insurance coverage, Consumer Protection Act, health care and class action litigation problems for his clients.
He is a Supreme Court Rule 31 listed General Civil Mediator. In 2013, the American Arbitration Association added Mr. Lewis to its panel of arbitrators. Mr. Lewis’ service to the legal profession is extensive. He has held numerous leadership positions in his profession and community.
He served as president of the Tennessee Bar Association and president of the Tennessee Legal Community Foundation and was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to chair the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission.
He has also served as president of the Memphis Bar Foundation and as chair of the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross. In 2006, the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission recommended Mr. Lewis to the governor for appointment to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
In 1999, the Supreme Court appointed him to the Advisory Commission on Rules of Trial and Appellate Procedure. In August of 2009, he was appointed to the TBA Judicial Conduct Committee. In 2010, Mr. Lewis was named to the Honor Roll of the American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice Section.
In 2014, ABA President William Hubbard appointed him to the American Bar Association Pro Bono and Public Service Committee. In 2016, ABA President Linda Klein appointed Mr. Lewis Chair of the Committee.
From 1980 to 1981, Mr. Lewis served as law clerk for the Honorable Frank Drowota, Tennessee Supreme Court. While in the joint J.D./M.B.A. program at the University of Tennessee, he served as the vice chair, and then chair, of the Moot Court Board. He was also a member of the Securities Law Moot Court Team and Labor Law Moot Court Team.
- University of Tennessee, J.D., 1980
- University of Tennessee, M.B.A., Finance Concentration, 1980
- University of Tennessee, B.S. in Business Administration, 1976
- Tennessee, 1980
- U.S. District Court, Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee, 1980
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1980
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
- Represented a publicly-traded national bank in an American Arbitration Association proceeding in which an adverse New York bank sought repurchase of approximately 500 home equity loans totaling approximately $30 million in unpaid balances.
- In a case of first impression in the Sixth Circuit, obtained ruling establishing the standard of review to be used by a District Court in the Sixth Circuit in reviewing a decision by a United States Bankruptcy Court.
- Obtained a favorable settlement after a chancellor held that a chancery court could properly review whether a state complied with procedural due process in awarding its first private prison contract.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a state automotive association against allegations that all automobile dealerships in the state illegally passed on the business tax to purchasers of vehicles in the state.
Professional Honors and Activities:
- Recipient – Best of the Bar Award, Memphis Business Journal (2018)
- Recipient – Lewis Donelson Award (2017)
- Recipient – Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Hero (2017)
- Fellow – American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
- Member – Legal Services Corporation National Disaster Taskforce (2018 – 2019)
- Member – American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution (admitted 2017)
- Life Member – Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
- Recipient – University of Tennessee College of Law Outstanding Service Award (1998)
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