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Even lawyers need a lawyer sometimes, particularly when facing ethics issues that could compromise their professional standing. Manhattan attorney David A. Lewis, Esq., counsels attorneys and law firms about how to negotiate and prevent ethical conflicts and violations that could lead to professional liability. The law firm David A. Lewis Law PLLC provides strategic counsel for lawyers facing disciplinary complaints and attorney ethics disputes. The firm also helps other law firms structure their practices in a way that shields them from ethical issues like conflicts of interest or confidentiality breaches. David A. Lewis also travels the country giving engaging and thought-provoking presentations about a variety of legal ethics topics. Highly informative with a dash of humor, his seminars bring to life a topic that is sometimes regarded as dry or inaccessible. Whether serving as an educator, litigator or ongoing advisor, David A. Lewis, Esq., provides targeted and knowledgeable counsel to help protect attorneys from potential ethical pitfalls that could compromise the reputation or viability of a practice.


Practice areas


  1. Ethics: 100%

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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Empire State CounselNew York State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Publico AwardLegal Aid Society2007
Empire State CounselNew York State Bar Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalDavid A. Lewis Law PLLC2015 - Present
Ethics AttorneyPrivate Law Firms2004 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar Association, Special Committee on ImmigrationMember2011 - Present
New York State Bar Association, COSAC (Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct)Member2011 - Present
New York County Lawyers' Association, Board of Advisors for the Ethics InstituteFounding Member2010 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Task Force on Nonlawyer OwnershipVice-Chair2012 - 2014
New York City Bar Association, Professional Responsibility CommitteeChair2011 - 2014
New York City Bar Association, Professional and Judicial Ethics CommitteeMember2008 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, Bloomberg BNA (co-author)A 'Safe Harbor' for Future Conflicts Waivers2013
Practising Law Institute’s All-Star BriefingInadvertent Electronic Disclosure Q & A2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Colgate UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department Committee on Character & Fitness Bar Admission OrientationCivility and Professionalism2015
New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law SectionEthics and Technology for IP Lawyers2013
New York State Bar Association Bridging the GapEthical Pitfalls for Young Lawyers2013
New York State Bar Association - Global Law WeekThe Ethics of International Practice2013
New York City Bar AssociationChallenges in Courtroom Interpretation: Effectively and Ethically Securing Language Access for Your Client2013
Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference'Excessive Zeal': Risk Management Lessons on How Too Much Devotion to Client Causes Can Lead to Sanctions or Discipline2013
General Counsel RoundtableLitigation Financing — Understanding the Industry and Potential Risks for Law Firms2013
New York State Bar Association, House of DelegatesReport of Task Force on Nonlawyer Ownership2012
New York Intellectual Property Law Association CLE ProgramEthical Considerations in the Use of Social Media2012
New York City Bar Internet & Consumer Law seriesEthics in the Electronic Age: Be Careful When Using That Smart Phone, Blackberry, Tablet, Blog, Social Network . . .2012
American Bar Association, International Law SectionThe Ethics of International Legal Practice2012
New York County Lawyers' AssociationEthical Issues in Immigration Practice2011
Appellate Division Supreme Court of the State of New York Second Judicial Department, Brooklyn, New YorkEthics in the Digital Age2011
Practising Law InstituteStaying Out of Trouble2010
New York State Judicial InstituteLegal Ethics Program2010
New York City Administrative Judicial InstituteWhat Administrative Law Judges Need to Know About the New Rules of Professional Conduct2010
6th Annual Law Firm Chief Information & Technology Officers ForumSocial Networking: Keeping It Secure2010
Women on the Move 2009: In the Driver’s SeatLeaders: In the Driver’s Seat2009
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkMeet the New York Rules of Professional Conduct for Law Clerks2009
Practising Law Institute: Information Technology Law Institute 2009Ethical Issues and Web 2.02009
Practising Law InstituteNew Ethical Rules for In-House Counsel Effective April 1st: What Every In-House Counsel Needs to Know2009
New York State Unified Court System Pro Bono Week EventLegal Ethics for Pro Bono Lawyers2009
New York City Bar AssociationEthics of Labor and Employment Law2009
Brooklyn Bar Association“Legal Ethics Presentation for Members of the New York State Legislature2009
Association of Legal Administrators, Chapter MeetingLegal Ethics for Law Firm Administrators2009
American Bar Association International Section MeetingEthical and Legal Considerations in Dealing with Compliance, Document Management and eDiscovery in the Global Financial Crisis2009