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Donald M. Lewis, Esq.

Donald M. Lewis served as the tenth Dean of Hamline University School of Law. Before joining Hamline as Dean and Professor of Law, Dean Lewis co-founded Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson. He was an adjunct faculty member at Hamline from 2004-2008, and he previously taught at William Mitchell College of Law. He stepped down in the fall of 2013 as Dean at HUSL to return to private practice at Halleland.


Dean Lewis was a trial lawyer for nearly thirty years. At Halleland Lewis, his practice has centered on employment litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the American Bar Association. 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. Prior to his career in private practice, Dean Lewis served for six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Minnesota and was a trial attorney in the U.S.

Justice Department. He also was an attorney at Popham Haik before co-founding Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson. Dean Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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