Donald M. Lewis (Don)


Don is masterful at handling critical and sensitive predicaments for clients. He has the experience, integrity, and stature that give extraordinary credibility to the solutions he crafts for those facing legal challenges, like finding an exit from a business dispute before the first deposition, or resolving a criminal inquiry before the first charges are filed.

Don also finds great satisfaction in solving problems for his clients that improve someone’s livelihood and personal well-being, often turning to other disciplines and engaging other professions.

When Don is not devoting his time to client matters, you can find him in the kitchen, cooking something with a Cajun roux. He also enjoys watching documentaries, playing poker, tending gardens, and taking his grandkids to Nokomis beach.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Community Involvement

Key Practice Experience

Key Industry Experience

  • Retail
  • Health care providers and payers
  • Educational institutions
  • Governmental agencies

Representative Matters

  • Special Prosecutor, Jeronimo Yanez-Philando Castile Investigation (2016)
  • City of Minneapolis Al Flowers arrest investigation (2014)
  • General Counsel to the Independent Lay Task Force Appointed by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (2013-2014)
  • Lilydale Regional Park Landslide Investigation (2013)
  • EEOC v. Target Corporation (employment discrimination in Milwaukee and Philadelphia) (2007)
  • St. Paul Travelers v. One Beacon (injunction enforcing non-solicitation) (2006)
  • United States v. Stagni (criminal tax defense) (2006)
  • Borden and Jefferson County School District v. Millennium Inorganic Chemicals (Mississippi lead paint litigation) (2001-2005)
  • Minnesota Attorney General v. Dey Inc. (pharmaceutical pricing fraud) (2003)
  • University of Minnesota Men’s Basketball Investigation (academic fraud) (1999-2000)
  • Ince v. Health Partners (health care subrogation) (1999)

Recognitions and Honors

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Law Institute, and American Bar Foundation
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Founder’s Award (2011)
  • Featured in Minnesota Super Lawyers (1997-2007, 2017)
  • Minnesota Lawyer “Attorney of the Year” (2000)

Professional Associations

  • American Employment Law Council
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (Co-Founder and Board of Directors)
  • National Bar Association (Board of Governors)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • National Employment Law Council

Community Engagement

  • AMICUS (Chair and Board of Directors)
  • Monitors Club
  • HealthPartners (Chair and Board of Directors)
  • Sigma Pi Phi, Omicron Boule
  • University of Minnesota Health Law and Life Sciences Joint Degree Program (Advisory Board)
  • William Mitchell College of Law (Board of Trustees)