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Posted August 5th, 2016 in Top Stories

Don Lewis Named Special Prosecutor in Philando Castile Case

Nilan Johnson Lewis shareholder Don Lewis has been appointed by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office to serve as a special prosecutor to assist the team in reviewing the Philando Castile case.

“As an appointed Special Prosecutor, Don will be an integral member of our team who will review this case with me and be substantially involved in our decision to charge, decline or present the BCA investigation to a Grand Jury,” said Ramsey County Attorney, John Choi, at a July 29 press conference.

Lewis graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 and served with the U.S. Department of Justice’s – Civil Rights Division in Washington D.C., where he worked on desegregation and other civil rights cases in the South. He then returned to the Twin Cities and worked for nearly seven years as a federal criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A founding shareholder of Nilan Johnson Lewis in 1996, Lewis served as dean of Hamline University’s School of Law for five years before re-joining to the firm full-time in 2013. His practice includes a variety of civil and criminal fraud investigations, as well as workplace investigations, complex commercial litigation and other legal services for organizations in areas including retail, health care, education and government.

“My hope – whatever the outcome – is that my work with John’s office will earn the trust and confidence of the residents of Ramsey County and of the state of Minnesota,” said Lewis at the press conference.

For more coverage regarding Don Lewis’ appointment, please see the articles below:

New York Times

Star Tribune

Pioneer Press

Star Tribune Editorial




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