Timothy K. Lewis

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Timothy Lewis
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
October 9, 1992 – June 30, 1999
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Brooks Smith
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
In office
June 18, 1991 – October 9, 1992
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Paul Simmons
Succeeded by Gary Lancaster
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Tufts University
Duquesne University

Timothy K. Lewis (born 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), is a former federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and is currently an attorney at the law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP, where he serves as the co-chair of the firm's appellate practice. He also serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor. Lewis is African American.

Early career[edit]

Lewis graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in 1976 and from Duquesne University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1980. He worked as assistant district attorney for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania from 1980 to 1983, and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1983 to 1991.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Lewis' judicial career began on April 25, 1991 when President George H. W. Bush nominated him to the bench of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, to fill the vacancy left by Paul A. Simmons. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 14, 1991, and received his commission on June 18, 1991.

President Bush chose to elevate Lewis again when he nominated him for a newly created seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on September 17, 1992. He was confirmed to this seat by the Senate on October 8, 1992, and received his commission on October 9, 1992, making him the final George H. W. Bush appeals-court nominee confirmed by the Senate. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States.

Lewis resigned his seat on June 30, 1999 to return to private practice.

Later career[edit]

Since resigning from the bench, Lewis has worked at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the firm's appellate practice, and offers counsel on trial and appellate matters. He also has an active alternative dispute resolution practice, and often serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and settlement counselor.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, where he also serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Committee on Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Lewis is a member of the AAA-sponsored National Task Force on Issues Related to the Arbitration of Consumer Debt Issues. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), where he serves on the National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, as well as the Board’s Diversity Committee. Lewis is a member of the American Law Institute, an honorary member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Paul Simmons
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
1991–1992
Succeeded by
Gary Lancaster
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1992–1999
Succeeded by
Brooks Smith