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James W. Lewis

Phone: (614) 849-2542

I began practicing law in 1975, as a felony prosecutor. Five and a half years later I began defending major insurance companies against fraudulent first-party claims, especially arson fires, and from there developed a statewide practice in property insurance law. Although recently retired from my trial practice, I continue providing insurance coverage counsel and mediation services to private and insurance clients alike.


  • 2017-2018 Ohio Super Lawyer (Insurance Coverage)
  • “Preeminent” A-V peer-rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 25+ years

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney (1975-1980)
  • Senior Assistant Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney/Director, Economic Crime Unit (1978-1980)
  • President, National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, Ohio Chapter (1993-1994)
  • Commissioner, Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Supreme Court of Ohio (2005-2011)
  • Instructor, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Panama, Police/Prosecutor Training Workshop (conducted in Spanish) (2013)
  • Vice-chair, Advisory Committee on Language Services, Supreme Court of Ohio (2011 – 2019)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio Bar (1975)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (1978)
  • United States Supreme Court (1979)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1982)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (1990)


  • Capital University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1975
  • The Ohio State University, B.A.,1969 (R.O.T.C. Distinguished Military Graduate)

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (Emeritus)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Emeritus)

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish (fluent, legal/business-level)

Current Public Service

  • Veterans Treatment (Mission) Court Advisory Committee, Delaware Municipal Court
  • People In Need, Inc. of Delaware County, Ohio (Past President and Volunteer)
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, International LL.M. Advisory Council (Co-Chair)

Military Service

U.S. Army, First Lieutenant, Battery B, 22d Field Artillery (105mm),193d Infantry Brigade, Panama Canal Zone (1969-1972), Army Commendation Medal awarded for meritorious service

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