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Like Joe Louis the heavyweight boxing champ, Joe Lewis the attorney doesn’t pull any punches.  He uses this forthright approach to solve legal and business issues for corporate clients. Joe is at the table with his clients in a variety of situations and in every stage of the lifecycle of their business.  Clients turn to Joe for a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, asset financing and purchases, and divestitures of business assets and real estate. Joe often supports senior litigators in the firm and is a valuable resource in defending complex litigation involving breach of contract, CASPA actions, and shareholder disputes.

Joe comprehends the impact of the transaction at hand and assists his clients in navigating tax, employment, financial, operational, and regulatory challenges that may arise.

Joe is a member of the Financial Services team of the firm, as well as the Data Privacy and Security team.  In both instances, he is a valuable resource, helping clients protect their assets, both digital and tangible. 

Memberships & Awards

American Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Duquesne Law Review

Key Experience

Prepared documents and provided closing services on behalf of a national bank for a revolving line of credit secured by operating assets
Revised a variety of consumer lending documents on behalf of a national financial institution
Formed arguments in Pennsylvania involving adverse possession of both commercial and residential real estate

Work Experience

2020 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2020 Judicial Intern to the Honorable Paul E. Cozza, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division
2019-2020 Law Clerk, Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC
2018-2019 Certified Legal Intern, Allegheny County Office of the District Attorney
2018-2019 Research Assistant to Robert S. Barker, J.D., M.A., Duquesne University School of Law
2018 Judicial Intern to the Honorable Fernando Castillo, Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica
2018 Law Clerk, Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender