Jean Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in trying and litigating complex civil cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. As a leader of the firm's commercial litigation group, she has significant experience representing clients in professional liability claims, bankruptcy-related litigation, class actions, business disputes, and other commercial litigation.
Her representations include multinational law firms, one of the world's largest hotel companies, bankruptcy trustees, corporate directors and officers, businesses, and local governments. In addition to jury trials in courts around the country, Jean represents clients in bankruptcy adversary proceedings, commercial arbitration and internal investigations. She has published several papers on arbitration in Maryland.
Before entering private practice, Jean served as the Deputy Director of the Mayor of Baltimore City's Office on Criminal Justice. She also tried cases as a public defender in Alameda County, California, and worked as an advocate for children at Legal Services for Children, Inc., in San Francisco.
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, General Commercial, Bankruptcy, 2020
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, since 2019
Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers, since 2017
Job Opportunities Task Force, Board Chair 2013 - 2017; Executive Committee 2017 - present
Fund for Educational Excellence, Rose Street Community Center, Board of Directors
Federal Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee, Former Member
Serjeant's Inn, Member
Maryland Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, Former Board Member
KIPP Baltimore, Former Board Member
Baltimore Economic Recovery Team, Former Co-Chair
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Maryland State Bar Association
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
Co-presenter, "Litigating Bankruptcy Cases," Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association Spring Break Weekend, 2019
Presenter, "Cost-Effective, Cloud-Based Data Collection," RICOH Webinar, 2018
Co-presenter, "Preventing, Spotting and Addressing ESI Destruction," Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, MSBA, 2017
Co-presenter, "Introduction to Federal Practice," Federal Bar Association - Maryland Chapter, 2014, 2015
Co-author, "Litigating Against Bad Debtors: Protecting Against the Spoliation of ESI," American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, 2017
Co-author, "Compelling and Staying Arbitration in Maryland," Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2017
Co-author, "Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Maryland," Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2016
Served as defense counsel in a bilateral class action in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County involving violations of the Maryland Towing Act and related claims. After a successful mediation in 2017, a settlement resolving a substantial number of the claims at issue was approved by the Court. In 2018 and 2019, motions for summary judgment were briefed and the parties engaged in a second mediation. Ultimately the class requested, and the court approved, a significantly reduced settlement demand to individual class members.
Represented shareholders of a now-defunct medical software company against certain directors and officers to recoup the shareholders’ significant investments. In addition to the complaint filed on behalf of the investor group, Kramon & Graham also represented the bankruptcy trustee of the company as the plaintiff in a related case. In the parallel lawsuits in D.C. Superior Court, the Kramon & Graham team withstood a personal jurisdiction challenge and conducted national discovery, and obtained a settlement that was ultimately approved by the Bankruptcy Court.
Arguing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, served as local counsel and presented the damages case in Paice LLC v Hyundai Motor Co. Working with patent specialists Fish & Richardson, Kramon & Graham presented a compelling claim that Defendants Hyundai and Kia should pay between $200 and $250 per car for their infringement of the Plaintiffs’ patents. After a full day of deliberations, the jury returned a $28.9 million verdict against the automakers, which equated to $200 per car.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment obtained by Jim Ulwick and Jean Lewis on behalf of a law firm sued for legal malpractice. The plaintiff alleged 13 separate acts of malpractice and sought $17 million in damages. Jim and Jean successfully moved to have the case withdrawn from the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and obtained summary judgment on all counts in the district court.
In a major victory for Kramon & Graham client, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of changes made to the public safety unions' pension plan in 2010. According to the federal appeals court, the changes did not constitute impairments within the meaning of the Contract Clause of the United States Constitution. The Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's decision in favor of the City that changes to active employees' pensions did not constitute a federal impairment and reversed the district court's determination that the changes made to retirees' plans did [opinion]. Represented the City at trial, on appeal, and before the City Council in 2010 as the legislation at issue was enacted.
Successfully defended a law firm and its management against claims by a former partner of fraud and breach of contract. The arbitrator found no fraud and awarded the claimant less than 10% of his claimed contractual damages.
As special litigation counsel to the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee, successfully argued before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland in Schlossberg, Chapter 11 Trustee v. Vincent Abell et al., Adversary Proceeding No.: 14-00417-TJC, that spoliation by the defendants was so egregious that terminating sanctions were justified. The Court entered a judgment that effectively required the turnover of scores of properties and bank accounts to the firm’s client. The case is significant both for its use of the continuing concealment doctrine in the recovery of assets and for the Court’s opinion on spoliation, which provides the latest, most comprehensive judicial discussion of sanctions for the destruction of ESI.
This month’s American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal features “Litigating Against Bad Debtors: Protecting Against the Spoliation of ESI,” written by Jean Lewis and Dave Shuster, litigation attorneys who have served as special litigation counsel to bankruptcy trustees in several adversary proceedings.
Thomson Reuters Practical Law has just released the latest Maryland arbitration Practice Note, Compelling and Staying Arbitration in Maryland. Authored by Kramon & Graham principals Andrew Jay Graham, Jean Lewis, and Louis Malick, the guide provides practical, state-specific information to lawyers seeking judicial assistance to compel or stay arbitration in Maryland state court.
Kramon & Graham attorneys author Thomson Reuters Practical Law arbitration guideAndrew Jay Graham and Jean Lewis co-author Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Maryland12/12/2016
For companies that have learned to use arbitration effectively, the promised benefits of lower costs, expedited dispute resolutions, and outcomes that preserve relationships is a reality. But what happens when the losing party refuses to pay or voluntarily comply with the decision?
On December 19, 2019, Kramon & Graham principals David Shuster, Jean Lewis, and John Bourgeois obtained a $1.5 million jury verdict for their client, a local Baltimore law firm, that had filed suit against a NY lawyer and various law firms related to him.
Trial attorneys Jean Lewis and Dave Shuster serve as special litigation counsel to bankruptcy trustees in adversary proceedings. The team was recently engaged by Chapter 11 Trustee Roger Schlossberg to pursue claims against a debtor, his estranged wife, and dozens of companies and family members who were involved in concealing the debtor’s assets.
The National Law Journal’s recently released “Top 100 Verdicts” (subscription) lists Paice LLC v Hyundai Motor Co. as a recipient of one of the nation’s top jury awards in 2015.
Kramon & Graham Prevails in Request for Terminating Sanctions for Massive Spoliation in Fraudulent Concealment Adversary Proceeding05/02/2016
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland recently delivered a potentially landmark opinion in a case involving spoliation and the concealment of assets by a bankruptcy debtor and his wife.
On October 1, 2015, a Baltimore jury returned a verdict in favor of Kramon & Graham clients Paice, LLC and The Abell Foundation in a lawsuit against automakers Hyundai and Kia for patent infringement.
Litigating a bankruptcy case requires specialized skill and knowledge. Join Kramon & Graham principal Jean Lewis and other panelists for an in depth discussion of the procedures and nuances of litigating in bankruptcy court proceedings.
Where appropriate, Kramon & Graham uses artificial intelligence to make data-intensive tasks more productive and economical for clients. Use of AI enables our attorneys to focus more on case strategy and to pass on to clients the efficiency and value technology offers.
Kramon & Graham principals Dave Shuster and Jean Lewis will co-present “Preventing, Spotting and Addressing ESI Destruction” at the Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting taking place June 14 – 17 in Ocean City, Maryland.
Two Kramon & Graham principals participated in a presentation on subject matter jurisdiction, venue, and removal at the Northern Division of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on April 3, 2015.
Three Kramon & Graham principals participated in a panel discussion on subject matter jurisdiction, venue, and removal at the Southern Division of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, announced today that twenty-four of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, has earned top marks in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a leading legal guide that provides an in-depth analysis of commercial litigators in the United States.
Seventeen Kramon & Graham attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America legal ranking guide. In addition, firm principal Natalie McSherry has been named 2020 Baltimore Mediation "Lawyer of the Year."
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
Kramon & Graham principals Andrew Jay Graham, Natalie McSherry named to Top 10: 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers list for eighth consecutive year12/12/2016
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 35 attorneys, announced today that twenty-one of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
After serving on the Board of Directors for many years, Jean Lewis was elected President of the Board of the Job Opportunities Task Force.
Jean Lewis was appointed the Vice President of the Job Opportunities Task Force Board of Directors.