Nathan Lewin has engaged in trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts for 45 years. While he
was an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice under Solicitors General Archibald Cox
and Thurgood Marshall, he argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court for the United States. Since entering
private practice he has argued in the Supreme Court another 16 times, for a total of 28 arguments in the
Supreme Court. His Supreme Court cases have included the representation of banks and other commercial
interests as well as criminal cases and issues of constitutional law. Mr. Lewin was law clerk to Chief Judge J.
Edward Lumbard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1960-1961) and to Associate
Justice John M. Harlan of the Supreme Court of the United States (1961-1962). Mr. Lewin also served as
Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and before that as
Deputy Administrator of the Bureau of Security and Consular Affairs at the Department of State. On leaving
government service, Mr. Lewin was a founding partner of Miller Cassidy Larroca and Lewin, which was one of
the nation's foremost litigation "boutiques" for more than thirty years.
Mr. Lewin's individual clients have included Attorney General Edwin Meese III in an Independent Counsel
investigation; former President Richard Nixon in the Supreme Court case testing the constitutionality of the
taking of Presidential papers and tapes; actress Jodie Foster in the prosecution of John Hinckley; performer
John Lennon in the successful appeal of his immigration case; Barnett Bank to establish in the Supreme Court
the right to sell discounted trademark merchandise; and national Jewish organizations on religious liberty
issues. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since its first editions in the areas of Criminal Defense,
Business Litigation, and First Amendment Law, and was included in "Washington's Best 75 Lawyers" in the
April 2002 Washingtonian magazine.
In 1974-1975 Mr. Lewin was Visiting Professor at the Harvard Law School, teaching Advanced Constitutional
Law (First Amendment Litigation), appellate advocacy, and the first formal course ever given in a national law
school on the Subject of "Defense of White-Collar Crime." He teaches a seminar in Supreme Court litigation at
Columbia Law School. He has been Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law School and at
the University of Chicago Law School, and taught Jewish Civil Law at George Washington University Law
School in 1998 and 2001. He was also an author and Contributing Editor to The New Republic between 1970
and 1991. His articles on the law and the Supreme Court have appeared in The New York Times, The Los
Angeles Times, Newsday, Saturday Review, The Washington Post, and other periodicals.
Mr. Lewin was president of the American Section of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and
Jurists from 1992 to 1997. Between 1982 and 1984 he served as President of the Jewish Community Council
of Greater Washington, which speaks for approximately 220 Jewish organizations and synagogues in the
Greater Washington area.
He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, the Supreme Court of the United States, all
federal appellate circuits, and many United States District Courts. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from
Yeshiva College in 1957, and earned his J.D. magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1960, where he
was treasurer of the Harvard Law Review.
Encyclopedia Judaica- Nathan Lewin
Alyza D. Lewin
Alyza D. Lewin specializes in litigation and government relations. She currently practices law together with
her father, Nathan Lewin, at Lewin & Lewin, LLP. Her work involves criminal defense and civil litigation
Her clients include individuals and corporations under investigation by the Department of Justice, individuals
who have been denied a security clearance, and government employees who are the subject of inquiries
relating to their official duties. In addition, together with her father, Ms. Lewin represents (and has
represented) a host of individuals and organizations including:
- Menachem Zivotofsky and his parents who seek the enforcement of a Congressional statute which
provides that Menachem (who was born in Jerusalem) may list his place of birth on his U.S. passport as
“Israel.” The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument on the Zivotofsky case on November
- Sholom Rubashkin – the manager of Agriprocessors, once the largest kosher meat-packaging plant in
the United States. Lewin & Lewin handled Rubashkin’s appeal to the 8th Circuit and will be filing a
petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Agudas Chasidei Chabad (the umbrella organization for the international Chabad-Lubavitch movement)
in its efforts to obtain release from Russia and control over the library held by the Fifth Rebbe and an
archive of manuscripts unlawfully seized by the Soviet army after World War II.
- The Boim family in its landmark civil tort litigation which established the right of American victims of
terror to obtain damages under American law against organizations that knowingly provide financial
support to international terrorist groups.
- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”) in a federal criminal investigation and
prosecution of two AIPAC employees charged with unlawfully disclosing classified information.
- The Bigio family in its lawsuit against Coca-Cola for its exploitation and trespass on property in Egypt
that was illegally confiscated from the family by the Nasser government because the family is Jewish.
Prior to establishing Lewin & Lewin in May 2002, Ms. Lewin worked at Wilmer Cutler and Pickering (now
WilmerHale) and at Miller Cassidy Larroca and Lewin. Ms. Lewin began her law career in Israel where she
clerked on the Supreme Court for Deputy President Justice Menachem Elon.
In December 2011, Ms. Lewin was elected President of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and
Jurists (“AAJLJ”). In January 2012, Ms. Lewin was named by the Washington Jewish Week as one of D.C.’s
“Ten Most Interesting Jews.”
Ms. Lewin served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington from
2001-2007. She served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Ms. Lewin is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, in New York, and in the Supreme Court of the
United States. She received her B.A. from Princeton University in 1988 and a J.D. from New York University
School of Law in 1992. She is married to Eliezer M. Halbfinger and has four children.