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
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 matters.
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
- 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 7, 2011.
- 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
- 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
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 from 2001-2004.
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.