SECAUCUS, September 1, 2020 —James Alexander Lewis, V, one of New Jersey’s most well-known legal diversity advocates, has rejoined Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC as a partner, specializing in employment litigation.
Named as a Diversity Fellow by the American Bar Association, Lewis co-chairs the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Diversity Committee along with firm partner Maria P. Vallejo, a commercial litigator and land use attorney. Lewis is a member of NJSBA Board of Trustees and is slated to chair the organization’s Minorities in the Profession Section.
Lewis was recently appointed as a founding member of the NJSBA’s Commission on Racial Equity in the Law, an initiative designed to break down the barriers of systemic bias and discrimination in New Jersey’s justice system and the legal profession. He also serves as treasurer of the Garden State Bar Association and was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the District Ethics Committee and Committee on Jury Selection in Civil and Criminal Trials.
“Historically, Chasan has had a strong employment litigation practice, and I look forward to contributing to that,” Lewis said. “The firm has been recognized for its employment litigation work so it was a natural transition for me to come back here.”
Lewis was first recruited by Chasan in September 2011, following an 11-month stint as a law clerk at Ocean County Superior Court. He worked as a litigation associate at the firm for nearly a year before leaving in August 2012 to become the inaugural law clerk for the Hon. Michael A. Shipp, U.S. District Court Judge, District of New Jersey. After completing his federal clerkship, Lewis worked with two other law firms before deciding to return to Chasan.
We welcome James back and are thrilled that he has decided to return to the firm where he started his legal career,” said Ralph J. Lamparello, managing partner and a past NJSBA president. “For many years, our firm has had a diverse array of lawyers serving the needs of our clients. We look forward to James’s leadership in furthering our firm’s longstanding commitment to diversity and to providing a platform for the leadership role he has forged within the legal community on important diversity issues.
That leadership role — as well as his commitment to diversity within the legal community — influenced Lewis’s decision to rejoin Chasan. “I’m joining a great team that has a true commitment to diversity. I’ve been presented with leadership opportunities through the State Bar Association and the Garden State Bar Association. Fairness and inclusion are important to me, and I know that those values are equally important to this firm,” noted Lewis, a 2019 recipient of the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. “At Chasan, we’re able to more fully advocate for our clients because our attorneys come from diverse backgrounds.”
Lamparello agreed. “No large or mid-size law firm has a greater depth of diversity than our firm, which isn’t surprising since Hudson County is the most diverse county in New Jersey,” he said. “James will use this law firm as a platform to advance the interests of minority attorneys, which has been the tradition of our firm.”
Lewis is a board member of Kismet of Kings, a Jersey City-based non-profit organization that helps young men of color achieve academic success and develop a positive self- image, unwavering character, and healthy lifestyles. He’s also a staunch advocate of mentorship, having been a “big brother” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program during law school and a mentor for the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Program (NJLEEP).
Lewis earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism/media studies and psychology from Rutgers University, and his Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law. In law school, Lewis served on the Student Bar Association and was president of the Black Law Student Association.
While enrolled in Seton Hall University School of Law’s Pre-Legal Program, Lewis received the Best Legal Writing Award. He returned to the program in 2012 as an instructor of legal writing and oral advocacy.
Lewis joins the firm’s employment law practice, representing private clients and public entities in employment counseling and complex civil litigation.
James Lewis’s Linkedin page is https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameslewisv. For additional information contact Chasan Lamparello’s Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org, 201-348-6000 or visit www.chasanlaw.com.