Meet Tony

Candidate for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge - Office No. 63

I fight for civil rights, and I fight for democracy.  I am a zealous advocate for my clients, and I know how difficult life can be for victims of sexual assault, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. I firmly believe in the jury system, and I will carefully protect the right of the jury trial in my courtroom!

I was born to loving, blue collar parents, who instilled in me the values of hard work (I had my first job at the age of 14!), decency, and the importance of getting an education. 

In college, I studied politics, sociology, and philosophy.  I wrote my senior thesis on the challenges of maintaining American democracy in the face of industrialization, increasing technological complexity, and the resulting inequalities in income, wealth, and political power of American citizens.

After graduating college in 1994, I attended graduate school at Florida State’s School of Public Administration and Policy, and I earned a Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in organization management in 1996.  During graduate school I completed an analysis on measuring the effectiveness of juvenile justice treatment programs, and I was the research assistant to my school’s Ph.D. program director, primarily studying different methods of improving the performance of the government.

I attended law school at Northwestern University in Chicago, where I focused my studies on trial advocacy and the law school’s clinical programs.  Before graduating in 1999, I worked as a student attorney in the law school’s Children and Family Justice Center and Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, and I completed and internship with the Federal Defender for the Northern District of Illinois.  At Northwestern, I also completed a year-long research project on the legal distinctions of public and private organizations, with an emphasis on the “state action” doctrine developed by the courts in their interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I later presented an abridged version of this project that was accepted by an academic conference in 2000.

Before starting my own firm, I gained a wealth of local, state, national, and international experience in small and large firms as an associate, of counsel, senior counsel, and partner.  But I always had the urge to start my own firm so that I could take the cases I wanted to take for clients I felt deserved the highest caliber of legal representation.  In 2008, I took the leap and opened The Lewis Law Firm.  Ever since, the vast majority of my work has been protecting the rights of clients with claims of civil rights violations in the workplace, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

I will start my twentieth year of practicing law this year.  In this time, I have gained experience in the courts of multiple states and federal districts, including extensive civil and criminal trial experience in bench, jury, and arbitration forums. I have also worked on numerous appeals and argued before appellate courts.

I have taken advantage of training programs that are the best of the best. I completed the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s rigorous t-Tap trial program.  As part of the program, I served as a pro bono deputy city attorney prosecuting crimes for the City of Los Angeles. I completed Pepperdine University’s world renowned “Mediating the Litigated Case” training program for alternative dispute resolution.

I have served the community as a volunteer.  I have volunteered for Operation Project Hope, directly working to renovate two L.A. Public Schools.  I was a volunteer voting rights attorney on the Democratic Party’s voter protection team in the general elections of 2004, 2008, and 2012, during which I was posted at polling locations to fight voter suppression efforts.  I also completed Deputy Field Organizer training with the Obama For America Campaign, and I canvassed extensively in inner city areas for the campaign.

I have frequently been called upon to teach other lawyers and law students on various topics, including:

  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (multiple presentations)
  • Judge, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition (2015 and 2017)
  • Using Discovery at Trial, California Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Meeting (2015)
  • Defense Perspectives on Employment Law, California Employment Lawyers Association (2014)
  • Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, Los Angeles County Bar Association Saturday Morning Seminar (2013)
  • Wage and Hour Law, Pasadena Bar Association (2013)
  • Comparative Employment Laws of China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and India, In-house Counsel Presentation (2007)
  • Public Records and Open Meetings Law, Lorman Education Services (2004)

My skills, experience, and standing in the legal community will enable me to be a judge who understands a diversity of viewpoints and the many challenges litigants face in the court system.  I pledge to you that I will be fair, honest, and respectful of all who enter my courtroom, but I will also be tough when necessary.  On the bench, I will always have one ultimate goal:  Justice!  Thank you for your vote on June 5, 2018.

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