Lew joined Outside GC in 2005 bringing with him extensive and varied experience as a business lawyer and as a senior business executive responsible for the management of a major Connecticut industrial corporation. He recently marked the sixty-first anniversary of his admission to the bar!
Lew’s legal practice has focused on business entity formations, acquisitions and divestitures, complex contract negotiation and drafting, corporate and commercial financing, and strategic advice to senior corporate management teams and boards of directors. In the course of his long career, Lew has encountered an array of legal, business, personal, and public issues of such diversity that has made him a “go-to” lawyer on matters ranging from defense against preference avoidance claims in bankruptcy to multi-party business reorganizations to pro bono reconciliation of estranged family members. The radical disruption of the U.S. and world economies has led unfortunately, but inevitably, to an increase in business bankruptcies. Lew gives tactical and strategic advice to Outside GC clients concerned about potential bankruptcy filings by their customers or clients.
Prior to joining Outside GC, Lew served as General Counsel to Wind-up Entertainment, Inc., a large and successful independent record label based in New York City. For many years prior to that he was a partner in the major Connecticut law firms of Murtha Cullina and Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP and was the senior attorney in the Business Services Department of the latter firm.
Before joining Tyler Cooper & Alcorn as a partner, Lew served as President and CEO of Century Brass Products, Inc., a Waterbury, Connecticut full-line brass mill and manufacturing company owned by an investor group which Lew represented as counsel in the leveraged acquisition of the company. When Century Brass – which had annual sales of $250 million and 2,200 employees – began to encounter severe financial problems, Lew was called upon by the investors and creditors to assume the executive leadership of the company, a position he held for more than six years during which time he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations including acting as de facto general counsel.
Lew received his B.A. from Columbia University and his law degree from Yale Law School.
Over a period of many years, Lew has been a leader in virtually every aspect of Jewish life in the Greater Hartford area, serving, at various times, as an officer and member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, President of Temple Beth Sholom of Manchester, CT, and President of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford. He acted as principal counsel in the merger of Temple Beth Sholom with Congregation B’nai Israel of Vernon, CT.
While at law school in New Haven, he met and married Shirley. They are parents of two adult children, a son-in-law and two absolutely beautiful and brilliant grandchildren. Lew’s first novel – about a lawyer and a law firm – was published in 2016. A second novel (not about a lawyer) with the intriguing title of The Brief and Glorious Reign of King Frederick the Brave, was published in 2020. Lew and Shirley have traveled extensively in search of adventure and, when they were a bit younger, mountains to climb in the Swiss and French Alps, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the Canadian and Colorado Rockies.