Marc R. Lewis


Marc R. Lewis


  •  UCLA, BA (summa cum laudephi beta kappa)
  •  UCLA School of Law, JD

Marc Lewis is an experienced civil trial lawyer and has consistently been ranked by SuperLawyers as one of the top 100 attorneys in California.  Marc has first chaired numerous civil jury trials and arbitrations to verdict, and has amassed countless favorable settlements for his clients along the way.

Most recently, Marc was lead counsel for a group of executives who were denied millions of dollars in equity from their former employer.  The dispute quickly escalated to litigation which included both a confidential arbitration as well as parallel proceedings in state court.  The litigation included contractual claims, trade secrets claims, statutory / securities claims, and unfair competition claims, with more than $50 million at stake.  Opposing counsel was one of the world’s most aggressive litigation firms, and the principal opponent is renowned for his litigiousness and fearsome reputation.  Roughly one month before trial, the claimant team (led by Marc) forced a settlement than was more than ten times what had been previously offered.  It was a watershed victory for Marc’s clients and the firm.

Marc also recently represented a vehicle manufacturing company in a contested arbitration against an electric vehicle startup company.  Following years of litigation and a two-week arbitration hearing, the arbitrator awarded Marc’s client $28 million in damages, and rejected counterclaims valued at over $40 million.

Marc also specializes in representing sophisticated clients as third parties in some of the highest profile cases pending in the U.S.  For example, in the last three years alone, Marc has represented parties in the Wisk v. Archer litigation; In re Surescripts Antitrust Litigation; In re Zoom Securities Litigation; In re Facebook, Inc. Consumer Privacy User Profile Litigation; U.S. v. American Airlines, et al; and FTC v. Illumina, Inc.

Several members of the Fortune 100 routinely hire Marc to resolve a wide variety of complex, high-stakes business disputes.  Among other things, Marc has a nationwide practice prosecuting, defending, and advising employers and high-level executives in complex employee mobility litigation.  He has appeared in courts throughout the U.S. in cases concerning non-compete agreements and allegations of trade secret theft.  Illustrative of his experience, Marc has been hired multiple times by law firms seeking Marc to represent and defend them in contentious, bet-the-firm disputes.

Most of Marc’s clients turn to him time and time again.  For example, one Fortune 100 technology client has hired Marc to resolve over two hundred separate matters, and Marc has secured significant victories for this client across the board.  A separate Fortune 100 client has hired Marc to help onboard over one hundred new critical hires in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.  Another client recently explained to Benchmark Litigation, “I chose Lewis & Llewellyn largely because of Marc’s expertise and character.  He is a tremendous counselor, who I enjoyed working with and never hesitate to contact if I had any questions whatsoever.”

In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Marc is a passionate advocate for victims of sexual abuse.  He represents victims throughout the country and has obtained many multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts in doing so.  Most recently, Marc obtained a $4 million settlement for one bay area abuse survivor, and a $2.5 million settlement for another survivor.  Marc is proud to continue his firm’s tradition of fighting for justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Marc attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa.  Marc then moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as a speechwriter in the Clinton Administration.  Marc later returned to Los Angeles and attended UCLA School of Law, where he was the Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review.

After law school, Marc worked in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins, an international litigation powerhouse.  Marc also clerked for the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker, the former Chief Judge of the Northern District of California.

Upon leaving Latham & Watkins, Marc served as a Deputy City Attorney on the Trial Team for the City and County of San Francisco.  As a trial deputy, Marc defended the City and County of San Francisco in state and federal court, specializing in civil rights, constitutional, personal injury, and complex civil cases.

Away from the office, Marc can be found spending time with his family, usually outdoors.  He races mountain bikes and is an accomplished backcountry ski mountaineer.

  • Speaker, Pincus Professional Education’s 20th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (2024).
  • Benchmark Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2024).
  • Executive Committee Member, Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2022-present).
  • Top 100 California Lawyers, SuperLawyers (2018-2021).
  • Top 40 Under 40, Daily Journal (2017).
  • Speaker, “Fighting Back: Seeking Justice in the U.S. Courtroom,” University of Oxford (October 2017).
  • Board Member, Contra Costa Food Bank (2017-present).
  • Chair, Litigation Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (2012-2015).
  • Moderator, The Brave New World Of Litigation, Bench Bar Conference, Bar Association of San Francisco (October 27, 2015).
  • Panelist, “California Trial Evidence 2014,” Practicing Law Institute (October 20, 2014).
  • Moderator, “Consenting To Magistrate Judge Jurisdiction In Federal Court,” Federal Bar Association (September 3, 2014).
  • Panelist, “Superior Court Boot Camp Conference,” Pincus Professional Education (October 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015).
  • “How to Litigate a CFAA Civil Action After United States v. Nosal,” San Francisco Daily Journal, (December 12, 2012).
  • Moderator, “Federal Court Boot Camp Conference,” Pincus Professional Education (May 2013, 2014, and 2015).
  • Panelist, “Working With In-House Counsel 101,” Bar Association of San Francisco Seminar (October 10, 2012).
  • “Litigating California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute In Federal Court.” San Francisco Daily Journal, (May 1, 2012).
  • Moderator, “Using Social Media As Evidence Before And During Trial,” Bar Association of San Francisco (January 28, 2012).
  • Panelist, “Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Workshop,” Pincus Professional Education (April 2012, July 2013).
  • Author, Lost in Probation: Contrasting the Treatment of Probationary Search Agreements in California and Federal Courts, 51 UCLA Law Review 1703 (2004); exploring the level of constitutional scrutiny afforded to probationers following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Knights.
  • Presenter, Developments in Patent Law, Boalt Hall School of Law (September 2007); addressing the topic of forum selection in patent litigation and dispelling the myth that the Eastern District of Texas is the best venue for a patent plaintiff.
  • Teaching Fellow, Writing the President’s Words: Modern Presidential Rhetoric, UCLA (Spring 2004).
  • Researcher/Editor, Ripples of Hope, a history of American Civil Rights speeches (2003).
  • Member, Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court

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