Nixon Peabody, the law firm with offices in Melville, is expanding its complex disputes practice with the return of a commercial litigator.

Bryan Lewis is rejoining Nixon Peabody as counsel, having begun his career as an associate at the firm, where he worked initially from 2002 to 2009.

Lewis brings trial experience representing clients in the banking, construction, healthcare, and technology products and services industries in contractual and business tort litigation, having successfully secured verdicts in jury and bench trials in New York State Supreme Court, the Commercial Division, and at commercial arbitrations.

Lewis also conducts negotiations, hearings, oral arguments, and appellate arguments, and has experience with Civil Practice Law & Rules Article 78 proceedings, which allows a party to ask a New York State court to review a decision of a state body, agency or officer.

“Bryan is a versatile litigator willing to take on new issues for his clients, and his arrival intersects with an increase in commercial litigation across many industries,” Nixon Peabody partner John Ruskusky, leader of the firm’s complex disputes practice. “Clients appreciate Bryan’s user-friendly approach as well as his ability to find novel solutions to their challenges.”

Based in the firm’s Long Island office, Lewis’ arrival marks the third time in recent weeks Nixon Peabody has expanded its complex disputes practice. Commercial litigator Paul Downs joined the practice at the beginning of March following the arrival of litigator and trial lawyer Stephen Younger, a past president of the New York State Bar Association, who joined February.

 “We’re excited to welcome Bryan back to the firm and continue expanding our litigation capabilities locally,” said Allan Cohen, managing partner of the firm’s Long Island office. “Bryan’s keen understanding of New York State law, along with his ability to simplify complex issues for clients, will be instrumental in creating positive impact for our clients.”

Lewis earned his JD from Brooklyn Law School and his BA from Washington and Lee University. He is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Commercial Division Select Committee and serves as a board member and legal counsel to the Sayville Little League, a volunteer youth baseball and softball organization.


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