Lewis is a shareholder in GrayRobinson's Miami office and a member of the Banking and Finance Practice Group. His practice focuses on the financial services industry, with emphasis on banking. Lewis has more than 32 years of experience in commercial practice, including as general counsel for a South Florida-based community bank and as outside general counsel for a number of community and regional banks.
Lewis practice involves advising and representing banks in a variety of matters, including deposit operations, electronic and online banking, vendor contracts, loan operations, commercial finance, loan documentation, and regulatory matters, including regulations of the FDIC; OCC and Federal Reserve Board; the Bank Secrecy Act; and the USA PATRIOT Act.
With respect to commercial finance, Lewis represents lenders in real estate and asset-based lending, documentation, closing, and title insurance.
With respect to litigation, Lewis both represents and advises banks in commercial litigation matters, including negotiable instruments, contract disputes, check kiting, fraud, interbank payment disputes, foreclosure, and enforcement of loan and security agreements.
Lewis also regularly advises banks regarding operational matters, including garnishments; subpoenas and legal process; negotiation of checks, drafts and other instruments; compliance with state and federal banking laws and regulations; negotiating and drafting agreements with vendors and customers; and developing bank policies and procedures.
Lewis also represents banks; individuals and investors with respect to new loan transactions and modifications; sales of REO; and purchase, sale and leasing of facilities such as branch offices.
Lewis's practice additionally includes representation of corporations, business organizations, commercial enterprises and individuals in a variety of commercial matters, including real estate purchases and sales, development, contracts, dispute resolution, and commercial litigation.
In 1990, Lewis earned the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has been named one of South Florida's Top Lawyers by the South Florida Legal Guide every year since 2005.
Lewis has been a resident of South Florida since 1955. Immediately prior to joining GrayRobinson, he was founder of Lewis R. Cohen, P.A., with offices in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
•Sabadell United Bank, N.A.
•Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust
•Bank Leumi, USA
•Florida Community Bank, N.A.
•Broward Bank of Commerce
•Bank of America - BAL Global Leasing
Awards & Recognitions
•South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2005-2014
Articles & Publications
• “Bank Secrecy Act Financial Institution Inquiries Regarding Your Trust Account Transactions,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2012 Financial Edition
•“Bank Secrecy Act v. Confidentiality,” The Florida Law Journal, September 4, 2012
• Lewis R. Cohen Named Power Leader in Banking
• GrayRobinson Awarded Top Law Firm and 15 Top Lawyers Recognitions in 2014 South Florida Legal Guide
• GrayRobinson Welcomes Shareholder Lewis R. Cohen and Associate Christina Guzman to its Miami Office